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- Restaurant Row
A sophisticated district known for its hip vibe and assortment of dining options, the Near Southside proudly touts the self-proclaimed title of “restaurant row.” From a tamale shop shipping spicy treats across the nation to a small Italian restaurant run by a former Versace executive, this district is a haven for those looking to discover the essence of the city’s foodie scene.
- Breweries and Distilleries
Fort Worthians are anything but shy about their passion for a great adult beverage. Home to the largest whiskey distillery west of the Mississippi, Firestone & Robertson's Whiskey Ranch; the only vodka on the market made from black-eyed peas, BLK Eye Vodka; and 14 craft breweries.
- Heart of Texas BBQ
Located in the heart of Texas, Fort Worth knows a thing or two about barbecue. Taste your way through the city at state-wide favorites: Angelo’s BBQ, Heim Barbecue, Panther City BBQ and Joe Riscky's Barbeque to name a few.
- Award-Winning and Local Chefs
Some of the state’s best chefs call Fort Worth home, including celebrity Chef Tim Love and James Beard Award-Winning Chefs Molly McCook and Jon Bonnell. Meet the local favorites at beloved brunch spot, Café Modern, led by Chef Denise Shavandy or hang out the neighborhood sushi bar, Hatsuyuki Handroll Bar recently voted Top 100 Places to Eat in 2019 by Yelp.
- Regional Favorite - Cowboy Cuisine
Reata Restaurant, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine all hang their hat on the regional favorite, Cowboy Cuisine. Savor the flavor of the southwest and order the Kangaroo Carpaccio Nachos, Pepper-Crusted Buffalo Tenderloin or Crab-Stuffed Jalapenos.
- Stockyards National Historic District
The jingle of spurs, the rhythm of hoof beats and the sound of cattle bawling draw visitors to a distant time. Watch the Fort Worth Herd’s twice-daily cattle drive or tend your blues at one of the many local saloons in the Stockyards National Historic District where history lives on.
- Fort Worth Herd
Created in remembrance of Fort Worth’s colorful past, 16 longhorn steers make their way down the historic bricks of Exchange Ave in the Stockyards National Historic District, twice a day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Driven by a team of genuine cowhands and led by female Trail Boss Kristin Jaworski, the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive is a must-see.
- Boot, scoot and twirl: Billy Bob’s Texas, White Elephant Saloon, Stagecoach Ballroom
Fancy trying out your moves to the beat of a country tune? Head to Billy Bob’s Texas – the world’s largest honky-tonk, where Country Western music’s best perform on Friday and Saturday nights. Swing by the White Elephant Saloon and the Stagecoach Ballroom to see where all the fun began.
- Rags and Riches: Cattle Barons and Outlaws
From cattle barons to infamous outlaws, Fort Worth has seen it all. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid played in downtown’s Hell’s Half Acre, while wealthy oil tycoons built European-style mansions that still stand today. Lay your head where the outlaws Bonnie and Clyde stayed at the Stockyards Hotel – you’ll even find Bonnie’s gun still on display.
- Nearby Ranches: Wildcatter Ranch and Beaumont Ranch
Walk in the boots of a real cowboy at any of the working ranches found on the outskirts of Fort Worth: Wildcatter Ranch Resort and Beaumont Ranch. Whether looking for luxury or to partake in a real-life cattle drive, Fort Worth offers it all.
- Sports Worth the Drive
Root for the home team, Major League Baseball’s American League Texas Rangers, at Globe Life Park located a mere 20 minutes away from downtown. During football season, suit up and put on your game day best before heading to AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Home to the renowned Jim McLean Golf School, Nike Golf’s Research & Development facility – “The Oven,” and a variety of clubs and courses including the Colonial Country Club, which hosts the PGA’s Charles Schwab Challenge, the city is a notable destination for golf lovers.
- TCU Big 12 Football
Fort Worth bleeds purple for the Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs, a Big 12 contender. Catch a game, and Fear the Frog!
- NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway
NASCAR and IndyCar professionals race to the finish line three times a year at Texas Motor Speedway, the second-largest sports facility in the nation. In addition to the year-round races, spectators now enjoy high-speed thrills on the world’s largest HD video board nicknamed “Big Hoss.”
