There really is no more beautiful place within hundreds of miles than in the autumn and spring months in Fort Worth's Japanese Gardens. Sometimes it becomes a sensory overload and there are times when I am visiting that I must sit and let it absorb as if taking it in too fast would lock up my mind. I gaurantee that your trip to Fort Worth will be worth it if only you make it to the Japanese Gardens. It's a place where you literally have to stop to smell the roses, elsewise, you'll miss most of it. Take your time. Feed the fish. Bring a friend or lover to discuss what you see, what you smell, what you feel. You'll leave a richer person and, somehow, all of life's troubles will seem more insignificant, more easily defeatable.
The Japanese Gardens, a separate part of the Botanical Gardens, are absolutely beautiful and relaxing. It is a nice place to take the family, go with someone you love, or just enjoy a little time by yourself. The gardens are peaceful and enchanting. Also, make sure to bring some quarters, because located around the many paths, there are machines where you can buy fish food pellets. Some of the beautiful koi will even eat right out of your hand!
Mon-Sun 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (daylight savings time) and 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (standard time)
Adults $3.00 weekdays, $3.50 week ends and holidays
Seniors $.50 off regular admission
Children (4-12 yrs.) $2.00 - under 4 free
Water Gardens are a spectacular park which features water in all aspects - bubbling, flowing, sprinkling, pouring and gurgling.
Fountains, channels, cascades and pools are all in geometric architectural features. You can view from the top or wander down to the bottom and be in amongst it all. Just an amazing sight.
The Kimbell Art Museum opened in 1972 and is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding modern public art-gallery facilities in the world. The building itself has won acclaim for its classic modern style.
The Museum's collection ranges in period from antiquity to the 20th century and includes masterpieces from Fra Angelico and Caravaggio to Cezanne and Matisse. It is one of the only institutions in the Southwest with a substantial collection of Asian arts as well as a small select Mesoamerican and African pieces Mediterranean antiquities.
Hours : Tue -Thurs and Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Fri noon-8 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m.
Closed Mondays, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Admission to the Museum's permanent collection is free. There is a charge for special exhibitions.
The Coors Light Texas Music Festival takes place every year in Fort Worth. It's a big music event with lots of acts from different kinds of genres: country music, rock, alternative, etc.... Art, crafts, food, and a good party are to be found as well. This years it takes place at the Ft. Worth Rail Market - September 20-21.
Built in 1899 and originally designed for Sarah Ball by Howard Messer of the firm Messer, Sanguinet, & Messer. William Eddleman purchased the house in 1904 after Mrs. Ball passed away. William Eddleman founded the Western National Bank in 1906. It was passed down to his daughter Carrie McFarland who lived here till her death (1978) at the age of 99. It was purchased by the Junior League of Fort Worth. Now the Historic Fort Worth, Inc. now owns it. The home is still decorated in the Victoria charm of its day. They have tours, which was interesting, but I found one brunette (leaving the name off of here) who particularly rude or maybe that was just her personality. Anyways, its a lovely example of those beautiful homes owned by the cattle barons families.
Fort Worth, Texas Historical Marker Reads:
Eddleman-McFarland House - Designed by Howard Messer, this Victorian house was built in 1899 for Sarah C. Ball (1825-1904), widow of Galveston banker George Ball. William H. Eddelman (1850-1932), a local banker, bought the home in 1904 and in 1921 gave it to his daughter Carrie (1877-1978), wife of cattleman Frank H. McFarland (1869-1948). She lived here 75 years. The finely crafted interior retains most of the original woodwork and fixtures. The exterior features marble, sandstone, brick, and copper. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark- 1980.
Tours begin on the hour:
Wednesday - Friday, from 11 am - 2 pm.
Sundays from 1 pm - 3 pm
Dual Ticket to tour both McFarland House & Thistle Hill:
Adults $15 Children $7.50
Please call them for anyone additional information and/or changes to schedules or charges.
What a historical find. Built in 1903 for prominent Texas families, A.B. & Electra (guess who she was named after...hehehe)Waggoner Wharton and Mr. & Mrs. Winfield Scott who later bought it from the Wharton's.
I really enjoyed the personal tour. If you are a historical buff, then you will love this place. The tour guides are so informed on the history and truely enjoy sharing the history of this house. Texas pride is surely here!
