Known for its cowboys, culture and larger-than-life Texas Margaritas, you’ll find a wide range of fun things to do in Fort Worth. Some of the most famous Fort Worth activities include the Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo at Dickies Arena, and the National Cowgirl Museum. We dive much deeper and in this article, you’ll find the ultimate list of unique and fun things to do and see in Fort Worth in 2022 that fit any travel itinerary or budget.
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Things to Do in Forth Worth That Are Super Fun
Fort Worth thrives on its Cowtown history, as well as its oil, gas, and aviation industries. I have fallen in love with Fort Worth since we moved here in 1993 and I love sharing my town with visitors. Here are 52 of my favorite things to do in Fort Worth, Texas!
Downtown Forth Worth is said to be where Western outlaws like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday may have met in 1878. Other famous Wild West legends that were said to use Fort Worth as their stomping ground were the Fort Worth Five that included and were known for bank and train robberies in the early 1900’s.
Things to do in Downtown Fort Worth
Downtown Fort Worth is easiest to navigate by car. The heart of downtown is Sundance Square, a massive 35-square-block district with great restaurants, lot’s of shopping, an entertainment district and the famous singing trees. For architecture buffs, you’ll also find beautifully restored buildings as well as most of Fort Worth’s tallest buildings and skyscrapers.
1. Sundance Square in friendly Fort Worth is the safest, most diverse downtown in America, offering restaurants, hotels, entertainment, boutiques, shopping, museums, and more along red-brick streets. It runs from 1st Street to 5th Street north and south, and from Grove Street to Taylor Street east and west.
Sundance Square Plaza is named for the Sundance Kid (as in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). They were part of the “Wild Bunch” gang who were in Fort Worth in 1900-1901 and are known to have performed the longest string of successful train and bank robberies in American history.
2. The Tarrant County Courthouse, on the list of U. S. National Register of Historic places, is a pink Texas granite building in the Renaissance Revival style erected in 1894, resembling the Texas State Capitol except for the clock tower. Visit the museum inside to learn more about Fort Worth.
Tarrant County Courthouse Address: 100 W Weatherford St, Fort Worth, TX 76196
3. Reata at Sundance is named for the majestic ranch in the 1950’s epic movie “Giant” starring James Dean, Rock Hudson, and Elizabeth Taylor. You’ll find legendary Texas cuisines like the Tenderloin Tamales, famous steaks like the Blackened Buffalo Ribeye, exquisite wines and one of the tastiest margaritas anywhere.
Reata Address: 310 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
A quintessential thing to do in downtown Fort Worth is to sip a Fort Worth Old Fashioned made with Firestone & Robertson TX Whiskey or a classic margarita before dinner on the rooftop bar.
4. Enjoy refined teas and delectable bites with Afternoon Tea at the Ashton, at the hotel in Sundance Square. The traditional English tea presentation combined with the contemporary elegance of the Ashton offers flavorful teas, biscotti, fresh fruit preserves, delicate finger sandwiches, shortbread, and pastries.
5. The Hilton Hotel, a historic landmark hotel in downtown is the scene of the 35th President John F. Kennedy’s final address on the morning of November 22, 1963. Historic photographs line the hallways and are featured in the rooms of this ‘place in history’ hotel. This is one of the most popular things to do downtown for first-time visitors who love history.
6. Main Street Arts Festival, is held for four days every April with 200+ artists. The festival takes place in downtown Fort Worth and stretches along nine brick-lined blocks with incredible art, local entertainment, and great food. The Festival is scheduled for April 7-10, 2022.
7. Thistle Hill, also known as the Wharton-Scott House on Pennsylvania Ave just south of downtown is a historic mansion built in 1904 by a Texas Cattle Baron.
Thistle Hill Address: 1509 Pennsylvania Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104
8. The Downtown Fort Worth Main Table, held annually in September, spans four blocks, right down the middle of Main Street and features delectable steak dinners from five of downtown’s premier restaurants. The event is scheduled for Sunday, September 25, 2022 and will open with champagne and hors d’oeuvres in General Worth Square.
9. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and their outlaw friends roamed “Hell’s Half Acre” in the old downtown frequenting the saloons, gambling halls, and the red-light district. This was once a red-light district from the early to mid 1870s of the Old Wild West era. Explore the area and for a true experience, stay in Etta’s Place; a Bed & Breakfast in downtown, named after the woman who was romantically involved with the Sundance Kid.
