Thoroughbred racing at Lone Star Park — Photo courtesy of Lone Star Park
Dallas is filled with hidden gems that even some of the locals aren't aware of. One of those treasures is Lone Star Park, Dallas' premier horse racing facility located in the nearby suburb of Grand Prairie.
You needn't be a horse racing enthusiast to enjoy a night at the track. Lone Star Park offers an exciting and exhilarating experience that's sure to keep everyone – kids included – on the edge of their seat.
The park hosts two seasons of live hoof-pounding action, beginning with thoroughbred racing from April to July and followed by quarter horse racing from September to November.
It's fun to watch the horses strut around the paddock — Photo courtesy of Lone Star Park
Of course, the biggest thrill is cheering your favorite horse around the stretch, especially if you've placed a bet on the outcome.
But kids and adults alike will find visiting the paddock almost equally entertaining. It's the viewing area where the horses are kept before being strutted out to the gate. The paddock is the best place to get a glimpse of the horses and the athletic jockeys who ride them.
Bar & Book at Lone Star Park is the only place in the Metroplex that you can catch the games and wager on simulcast races from around the world — Photo courtesy of Lone Star Park
In addition to live racing, the park boasts one of the best simulcast facilities in the country. At Bar & Book, fans not only can take in live horse racing from around the world, but they can also watch streaming coverage of other sports events while they enjoy a stellar lineup of food and libations.
Speaking of food, visitors will find plenty of options to fill up on. On the fourth floor, Silks Dining Terraces offers a la carte and child-friendly menus, as well as a sumptuous buffet.
And on the main level, race-goers will find a variety of concession stands peddling everything from pizza, burgers and hot dogs to sweets, sodas and adult beverages.
Those wanting a first-class experience can opt for one of Lone Star Park's luxury penthouse suites, where they can eat and drink until their heart's content.
The Josh Abbott Band at Lone Star Park — Photo courtesy of Lone Star Park
While horse racing is the main attraction, it's not the only one. During race season, visitors are treated to a slew of events, ranging from nightly concerts and fireworks displays to themed weekends, jazz brunches and family fun days.
Not to be missed is Lone Star Park's Fourth of July Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration, featuring races, live music, fireworks and a family fun park with rides and activities.
Better still, a day at Lone Star Park can be easy on the wallet: general admission is only $5, and it's free for kids ages three and under.
Lone Star Park puts on a spectacular fireworks display — Photo courtesy of Lone Star Park