Ranked 8th in the country by the Art Fair Source Book and the Harris List, and number one in Texas, MAIN ST. hosts tens of thousands of people annually during the four-day visual arts, entertainment and cultural event. MAIN ST. showcases a nationally recognized fine art and fine craft juried art fair, live concerts, performance artists and street performers on the streets of downtown Fort Worth-stretching nine blocks on Main Street from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center. (Free)
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The sports teams representing Texas Christian University, have successfully branded themselves in recent years as "Fort Worth's team". The Frogs are best known for their football program, a rising national power in the first part of this century. TCU now competes in the Big 12 Conference. Most of TCU's athletic venues are on campus, with the best-known being Amon G. Carter Stadium (football) and Daniel–Meyer Coliseum (basketball).
The gameroom offers a place to play a game of pool, chess or darts. The shiny, faux-rock floor throughout is enhanced by the vast collection of vintage dinnerware adorning every wall. They have the largest selection of beer (225 varieties) around. Menu selections include Creamy Beer Cheese Soup, the Build-Your-Own Sausage and Cheese Plate, spicy sausage quesadillas and traditional bratwurst with German potato salad.
Late November. Watch colorful illuminated floats, beautiful antique cars, marching bands, equestrian units, horse-drawn carriages and a cast of delightful characters dressed in their holiday best. The unforgettable parade and an annual visit from Santa Claus and his elves will make the Sundance Square Parade of Lights a fun-filled holiday experience for the entire family! Free.
DFW's best gourmet grocery also has a formidable cafe attached, with amazing, huge custom sandwiches, cheap and great pizzas and international noodle dishes made for you, a mind-boggling prepared food section and $15 meals for two bagged and ready to go. Any kind of food you could want, done extremely well, for grocery story prices, plus a generous selection of wine and beer.
A high-end craft cocktail bar popular with the hip Magnolia Avenue set. A somewhat mixed, gay-friendly spot with very modern decor and a nice but small patio out back. This is the place to go for expensive but very well-mixed takes on the classics, and an inspired cocktail menu. Try the Montpelier, which mixes bourbon, smoked maple syrup, Jamaican rum, and Italian vermouth.
For a unique baseball experience, catch a Cats game at LaGrave Field, located just west of downtown. Ticket prices and parking are substantially less expensive than those at a Texas Rangers game, and LaGrave Field is a quaint throwback to the small ballparks of the early to mid 20th century. Seats 4,500 patrons and features a pavilion, boxed seating and excellent food.
Tied with Railhead (below) for the best BBQ in the southwest. A Fort Worth classic. This is in an old wooden barn, which adds a great atmosphere to the dining experience. The pork ribs were very tasty and the large cold beers were particularly nice. They actually bbq on premises which some of the other place don't. It's about a 5 min drive out of the downtown area.
Certainly one of Fort Worth's smallest restaurants, Nonna Tata is also one of its best. With only 21 seats indoors and another 30 outdoors, the restaurant fills up early and often develops long waits on weekends. Absolutely amazing authentic Italian food, with a menu that changes weekly and amiable service. BYOB, cash only, no reservations.
A Fort Worth legend, dine family style in a large converted mansion or in its beautiful expansive gardens with lush vegetation and calming pools; choose from one of two menu options nightly. There is frequently a line around the block in good weather, so arrive early or be prepared to wait. Great margaritas. Cash only (ATM on site).
A collection of artwork that ranges from 3000 BC to the mid-1900's. Although the collection is small, it boasts such big names as Matisse, Goya, Mondrian and Picasso, among others. The museum building itself is a highlight of architectural modernism, designed by American architect Louis Kahn.
One of the finest steakhouses in the world, with an excellent wine list. It is, however, extremely expensive, and you will have to wait a little while even if you have a reservation. Don't come here for anything other than steak, but if you are looking for steak, it is hard to beat.
The "Outlaw Chef" cooks genuine Southern/Texican food in one of the most unique and exciting ways you'll find in Fort Worth. Super laid-back setting, with genuine Texas food and genuine Texas music. Happy hour before 6 and whenever it's raining.
Located on land donated by cattle baron Samuel Burk Burnett, features sculptures, pools, and granite walkways. Vast green parks and surrounding network of major lakes offer abundant opportunities for water sports and outdoor recreation.