Etta’s Place Address: 200 W 3rd St, Fort Worth, TX 76102 | Etta’s Place Reviews on TripAdvisor
Best Neighborhoods in Fort Worth
Beyond Sundance Square and downtown, there are several quaint and fun neighborhoods worth a visit in For Worth. If you want a more local neighborhood, North Side is perfect. If you want to be close to many of the attractions and restaurants, the West 7th Cultural District is your best bet. If you are on a budget, the North Side will have the best accommodations at a reasonable rate.
A few of the best neighborhoods in Fort Worth that deserve a visit include:
10. Magnolia Avenue, a funky-chic neighborhood in a pocket just south of downtown near a group of hospitals, is a mix of modern restaurants, shops, and bars in an old neighborhood. Try Kent & Co Wines, 200 wines by the glass or dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods, refined yet laid-back.
11. West 7th in Fort Worth, a five-block pedestrian-friendly urban village west of downtown features high-concept dining, local specialty fashion retailers and salons, spas, gourmet and fast-casual eateries, bars, and a movie theater. Try Terra Mediterranean Grill, Gloria’s Latin Cuisine or El Bolero – Crockett Row.
12. Elizabeth Boulevard, the Silk-Stocking Row of the 1920s, named after the wife of its developer John Ryan, was the city’s first Historic District and was added to the National Register in 1979.
Fort Worth Stockyards
The Fort Worth Stockyards is one of the most popular attractions in Texas. The Stockyards are located in is a historic district at 131 E Exchange Avenue in Fort Worth. They are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
13. The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, located on 98 acres north of downtown, tells the true history of Texas’ famous livestock industry. This is one of the most popular things to do in Fort Worth for first-time visitors.
14. The Fort Worth Herd Longhorn Cattle Drive happens daily at 11:30 am and 4:00 pm on Exchange Avenue complete with real cowboys and drovers. The daily cattle drive is free to attend and is the best way to get a feel for the cowboy lifestyle. This is just one of the many free things to do in Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Stockyard Hotel
The Stockyard Hotel has been restored to its original grandeur of the cattle baron era of the Old West and the early 19th century.
15. The Stockyards Legendary Hotel, with western-themed rooms in a historic 1907 boutique hotel, was frequented by Bonnie and Clyde and one of the most popular things to do in Forth Worth for history buffs.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
16. See exciting rodeo action, bull’s night out, the midway, livestock and horse shows at the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo held three weeks every January to mid-February at the Will Rogers Coliseum and New Dickies Arena in 2022. This rodeo is the best place to experience true cowboy skills!
The 2022 dates are January 15- February 5. The Fort Worth Rodeo schedule for 2022 can be found here.
Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo Address: 3400 Burnett Tandy Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Outdoor Activities in Fort Worth
Fort Worth has a lot of outdoor activities. From hiking, riding, and mountain biking, to water activities like canoeing the Brazos river or kayaking at the Fort Worth Nature Center.
17. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, established in 1934, is the oldest botanic garden in Texas, with twenty-one specialty gardens including the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the BRIT Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden Address: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
18. The Fort Worth Water Gardens, located in the south end of downtown near the Convention Center, offers a 4.3 acre architectural and engineering marvel with refreshing water features including steps leading down to a water fountain.
The Fort Worth Water Gardens Address: 1502 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
19. Bike Fort Worth, For a fun urban bike adventure try the downtown loop or Thunder Road. There are numerous additional bike lanes across Fort Worth including the popular 100+ miles of scenic trails winding along the Trinity River and its tributaries.
20. Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge is a 3,000-acre preserve with 20 miles of hiking trails, plus a multitude of birds, alligators, deer, and buffalo.
Fort Worth Nature Center Address: 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76135
21. The Fort Worth Zoo, the 4th top zoo in the nation, features “A Wilder Vision’ with a $100 million master plan to completely redesign the zoo with renovated and re-imagined habitats.
Fort Worth Zoo Address: 1989 Colonial Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76110
Best Hikes in Fort Worth
22. Fort Worth has numerous walking trails and hikes. Some of the most popular hikes are at Fort Worth’s Nature Center and Refuge. The Cross Timbers Trail is a three-mile round trip hike that takes you past the Trinity River and then to Western Cross Timber Forest, one of the oldest woodlands in Texas.
