Although the two cities share an international airport and sports teams, Fort Worth is often overlooked when talking about the DFW (Dallas- Ft. Worth) metropolis. However, what people don’t realize is that it’s truly its own unique city with tons to do for families, couples, friends, and even solo! Here are some of the top 5 attractions in Fort Worth…
Fort Worth Stockyards: The Stockyards National Historic District is one of the most visited attractions in the state of Texas. With shops, historic buildings, restaurants and more lined up and down the streets, this is the place to truly get your western fix and experience a historic “Texan Vibe”. Don’t miss the cattle-drive daily at 11:30 am and 4pm, where longhorns and cows are rounded up and walked down the streets.
Coming with the kids? Take them through the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze or the Stockyards petting zoo, and maybe even take a ride on the Grapevine Heritage Train!
Can’t make it out during the day? Come enjoy the infamous Billy Bob’s Texas nightlife along with the other local bars and pubs in the stockyards.
Address: 500 N.E. 23rd Street, Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth Water Gardens: Located in downtown Fort Worth and steps away from the Convention Center, the Fort Worth Water Gardens are the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon and cool down. This 4.3-acre park holds three “pools”- one of which consists of multiple fountains with changing colors. Be sure to walk around the gardens to see the fountains from different perspectives. This is the perfect place to have a picnic or even just a relaxing day out in the sun.
Coming with kids? Bring a Frisbee or a football and enjoy a day out in the park.
Can’t make it during the day? The Water Gardens are also a beauty to see at night- but be aware it closes at 10pm.
Address: 1502 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas
Sundance Square: With nearly 25 blocks of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment, you’re bound to find something for everyone in your group. From grabbing dinner at the main square while overlooking the fountains and weekly public events, strolling the square looking at the beautiful architecture and galleries, to grabbing drinks at Reata’s rooftop bar overlooking the fountains- there is plenty to keep you coming back for more.
Coming with the kids? Check out the Sundance Calendar for events for kids!
Can’t make it during the day? Enjoy a couple of drinks and/or dinner at the variety of restaurants located in the square. Watch a movie at the park (see above events calendar), or grab tickets to a performance at Bass Performance Hall.
Address: 420 Main St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Culture District: Fort Worth’s culture district is home to many world-class museums, and even offer free admission on most collections! Located just a couple miles from downtown, there is a variety of museums to browse. From the Kimbell Art Museum to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and much more.
Within the Culture District is also the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. Known as an oasis for nature lovers, the Botanical Gardens make up of 109 acres of botany beauty. In particular the Japanese Garden with its streams and beautiful paths, these gardens are considered one of Fort Worth’s most a beautiful places.
Coming with the kids? Enjoy children’s exhibits at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
Can’t make it during the day? See museum event calendars for events such as the Cocktail Series, Happy Hours and more.
Trinity Tails: This 70-mile trail is what connects Fort Worth. Don’t worry, you don’t need to explore all 70 miles, just pick and choose your activities and know there’s a pathway that connects it all. You could bike/ run trail by the lake, or go kayaking and canoeing, or even go horseback riding. If you want this to be your main method of transportation around town, rent a bike at one of the many bike rental racks and peddle your way in between the Culture District and your water activities.
Coming with the kids? Feed the duck at the Trinity Train Duck pond or spend a day at the park.
Can’t make it during the day? Grab a spot on the trail and watch the sunset with Fort Worth’s skyline in the background; or even watch the famous Forth Worth Bridge light up.