Located in Northern Central Texas, Fort Worth was once an old-fashioned town of cowboys, rawhide, and Wild West trades. That is, until the late 19th century, when trades dwindled and other people decided to build the city up. Since then, Fort Worth has become a modern hub for business and leisure.
Daytime in the city is bustling with to-and-fro businessmen and women, some traveling with companies, others dedicating their time to corporations in Fort Worth. On the outskirts of the city, there are lots of nature trails and foot paths, perfect for joggers, cyclists, sight-seers, nature lovers, and dog walkers.
Looking for fun things to do in Fort Worth?
Visit the Fort Worth Zoo
Families love Forth Worth for the kid-friendly attractions, like the Fort Worth Zoo. There are well over 7,000 animals of 435 species housed here, covering 64 acres of both nature-made and man-made habitats.
How the zoo started is a cute and quirky story, as the founder began in 1909 with a single lion, an alligator, two baby bears, a coyote, a peacock, and a handful of rabbits.
Since then, the zoo has expanded exponentially, becoming an educational, fun place for all kinds of daily travelers and locals. Some of the exhibits include the Snake House, Parrots Paradise, Raptor Canyon, and Asian Falls.
Snag an ice cream cone and sit on a park bench to watch the exotic birds and wildcats. Or, participate in interactive shows to learn more about the zoo’s array of fascinating animals.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Another family-friendly, educational must-see is the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Located on Gendy Street, there are interactive science projects, hands-on exhibits, play zones for children, a ginormous planetarium with live shows, IMAX films, and a large play area for toddlers. There are even mini splash areas, where children can learn about water, as well as other natural elements. Some of the exhibits are permanent, such as the human body and nature, but some are ever-changing to introduce different scientific themes and facts to visitors.
Refresh yourself at the Fort Worth Water Gardens
To beat the notorious Texas heat in the summers, take a short drive to Fort Worth Water Gardens—an urban park with water sculptures, pools, fountains, and waterfalls sprawled across 4.3 acres. Fun move fact: This park was the location for Logan’s Run—a thrilling sci-fi film from 1976 that starred Michael York and Jenny Agutter.
Of course, adults can play in the water, but there are designated splash pads for kiddos, specifically toddlers and smaller children. Many past guests to the Water Gardens have called it THE place for summer romance. While others go here for the amazing photography opportunities.
Getty Hungry? Chow down on delicious Fort Worth Cuisine!
Fort Worth, Texas is home to big Southern and Midwestern appetites, and even bigger portion sizes. That said, there are over a thousand restaurants to quell any cravings. Most locals love the Velvet Taco and most travelers love the grab-and-go element.
Top-ranked as one of the best taco restaurants in Fort Worth, the Velvet Taco serves up a combo of delicious ingredients within homemade tortillas. Sure, it’s cheap eats, but delicious.
Compile your own taco from a list of ingredients, such as chicken, pork, and steak, with pineapple, cilantro, refried beans, queso fresco, and coleslaw. Dessert-wise, locals swear the homemade red velvet cake is the absolute best they’ve ever had.
The Stockyards are calling your name!
You just can't visit Fort Worth without exploring the famous Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District! Step into the old West and discover wooden corrals, well-used brick walkways, and see one of the famous twice-daily cattle drives at 11:30 AM or 4 PM.
Dine in a 1915 original packing house (now restored) and home to Los Vaqueros. Spring for the Steak Ranchera, a charbroiled Ribeye smothered in ranchera sauce, Monterrey Jack cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole and served with chili con carne and a cheese enchilada. Or, try Don Juan's Coco Von or try Tara's Brisket Tacos. It's all quite satisfying!
Not in the mood for southwestern food? Then head over to Billy Bob's Texas Honky Tonk Kitchen for the most amazing authentic Texas Cuisine and try a plate of meat by ordering a sample of chopped brisket, smoked pulled pork, Llano sausage, ribs, sliced beef or chicken. They've got fried pickles, chuckwagon chili, southern Frito pie, bock bear fried onions and jalapenos, fried okra, dogs and root beer floats on the menu too!
