Ask not for whom the school bell tolls, the school bell tolls for thee. Which is exactly why now is the right time to work in a last minute get-away. For your time and money, a great choice for such an escape is Fort Worth, Texas. Located just one hour away, our neighbor to the southwest is one of Texas’ finest destinations. With her decidedly Lone Star feel, Fort Worth is a city with something for everyone.
Once in Fort Worth, it’s simply a matter of taste. Explore Fort Worth’s Cultural District; watch a live cattle drive, or visit the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. If you plan your weekend for August 10th, you can even take in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, which runs through August 14th. With Cow Town’s unique blend of “Cowboys and Culture”, it is easy to fill a weekend with a variety of activities sure to please the entire family.
Fort Worth’s attractions are concentrated in three main districts: The Stockyard National Historic District, The Cultural District and the Downtown/Sundance Square District, all completely distinct, and within 2 ½ miles of each other.
The Stockyard National Historic District is postcard pretty offering numerous photo ops for the family scrapbook. Two cattle drives daily wind down the main drag, and nationally ranked cowboys go head to head every Friday and Saturday night at the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. Also located at the Stockyards is the Texas Cowboy’s Hall of Fame and Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk. Plus, for the baseball fans in the family, historic LaGrave Field, home of the Fort Worth Cats, is just a quick jaunt down the road.
For lodging in this area, nothing says Cowboy Cool better than the Old West ambiance of the historic Stockyard Hotel, located at the heart of the district. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this beautiful hotel has played host to guests since 1907. While taking you to another place and time, staying here also puts you within steps of great steakhouses, saloons, entertainment, and shopping.
The Cultural District features five world-class museums, the Amon Carter Museum, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Get your Cowboy Art on at the Amon Carter where Mr. Carter’s collection of American West works by Frederic Remmington, and Charles M. Russell are housed. At the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, through September, guests can avail themselves to the wildly popular traveling exhibit, Ascent…When Dreams Defy Gravity, and Fort Worth Champions! Both exhibits are interactive and fun for all ages.
For theater lovers, urbanites and night owls the Downtown/Sundance Square District is the place to be. Covering over 35 blocks, this downtown entertainment district is sure to please. Take in a performance at the stunning Bass Performance Hall, or a play at one of the many other theater’s downtown, or hit one of the numerous restaurants lining the street before dancing the night away at one of Fort Worth’s happening nightspots.
Finally, for the outdoorsy type, a trip to Fort Worth isn’t complete without a visit to the Fort Worth Zoo, or the beautiful Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. The Fort Worth Zoo is the oldest zoo in Texas and boasts a wonderful primate collection, as well as, ample indoor exhibits, making this a great place to be on a hot Texas day. Fort Worth’s Botanic garden is the oldest in Texas and features over 2500 plant species in 21 gardens, including, the stunning, world famous, Japanese Garden. If you really want to beat the heat while playing outside, consider the wonderful shade trees of Burger’s Lake, a 30-acre park featuring a one acre spring fed swimming lake, with a full staff of certified lifeguards, diving boards, a 20-ft slide and a 25-ft trapeze. It also features 2 sand beaches, just perfect for lounging away those final vacation days before back to school time.