Another great option is Marion Sansom Park Trail where there are various hikes for all skill levels. Eagle Mountain Lake is another great trail for hikers of all skill levels. The trail system is about five miles long and takes hikers to the lake.
Best Restaurants in Fort Worth & Other Foodie Fun
Texas is famous for barbecue, Tex-Mex, chili, and giant margaritas! When you start talking about the best steakhouse in Fort Worth, opinions can vary, but a few restaurants that consistently come up in conversation are Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Del Frisco’s Grille and Saltgrass Steakhouse.
23. Billy Bob’s Texas, the iconic “World’s Largest” country music honky-tonk with an indoor rodeo arena, mechanical bulls and dozens of bars and eateries is known for hosting top country and western stars.
Billy Bob’s Texas Address: 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX 76164
24. Mexican food is plentiful in Fort Worth, but one restaurant stands out. With famous enchiladas, fajitas, and guacamole, the original is Joe T. Garcia’s, family-owned since 1935 and serving over 1,000 hungry patrons a day. Patio seating with a margarita is a must during the spring and fall.
Joe T. Garcia’s Address: 2201 N Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76164
25. Check out the 10+ Breweries in Fort Worth. Each brewery along the Fort Worth Ale Trail is a unique craft beer experience.
26. Firestone & Robertson Distillery, constructed on the grounds of an old golf course, touted their Texas Whiskey as the award-winning “Best American Craft Whiskey.” Every cork holds a circle of boot leather by Justin, Tony Lama, and more. There are five distilleries on The Fort Worth Distillery Trail distilling whiskey, vodka, gin, and rum.
Firestone & Robertson Distillery Address: 4250 Mitchell Boulevard Fort Worth, TX 76119
27. Margarita, the official Fort Worth cocktail, comes on the rocks with a salt rim. Some of the most popular places for a Margarita in Fort Worth are Joe T. Garcias, Reata Restaurant, Chimy’s, Blue Goose Cantina, Salsa Limon, Blue Mesa and Los Vaqueros.
Or try a beer-arita, frozen with an 8 oz Dos Equis or Corona turned upside down in the drink, frozen margarita swirled with sangria, plus flavors of strawberry, mango, cucumber, peach, prickly pear and more.
28. Eat fresh seafood at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Pappadeaux‘s Seafood Kitchen, and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House.
Fort Worth Museums
Fort Worth is home to more than a dozen museums. The Fort Worth Cultural District is home to five museums and a great place to start if you’d like to see more than one museum in a day.
29. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, established in 1975, is dedicated to honoring women of the American West.
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Address: 1720 Gendy St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
30. Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, opened in 1945, inspires meaningful hands-on learning. The Omni Imax Theater features an 8-story domed screen and 30-degree stadium seating, the largest dome west of the Mississippi.
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History Address: 1600 Gendy St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
31. Fort Worth Aviation Museum at Mecham Airport north of downtown tells the history of aviation in North Texas with 26 military aircraft from a 1943 BT-13 trainer to a Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet.
Fort Worth Aviation Museum Address: 3300 Ross Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76106
32. The Sid Richardson Museum, located in historic Sundance Square, features permanent and special exhibitions and paintings of the American West by Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington.
The Sid Richardson Museum Address: 309 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
33. The Kimbell Art Museum, in the museum district west of downtown, opened October 4, 1972, with 260 paintings and 86 other works of art owned by Kay and Velma Kimbell. The museum continues to enrich the collection with acquisitions by Michelangelo, Poussin, Mayan ceramics and special exhibitions like Monet, The Late Years and Renoir, The Body, The Senses.
Kimbell Art Museum Address: 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
34. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, featuring post-World War II art, dates to 1892. This is considered one of the best art museums in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Fridays from 5:30 pm to 9 pm the Museum of Modern Art is free.
While there, enjoy the Café Modern Executive Chef Denise Shavandy’s farm to fork culinary dishes like 44 Farms Cheeseburger and Moroccan Chicken Salad.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Address: 3200 Darnell St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
35. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, since 1961, houses his collection of paintings and sculptures from Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and more and is devoted to the study of American art. This is the perfect place to see the architecture of renowned architect Philip Johnson.
36. Log Cabin Village living history museum depicts the lifestyle of the people who lived and settled the Fort Worth area of the North Texas frontier in the mid to late 1800s. The museum includes log house with authentic artifacts from these pioneer times. A few of the most popular exhibits are the schoolhouse and blacksmith shop.
