From Roughriding to Rough Ice
The coliseum in the Stockyards District played host to a Friday night rodeo. It included bull riding and roping in clouds of swirling dust - just what one expects in a place that calls itself CowTown.
Downtown on Saturday night we caught the UNEXPECTED: a hockey game between the CHL Fort Worth Brahmas and the Tulsa Oilers, an icy free-for-all worthy of Ulf Samuelson and Company. (Well, almost.)
No Jumbotron instant replays here. "Offsides" was never called. But a Texas crowd participating in an essentially Canadian game was entertainment in itself. On-ice fights brought the crowd to its feet more than once - there was a strong temptation to shout 'get 'im, cowboy!"
Off ice attractions included some mighty fine cheerleaders.
Equipment: In all, a good show for $5.00. Tickets were available through our hotel concierge and could also be purchased at the gate.
- Family Travel
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- Horse Riding
Ever wanted to live your life as a steer? Being directed through a maze of pens and enclosures, trying to make your way out to the green grass? Well in the Fort Worth Stockyards Historical District, you can do just that. At the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, Inc. Human stockyard maze, you can go through a well constructed human maze system which is designed to look just like a real stockyard cattlepen. It is designed to afford you hours of fun trying to make it through. If you plan on leaving your kids for a few minutes, there is also a viewing deck located above the maze so that you can watch them run safely from atop.
Equipment: Orienteering skill, and a rat in a maze spirit.
- Theme Park Trips
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
Ride the Mechanical Bull!
If you are one of the more adventurous types, I would recommend heading to the Stockyards Historical Districts to try riding the mechanical bull. Some of the biggest toughest guys in Fort Worth have been turned into sniveling crybabies when this particular bull drops you.
Luckily, there is the nice safe landing area with plenty of pillowy air mattresses. The ride operators seem to have alot of fun starting you off easy, building up your confidence, and then whipping you down as soon as you get a little full of yourself.
Equipment: Just bring your riding spirit.
Fort Worth has a few minor league sports teams: Fort Worth Cats and Fort Worth Brahmas and Texas Rim Rockers. The Cats are a minor-league baseball team. They get overshadowed by the Texas Rangers, but with the way the Rangers play sometimes, the Cats might be a good alternative.
The Ft. Worth Brahmas are a minor league hockey team. Yeah, I think it's kind of strange to have hockey teams in warm weather places too. But, they usually find a way to keep the ice from melting. There was a minor league team in Dallas too...until the Stars moved to town. The Brahmas play at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
There's also a minor league basketball team called the Texas Rim Rockers. They play in the USBL and are a new franchise...the Rockers seem to be having some trouble...so they might not be around too much longer. They play from April to June - home games at the Sid Richardson Center at Texas Wesleyan University.
Colonial Golf Tournament
The Colonial and the Byron Nelson in Dallas are major golf tournaments which attract all the big names in pro golf. Let the pros show you how it's done...or you can play yourself...here's a website all about Texas golf: http://www.golftexas.com/
Trinity Trails is around 32 miles of paved trail, some of which meander through a half-dozen of the city's many parks. You can join the trail almost anywhere from Northside Drive and Samuels to Foster Park, just north of I-20. They are perfect for biking, walking or rollerblading. There are future plans to connect Fort Worth tails with the Arlington trail system.
Live Pro Bull Riding
Billy Bob's is the first and the largest night club in the US to have live Bull Riding on real bulls, not mechanical ones. The have been operating their arena for 20 years and 25,000 bulls have been ridden there. Professional and semi-professional riders buck and bounce on the backs of 1,800 - 2,000 lb bulls. The Bull Riding Arena is in the far corner next to the Let'er Buck Saloon. The performances are every Friday and Saturday nights and the rodeo cowboys compete for cash prizes.
If your into sports, your in the right place. In the Fort Worth and Dallas area, we have more sports than ABC, NBC and Fox television. We're home to the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, horse racing, car racing, drag racing, skydiving, scuba diving, running, jogging, and a whole lot more. If its sports you want, then your home.
Equipment: See my pages on individual sports as they get posted.
Have you ever been to a race track? We went to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a couple of years ago. That is a great race track in itself. So is Charlotte. Texas Motor Speedway is also destined to become one of the greats. It's located about 19 miles due north of Fort Worth off of I-35 W at Hwy 114 (northwest corner of the intersection). I have a relative who knows a lot about the track and usually the track will have some type of event 340 out of 360 days a year. If it's not racing of some kind, then there are concerts or other type of events. Here at the track, NASCAR tickets (if bought legally and early) can be found from $60 for less desirable seating to much more. Actually, I have not found a real bad seat anywhere. The NASCAR event has to be one of the largest though. We went two years ago and sat in a crowd of about 260,000. We were all elbow to elbow and I gaurantee you, no one complained about anything. Plan to spend 2 hours getting to the track before the race and 5 to 6 hours just to get out to the freeway afterwards. Since we were locals, we only had to spend about 4 hours reaching a side road and shortcut home. Most people can expect a lot worse. If you go to the track while there's no race, take the tour. Tours are $6 US for adults and $4 US for seniors or kids under 12. It's we'll worth it. While your driving around the track, be sure to take the outside seat. You'll figure out why when you make the turns. If you want to try your hand at driving a race car, they also have that available as well. Maybe you just want to leave the driving to someone else. That's available too (at 160 mph). Have fun!
Equipment: Jackets are a must in the winter. It can get cold. Otherwise, no special gear (unless you have a team favorite).
I just wanted to let everyone know that they should've bet on TEXAS over usc, TEXAS was just letting them score, so they could rip their heart out at the end, it was so fun to watch TEXAS destroy usc. I think that Fort Worth high school could have beat usc, because its in TEXAS. Everything is so much better here, I don't understand why anyone would want to even live in southern california, TEXAS is way bigger and better!
Equipment: BRING YOUR TEXAS PRIDE!!!!
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