Summer is officially here. Mark off your summer to-do's with our Summer Checklist.
Fort Worth Ale Trail
There are now two ways to experience the Fort Worth Ale Trail. Pick up an ale trail passport from the Main St. Visitor Center (508 Main St.) or purchase a Craft Pass online (the best value’s the 90 day pass that will allow you access to all participating breweries, all summer). The pass is good for tasting flights (and merch discounts for selected locations) at Cowtown Brewing Co., Panther Island Brewing, HopFusion Ale Works and more.
Taco + Margarita Tour
Rockin' the River
Stay cool by joining the Rockin’ the River concert series every Saturday July 6 - August 10. Fort Worth is home to the only waterfront stage in Texas and concert-goers are encouraged to rent an inner tube (or bring their own) to enjoy some Texas Red Dirt music. Not a water bug like the rest of the fans? Chill out on the Panther Island river bank next to the food and beer tents.
Paddleboard or Kayak
Rent a stand-up paddleboard or kayak from Backwoods Kayak and Canoe Rentals at Panther Island. Your rental includes a personal flotation device for you, and you can purchase one for your pupster as well. Pro tip: weekday rentals are cheaper than on the weekends.
Fourth of July
Fort Worth’s 4th of July celebrations are so big they span three distinct parts of our city. Enjoy free, family fun at Panther Island Pavilion, revel in the Red, White and Boots events in the Stockyards, or spend the evening under the stars at the Botanic Gardens for an Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic.
Fort Worth Zoo
USA Today ranked the Fort Worth Zoo the top 4 zoo in the nation! Come see the new Toyota Ranch and Children’s Petting Corral, the Stingray Cove, or the acclaimed 10-acre African Savanna. The zoo opens daily at 10 a.m. Cool off at Safari Splash afterwards!
Stroll the Plaza
Concerts in the Garden
Join the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for Concerts in the Garden, one of the iconic ways to enjoy the Botanic Gardens on a summer night. You can hear everything from the music of Queen, Led Zeppelin, and U2 to classics like the 1812 Overture. Pack a picnic snack and your bug spray.
Tour the Museums
Spend a Day at Cultural District – we’re not known as the City of Cowboys and Culture for nothing. With magnificent museums within a stone’s throw of each other, a day in the Cultural District is a sure cure for the midsummer heat blues. Exhibitions this summer include: Monet: The Late Years at the Kimbell Art Museum, David Park: A Retrospective at the Modern Art Museum, Launchpad: Apollo 11 Promises Kept at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and Wild West Galleries at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge includes 3,600 acres of forests, prairies and wetlands, with 20 miles of hiking trails. Summer camp options for students are available as well as activities for all ages on the calendar.
Tour the Distilleries
Spirit connoisseurs can sample gin, whiskey or vodka in one of Fort Worth’s five award-winning distilleries.
Fort Worth Herd
Spend an hour Behind the Scenes with the Fort Worth Herd that will take you back in time 140 years. Get hands-on with tools used during the cattle drives, groom a horse and learn to throw a rope like a real cowboy. The educational program runs from 1:30-2:30 p.m. weekends through Labor Day.
Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show
Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show also takes you back in time 130 years, to when the west was still wild, and trick riders made the big city circuits dazzling the city folk with their roping, riding and shooting. Shows run every weekend.
Billy Bob's Texas
Concerts at Billy Bob’s Texas are a great way to cool things down in the middle of summer. National acts, regional favorites, line dance lessons, and even a Lone Star Murder Mystery await this summer at the world’s largest honky-tonk.
Hit the Lake
Eagle Mountain Lake offers a variety of settings water fun. If you have a boat, there are five marinas to choose from. No boat? You can find beach access at Twin Points Park and Shady Grove Park on the west side of the lake.
Burger’s Lake is a sure cure for the summertime blues. The 30-acre park offers an acre-wide lake fed by a natural spring, a lot of trees, two sandy beaches, and all the amenities of a pool, including lifeguards.
Cocktails & Crafts
Not to be outdone, Crockett Row has a summer series of Cocktails and Crafts (you bring the cocktail, they’ll supply the craft). The Movie Tavern also offers $5 movies all day and all night on Tuesdays.