Get ready to jump in, summer officially starts June 21. Mark off your summer to-do's with our Summer Checklist.
Fort Worth Zoo
USA Today ranked the Fort Worth Zoo among the top five zoos in the nation. Meet Sunny, the red wolf, chill out at Safari Splash, or learn about the various conservation projects that set our zoo apart. Kids can enjoy Zoo Camp or even Overnight Zoo Camp! The zoo opens daily at 10 AM.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
Fort Worth’s Botanic Gardens offers events for all ages throughout the summer. From yoga to Art in the Garden to S.E.E.D Camps for students in elementary, middle and high school, there’s a lot of fun to be had! You might also appreciate Dog Days July 16-17, where your pup can accompany you for a small fee.
Rockin' the River
Stay cool by joining the Rockin’ the River concert series starting July 14, running through August 11. Fort Worth is home to the only waterfront stage in Texas. Rent an inner tube or hang out on the Panther Island river bank and enjoy some clean swimmin’ and xgood music. Doors open at 5 pm with a day’s worth of bands and fireworks after dark.
Paddleboard, Canoe or Kayak
If you’d rather be on the Trinity without so many people, you can rent a stand-up paddleboard, canoe, or kayak from Backwoods Paddlesports. Your rental includes a personal flotation device for you, and you can purchase one for your pupster as well. Pro tip: Weekday rentals are much cheaper than on the weekends.
If you already have a kayak or canoe, there are actually seven public launch locations on the Trinity River, from the White Settlement trailhead in the west to Beach Street in the east. Check out the Tarrant Regional Water District’s Kayak Launch Guide for more details.
Celebrate the Fourth of July
Fort Worth’s Fourth of July celebrations are so big they span several distinct parts of our city. Enjoy free family fun at Panther Island’s Fort Worth Fourth, revel in the Western-themed events in the Stockyards, or spend the evening under the stars at the FWSO Concerts in the Gardens for two evenings of patriotic picnic music. You can also enjoy Fort Worth’s Fourth from the banks of the Trinity River.
Take a BBQ Class
Want to learn to barbecue like one of the local pros? Travis Heim of Heim BBQ offers his second annual Ultimate BBQ Dad Cooking Class July 9. We assume moms are also welcome.
Fort Worth Stockyards
Head to the Fort Worth Stockyards and explore 25 restaurants, 14 bars, 50 shops and over 17 must-see attractions, from the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive to live music and shopping throughout the district.
Movie Nights in Burnett Park
Grab your popcorn and picnic blankets for Movie Nights in Burnett Park presented by Burnett Plaza. Movie Nights are free and open to the public. No tickets are required, but be sure to bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets for viewing. Bites and beverages will be available for purchase.
Live Music in Sundance Square Plaza
Hit the museums
Fort Worth's art museums are world-renowned, and there are more ways than ever to get the whole family in tune with their artsy side. Join Kimbell Kids Studio at the Kimbell Art Museum, family-friendly events at at the Amon Carter Museum of Art or Summer 2022 Art Camps at the Modern art Museum of Fort Worth.
Buffalo Soldier Day Camp
Buffalo Soldier Day Camp at The Ranch in Fort Worth is a day to celebrate the achievements of the first Black Army regiment. The event on July 23 is sponsored by the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum.
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, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and even Star Wars. Pack a picnic snack and your bug spray.
Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge includes 3,600 acres of forests, prairies, and wetlands, with 20 miles of hiking trails. Organized programs include fluttering butterflies and a chance to experience the Nature Center after dark, and for a dollar, your pup can accompany you. The Refuge opens at 7 AM, and a hike in the still-cool morning sounds amazing.
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.
Downtown Cowtown at the Isis
You can also catch up-and-coming regional acts and enjoy random fandom movies at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis. Whether you love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman, or a good Doors cover band, this is a great way to keep cool.
Eagle Mountain Lake
Eagle Mountain Lake offers a variety of settings for 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.
Harry Potter Bar Crawl
If you’re not worn out, spend the last weekend of August with your favorite witches, wizards, and muggles at the Fourth Annual Harry Potter Bar Crawl. Catch the Hogwarts Express from one of several bars on West 7th Street – costumes are encouraged!
Coyote Drive-In is one of the best places to spend a summer evening. Come early (the gates open at 6 PM), grab dinner, let the kids run around, and then settle in for the movie.
Fort Worth Ale Trail & Distillery Trail
The Fort Worth Ale Trail and the Distillery Trail are great ways to visit (or revisit) 10 local brewers and five of the best spirit makers in the Lone Star State. Everything’s mapped out for you, so grab your designated driver or use the Trinity Metro ZipZone to get around.
More ways to explore Fort Worth
Of course, if you’re looking for free things to do, we’ve got a blog post for you. Fort Worth is becoming widely known for the murals that dot the city, and you could create a scavenger hunt through the city, or just enjoy the views.