Fort Worth Travel Guide

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The most western portion of the DFW Metroplex and historical part of the Chisolm trail, Fort Worth is known by diverse names such as Cowtown and Panther City...when the town was considered a sleepy cowtown between cattle drives, legend has it a panther was seen sleeping in the road in the middle of town!. It also has the distinction of being "Where the West Begins"!

While being the 19th most populous city in the US with over half a million inhabitants, Fort Worth lacks a real big-city feel, which appeals to local citizens.  A friendly competition exists between Dallas and Fort Worth, and citizens of Fort Worth are happy with their friendy, small-town feel versus the big city, lost-in-a-crowd neighbor to the East.

The town began as Camp Worth on an Indian trading site and there is a historical site where you can visit a rendering of the log cabin site that tells the story of it's beginnings.  Once the railroad opened up, cattle was the big story with the Fort Worth Stockyards a main attraction with saloons and all the trappings of 'sin city' lining up for all the cowboys to enjoy that drove the cattle into town.

You can still check out the Fort Worth Stockyards and visit the renovated downtown area that has carriage rides to show you the sights. There are wonderful restaurants in the downtown area, too with all types of cuisine to suit your taste.  But be sure and try some good ole' Tex-Mex while you're in the vicinity!  Also, you must try the chicken fried steak with cream gravy at one of the local restaurants!

These days, the old mixes with the new in downtown with the modern Fort Worth Water Gardens. Take time to wander and let the kids play and blow off some energy while you relax to the sounds of running water in the heat of the day. If you drive out on Camp Bowie Blvd on the west side of town, you'll notice the street paved with red bricks...this was done during WWII.  Check out the eclectic mix of restaurants and night spots on the West side of town.

Fort Worth boasts some of the finest museums in the United States. Visit the renown Kimball Museum with art from all around the world. Amon Carter Museum has excellent examples of art from the Western era by Frederick Remington, among others. The Children's Museum of Natural History has a wonderful hands-on experience for the young ones in your family.

Fort Worth's Zoo is a must-see experience!  Spend the day visiting the animal exhibits and don't forget to ride the miniature train and get a snow cone on the refreshment stop mid-way on the ride.

You can also visit the beautiful Japanese Gardens off University Parkway, near the zoo, where you can admire the beauty and artistry of Japanese design and serenity among the flora. 

If the Rodeo and Fat Stock show is in town, don't miss it!  Get tickets to walk the midway and try your luck on carnival prizes and eat to your hearts content with the likes of funnel cakes, corn dogs, hot dogs, etc. Then that evening have a rep-roaring time watching bronco  or bull riding, calf-roping, all the excitement of the rodeo along with the clowns, with their death-defying antics in front of the bulls!

Be sure and buy you a pair of authentic cowboy boots and a hat before you leave. There are several wonderful places in town, such as Justin Boots, that will be glad to fix you up!

If you're ready to spend a day at Six Flags Over Texas, head over to Arlington, Texas (between Fort Worth and Dallas) and you'll have an exciting day at this great amusement park! Rides, shows, restaurants, thrills, they have it at Six Flags!

There's alot to see and experience in Fort Worth. I know you will have a great time!

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July 18, 2006 change by cindy b. (4 points)

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