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 Through History
Fort Worth's western history follows a trail from Downtown Fort Worth to the Stockyards National Historic District. Founded as an army outpost in 1849, the city soon became known as one of the last civilized points along the Chisholm Trail. Cowboys made 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 through 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. Here, Texas Trail of Fame markers line the walkways of the historic Stockyards to honor those who have made a significant contribution to our Western way of life. Watch the Stockyards Championship Rodeo or get your two-step 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. His last night before his fateful trip to Dallas was at the Fort Worth Hilton Hotel, and the space includes an 8-foot bronze statue, visuals and internet-based teaching guides at the southeast corner of Main and 8th Streets.
The Fort Worth Water Gardens is an architectural marvel, both breathtaking and relaxing. Take a moment to enjoy a refreshing haven in the center of downtown. The gardens are open from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.
Spanning 37 blocks, Sundance Square Entertainment District is the perfect place to walk around, window shop and dine al fresco in the Plaza. Snap a photo of these murals while you're wandering about.
Take in the Culture
Fort Worth's Cultural District is home to five world-class museums, all of which are designed by renowned architects. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art was designed by Philip Johnson, the same architect behind the Fort Worth Water Gardens. The Kimbell Art Museum, home to Michelangelo's first painting, houses two pavilions aptly named after their creators Louis Kahn and Renzo Piano.
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. These three museums offer free admission.
Peruse the Shops
Sundance Square, Crockett Row at West 7th and The Shops at Clearfork are open-air shopping centers that offer excellent window shopping. From boutique chic to high-end luxury, you may find yourself dipping into a store to snag a few items.
Follow the Money
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing aka The Money Factory is one of only two printing facilities in the nation. With a suspended walkway, visitors can literally walk above billions of dollars. See American money being printed on free tours Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Trails, Lakes and Parks
Explore nature by foot or bike without spending a dime. Fort Worth's Trinity Trails system boasts 100+ miles of uninterrupted trails that connect 31 neighborhoods and 21 parks. Airfield Falls Trailhead & Conservation Park, Marion Sansom Park, Trinity Park, Marine Creek Lake & Trails and Eagle Mountain Lake & Park are great spots to start. Rental options: Fort Worth B-cycle and Backwoods Paddlesports.