TASTE, COOK, RACE, WALK: EXPERIENCE FORT WORTH
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Folks get an up-close, behind-the-scenes look at the most popular restaurants, wine outfits, food producers and brewers in the Fort Worth area with Texas Toast Culinary Tours. The Fort Worth-based outfit offers twice-monthly tasting tours sure to please the most demanding palates. At "Feeding Frenzy" culinary tours, participants are treated to a progressive dinner with three small courses served with special wine or cocktail pairings at three different locations. And, there's more than good food and drink; diners get face-time with top chefs.
For those who enjoy the thrill of creating their own culinary delights, Fort Worth is home to several cooking schools with a reputation for instruction by world-renown chefs as well as a diversity of locally and regionally known cooks and culinary instructors. Age-specific classes are available at Central Market and at Young Chefs Academy. The Culinary School of Fort Worth offers programs for those who want to be a gourmet chef at home or at one of the city's many restaurants. Many of Fort Worth's locally owned restaurants, bakeries and cafes offer cooking classes on a regular basis.
If cooking doesn't satisfy the thirst for adventure, visitors can try a few laps around the track at Texas Motor Speedway in a NASCAR or Indy-style race car at speeds up to 180 mph. The NASCAR and Mario Andretti racing experiences include one-on-one training before the adventure and two-way radio communications during the drive. Such greats as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have driven the cars. Those who don't want to push the pedal to the metal can sit shotgun for a NASCAR ride-along experience, whipping through three laps at a pure heart-pounding speed of 170 mph. Those who prefer things a bit slower can experience Texas Motor Speedway with a look at behind-the-scenes areas like Victory Lane and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Garage, via tour bus.
Saddle up for a daytime horseback ride along the Trinity River with the experienced guides from Stockyards Stables; it's a great way to imagine the pride that Fort Worth settlers experienced when the city was established as a fort on the Trinity in 1849. For a real Western experience, check out the twice-daily cattle drives of The Fort Worth Herd along East Exchange Avenue, complete with drovers in period-authentic dress. Fort Worth is the only city in the world to have its own herd of Texas Longhorns. The Herd was created in 1999 as part of the city's 150th birthday celebration and as part of its living history.
Fort Worth's living history also comes to life at Log Cabin Village, a museum devoted to the preservation of Texas' heritage. Interpreters discuss 19th century Texas frontier life and demonstrate time-period crafts like weaving, candle-dipping, blacksmithing and milling. Visitors make their own cornhusk dolls, sing tunes of the mid-to-late 1800s and experience a variety of hands-on activities from Fort Worth's early days.
To experience early Fort Worth and the West Fork of the Trinity River at nighttime, the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge offers canoe tours. Hear beavers slap the water with their tails and see deer and raccoons in the moonlight - just like the early settlers.
For those who long for modern convenience, glide through Fort Worth's Cultural District, Sundance Square, Trinity Uptown or "Old Town" Stockyards via a Segway. Guides at Cowtown Segway Tours offer a glimpse of the city, both past and present, by pointing out some of the city's iconic architecture and historic landmarks.
For a true bird's-eye view of the city where the West begins, soar over Fort Worth in a helicopter. It's a view of the City of Cowboys and Culture unlike any other. Epic Helicopters flies over the Stockyards National Historic District, La Grave Field, Texas Christian University, Colonial Country Club (home to the Crowne Plaza Invitational), the Cultural District, Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, Fort Worth Zoo, downtown Fort Worth (home of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall) and more.
For an even slower pace, join historian, Dawson Granade of Fort Worth Tours for a two-hour walk/drive experience that some have called "the best gall-dang tour in Texas." The tour takes folks back in time to show them why Fort Worth has been called the "Queen City of the Prairie."
Regardless of the choice, Fort Worth has more to experience than many cities worldwide and many more ways to experience it. Plus, whether it's a musical at Fort Worth's award-winning Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall and a candlelight dinner at an upscale, world-class restaurant or a rodeo at the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum and barbeque, Fort Worth is an experience in and of itself.
For more information about all that Fort Worth has to offer its residents and visitors visit www.FortWorth.com.
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