Looking for some Texas BBQ? Coopers Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que is famous for it's 'Big Chop and you really can't go wrong with a dining establishment that has been serving up happy customers since 1953!
While in the area, there are plenty of fun things to do in Fort Worth's Stockyards. Enjoy a Segway tour, rent a bike or pay $2 a person and walk through the Petting Zoo each Friday-Saturday-Sunday from 10:30 AM - 5 PM. Attend an event at the Cowtown Coliseum or enjoy a quick walk through to enjoy displays of memorabilia.
If you enjoy a good solo or family challenge, try out the ever-changing Cowtown Cattle Pen Maze. View the maze from an observation deck then journey through 5,400 square feet of turns to beat the clock and find your way out. Though grapes are sourced from California, the Cowtown Winery is a fun place for adults to visit and taste dry reds, dry whites, semi-sweet fruit wines and dessert ports.
After a fun day exploring, you'll need a nice place to relax and Fort Worth lodging is excellent!
Stay At One of the Best Hotels in Fort Worth!
When you make plans for a vacation to Fort Worth, you should definitely plan on staying for longer than a weekend. Sure, you can get a lot of sight-seeing accomplished in 2 days, but why rush yourself? Book one of the following top-ranked Fort Worth hotels for the full experience—Embassy Suites by Hilton, Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, Omni Hotel, and The Ashton Hotel.
Embassy Suites by Hilton
Embassy Suites by Hilton on Commerce Street is an all-modern hotel in a classy, urban atmosphere. The hotel towers at the center of Fort Worth, making it the top-ranked stay for business professionals to the city. A few notable hotel features include an on-site restaurant that serves daily free breakfasts, a bar and lounge, a heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub, and meeting rooms with free internet access.
Check out the Sid Richardson Museum, less than a mile from Embassy Suites, to see a fine collection of 20th century Western artworks.
Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown
On Commerce Street, the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel is the kind of hotel that you can SEE the comforts in guest photos. The beds are plush, plump, and spacious, with clean linens, fluffed pillows, and the perfect collision of soft and firm. Other hotel room amenities include desk space with touch-base lamps, a well-furnished and comfy sitting space, high-speed internet, free basic cable on a flat-screen television, and a stand-in shower with fantastic water pressure.
While breakfast is served complimentary and offered daily, take a walk to the Little Red Wasp for something different and delicious, like homemade, fruit-topped French toast, or a deviled egg appetizer.
Open seven days a week, they serve a scrumptious brunch on Saturdays and Sundays til 4, offer a great lunch and dinner menu and host a happy hour too!
The Omni Hotel in Fort Worth is located on Houston Street and ranked the 5th best hotel in the city. The outdoor swimming pool is a mega-awesome feature, with a ginormous design, well-lit crystalline waters, and surrounding lounge chairs. Many guests spend their time here, soaking up the sunshine in summer.
Dubbed the height of progressive luxury, and voted one of the most romantic hotels in Fort Worth, other accommodations include a hot tub, simple spa services, concierge services, room service, and an on-site bar and lounge. Take a moment to step into history on the corner of Main and 8th Street when you visit the JFK Tribute, located less than a mile from the Omni Hotel.
The Ashton Hotel
Seated alongside Main Street, The Ashton Hotel is a classy boutique stay, decked out in a combo of antique luxuries and modern comforts. Each room is slightly different in décor and amenities, but all are comfortable, cozy, and well-furnished. Amenities include huge king-sized beds, down pillows, plush comforters, free high-speed internet, electronic docking stations, flat-screen televisions with free basic cable, and spacious bathrooms with custom robes.
In your down time, stroll to Sundance Square, a sprawling 35 block area downtown with 24-hour monitored security. Peruse the shop-lined sidewalks, town square and fountains, and watch live musicians and street performers. Shop, dine,
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