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 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. 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. 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 37 blocks, Sundance Square 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 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the oldest museum in Texas whose current building was designed by Tado Ando; and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum of its kind in the world and was designed by David M. Schwarz and the mural by Richard Haas (known for the Chisholm Trail Mural in Sundance Square Plaza). The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History was designed by Mexican architects Legoretta + Legoretta.
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.
Peruse the Shops
Sundance Square, Crockett Row at West 7th and The Shops at Clearfork all offer fabulous retail therapy in open-air shopping centers. From boutique chic to high-end luxury, you will find everything you need.
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. *Tours are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.*
Trails, Lakes and Parks
Exploring nature by foot or bike is a great way to stay active while saving a few dollars. 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.