The Top 10 Things To Do and See in Fort Worth

A. J. Samuels

Fiercely proud of its cowboy heritage, Fort Worth was once the center of the state’s cattle industry. Today, in addition to the famous stockyards that once housed thousands of longhorns, the city includes a modern downtown, the artsy Near Southside Neighborhood, and the beautiful TCU campus. While visitors are sure to appreciate a tour through cowboy country, the sprawling Fort Worth boasts hidden spots that make it much more than Dallas’s western cousin.

Longhorn cattle drive – Fort Worth Stockyards

Stockyards National Historic District

Although Fort Worth’s moniker of ‘The Wall Street of The West’ has long since passed, the spirit of ‘Cowtown’ lives on in the stockyards, especially with the twice-daily longhorn drive. The old Livestock Exchange Building now hosts a museum that regals visitors with tales of the Chisholm Trail. Visit the Exchange Building on a Friday, and you may be lucky enough to see a cattle auction. What was once a huge industry has slowed to a trickle of longhorns, but exploring the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Texas Trail of Fame – Fort Worth’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame – is sure to be an adventure. Longhorn Drive, Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX, USA Daily at 11:30am and 4:00pm Stockyards Museum, 131 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX, USA +817 625 5082 Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, 128 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX, USA +817 626 7131 Texas Trail of Fame, 121 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX, USA

Eat Some Texas Favorites

Texas barbecue is legendary, and Fort Worth is no exception. Residents scoff at other regions’ attempts at brisket, and rightfully so. Angelo’s Bar-B-Que, a Fort Worth institution, serves some of the city’s best brisket, along with chicken and ribs that often sell out before lunch. The mounted hunting trophies, cold mugs of beer and meals served on lunch trays highlight the hickory-smoked morsels. For tasty Tex-Mex, another Lone Star classic, visit Ernesto’s Taqueria. This cash-only dive is open until 3:00am on weekends, and serves delicious packed burritos for $3.99. Workers chop the meat right in front of you and place it on tortillas or nachos. Angelo’s Bar-B-Que, 2533 White Settlement Rd, Fort Worth, TX, USA +817 332 0357 Ernesto’s Taqueria, 4050 Hemphill St, Fort Worth, TX, USA +817 921 3147

Steer Wrestling Statue at Fort Worth Stockyards

Root for TCU

About five miles from downtown Fort Worth lies TCU’s beautiful tree-lined, red-brick campus. Great shops and restaurants nearby make for a pleasant walk, albeit with a lot of breaks! Football reigns supreme in Texas, and game day is especially electric at TCU. Join the masses of purple and white at the 45,000-seat Amon G. Carter Stadium, or catch any game at Buffalo Bros. Thirty-four T.V.s and walls lined with sports memorabilia make this locale TCU’s favorite sports bar, along with the Buffalo, New York inspired fare. Pizza, wings, subs and schooners are proper accompaniments to any TCU game. Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, USA Buffalo Bros, 3015 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX, USA +817 386 9601

Blast from the Glass

Sinaca Studio

Fort Worth’s local art scene is on display at Sinaca Studio. Located in a renovated gas station in the Near Southside district, this studio serves as a gallery space as well as a classroom. Beginners and experts alike can take workshops on glass blowing techniques. Sinaca is worth visiting for perusing local artists or working on a new craft. Open studio and gallery nights hosted by Sinaca make the space a fixture of the Near Southside neighborhood, as well as a hidden gem for creative-minded tourists. Sinaca Studio, 1013 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX, USA +817 899 0024

Leddy’s Handmade Boots at the Fort Worth Stockyards

Dance to Country and Western at Billy Bob’s

For the ‘World’s Largest Honky Tonk,’ visit Billy Bob’s Texas in the stockyards. Patrons may be overwhelmed by the three-acre layout, but this spot caters to any Texas cowboy fantasy. Live shows are offered most nights and are not to be missed, as Billy Bob’s has hosted country greats from Willie Nelson to Garth Brooks. The Wall of Fame contains molded hand prints from the honky tonk’s legendary guests. Thirty bar stations, indoor bull riding and a pool hall ensure that no one is without entertainment, and the massive dance floor holds free line-dancing and two-step lessons. Billy Bob’s is the most concentrated Texas celebration under one roof. Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX, USA +817 624 7117

SsahmBBQ foodtruck at Fort Worth

1. See a Double Feature at Coyote Drive-In Theater

Theater

Fort Worth’s Panther Island is an ideal setting for an outdoor movie, something viewers soon realize as they settle down to watch one of Coyote’s four screens with the downtown skyline in the background. Live music and food trucks on the weekends, as well as a concession stand serving beer, burgers and sandwiches, reintroduced the city to the dying art of the drive-in in 2011. Double features of new releases have skyrocketed Coyote’s popularity. Some months offer a $5 ticket, encouraging residents to pile into cars or sit in lawn chairs to attend a show. Enjoy Fort Worth’s now foremost movie destination. Coyote Drive-In, 223 NE 4th St, Fort Worth, TX, USA Luke Reppe

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