Make tracks for your next getaway
Ride the rails across Texas or across the country to experience the newly developed Grapevine Main Station and fun for everyone in Grapevine, Texas.
Looking for a getaway without the hassle of congested highways? Ride America’s rails and visit Historic Grapevine, Texas! With train connections from across the country to DFW, travelers looking for adventure have easy, car-free access to Grapevine’s many hotels and resorts, bistros and cafes, boutiques and outdoor adventures. Not to mention further train experiences onboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.
Getting to Grapevine, Texas
Enjoy a ride with Amtrak as they celebrate 50 years of connecting people and places across the country. Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer will put you in a cowboy state of mind with its daily connections from Oklahoma City to Fort Worth. Additionally, Amtrak’s Texas Eagle now runs daily and connects to more than 40 stops that stretch from Chicago to Los Angeles. Along the way, it takes you deep in the heart of Texas as it rolls through San Antonio, Austin, San Marcos, Waco, Mineola, Marshall, Dallas and Fort Worth.
Destination Grapevine, Texas: A Tale of Two Railroads
Upon exiting TEXRail at the Grapevine station platforms, travelers experience the merging of railroad past and present. The sleek and modern luxury of TEXRail stands in sharp contrast to Grapevine Vintage Rrailroad sitting on parallel tracks. The train platforms are home to both the cozy and quaint 1888 Historic Cotton Belt Depot and the newly developed Grapevine Main Station with its impressively expansive scale. The stations, just steps away from each other, transport visitors to two different 19th century experiences.
The Historic Cotton Belt Depot carries visitors back to rural, farming America with its simple, wooden architecture and small-scale footprint. The Cotton Belt Railroad Depot once served as a transportation hub not only for passengers but also crops, produce and poultry. It’s now the ticket office for the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.
Grapevine Main Station & Observation Tower Tours Now Open
The Grapevine Visitor Information Center is now offering guided tours of Grapevine Main Station Thursday through Sunday! A Visitor Center Concierge will escort groups on a 20-minute tour of Grapevine Main Station, which includes Harvest Hall, Peace Plaza and the Observation Tower. The tour also includes an overview of Grapevine’s art community and Historic Main Street. Additionally, while visitors take in the views of Grapevine and the DFW area at the top of the 12-story Observation Tower, a guide will be on hand to describe points of interest. Each tour is limited to no more than 12 people.
Grapevine Main Station is a $114-million-dollar public/private sector transit-oriented development project. Located at the intersection of Main Street and Dallas Road in Historic Downtown Grapevine, the 42,000-square-foot rail station consists of Harvest Hall, a European-style food hall with seven globally- inspired kitchens; Third Rail, an indoor/outdoor entertainment and event venue; 38,000-square-foot expansive outdoor Plaza; and a 150-foot-tall Observation Tower with 360-degree views of the city and beyond all connected to Hotel Vin, a six-story, 120-room Marriott Autograph Collection property and a 552-space parking garage.
Peace Circle Art Installation Unveiled at Grapefest®
The Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the unveiling of “Peace Circle,” a public art installation on Saturday, September 18 starting at 1 p.m.
The art installation is an interpretation of the meeting of Republic of Texas President Sam Houston and 10 American Indian chiefs/ captains on the Grape Vine Prairie in 1843. The Peace Circle meeting later lead to the signing of the Treaty of Bird’s Fort on September 29, 1843. The installation features 11 bronze statues standing 1.25 times life size, representing Republic of Texas President Sam Houston and American Indian chiefs/ captains from the Delaware, Chickasaw, Waco, Tawakoni, Keechi, Caddo, Anadarko, Ioni, Biloxi and Cherokee nations.
The dedication ceremony will include the Comanche drum music led by June Sovo, Comanche Nation, Sia Eagle display by co-founder Bill Volker, Comanche Nation, a Smoke Ceremony and Blessing by Eddie Sandoval, Apache Nation and much more.
The City of Grapevine commissioned Grapevine artist-in-residence Linda Lewis to recreate the moment of this historic meeting on the Grape Vine Prairie. Lewis, along with members of the Peace Circle Advisory Committee, thoroughly researched Sam Houston and the American Indian representations to ensure their accuracy.