Log Cabin Village Address: 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln, Fort Worth, TX 76109
More Fun Things to Do in Fort Worth
37. AT&T Cowboy’s Stadium in nearby Arlington is home to The Dallas Cowboys and select college football games, rodeos, supercross events and more.
38. The new Globe Life Field, the domed Texas Rangers ballpark is scheduled to open the season March 2020 in nearby Arlington.
39. Texas Motor Speedway in north Fort Worth houses the NASCAR, AAA Texas 500, Texas Sprint Car Nationals and the Monster Energy Series racing.
40. The New Sinclair, Autograph Collection Marriott Hotel downtown features high-tech innovations in its 164 guest rooms and a 2-story penthouse suite with Kohler digital showers, LG wallpaper TVs, and Savvy Electric mirrors. Feast on steaks and seafood at the Wicked Butcher and indulge in cocktails and small plates at the 17th Floor Rooftop Bar.
41. The Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House built in 1899 on Penn Street is Fort Worth’s premier example of Queen Anne-style Victorian architecture with turrets, gables, copper finials and a slate tile roof.
42. Bet a quinella at Lone Star Park, a Class I thoroughbred and quarter horse racetrack with seasonal live and simulcast horse racing 7 days a week just east of Fort Worth in Grand Prairie.
43. A perfect wedding and reception venue, the Fort Worth Masonic Temple, home to four Craft Lodges and several Masonic appendant bodies and organizations in Tarrant County was built just west of downtown in 1932.
44. TexRail – Trinity Metro provides daily passenger rail service in Tarrant County from Fort Worth to DFW Airport with stops along the way for many places to visit in Fort Worth.
45. Twenty-three districts and 86 individual properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Tarrant County including the Fort Worth Woman’s Club and the W. T. Waggoner Building downtown.
46. Two majestic angels with brass horns stand guard outside the Bass Performance Hall, home to the FW Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theatre, FW Opera, Cliburn Concerts and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
47. Lockheed Martin in west Fort Worth builds the F-16 fighting falcon, the F-35 and recently the U. S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $347 million contract as part of a multi-year hypersonic weapons development for long-range precision strike missiles.
48. The Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show held every October displays the importance of the aviation industry, its products and services and culminates with the Blue Angels Flyover.
49. The U. S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility prints millions of dollars right here in North Fort Worth – free tour, but no free samples.
50. TCU Texas Christian University, a compelling academic community, located three miles from downtown, is a private Christian University with 10,500 in enrollment. TCU is home of the Big 12 Conference Horned Frogs (named after the state reptile) with football Coach Gary Patterson.
TCU Texas Christian University Address: 2800 S University Dr
51. The Colonial Country Club is home to the PGA Charles Schwab Challenge scheduled every mid-May, the longest-running host of a PGA Tour event played on its original site.
52. Looking for stuff to do in Fort Worth? Just west of downtown, Neiman Marcus and the Shops at Clear Fork are open for upscale shopping, restaurants and department stores.
The shops at Clearfork Address: 5188 Monahans Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76109
I hope you enjoyed our things to do in Fort Worth, Texas list. Have another fun thing to do in Fort Worth that didn’t make the list? Please let us know in the comments below.
Where to Stay in Fort Worth: Find the Best Hotel for Your Budget
When looking for where to say in Fort Worth, Downtown is your best bet. Sundance Square has plenty of bars and restaurants. There’s public transport to Cowboys Stadium as well.
If you’re seeking luxury, you’ll find a handful of four and five-star hotels offering high-class facilities and services. Popular choices for luxury hotels include, but are not limited to, The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, The Ashton Hotel and the Hilton Fort Worth.
What is the best time to visit Fort Worth?
The best time to visit Fort Worth is between September and November when the temperatures aren’t overwhelmingly hot, the tourist traffic has died down and the Texas State Fair is in full swing.
Top Tours in Fort Worth
Ghost Tours: Fort Worth’s Ghost Bus Tour explores the madness, mystery, and mayhem of outlaws, oil and cattle barons, and ghosts, after drinking a signature ghost tour cocktail at Acre Distillery before departing. Stockyards Ghost Tours investigates the most active paranormal activity found during this 90-minute walking tour including bordellos, shootouts, hangings, and ghosts at Miss Molly’s B&B, the Cadillac Hotel, the Stockyards Hotel and more.
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