- Trinity Trails
70+ miles of trails and counting are available throughout the city with multiple entry points to hike, bike, walk or run along. Horseback riding is also available, including four separate trailheads designated for horse trailer parking. Approximately 8,000 new trees have been planted, while the majority of 250 city-owned parks are accessible via the Trinity.
- Panther Island Pavilion (PIP)
Located on the banks of the Trinity River on the outskirts of downtown, PIP boasts the only waterfront stage in Texas; free summer music and tubing series; canoe and kayak rentals from Backwoods Rentals; Standup Paddle Board Yoga and multiple annual events year-round.
- Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
As one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States, the Nature Center boasts over 3,600 acres of native flora and fauna, 20 miles of hiking trails and the original Fort Worth Herd. Bison Feeding Hayrides and Saturday Nature Hikes are among the many activities open to the public.
- Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
Home to 2,500-plus species of plants and 23 specialty gardens, the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens is the oldest and most captivating in Texas. From the koi-filled pools in the world-renowned Japanese Garden to the intoxicating aroma of roses in the European-style rose garden, visitors enjoy every moment.
- Panther Island Pavilion, Rockin’ the River and concerts
Panther Island Pavilion is one of the city’s hottest musical venues that houses a variety of concerts year-round, including: Rockin’ the River – Live on the Trinity, a free music and tubing series.
- Scat Jazz Lounge
Voted one of the “Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the World” by Downbeat Magazine, this back-alley venue showcases some of the best local, regional and national talent.
- Billy Bob’s Texas – the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk
Country Western legends such as Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard call Billy Bob’s Texas home. Drawing big name artists and thousands of fans (6,000 to be exact) since 1980, this legendary music hall is known for being the largest club in the world and offering LIVE bull riding every Friday and Saturday night.
- Famous Friends
Internationally acclaimed classical pianist Van Cliburn, 13-time Grammy Award Winner T Bone Burnett and Texas Country Western musician Pat Green have all called Fort Worth home. Discover their legacies at well-known musical competitions and venues such as the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition held at Bass Performance Hall, Billy Bob’s Texas – the world’s largest honky-tonk and Record Town, where T Bone Burnett received his musical education.
- World-Class Art
Visit five museums in one day. The Fort Worth Cultural District touts famous artwork from the likes of Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Andy Warhol, all within walking distance of each other: Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
- One-of-a-Kind Museums
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum of its kind in the world that celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience and independence that helped shape the American West. Inductees include Sandra Day O’Conner, Annie Oakley and Vera McGinnis among others.
- Life On the Western Plains
Peruse the work of well-known Western artists, Fredric Remington and Charles Russell, for free at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the Sid Richardson Museum. The impressive collections were established through the generosity of Fort Worth philanthropist Amon G. Carter Sr. and oil tycoon Sid Richardson.
- Festival Frenzy
Fort Worth hosts major annual festivals, drawing millions of visitors from across the nation: Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Main Street Arts Festival, Fort Worth Opera Festival, Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, Mayfest, Fort Worth Fourth, Oktoberfest, Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival, and the Lone Star Film Festival.
Budget-Friendly Family Fun
- Wild Encounters
Voted the top 4 Zoo in the nation by USA Today, the Fort Worth Zoo is home to 7,000-plus native and exotic animals. Overnight safaris, summer and winter camps, scavenger hunts and behind-the-scenes experiences are just a few of the exciting opportunities.
- The Western Way
Watch the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive as the Fort Worth Herd makes it way down Exchange Avenue in the famous Stockyards National Historic District. Authentically clad, the drovers educate visitors about life on the cattle drive during Behind the Scenes with the Fort Worth Herd, held every Saturday and Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day, at 1:30PM.
- Triple the Fun
Enjoy Grapevine’s Vintage Railroad coach that rides into the Stockyards every Saturday afternoon at 2:30. While here, explore Stockyards Station’s many shops and restaurants, the Cattle Pen Maze and mechanical bull. Learn to two-step with the family at Billy Bob’s Texas – the world’s largest honky-tonk or catch the world’s only year-round rodeo at Cowtown Coliseum.
- Hands-on Experiences
Learn about life during 19th-century Texas at Log Cabin Village located across the street from the Fort Worth Zoo. History comes to life through authentic log cabin homes, blacksmith shops, a one-room schoolhouse, educational classes and much more.
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