Free and fun come together in Fort Worth to give visitors a great time without breaking the bank. We've gathered a list of the top FREE things to do in Fort Worth.
Walk Thru History
Fort Worth's western history follows a trail from Downtown Fort Worth to the Stockyards National Historic District. Founded as army outpost in 1849, the city soon became known as one of the last civilized points along the Chisholm Trail where cowboys would make their way through what was once known as Hell's Half Acre (now the Instagram-worthy Water Gardens) to gamble, shop and hit up the saloon.
Follow the Heritage Trails Markers throughout downtown before heading to the Stockyards to witness the world's only twice-daily cattle drive presented by the Fort Worth Herd every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Take in a gunfight (reenactment), the Stockyards Championship Rodeo or get your honky-tonk on at Billy Bob’s Texas - the world's largest honky-tonk ($2 daytime admission).
See the Sites
Downtown Fort Worth and Sundance Square boast many free sites for visitors. The JFK Tribute in General Worth Square marks the place and occasion of President Kennedy's historic visit to Fort Worth. Admire the tribute which includes an 8-foot bronze statue, visuals and internet base teaching guides at the Southeast corner of Main and 8th Street.
Take a moment to enjoy this refreshing haven in the center of downtown. The Fort Worth Water Gardens is both breathtaking and relaxing all at the same time, an architectural marvel for many. The gardens are open from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.
Spanning 35 blocks, Sundance Square is the perfect place to walk around, window shop or even splash around. From yoga and zumba, to family movies and live music, enjoy the Sundance Square year-round.
If you're not up for walking, hop aboard Molly the Trolley, a free vintage-style trolley that offers quick and convenient travel throughout the downtown area. Molly runs every 15 minutes, 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Take in the Culture
Fort Worth's Cultural District is home to five world-class museums, three of which offer free admission. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art houses a renowned collection of American art in the form of paintings, sculpture, and photography. The Kimbell Art Museum is home to Michelangelo's first painting, Picasso's and Monet's and more. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the oldest museum in Texas and houses post-World War II art. Get the most bang for your buck and visit on free-admission Fridays and half-price Sundays.
The Sid Richardson Museum is located in Sundance Square and houses works from leading Western artists Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The West comes to life through the art and inspires visitors to view Texas history in a new light. Enjoy free docent-guided tours and a Family Film Series with activities and crafts.
Texas Christian University is a great place to meander and take in the atmosphere. The Art Galleries at TCU - Moudy Gallery and Fort Worth Contemporary Art - showcase work by students, alumni and local professional artists. Be the first to see works by the artists of tomorrow.
Peruse the Shops
Follow the Money
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing aka The Money Factory is one of the only two printing facilities in the nation. Visitors are able to see American money printed at the place where over half of the nation's currency is ordered. With a suspended walkway, visitors literally walk above billions of dollars. Free tours are conducted Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.