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A taste of the Wild West

From its rich Western history to its vibrant food culture, Fort Worth truly has it all. Taking a stroll through the picturesque parks, visiting the endless museums, and immersing yourself in the live music scene are just some of the top things to do in this cowboy city. However, what truly sets Fort Worth apart is its delectable food scene, with barbecue found at almost every restaurant you stumble across. From cattle drives at the famed Stockyards to the National Cowgirl Museum, you can discover the real Wild West in Fort Worth.

Top 7 attractions in Fort Worth

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

Fort Worth, once known as Cowtown, is a city that never forgot its roots. You can see those roots still honored at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, where a Texas longhorn cattle herd takes to the streets daily. This festive ritual is exemplary of how the city continues to embrace its Cowboys and Culture brand.More
Log Cabin Village

Log Cabin Village

Take a step back in time to 19th-century Texas at Fort Worth’s Log Cabin Village. Explore authentic log homes, a blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse, a smokehouse, and a water-powered gristmill from the mid-1800s. Along the way, meet costumed interpreters that help bring history to life.More

Billy Bob's Texas

The famous roadhouse-style barbecue steak, brisket, and ribs are only part of the story at Billy Bob’s Texas, dubbed the world’s largest honky tonk. More than 6,000 people can squeeze into the Fort Worth venue to watch country music concerts, hit the dance floor, dine at the restaurant, play arcade games, or watch a bull riding contest.More
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (The Modern)

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (The Modern)

Home to one of the country’s biggest collections of modern and contemporary art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (The Modern) is equally celebrated for its striking steel-and-glass building, which suffuses the works with light. Collection highlights include works by Picasso, Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and other famed artists.More
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, is a tribute to the women who helped shape the frontier through interactive exhibits and captivating displays. Come get a glimpse of the enduring legacy of cowgirls, with exhibitions diving into the history of women in the Wild West and featuring rare artifacts like Annie Oakley’s wedding ring.More
Christian Arts Museum of Fort Worth

Christian Arts Museum of Fort Worth

Home to some of the world's most unique modern art depicting Christianity, the Christian Arts Museum of Forth Worth has both excellent permanent and visiting collections. The pillar of its permanent collection is a life-size depiction of Da Vinci's famous paintingThe Last Supper, created in wax by sculptor Katherine Stubergh. The wax display has been in Fort Worth since the 1960s, though it was restored before being placed in the museum. Similarly to those in wax museums around the world, the figures are noted for their lifelike appearance. There is also a superb collection of paintings and handmade bronze crosses.The exterior of the museum is grounded by two columns and an arched entryway that leads to its foyer and galleries. During the holiday season, the museum features rotating exhibits such as the Ark of the Covenant and nativity scenes from around the world.More
Texas Civil War Museum

Texas Civil War Museum

Home to the largest collection of Civil War artifacts west of the Mississippi, the Texas Civil War Museum boasts everything from weapons used on the battlefield to Victorian-era dresses. The museum displays artifacts from both the Union and Confederate sides of the conflict and highlights the role Texas played in the Civil War.More
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All about Fort Worth

When to visit

Fort Worth has moderate weather most of the year. Spring and fall offer milder temperatures, making exploring the gardens and streets much more comfortable on foot. While winters are not as cold as in other parts of the country, temperatures can still dip into the mid-30s. However, this is also when the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is on, bringing a week of parades, shows, and music. Summers are warm, with highs in the mid-90s.

Getting around

Most visitors will find the public bus network, the Trinity Metro Bus, to be most helpful, with more than 30 routes connecting downtown with many attractions, including The Stockyards and the zoo. However, if you really want to soak up the atmosphere of Fort Worth, consider cycling through one of the city's charming neighborhoods. The streets are lined with vibrant murals, funky shops, and some of the best eats in town, with public bicycle sharing available at kiosks throughout town.

Traveler tips

The public art scene is big in Fort Worth. You'll find colorful murals and street art around some neighborhoods, including Magnolia Street in the Hospital District and many sidewalks in the Foundry District. They offer unique photo ops and make for some fun sightseeing on foot. If you have a car, a must-visit is the Coyote Drive-In, an old-school drive-in movie theater with food and drinks available.

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People Also Ask

What is Fort Worth, Texas, known for?

Known for its unparalleled cultural scene, Fort Worth boasts many world-renowned museums and art galleries. The city is a paradise for art lovers, from the masterpieces on display at the Kimbell Art Museum to the mesmerizing sculptures at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

How do you spend a day in Fort Worth?

Start your day by indulging in a delectable breakfast at one of the many charming cafes in Sundance Square. From there, head to the world-renowned Cultural District and spend time at the Kimbell Art Museum. Finally, top off your day with a visit to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

Can you walk around downtown Fort Worth?

Yes, walking through the bustling streets of Fort Worth is a great way to admire the historic buildings and the vibrant murals, with every corner a visual treat. The streets around Sundance Square are very walkable, allowing you to soak in its unique vibe and stumble upon local cafes.

Which is bigger, Austin or Fort Worth?

Austin takes the cake. Austin is the fourth largest city in Texas, while Fort Worth is close behind in fifth. While they are similar in size, Austin is more expensive to live in, and Fort Worth is often considered easier to move around.

Does Fort Worth have a nightlife?

Yes, beneath the Western hats lies a bustling nightlife scene just waiting to be discovered. Whether live music, craft beer, or cocktails, Fort Worth has plenty of sophisticated and playful options. Billy Bob's Texas is legendary with country music and an authentic Western vibe.

Is Fort Worth a cheap place to visit?

Yes, unlike some cities that might leave a dent in your wallet, Fort Worth is refreshingly affordable. With plenty of free and low-cost attractions, visiting Cowtown won't break the bank. Explore the Fort Worth Stockyards or admire art at the Amon Carter Museum without spending a dime.

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