We’ve all been there. Your friends are waiting at the bar, living it up, but you’re left circling the parking lot searching for an open spot. While developments and businesses are working hard to keep up with parking demand, Fort Worth’s rapid growth and burgeoning nightlife have left parking at a premium around many popular hotspots. To help you cut down on wasted time, here are some parking details and tips.
Crockett Row at West 7th
Free street parking is no longer available in West 7th. Street meters charge $1 per hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., then the price increases to $2.50/hour until 10 p.m. when street parking becomes free.
For customers of Crockett Row’s approved merchants, free parking is available in one of a handful of garages for up to four hours. Patrons must have their parking validated, and a new policy requires they visit an approved merchant immediately upon leaving the garage. Towing is strictly enforced. Additional parking information is available here.
Paid public parking at Farrington Field (1400 Foch Street) is now available. The lot holds up to 1,200 vehicles and is available Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The parking fee is $10 and includes monitoring by off-duty police officers. A pedestrian path under the West Lancaster Avenue bridge offers safe passage to and from this popular entertainment district.
There’s ample street parking along West Magnolia Avenue, and walking/biking is always encouraged. The Magnolia Village Parking Garage is a free 320-space garage on Alston Avenue. Future parking options are currently in the works. Near Southside Inc., the pro-development nonprofit that manages public parking in the district, is working with a consulting agency to develop a comprehensive parking plan that will likely include meters in the coming years.
Yoga, dining, and day spas are just a few of the offerings at the WestBend Development. The WestBend parking garage (772 spaces) is free to all WestBend patrons and tenants and is open seven days a week.
Fort Worth’s world-class museums offer several parking options for patrons. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has 131 public parking spaces located to the west of the building. Parking under the Kimbell’s Renzo Piano Pavilion holds 135. The underground lot can be accessed via Van Cliburn Way. A new parking lot, just south of the Modern and owned by the Kimbell is now open offering 227 parking spots.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has a few dozen free parking spaces to the east of the museum and south of Camp Bowie Boulevard. Nearby Western Heritage Garage has 188 spaces offered at various rates depending on the length of stay. On weekends, visitors may also park at no charge in the University of North Texas Health Science Center lot.
Downtown/ Sundance Square
The heart of Fort Worth offers numerous free and paid parking garages and lots. Free garages (with validation) include 777 Main Parking Garage, Two City Place Garage, and Sundance Square Garage on evenings and weekends. Popular spots to park that charge by the hour include 115 West 6th Street, Central Parking and Houston Street Garage. Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. put together a useful parking web page.
The main lots at the end of East Exchange Avenue now require patrons pay a $7 daily fee. There is one free parking lot across from Billy Bob's Texas at 130 Stockyards Blvd, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. only. Visitors are welcome to search for free streetside parking on the outskirts along West Exchange Avenue. For a full listing of Stockyards parking lots (and the various fees), visit here.