Is 20 blocks of shops, bars & restaurants, brick-paved sidewalks and historic buildings. Well lit and popular with tourists and locals, Sundance Square is frequently the center for outdoor events such as concerts and art festivals.
Extremely laid-back beer pub with around 70 beers on tap and well over a hundred in bottles. Decent prices, Large indoor and outdoor seating area, and you can actually relax and have a conversation with friends without shouting.
The museum, located in an imposing, appropriately modern building, houses a large permanent collection and hosts many important traveling exhibitions. The buiding is designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
The only strictly vegan restaurant in Fort Worth, Spiral Diner has an eclectic menu that will not let you down on taste. One of Fort Worth's finest restaurants regardless of dietary restriction.
Merges the finest of high-class Mexican dining with the most refined New American aesthetic for an unparalleled culinary experience. The most interesting and diverse wine cellar in the city.
One of the most widely acclaimed restaurants in Texas, and one of the first to bring "Cowboy cuisine" to the forefront of the refined American palate. Online reservation system.
Museum and association which honors women of the American West who have displayed courage or spirit and who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit.
Located inside the Renaissance Worthington, this high-end establishment fuses traditional upscale Southern and Cowboy cuisine in a remarkably low-key fine dining establishment.
Excellent Unique Hamburger created my celebrity Ft. Worth chef, Tim Love. Daily Flavored Milk Shakes. Live music. (Possible Cover Charge on Weekends) Cash Only.
The city's only 4-diamond hotel, since opening in 1981 with all the expected amenities. Especially well-regarded for efficient yet friendly staff.
For the cowboy tourist. A strong cowtown theme predominates in this Stockyards-area steakhouse. Come for the atmosphere first, the food second.
All you could ever want to know about the history of American Airlines. Great for kids, as it includes hands-on, interactive exhibits.
Excellent taco dive - lots of food for cheap, great fish tacos, late hours, cheap drinks, all without leaving the affluent TCU area.
Three star hotel with amenities including indoor heated pool, restaurant, lounge, room service, fitness room, and business center.
Extensive collection of American art and photography featuring many works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russel.
The sprawling gardens includes a large flower garden, lawn, indoor tropical forest, and a beautiful Japanese garden.
Texas's (perhaps America's) best burgers. Original Camp Bowie location is in a kitschy old grocery story.
A state-of-the-art venue presenting concerts, musicals, and theatrical performances throughout the year.
Family based hands on science and history museum, boasts traveling exhibits and the Omni-imax theater.
Located in the 1902 Livestock Exchange Building, this museum showcases the history of Forth Worth.
Mexican restaurant locally renowned for their excellent Tex-Mex and friendly owner (Al) and staff.
Budget accommodations at a budget price. Don't expect luxury, but it's a clean place to sleep.
A clean, quiet place to stay, with good service. The building and decor could use an update.
Well-liked luxury hotel in a renovated historical building. Very helpful, attentive staff.
Excellent and diverse Tex-Mex menu, friendly staff, decent happy hour before 6PM.
For the real Texas experience, this place is amazing. Live music and good energy.
Eclectic Continental fare makes for some of the best dining in Fort Worth.
The best French country food in Fort Worth, and a cozy dining experience.
Trees, animals, lots of things to do inside and out and lots of privacy.
Highlights the historical influence of non-White cowboys in Texas.
Historical, award-winning bed and breakfast with luxury amenities
Award-winning chef Jon Bonnell's southwest-themed masterpiece.
Egyptian Restaurant with excellent Middle Eastern cuisine.
Extended stay hotel located near the convention center.
Tied with Angelo's for the best BBQ in the southwest.
Another chain hotel, but more upscale than Motel 6.
Come see the animals and interactive exhibits.
Good drink selection in a chilled atmosphere.
Renovated rooms with modern amenities.
Fort Worth grew from a military camp established at the close of the Mexican War by Gen. Winfield Scott, and named for Gen. William Jenkins Worth who fought in the war. Forty-two men of Company F, 2nd Dragoons, established the camp on June 6, 1849. The Fort Worth to Yuma, AZ, stage line was established in 1850. The city became the seat of Tarrant County 1860, and after the Civil War, it became a major shipping and supply depot for cattlemen.