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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. The City of Cowboys and Culture is home to North Texas’ only whiskey distillery, Firestone & Robertson; the only vodka on the market made from black-eyed peas, TreyMark Black-Eyed Vodka; and three craft breweries: Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., Martin House Brewing and Panther Island Brewing.
- 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 the local favorites:Angelo’s BBQ, Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, Riscky’s BBQ and Railhead Smokehouse 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 Dena Peterson or hang out the neighborhood sushi bar, Little Lily Sushi, rolled by Chef Jesus Garcia and recently voted Top 10 Best New Restaurants by Texas Monthly.
- 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, Beaumont Ranch & Tres Mesquite 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, Beaumont Ranch and Tres Mesquite 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. Or, skip the traffic and catch the TRE from Fort Worth to Dallas and enjoy a game of hockey or basketball.
- Fort Worth-based Sports
Stay local and catch a game at Fort Worth’s LaGrave Field, where both the Fort Worth Vaqueros FC and the Fort Worth Cats – an independent minor league baseball team that has hosted baseball legends such as Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb – call home.
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 Crowne Plaza Invitational, 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, the Big 12’s newest 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, for Duck Commander 500, Firestone 600 and AAA Texas 500 Tripleheader Weekend. 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
Forty 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.
- Lake Worth, Lakeside Rentals
Celebrating its centennial, Lake Worth offers water lovers hiking-and-biking trails, renovated parks, boat launches and paddleboard rentals via Lakeside Rentals. In September 2014, Casino Beach Park – a recreational attraction built in the 1920’s – will reopen to the public providing dining, entertainment and marine recreation as it once did in its glory days.
- 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; Fort Worth Music Festival; Uptapped Fest and Dia de Los Toadies.
- 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.
- Local Favorites
Visit local favorites Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, The Aardvark and White Elephant Saloon for entertainment from local, regional and top performing artists.
- 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.
Breweries and Cocktails
- Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company
A uniquely Texan expression of classic whiskey and the only artisanal bourbon distillery in North Texas, F&R has created two distinct brands: one a straight bourbon whiskey and the other a premium blended whiskey, TX Whiskey. F&R captures their own proprietary wild yeast, a craft that has largely been forgotten. In fact, it hasn’t been done since the end of prohibition when Jim Beam captured the yeast strain used by his distillery today. Look carefully at the top of any bottle of handcrafted TX Whiskey, and you’ll find a piece of Texas history and old-world engineering. Each cap is handcrafted using repurposed boot leather.
- TreyMark Distillery
A young black-eyed pea farmer fed up with a four season West Texas drought and facing a serious financial burden turned a dire situation into…vodka. With a dying bean crop and no insurance to fall back on Trey Nickels took a wild idea and made it a reality. TreyMark Black-Eyed Vodka is distilled in Fort Worth’s up-and-coming Near Southside District in the historic Fire Station No. 5. It is the only vodka on the market made from black-eyed peas.
- Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
A family tradition since 1847, Fritz Rahr followed in his German great-great grandfather’s footsteps when he opened Rahr & Sons Brewing in 2004. Twice a week, tour-and-tasting events at Rahr bring in up to 800 devoted customers, while restaurants and bars across Texas rush to keep up with the demand for Rahr’s beers. Favorite brews include: a Munich-style lager called Rahr’s Blonde; the black lager, Ugly Pug; amber lager, Texas Red; IPA Stormcloud; and signature amber, Buffalo Butt.
- Panther Island Brewing
Panther Island Brewing is located along the banks of the Trinity River in a historic building that once housed some of Fort Worth’s oldest breweries. The brew dream lives on today with four distinct beers: Allergeez, Boom, Cannonball and IPf’nA. Allergeez, an American Pale Wheat Ale brewed with Walker Texas Honey, chamomile flowers and rose hips it’s known to help sooth pesky Texas allergies. Panther Island Brewing is the exclusive beer vendor of Panther Island Pavilion’s family-friendly event, Sunday Funday.
Savor craft cocktails like the French Tart and the Painkiller at GRACE or sip on prohibition style specialties at The Usual. Immerse yourself in the contemporary cocktail habitat known as PROPER Bar and imbibe unique concoctions like the Gomptail or Pickle-tini. Belly up to the bar of GRACE’s sister property, Little Red Wasp and take down a TX Manhattan, made with local Firestone & Robertson TX Whiskey, or show your TCU pride and enjoy a Horned Frog. Take a swig of Fort Worth history at AF+B with a Hell’s Half Acre, or have your dessert first and indulge in a Bourbon Sherry Cobbler cocktail.
- 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.
- World-Class Entertainment in Cowtown
Voted one of the “Top 10 Opera Houses in the World” by Travel + Leisure magazine, Bass Performance Hall is the highlight of downtown Fort Worth and Sundance Square. The Hall is home to the Fort Worth Opera, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, touring Broadway shows and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Cliburn Concerts.
- Festival Frenzy
Fort Worth hosts 10 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, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, Oktoberfest, Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival, and the Lone Star Film Festival.
Budget-Friendly Family Fun
- Wild Encounters
Voted a top 10 Zoo in the nation by TripAdvisor, 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 Cow Camp, 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.
- Splish Splash
Cool off from the Texas heat in Sundance Square Plaza’s splash pad, open daily from 2-6PM. The 35-square-block district offers family-friendly dining, boutique shopping and more.
- 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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