If you’ve never been to Texas, you’re missing out on an adventure. The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has a lot to offer.
There are more than 92 attractions in a 10-mile radius of downtown Fort Worth. Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in Texas and the 13th-largest city in the United States. Fort Worth has historically been a center of the longhorn cattle trade. It still embraces its Western heritage and traditional architecture and design.
Today, it’s a modern city, with international art institutions and the Fort Worth Stockyards are home to rodeos, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
Downtown Fort Worth is a place unlike any other. It’s cutting edge, fresh, and exciting, but it still maintains the authentic Texas roots that make it unique. It’s super close and convenient to another of my favorite Texas spots – Grapevine!
Here are some of my favorite things to do in the Fort Worth, Texas area.
Amon Carter Museum:
If you’re a fan of “cowboys and Indians” then you will really enjoy a visit to the Amon Carter Museum. The fantastic artistry of Charles Russell and Frederic Remington is on display. Each piece of art and sculpture has a detailed story to go along with it, explaining the bits and pieces of cowboy life depicted in the art.
Call 817-738-1933 or visit their website for more information.
Texas Civil War Museum
The Texas Civil War Museum is a must see for any Texas or Civil War buff! The museum is home to the largest collection of Civil War artifacts west of the Mississippi.
You’ll find weapons, soldier uniforms, Victorian dresses, photographs, and a movie detailing the role Texas played in the Civil War.
Here you’ll learn the history of the Fort Worth stockyards, the meatpacking industry, and how Fort Worth came to be known as “Cowtown”.
Be sure to bring your camera since there are a lot of great photo opportunities here.
Thistle Hill is a mansion that was originally built in 1903 during the era of the rich cattle barons. The mansion has been carefully restored to its full opulence and beauty. It has also been designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1977 and has been placed on the National Register. Tours and rentals are available.
Thistle Hill is a magnificent brick Georgian Revival style house built between 1903-1904. The home was commissioned by wealthy cattle baron William Thomas (“Tom”) Waggoner as a wedding gift for his daughter Electra (Waggoner) Wharton. It was Electra who named the home “Thistle Hill”
Though it has not been used as a private residence for decades, there have long been rumors of apparitions of the original occupants who supposedly still haunt the house.
This historic area is best known for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The entire area has been restored and is like a city within a city.
There is always something to see and do at Sundance Square. You’ll find a lot of places to shop, but they aren’t the run of the mill every day places, which makes Sundance Square the perfect place to find an eclectic gift!
After shopping, it’s easy to find something great to eat, no matter if you want a quick burger or a more luxurious sit down dining experience. If you’re looking for entertainment you’ll find music halls, exhibits, galleries, museums, theatre performances, etc.
Fort Worth, Texas has so many more things to do than I have listed here, but these are among my top favorites.
Ya’ll be sure to plan a visit soon – you won’t be disappointed!