FORT WORTH ON A BUDGET
Fort Worth offers more bang for the buck with plenty to do for little or no charge.
- Many of the city's world-class museums offer free admission to their permanent collections and activities, including:
- Amon Carter Museum of American Art, designed by Philip Johnson, houses a stunning collection of 19th and 20th century paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and photography.
- Kimbell Art Museum features works from antiquity to the Renaissance in a building designed by Louis Kahn, considered one of the architectural masterpieces of the 20th century, and the new, adjacent Renzo Piano Pavilion.
- Sid Richardson Museum on Main Street downtown features permanent and special exhibitions of paintings by the premier Western artists, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.
- Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is free on the first Sunday of every month and half-price on Wednesdays. The facility was designed by architect Tadao Ando.
- Enjoy Fort Worth's green space at Trinity Park along the banks of the Trinity River, home to trail heads, bike sharing stations, a miniature train ride, playgrounds, seasonal festivals and a duck pond.
- Hike along more than 20 miles of trails at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.
- Get up close and personal with 500 species of animals at the Fort Worth Zoo, one of the top 5 in the nation. Visit on Wednesdays for half-price admission of $6 for adults and $4.50 for kids.
- Walk along the Heritage Trails on Main Street, a series of 22 bronze sidewalk markers, ending at the stunning Fort Worth Water Gardens, an urban park designed by Philip Johnson next to the Fort Worth Convention Center. The garden's three pools - meditation pool, aerating pool and active pool - fascinate visitors of all ages.
- Explore the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the oldest garden of its kind in Texas and home to more than 2,500 species of plants in 23 specialty gardens. The world-renowned Japanese Garden pays tribute to a distinctive culture over 7 acres of flora, walking paths and koi ponds. Admission $2 adults, $1 seniors and kids. Children 4 and under free.
- Just north of downtown is Fort Worth's Stockyards National Historic District. Visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and its vast collection of historic wagons for $5 admission. Don't miss The Herd - the world's only twice-daily cattle drive - everyday at 11:30 am and 4 pm.
- Tour the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Western Currency Facility, one of only two U.S. Department of Treasury locations that print money, and it won't cost a dime to see billions of dollars being printed. The 45-minute guided tour visitors is free.
- Walk around Sundance Square - recognized as one of the cleanest and most walkable models of urban development in the country. With 35 blocks of sheer pleasure, downtown Fort Worth has plenty of budget-friendly places to grab a bite to eat.