An in-depth guide to making your Fort Worth trip memorable & fun!
Fort Worth is located in North Texas and is the 5th largest city in Texas, just short of 1 million in population, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the Lone Star State. Fort Worth is also known for its history, art, culture …and cowboys (the real ones)! Today, the city has become known for its eclectic mix of restaurants and live music venues but has never veered from its cowboy culture, rich history, and good vibes – a great mix in my book! Here is Texas Travel Talk’s Fort Worth Travel Guide.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is full and wide with towns in between and shares some of the same glory – DFW Airport and the Dallas Cowboys!
Fort Worth Travel Guide
The city of Fort Worth is home to Texas Christian University (TCU), Pacific Railway, Fort Worth Convention Center, American Airlines, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texas Wesleyan University (TWU), many tourist attractions, entertainment venues, and the oldest zoo in Texas.
2. Must-sees in Fort Worth
15 Things you can’t leave Fort Worth without seeing or visiting.
- A longhorn
- Longhorn cattle drive
- Billy Bob’s Texas
- A gunfight (it’s fake)
- A real cowboy
- Trinity River
- The beautiful Fort Worth Courthouse
- John Wayne Museum
- A rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum
- Stockyard Station
- Buc-ee’s (I-35 & Hwy 114)
- Sundance Square during the holidays
- The General Store (Stockyards) A Texas souvenir store.
- Fort Worth Water Gardens
- Joe T. Garcia’s (a Fort Worth restaurant icon)
3. Fort Worth’s Neighborhoods
Explore Fort Worth’s Best Neighborhoods
- Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
- Fort Worth Zoo.
- Kimbell Art Museum
- Fort Worth Botanic Garden
- Fort Worth Water Gardens
- Amon Carter Museum of American Art
- Sundance Square
- Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
1. Downtown Fort Worth
There are many great things to do in downtown Fort Worth. Panther Island on the Trinity River can be accessed downtown. Rent a kayak or another water sport, and listen to live music on the weekends. Eat good food and have fun. Downtown is entirely walkable, with many restaurants, hotels, bars, and shops.
• Sundance Square
Sundance Square is a 35-block commercial, residential, entertainment, and retail district in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. A walkable part of downtown and a hip place to spend the day into night for the whole family. It sets itself apart from the downtown area. Parking is plentiful, and some sites are free to park if you get there early. Otherwise, there are parking garages that may or may not be free to park. They used to be free.
This area also includes many restaurants with patio seating overlooking Sundance Square Plaza (an excellent place for people-watching), many on the square, and all walkable.
• Sid Richardson Museum
A museum located in historic Sundance Square that features paintings by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell and other late 19th and early 20th-century artists who worked in the American West.
• Bass Performance Hall
Catch a play or see The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
• Fort Worth Water Gardens
Next to the Fort Worth Convention Center, you’ll find beautiful water gardens that are free to walk around.
More places worth noting downtown:
The Bookstore Bar and Cafe
The Attic Bar & Bistro – Fort Worth
The Bearded Lady
Texas Jamm Band BBQ
2. Stockyards National Historic District
The Fort Worth Stockyards is a historic Fort Worth district established in 1849. It’s home to the Fort Worth Cattle Herd – a cattle drive that takes place twice daily, except Sunday, right on E. Exchange St. The drive begins at 11 am and 4:30 pm each day and lasts about 30 minutes. The street is blocked off from cars, and visitors can watch from the sidewalk alongside the herd as it passes through the street.
The Stockyards National Historic District is a significant part of Fort Worth and my favorite area to take friends to when they visit. The Stockyards is home to rodeos, museums, the twice-daily cattle drive, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and Billy Bob’s, among others.
You’ll also find plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars all up and down Exchange St. and Main Street.
3. Fort Worth Cultural District
The Cultural District is a collection of museums and theaters in Fort Worth. It is home to the Will Rogers Memorial Center *.
- Amon Carter Museum of American Art
- Kimbell Art Museum
- National Cowgirl Museum Hall of Fame *
- Modern Art Museum Texas
- Omni Theater *
- Fort Worth Museum of Science & History *
- Fort Worth Botanical Gardens – one of the top 10 botanical gardens in Texas **
- Japanese Gardens **
- Lower Rose Gardens **
- Casa Manana
* All four places are within walking distance from one another.
** The three gardens are right next to each other, and you can pay one price to see all three.
4. Near Southside
A historic, mixed-use district located just south of downtown Fort Worth.
Restaurants on Magnolia Avenue include many cuisines on our continent:
- Flying Carpet
- King Tut
- Nonna Tata
- The Radler Biergarten
- Gus’s Fried Chicken
- Paco’s Mexican Cuisine
- Salsa Limon
- Yucatan Taco Stand
- Ober Here
- Shinjuku Station
- Wabi House
- Spice by Thai Select
- Heim BBQ
This restaurant list came from Visit Fort Worth’s online newsletter for May 2023.
