Welcome to Fort Worth: The City of Cowboys and Culture
One of the first things you’ll probably notice about Fort Worth is that we’re really into our Western heritage here. It’s kind of like a big, modern city grew up in the middle of an Old West town, and the really great thing is that you still have all that small-town old-America charm and culture right alongside the shiny big-city perks. We love the rustic Western and Art-Deco architecture of our exciting and unique downtown as much as we love all of our amazing museums. We cheer on our college sports teams as loudly as we urge on cowboys at the rodeo. And sure, we love having access to all the shopping, dining, nightlife, entertainment, and huge employers of the DFW Metroplex, but what we really love is getting to enjoy all those little things that make Fort Worth truly special.
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Fort Worth at a Glance
Distance to Dallas: 20 miles
Distance to DFW Airport: 20 miles
Public Transit: DART (Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center)
Growth Since 2000: +51.9%
County: Denton, Parker, Wise, Tarrant
Median Home Price: $308,000
Spotlights of Fort Worth
Sundance Square Downtown
This 35-block mixed-use district in Downtown Fort Worth still has a historic Western charm despite its lively entertainment scene. Restaurants, bars, clubs, theatres, stores, condos, and apartments set the scene for numerous concerts and festivals throughout the year.
Fort Worth Cultural District
Here you can explore six world-class museums, including not only the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Amon Carter Museum, but also the National Cowgirl Museum and the Cattle Raisers Museum.
Fort Worth Stockyards Station
It’s the heart of Western culture and events in the city, where you can still witness live cattle drives through the Stockyards at the Herd and experience events that include horse shows, weekend gunfights, Wild West Shows, and even the largest rodeo in the world.
What You'll Love in Fort Worth
The Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex has been getting a lot of attention lately, but sometimes in all the big-news media hype about new developments, new companies, and big-city business and entertainment, it can be easy to overlook some of those small, local hometown favorites that truly make a place special. So let's not forget them! Here's what's REALLY great about Fort Worth!
All the Really Amazing Events
Events and festivals are kind of a big deal in Fort Worth. We’ve got a lot of Western-themed stuff, like The Herd, The Stockyards Championship Rodeo, the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, or even the Academy of Western Artists’ presentation of annual awards for Western-inspired music, literature, and cooking. We’ve got arts stuff, like the Main Street Arts Festival, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, or the Untapped Music & Beer Festival. And let’s not forget sports games at TCU—come football, basketball, and baseball seasons, we’re all about cheering on the Horned Frogs.
But we’ve got lots of the little stuff, too. We’ve got local horse shows at the Stockyards. We’ve got library festivals and exhibitions of local art. We’ve got classes and workshops at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. We’ve got nature scavenger hunts, group nature hikes, and youth bike races. We have sports leagues, park days, educational series at the museums, and so much more.
The Local Arts Scene
Sure, Fort Worth has a ton big museums, but there’s also a big emphasis on local arts and music, too. We’ve got big performance venues like Bass Performance Hall, and we’ve also got a lot of hole-in-the-wall spots where the locals go to hear opera, jazz, or local bands, or to catch a performance by a local theatre group.
Capital Bar in the West 7th area is a great place to enjoy country performers on an open-air stage. Casa Mañana is a nonprofit theatre in the Cultural District that offers a lot of local music and performances, and the historic Ridglea Theater in the Camp Bowie area is another favorite. You can find a lot of college talent down near TCU at the Aardvark, or enjoy a diverse offering of live shows around Southside at Shipping & Receiving or the Boiled Owl Tavern.
Outstanding Parks & Recreation
There are so many ways to get outside and explore Fort Worth! Some of the big, more touristy attractions are the Fort Worth Zoo and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden (both definitely worth a visit!). The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge has miles of hiking trails, and it’s also a great place to canoe.
But Fort Worth has over 11,700 acres of parkland—so these are just the beginning. There’s so much to do: hiking, biking, boating, fishing, sports, jogging and walking, golfing, horseback riding, and much more! At Trinity Trails alone you can find over 40 miles of trails, five boat launches, horseback trails, and a water-ski course. And there are over 200 other parks to explore.
Fort Worth Attractions
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