In true everything-is-bigger-in-Texas style, Grand Prairie has outgrown its small town status—even if it does still feel like one. The Dallas Fort Worth suburb boasts a population of 190,682 and is quickly becoming one of the most populous communities in the state. The cost of living is reasonable with median home prices averaging about $189,000 and apartments averaging $978 a month. Unemployment is also low and new homes and amenities are sprouting up every day to accommodate more residents.
If you’re thinking about becoming one of those residents, here are 8 things to know before moving to Grand Prairie:
You Don’t Have to Leave the Metroplex to Find Nature
As the name implies, Grand Prairie offers access to the uniquely beautiful landscape that makes Texas so special. Whether you’re a hardcore hiker or just a casual fan of nature, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Loyd Park. Located on the west shore of Joe Pool Lake, this picturesque park features kayak and canoe rentals, hiking trails, beaches, campsites, cabins and a lodge.
There’s Indoor Water Fun Too
More of an indoor person? That’s cool. You can still get your feet wet at Epic Waters. The indoor adventure park is open year round and features slides and rides for all ages. Whether you want to get your thrills on the country’s tallest indoor aqualoop or learn to boogie board on a never ending wave, you’ll be able to hit up Epic Waters whenever you want as a resident of Grand Prairie.
It’s The Least Hipster City in the US
If you don’t like vegan restaurants, artisanal bowties and bars that serve cocktails in mason jars, you’ll be happy to know that Grand Prairie was recently named the least hipster city in the country. According to a poll by MoveHub, a website that specializes in research associated with moving, Grand Prairie is the least hipster city in the US and is almost the least hipster city in the world. Of the 446 cities that were surveyed globally, Grand Prairie came in at number 443.
You’ll Be Delighted When It Snows
If you’ve never lived in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex before, prepare for some humidity. Remember that lake and indoor water park we mentioned? Yeah, you’re going to want to have those driving directions handy when July rolls around. Summertime temperatures in Grand Prairie often reach the upper 90’s and even the low 100’s, but the humidity can make things feel even hotter. Fortunately, autumn, winter and spring are mild, and you may even see a welcome dusting of snow come January.
Every Day is a Day at the Races
You don’t need to plan a trip to Kentucky to experience world-class Thoroughbred racing. Lone Star Park offers horse racing right in Grand Prairie. Grab your fascinator, have a mint julep and head to the outdoor venue where you can experience live racing, bet on your favorite horse
or even host your own event.
You Can Get Your Skate On
Did you know that one of the coolest skateparks in the Dallas Fort Worth area is right in Grand Prairie? We’re talking about Action Park Grand Prairie. The indoor/outdoor sport offers a professional-level course plus a public jump park, BMX race track and even private and group lessons. If you or your kids are interested in skateboarding and other adventure sports, keep an eye out for special events and summer camp sign-ups at Action Park Grand Prairie.
There Are Theater Options of Every Size
The Verizon Theatre is the place to go if you’re hoping to see a major recording artist or Broadway-style show in Grand Prairie. The popular venue seats 6,350 and has hosted comedians, country singers, stage productions and even the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. If you prefer a more intimate venue, check out the Uptown Theater. This restored 1950’s theater
-verizon theatre grand prairie or uptown theater which is a restored 1950’s theater offers a historic venue where arts and entertainment fans can enjoy plays and concerts year-round.
Spend All Day at the Traders Village Flea Market
Looking for the perfect gift? In the mood to treat yourself? You’ll find just the thing at Traders Village. The massive flea market isn’t just a couple of booths selling tchotchkes. It’s an experience. Spend the day shopping for cowboy boots, toys, clothing, furniture and everything else you can think of. You can also grab some food, enjoy rides and stop by for special events and festivals. Can’t get enough of the flea market? There’s even a nearby RV park where you can park your travel trailer and make a whole weekend out of it.