Known for its historic downtown and restored vintage buildings, Grapevine is the oldest town in the county. Named after the abundance of wild mustang grapes and now the wineries that thrive in the area, there is a mix of old and new that gives the town a unique feel.
Founded in 1843, the town has preserved history carefully. Downtown, old buildings are kept pristine, while new businesses have embraced the area and blend in seamlessly. There is a large art community, and musicians thrive in the many venues. Art deco theatres, winery tours, and southern cuisine can all be found throughout the city, the town has made sure to welcome festivals and a wide variety of entertainment, so there is always something to do.
You’ll find an abundance of ideas for photo ops in Grapevine. Here are just a few.
There is no better place to use as a backdrop than downtown. Restored 18th and 19th Century buildings line the downtown area; there are artist boutiques and nightlife, and a railroad depot. The city and various organizations have installed public art along many of the streets, all for your enjoyment (and perfect pictures). You’ll be hard pressed to find a downtown with pretty old two-lane roads packed so full of fun.
Gaylord Texan Resort
Locals know that the resort hosts conventions and is awe-inspiring to look at, but if you’re looking for some great photos, local photographers know the Gaylord Texan is a great location for photo shoots. Situated on the shore of beautiful Lake Grapevine, the resort has 4.5 acres of indoor gardens, a riverwalk, pools, and their signature soaring glass atriums.
Taking photos in the midst of beautiful grape vineyards is almost too easy in Grapevine, true. But why wouldn’t you? Lush grape leaves, a fantastic stone building backdrop, Texas skies… it’s a lovely way to frame your pictures. Delaney Vineyards is full of opportunities with grapevine arches, outdoor vistas, and everything Texas you want in your photos.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Nostalgia is full steam at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, where everything from the depot to the vintage trains is photographic gold. You can wander around the trains, buy tickets, or even book your private train ride. For history buffs or railroad aficionados, this is a destination you don't want to miss
Grapevine Botanical Gardens
Filled with native Texas plants, and exotic species of greenery, the Botanical Gardens is a perfect location to take pictures. Butterflies, winding trails, even lovely footbridges are found throughout this well thought out space. Open to the public, check the hours and head to the gardens with your photographer of choice.
Aptly named, Rockledge Park offers sweeping lake views, rocky ledges, and shoreline beauty. Birds, wildlife, even the occasional golden eagle, make their homes in this park. Trails wind through the park, and there are miles of shoreline to explore. There is a permit required for photo shoots.