Fort Worth was a trading post for cowboys at the end of the Chisholm Trail in the late 19th century. Today, it is the fifth-largest city in Texas and home to rodeos, international art institutions, the National Cowgirl Museum, and many others that are worth your time exploring this summer.
Fort Worth Zoo
This zoo is known around the world as the only zoo in the US that houses all four species of Great Ape which are the bonobos, orangutans, chimpanzees, and gorillas, and is one of only five zoos worldwide to have two of the five rhino species.
This zoo is also famous for having one of the world’s most successful flamingo breeding colonies. Established in 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo has grown over the years into a world-class facility having with them hundreds of species from around the world which include 68 endangered and threatened species. Visitors have many attractions to choose from.
Aside from the animals, they have the Country Carousel, a petting zoo, Yellow Rose Express Train, and rock climbing. There are so many activities for everyone to enjoy.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Located in the cultural district of Fort Worth, Amon Carter Museum features photography, paintings, sculpture, and works of paper in its permanent collection. Most of the concentration of works are into the period from the 1820s through the 1940s.
The collection is focused on the portrayals of the Old West by Charles Russell and Frederic Remington. American photography is also documented by 45,000 quality prints dating from the earliest date of prints to the present. Landscape paintings of the 1830s to the present feature great artists like Thomas Eakins, Alfred Stieglitz, and Alexander Calder.
Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum is known for its European, Asian, and African-focused collection. The museum features important pieces from the antiquities up to the twentieth century and also hosts traveling art exhibitions, an extensive research library, and educational programs.
Included in the collection are masterpieces by Monet, Michelangelo, Velasquez, Matisse, and other noted artists from Europe. Designed by Louis I Khan, the building is widely recognized as one of the most significant works of architecture of recent times.
Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
From the years 1866 to 1890, this district was nicknamed the Cowtown for its millions of cattle traded in Fort Worth. Today, the Stockyards are on the National Register of Historic Places and it became one of the city’s major attractions.
Covering 98 acres of land, it retained many attractions related to the cattle industry. Visitors can feel the atmosphere of the Wild West from the original brick walkways to the wooden corrals.
You can also experience the first-hand life on the trail during The Fort Worth Herd every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. This interactive program allows you to participate with the Drovers using the tools during the cattle drive period. It is a free activity where you can view roping, branding along with cattle drive demos and other photo opportunities.
Sir Richardson Museum
Considered to be one of the best things to do in Fort Worth, admission into the Sir Richard Museum is free. Included in the permanent collection are Sir Richard’s collection of works by Charles Russell and Frederic Remington who are considered the “Titans of Western Art” today.
The museum gives a glimpse not only from Texas but the American West in general where the permanent and special exhibits showcase idealistic, romantic, and even fun views but also the grim realities of life before.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
The Fort Worth Water Gardens is a beautiful natural sanctuary adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center. It is a magnificent architectural and engineering design that can be enjoyed the whole year-round.
You can experience a variety of water features as you wander through the gardens. The park features three pools of water which are the aerating, quiet, and active pool where water rushes down the steep stone steps to a sunken gorge below.
If you want peace and quiet, go to the shady sanctuary where the serene quiet pool is located, there you can meditate and take in the outdoor nature of Fort Worth.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Often referred to as The Modern, it is an art museum of post-World War II art in Fort Worth. It has a collection of international modern and contemporary art that is displayed in a picturesque glass and concrete building.
This museum exemplifies the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando with its simple geometry and the incorporation of the natural environment.
Enjoy the Modern Artworks by prominent artists like Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock while admiring the building’s distinctive architecture. You can take a break in Cafe Modern which is set on the museum’s reflecting pool.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
If you want to commune with nature, the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge is the place to go. It is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States, spanning more than 3,600 acres of prairies, wetlands, and forests, and has over 20 miles of walking trails. Try the Turtle trail which has a lot of waterfowl and offers an outdoor educational adventure where you will find alligators, prairie dogs, bison, and countless local flora and fauna.
Fort Worth is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States but has retained its nature centers where they looked seemingly untouched giving you a glimpse into what Fort Worth looked like before the settlement.
Travel safe. Follow the travel guidelines of the county before you plan your visit.