Recreational facilities include the 8,500-acre Joe Pool Lake, championship-level Tangle Ridge Golf Club, and 54 public parks on more than 4,900 acres.
The City of Grand Prairie Parks program is expanding, guided by a master plan financed by a quarter cent sales tax. This tax has helped to renovate the historic Uptown Theater and build QuikTrip Ballpark, home of the AirHogs. For more information about the city's award winning parks program, visit www.grandfungp.com.
- Ripley's Believe It Or Not, The Palace of Wax and Trader's Village in Grand Prairie are popular entertainment and shopping locations. Nearby are Six Flags over Texas in Arlington and zoos, art museums, symphonies and ballet in Dallas and Fort Worth.
- One of three Class 1 horse-racing tracks in Texas, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie opened for live races in April 1997 and is the leader in the horse-racing industry of Texas. The track's simulcast pavilion opened in mid-1996.
- Professional Sports: the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball, the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association, the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League and the FC Burn of Major League Soccer. All have home games within five-25 minutes of Grand Prairie.
- NCAA-event schools: Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University in Dallas and Forth Worth.
- Cedar Hill State Park, just east of south Grand Prairie, offers wooded campsites in the Dallas-Fort Worth hill country. Among park facilities are lighted fishing jetties and boat access to Joe Pool Lake.
Tangle Ridge Golf Club in south Grand Prairie