Fort Worth is a very social place, and if you’re a solo traveler, there is plenty to see and do. Here’s a guide to where to stay and play while traveling solo to Fort Worth.
Where to Stay
With or without a rental car, you can find solo travel happiness in several of Fort Worth’s favorite neighborhoods. Hotel Revel is a 15-room boutique hotel adjacent to Magnolia Avenue and the Near Southside and all the fun dining that lies therein. It’s also fairly close to the Fort Worth Zoo and the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens where you can easily wander by yourself. Hotel Otto is a micro-resort located next door to Chef Tim Love's trendy Italian restaurant Gemelle. The eight converted shipping are pet-friendly and feature high-end amenities reminiscent of a five-star hotel. Guests are invited to explore the neighboring Trinity Trails via horseback, e-bikes or kayak. You can really become one with nature here. Want to connect with other travelers? The new Kimpton Harper Hotel and perennial favorites like The Ashton and the Worthington Renaissance are located in beautiful historic downtown buildings that are always buzzing with out-ot-town visitors. View all hotel options here.
If a B&B is more your speed, Fort Worth has plenty. Constructed in 1910, The Texas White House lies within walking distance of most fun things on Magnolia Avenue. The White House is also an easy drive to the Cultural District, Sundance Square, and the Fort Worth Zoo, as is the Rosen House Inn, a 1901 near-Southside charmer with all the updates needed for modern comfort. The Azalea Plantation B&B Inn is closer to the North Side and the fun happenings in the Fort Worth Stockyards, although you’ll need a car to get around.
Where to Play
Start your solo Fort Worth travel by adventuring along the Trinity Trails. The city is home to 100+ miles of uninterrupted trails along the Trinity River. If you’ve brought your own bike on your solo tour, check out our detailed list of bike-to-dine (or walk-to-dine) treks and restaurants around the trails. Want a little less biking commitment? Fort Worth Bike Sharing lets you rent a bike from one station and return it to another at your leisure. Rent a bike by the day, or if your solo foray lasts over a weekend, a monthly rental may be more economical. Want even less obligation? Rent a motorized bike by Pedigo. The company has some great trail ideas on its website.
Does your traveler’s heart crave water? Our friends at Step Outside have suggestions for canoeing and kayaking. Backwoods Paddlesports can set you up with a stand-up paddleboard or a solo kayak. Consider joining them for a moonlight or sunset paddle during the summer.
If shopping is your favorite game, the Shops at Clearfork is home to Neiman Marcus and many other high-end shops. The luxury development is filled with restaurant options that aren't just for ladies who lunch. Sundance Square and Crockett Row at West 7th also offer not-to-miss shopping experiences.
Trade your gift bags for a pair of boots when can purchase a guided solo tour through the Stockyards National Historic District, which is home to many of the city's famous western heritage sites including the world's only twice-daily cattle drive. More into turn-of-the-century architecture? Historic Fort Worth offers great tours of two former cattle baron mansions. If you’re looking for Instagrammable spots, there are several that should make your solo travel list: Airfield Falls Conservation Park, the murals at Inspiration Alley, the museums and art in the Cultural District, the city's amazing collection of public art, and the 200+ vibrant murals scattered around the city.
Companies like Viator, Authentic Fort Worth Tours and GPSMyCity offer a variety of tours. But if you’re a little more free-form, just knowing the neighborhoods might be enough to provide the perfect self-guided solo trip. We’ve mentioned Magnolia Avenue (more properly, the Near Southside) and the Stockyards National Historic District. But there’s so much more, including TCU and the Zoo, Downtown/Sundance Square and Panther Island, among others. Check out our website for a full listing of the neighborhoods.
Getting Around Without a Car
If you want to explore downtown, The Dash, Trinity Metro’s all-electric bus, will glide you around from Crockett Row at West 7th to Sundance Square and the Cultural District. Molly the Trolley will also take you from the Convention Center to Sundance Square, stopping by the FTWA’s Fort Worth Central Station, where you can get a bus to the Stockyards.
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