Looking for something to do with the family this weekend that won’t break the bank? Fort Worth has plenty of FREE options for families to brush up on their culture, get some fresh air, and learn how things work.
The Way Things Work and Other Science-y Explorations
Bureau of Engraving and Printing: The Western Currency Facility located in Fort Worth is one of only two locations in the US where visitors can actually see money printing. Tours are available on weekdays and last for 45 minutes.
Mrs. Baird’s Factory Tour: Tour the factory and see the bread baking process from start to finish. The smells alone are worth the trip. Free tours are available from Tuesday through Thursday with a 2 week advanced reservation.
Monnig Meteorite Gallery at TCU: Explore rocks from another planet and actually touch a piece of outer space. Hands on activities and almost 1,500 meteorites are on display. The gallery is open from 1pm-4pm, Tuesday-Friday, and 9 am-4 pm, Saturdays.
A Little Bit of History
Fire Station No. 1: Learn more about the history of Cowtown at the oldest fire station in the city. This extension of Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is located near the Historic Sundance Square.
The Fort Worth Herd: The spirit of the old west is re-enacted twice daily (11:30 and 4:00) as live longhorn are expertly driven by cowboys through the streets of the Stockyards.
Stockyards Museum: Where else can you see a lightbulb that’s been burning for over 100 years and a wedding dress that appears to have a curse? Exhibits also include an exploration of the history of Fort Worth as a major contributor in the cattle driving industry. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $2 per adult is appreciated.
Amon Carter Museum of Art: This museum features the best of American and Western art, showing broad survey from the first landscape painters of the 1830s to the modern American artists.
Kimbell Art Museum: This art museum packs quite an artistic punch in a small space. The collection strives to display the best of each artist or period, so kids can get a great art education with a short visit to the free museum.
Cowtown Opry: Cowtown Opry Club is dedicated to preserve the country music heritage of Texas with free performances each Sunday at 2 pm in the Fort Worth Historic Stockyard District. Hear cowboy ballads, western swing, and other music that is a part of the Texas history.
Fresh Air , Family Style
Fort Worth Water Gardens: With a renovation in 2007, the Water Gardens is a perfect downtown area to get some sun while enjoying the combination of water and architecture in the three mesmerizing pools.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens: 109 acres with over 2500 plants offer plenty of places to play for families. Explore the Children’s Garden, take a walk on the educational boardwalk, and stop in at the Botancial Research Institute of Texas. It’s all free!