This beautifully done mural is located right in the middle of Sundance Square. I just love it because it represents what Texas was all about. I think everyone should put on a comfortable pair of shoes and just park the car and venture out and about. I just love to walk around see the surroundings and just love to talk up a storm with the very wonderful locals. Ahhhh Texas!!!!!
The theatre is located inside the Forth Worth Museum of Science and History. The lobby of this building is huge and has a snack bar of course. If you ever been or not been you will be impressed with the sheer size of the screen and that stunning sharpness of the film or picture. Open 7 days a week and checkout the website below for current show times, prices and advance ticket purchase information.
They have these all over the world:
Loving restored and maintained by the Pioneer Texas Heritage Committe and Tarrant County Historical Society. Six of the log homes date back to the mid 1800's and were moved and restore in the 1950's and then opened to the public in 1966. Each of the homes are furnished with authentic artifacts to provide a vivid look at life back in the Texas frontier days. The staff and volunteers are very knowledgable and eager to share information. The grounds have very lovely gardens to enjoy too.
T - F 9:00-4:00pm Sat 1:00-5:00pm Sun 1:00-5:00pm Adults -$2.50, Youths 4-17 - $2.00, Seniors - $2.00 and children under 4 Free.
Traces Fort Worths history from the frontier outpost to what is has become today. What a wonderful museum. The building speaks volumes just by itself. Has some pretty great exhibits that all will enjoy. You'll love the old pictures of the past. Make sure you stop by, and it is right downtown within walking distance of Sundance Square. Make sure you check it out!
Open 9am - 8 pm daily!
Every year between mid January or Early February the Will Rogers Memorial Center host the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. It is held in several locations on the huge grounds, but most of the vendors are located in the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibit Hall. Along with the rodeo, is many live stock show exhibits of top-quality animals which are auctioned off making millions of dollars. Various vendors from tractors to jewelry are on display for sale.
Where else can you go in public and see longhorn cattle driven through a town by authentic cowboys. Not unless you raise them.....haha! Well, it is a pretty cool thing still to see, but use caution. If you have ever seen the cowhands, they all are equip with whips for safety. They may seem big and docile, but that doesn't mean they can't move quickly and fast. So respect there space. Look for the herd signs to let you know dates and times, their normally at 11:30 & 4:00pm. Weather permitting too. No drives scheduled on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
It is know that it was the Spanish who brought the first longhorn cattle to the America as early a s 1490’s. After independence from Spanish rule, the cattle were left behind. Roaming free and eventually claimed by anyone who could round them up, soon realized how hardy these cattle were. Yet, around 1927 the heard was dying out so the US Congress helped establish a reserve for them in Oklahoma. Now they are considered a major assist to the beef and dairy industry. Many may not believe, but they are quite docile. Yet, because of their sheer size, they can easily knock someone over very easily or accidentally gore you with their huge horns. They like to keep a good distance just for safety purposes.
I was so happy to find this little hidden treasure. I have seen it on the internet and heard about it from others who have discovered it when they were in Ft. Worth. Designed by architect Phillip Johnson. It has these wonderfully stone steps that you can venture down too the bottom and enjoy the water flowing gracefully. This park has seperate little areas to picnic and stroll in. Free yay! Open 10-10:00pm.
The Fairmount Historic district runs between Magnolia to Jessamine and 8th Avenue to Helphill streets in Ft. Worth. Each year for 28 years this neighborhood has held an annual historic house tour. This year my husband and I joined in!
There were seven homes open to the public for a cost of $15 ($10 if tickets were purchased in advance), with one of these being in a state of early restoration. Almost all were bungalows, with the exception of this Four Square style pictured. All were lovingly brought back to their historic beauty and were constructed between 1890 and 1938.
I especially liked the period touches, which photo #2 shows...a collection of vintage aprons hanging in one corner of a kitchen. This same house had a collection of antique glass jars, each filled with a different candy and several old cake plates holding an assortment of delectable desserts--not for eating, just for admiring!
Some of these homes added special features to their landscapes, such as a colorful planter created from chairs (pic #3) or burbling fountains. Adding to our pleasure was a perfectly pleasant day--the type nicely suited for a house tour.
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