Fort Worth

Fort Worth is in the Prairies and Lakes region of Texas. With a population of approximately 661,000 it is Texas' 5th largest city.

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MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival

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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Fort Worth Stockyards

Just north of the downtown area is the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, where you'll find Texas style nightlife at bars like [ Billy Bob's]. The Stockyards are also home to a weekly rodeo. Held every Friday and Saturday evening, and billed as the "World's First Indoor Rodeo," it attracts competitors from around the country []. The Stockyards is also home to Riscky's Barbeque, considered by locals to be the best barbeque in the area.

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TCU Horned Frogs

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).

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Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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.

DRINK   —  +1 817 336-7468 —  111 E 4th St

Sundance Square Parade of Lights

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.

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Central Market

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.

The Usual

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.

Fort Worth Cats Baseball

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.

DO   —  +1 817 226-2287 —  Map

Angelo's Bar-B-Que

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.

Nonna Tata

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.

EAT   —  1400 W. Magnolia Ave

Joe T. Garcia's

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).

Kimbell Art Museum

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.

Del Frisco's Steakhouse

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.

EAT   —  +1 817 877-3999 —  812 Main St

Fred's Texas Cafe

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.

EAT   —  +1 817 332-0083 —  915 Currie St

Burnett Park

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.

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Sundance Square

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.

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The Ginger Man

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.

DRINK   —  3716 Camp Bowie Blvd

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

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.

Spiral Diner

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.

Lanny's Alta Cocina Mexicana

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.

Reata Restaurant

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.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

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.

SEE   —  +1 817-336-4475 —  1720 Gendy St


Located inside the Renaissance Worthington, this high-end establishment fuses traditional upscale Southern and Cowboy cuisine in a remarkably low-key fine dining establishment.

EAT   —  +1 817 210-2222 —  222 Main St.

The Love Shack

Excellent Unique Hamburger created my celebrity Ft. Worth chef, Tim Love. Daily Flavored Milk Shakes. Live music. (Possible Cover Charge on Weekends) Cash Only.

Renaissance Worthington

The city's only 4-diamond hotel, since opening in 1981 with all the expected amenities. Especially well-regarded for efficient yet friendly staff.

SLEEP   —  +1 817 870-1000 —  200 Main St

Hunter Brothers' H3 Ranch

For the cowboy tourist. A strong cowtown theme predominates in this Stockyards-area steakhouse. Come for the atmosphere first, the food second.

C.R. Smith Aviation Museum

All you could ever want to know about the history of American Airlines. Great for kids, as it includes hands-on, interactive exhibits.

SEE   —  +1 817 967-1560 —  4601 Hwy. 360

Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Excellent taco dive - lots of food for cheap, great fish tacos, late hours, cheap drinks, all without leaving the affluent TCU area.

Radisson Fort Worth South

Three star hotel with amenities including indoor heated pool, restaurant, lounge, room service, fitness room, and business center.

Amon Carter Museum

Extensive collection of American art and photography featuring many works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russel.

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden

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.

Bass Performance Hall

A state-of-the-art venue presenting concerts, musicals, and theatrical performances throughout the year.

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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Family based hands on science and history museum, boasts traveling exhibits and the Omni-imax theater.

Stockyards Museum

Located in the 1902 Livestock Exchange Building, this museum showcases the history of Forth Worth.

La Familia

Mexican restaurant locally renowned for their excellent Tex-Mex and friendly owner (Al) and staff.

EAT   —  +1 817-870-2002 —  841 Foch St.

Motel 6 Ft Worth East

Budget accommodations at a budget price. Don't expect luxury, but it's a clean place to sleep.

Hilton Fort Worth

A clean, quiet place to stay, with good service. The building and decor could use an update.

SLEEP   —  +1 817 870-2100 —  815 Main St

The Ashton

Well-liked luxury hotel in a renovated historical building. Very helpful, attentive staff.

SLEEP   —  +1 817 332-0100 —  610 Main St

Uncle Julio's

Excellent and diverse Tex-Mex menu, friendly staff, decent happy hour before 6PM.

J&J Blues Bar

For the real Texas experience, this place is amazing. Live music and good energy.

DRINK   —  +1 817 870-2337 —  937 Woodward St


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.

EAT   —  +1 817 737-2781 —  3617 W 7th St

MD Resort ~ A Bed & Breakfast Style Guest Ranch

Trees, animals, lots of things to do inside and out and lots of privacy.

SLEEP   —  +1 817 489-5150 —  601 Old Base RD

The National Cowboys of Color Museum

Highlights the historical influence of non-White cowboys in Texas.

The Texas White House

Historical, award-winning bed and breakfast with luxury amenities

SLEEP   —  +1 817 923-3597 —  1417 Eighth Ave


Award-winning chef Jon Bonnell's southwest-themed masterpiece.

King Tut

Egyptian Restaurant with excellent Middle Eastern cuisine.

SpringHill Suites Fort Worth University

Extended stay hotel located near the convention center.

SLEEP   —  +1 817-878-2554 —  3250 Lovell Ave

Forth Worth B-cycle

Bike sharing program with stations throughout downtown.

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Railhead Smokehouse

Tied with Angelo's for the best BBQ in the southwest.

AmeriSuites Fort Worth

Another chain hotel, but more upscale than Motel 6.

The Fort Worth Zoo

Come see the animals and interactive exhibits.

Chat Room Pub

Good drink selection in a chilled atmosphere.

Piranah Killer Sushi

The best sushi in Fort Worth, downtown.

EAT   —  +1 817 438-0206 —  335 W 3rd St.

Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown

Renovated rooms with modern amenities.

SLEEP   —  +1 817 885-8700 —  601 Main St

Chef Point Cafe

Fine dining in a Conoco station.

Hampton Inn

Clean, good breakfast buffet.

SLEEP   —  +1 817-560-4180 —  2700 S Cherry Ln

About Fort Worth

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.

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