5. Historic Camp Bowie District
Red brick roads, businesses, restaurants, shops, and more.
6. West 7th
Dinner at Joe T. Garcia’s is a must. Cash only – no credit cards or checks. Yes, this is true. It’s been that way since day one of opening.
7. North Fort Worth
Tanger Outlet Mall
Texas Motor Speedway
Buc-ee’s on I-35 & Hwy 114
Alliance Shopping Center (both sides of I-35)
All are located off I-35.
4. Seasonal Events in Fort Worth
There Is Always Something Happening In FTW
- Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (early February) – A legendary event since 1896.
- National Day of the American Cowboy – July
- Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival
- Fort Worth Opera Festival
- Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Fest
- Lone Star International Film Festival
- Mayfest – first weekend in May at Trinity Park
5. Planning Toolkit for Fort Worth
Everything you need to know about visiting Fort Worth
- High season – Summer
- Weather – relatively warm to hot, but can get down to freezing, and sometimes below.
- Average flight price – $398 – January is the cheapest month to fly into DFW.
- Average hotel price – $212 per night
- Travel restrictions – none
Getting to and from Fort Worth
There is no shortage of ways to take you to the city – by plane, train, automobile, and bus. Public transportation is available in the city. Fly into DFW Airport. It’s an easy drive from Dallas.
Find the perfect stay in Fort Worth.
From cozy, traditional BnBs in historical neighborhoods to mega-hotels featuring the latest modern amenities, Fort Worth has many accommodations to choose from.
6. Once you’re in Fort Worth
Getting around Fort Worth
This trendy city has public transportation options available to efficiently whisk you around – from taxis to Ubers and more.
Renting a car and driving around Fort Worth
Wheeling your way around in a rental allows you to explore the city on your own terms. You control your schedule from the comfort of a family van or a red-hot convertible—your choice—with many rental companies to choose from.
Driving in the city is excellent—no fast-paced drivers like in New York.
Diverse flavors from every corner of the city
Fort Worth tantalizes taste buds with mouth-watering street food, local treats, and sweets, and it’s a destination renowned for its world-class culinary connoisseurs who consistently dish up five-star fare. Everywhere you go, you’ll find American food, Mexican flare, and all international cuisine. Fort Worth is very diversified,
7. Things to do
Fort Worth Travel – The Ultimate Family Destination
From live plays to animal encounters at the zoo, dedicated children’s museums, childminding services, and full-of-fun kids’ clubs, Fort Worth have plenty of child-centered activities. Here are some of the favorite places to visit among locals and tourists.
Casa Manana is a great venue for the family to enjoy live entertainment.
A 3-D or 4-D theater that makes you feel like you’re actually in the movie. It features many films about science, art, history, and adventure.
Fort Worth Zoo
An amazing place to see hundreds of species from around the world and participate in lots of fun learning activities. The Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked as the #1 and #2 zoo in the nation by USA Today.
Dicky’s Arena Concert Hall
Dicky’s Arena concert hall is a great venue for seeing live music and other performances.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
It offers over 2,500 species of native and tropical plants in its 21 specialty gardens.
Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
Preserves and promotes the heritage of Texas—many stories of the old cowboys who used to roam the area.
Bass Performance Hall
Bass Performance Hall provides a variety of entertainment that includes Broadway musicals, stars from the classical music world, popular music concerts, comedy shows, family events, and more.
Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
Dedicated to conservation through education, research, and advocacy, and providing opportunities for recreation, environmental education programs, nature-based volunteer projects, and wildlife rehabilitation for injured or orphaned animals.
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
This museum features hands-on experiments and activities that will teach you about science. Kids love it here. I would take my toddler here at least every other month when we had a museum pass. It’s worth the $75 or $100 bucks for a pass.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the largest in Fort Worth. It features over 20,000 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, and photographs. The museum has several different exhibits that change throughout the year.
Texas Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway is a popular speedway. It boasts a reputation as one of the fastest circuits in the country and hosts two NASCAR races and a popular round of the IndyCar Series.
The Trinity River area is an excellent place to visit, no matter what time of year you’re in the city. It’s located just south of downtown and has plenty of green space for walking and biking, with lots of wildlife to spot along the way.
To get there from downtown, head south on Main Street (US 183) until it ends at Houston Avenue; turn right onto Houston Avenue, then left onto Berry Street, which leads straight into the park grounds.
There are 12 TX Travel Information Centers Locations in Texas, with three closest to Fort Worth – Gainesville, Denison, or Wichita Falls coming from Oklahoma on I-35 North. There is also one in Amarillo coming from Colorado/New Mexico. If you’re coming from the south or Texas Hill Country area, stop at the one in Austin.
I hope you found this Fort Worth Travel Guide worth your while. Please let us know if there is anything you need to know to have a wonderful trip to Fort Worth.
If you’re in the area during the fall months – check out fall family activities in Fort Worth – most are in October & November when autumn hits us here in Texas!