Fort Worth Visitors Bureau...
One of the first stops you should make is the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau for lots of great info in and around the Fort Worth area. They can supply you with brochures and maps and any helpful information to make sure you do not miss anything during your stay.
There is also another Visitors Bureau in the Stockyards.
The Bureau is open..
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.pm
Saturday 10am to 4.pm
415 Throckmorton Street
Forth Worth is divided into 3 distinct districts. The Cultural District is only minutes from the busy downtown area, and provides wonderful art galleries, museums, entertainment, sporting venues, and of course beautifully laid out gardens.
The Historic District is where you will get a feel of the American West. The Stockyards covers 125 acres.
There is the rodeo, Billy Bobs, great sounvenir and western clothing stores as well as being able to see the worlds only daily cattle drive.
The Downtown area is more the business area but not without its attractions, entertainment, good restaurants and the charm of their constant efforts in preservation.
Fort Worth has so much to offer. Don't go to Dallas without leaving a couple of spare days to visit Fort Worth - more if you can because there is so much to see and do.
The downtown area still retains an old feel to it and is uninhibited by too many tall modern buildings. Walking around downtown is very easy and there are some great shops and restaurants.
The Cultural District is filled with amazing museums and galleries and they are all close to each other to be able to get around them easily - but allow plenty of time.
This old 1896 restored steam train rolls into the Stockyards Station twice daily from Grapevine. The name of the train comes from an old 1873 railroad map which showed the city as the central station with routes stretching out like the legs of a spider. The coaches date back to 1925 and the train follows the 21 mile route of the Cotton Belt line.
140 E. Exchange Ave.
Next to the Livestock Exchange building is the Coliseum. This was the location of the first indoor rodeo which was held in 1918. The first live radio broadcast took place in 1923. Rodeos are held every Friday and Saturday nights and features steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping and barrow racing not to mention traditional bull riding.
121 East Exchange Ave.
This is an interactive museum with exhibits, theatre presentations and authentic memorabilia of the pioneer days of the Southwest. It also has one of the largest collections of branding irons in the world. You will find talking mannequins which really make the legends and stories come alive. Take a closer look at the cowboys, rustlers and lawmen of the old west.
There is a small admission charged and free for children under 4 yrs..
1301 West 7th St
Favorite thing: Cowtown and the Stockyards are unique. You definitely know you are in cowboy territory. There are some great shops filled with Texas souvenirs, western clothing shops for all your tassled shirts, cowboy hats and of course the carefully crafted hand carded boots in any colour you can imagine. Go into the leather shops and see the handcrafted saddles - you would have to be serious to ever buy one at $3,000 plus but they are exquisite. Make sure you get there in time for the Fort Worth Herd trail down Exchange St. Finish off your day or break it up, with a visit to one of the great restaurants there. You won't regret your visit.
After we parked, we walked down the street in front of the stockyards, waiting for the morning cattle drive. We were a little early, so we went into the Visitor's Center, which is both air conditioned and free. Also it has rest rooms and information. It is here that you buy the tickets to the walking tours.
Fondest memory: The Visitor's Center is open
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
The facade of the Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth is decorated in 48' high limestone sculptures. Each of these Herald Angels is sending a silent note heavenward, blowing on long, slender trumpets.
In the middle of the residential quad at Texas Christian University we came across this memorial fountain. At first glance, the structures looked like water lilies rising from an azure pool. And yet somehow they echo the angels' trumpets, too.
They are so busy telling people that Fort Worth sucks, they never have stopped to reflect that they have never left the ugly, concrete, historyless, plastic city we call Dallas. I can't tell you how many Dallosers I have kidnapped and forced to visit Fort Worth . Once they realize they can see with out squinting through a murky haze, that we have trees, museums, and history, that no one is trying to shoot them on the highway, that we smile, and that it doesn't matter how much money you make here, I can't get them to go home. They want to move in. Luckily hospitality is found in Fort Worth also.
Fondest memory: The way I felt when I walked into my living room an saw a cloud floating into my apartment. It is difficult to find domestic highrises in Texas. The view is breathtaking. Seeing a cloud in my livingroom was, for lack of better terms, priceless.
Favorite thing: When you come to Fort Worth, don't expect the usual. Fort Worth is anything but that. Yea, I'm kinda partial. After all, I grew up here. You can easily spend two weeks here and never do the same thing twice. I tried to give you a take of the Fort Worth area, but with Dallas so close to here, if your not happy with what we have to offer, I'm sure you'll find plenty to do there as well. In Fort Worth, it's like living in the big , not so big city. We have our areas of concern, but overall, you'll find it a great place to be. People in this area are from all over. While growing up, this used to be a town of nothing but Texan's. Now, people have found out what a great place this can be and come from all over. You'll get a different blend of cultures and emotions from every angle. If anything, it's anything but boring. If your planning a trip to this area, drop me a line and I'll see if I can help out.
There's lots to experience in the Stockyards: the Tarantula Train - A train from 1896 that travels between the Stockyards in Ft. Worth and Grapevine, Tx. Fares are a bit steep, but if you like trains, you might like this.
And, the Fort Worth Herd - See cowboys run a cattle herd right through the Stockyards. It goes twice daily. http://www.fortworthherd.com/
Fondest memory: walking in the Stockyards - checking out all the Western themed stores, hanging out in various dusty saloons, and seeing cowboy shootouts in the middle of the street - there's a place for rodeos too.
share a barbeque with a native!
Fondest memory: While visiting the Fort Worth area, I had the opportunity to meet my VT friend, Elaine. We went to the Stockyards and shared a great barbeque meal at Riscky's while listening to live country music. It was a really great day!
Fort Worth is really a big small-town. There are only a few localized places of interest such as The Stockyards North of the downtown, The Botanical Gardens and Will Rodger's arena West of downtown, and then the downtown itself. The heart of downtown Fort Woth is called Sundance Square and there are several bars, restaurants, and movie theaters within walking distance of each other. Parking in most downtown areas is completely free in the evenings and weekends, so park anywhere and enjoy walking around the square.
Fondest memory: There are several lakes in the vicinity of Fort Worth. Some are better than others, but most people enjoy the convenience of Eagle Mountain lake. It's just northwest of the downtown off of HWY 199. If you know someone with a boat like I do, then go tie up with us and enjoy a few beers with the locals.
Visit the Historic Stockyards north of downtown Fort Worth! There you'll get a flavor for the 'Old West' and have a chance to do some really great shopping. Billy Bob's is the 'World's Largest Indoor Honkey Tonk' located in the Stockyards. There you can watch bull riding on Friday or Saturday nights, dance the two-step, play pool, watch cowboys and cowgirls, sip a tasty drink, and enjoy a great featured performer in concert.
Fondest memory: There are many fine golf courses in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. I have many awesome friends in the community that are Finnish or have an interest in Finland.