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Things to Do in Fort Worth

Known as the home of “Cowboys and Culture,” Fort Worth is the smaller—but no less robust— neighbor in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Its roots as a cowtown can still be seen in such museums as the Stockyards Museum and family-friendly activities including twice-daily Texas longhorn cattle runs.

The Basics
Fort Worth has three key districts for visitors: Sundance Square, the Cultural District, and the Stockyards. Trendy Sundance Square spans 35 blocks downtown and has restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. The Cultural District has five acclaimed museums, including the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Stockyards offers up a slice of old-school western life, with cattle drives and homey cafes and shops.

  • Things to Know Before You Go
  • Fort Worth is a friendly, laid-back destination that is ideal for families.
  • A free visitor trolley, Molly the Trolley, takes visitors around to the three main downtown districts.
  • Traffic can be busy throughout the DFW area, particularly during rush hour. 

How to Get There
Fort Worth is 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Dallas. From Dallas, follow I-30 West and take the Lancaster Avenue exit for downtown. Trinity Railway Express train service runs between the two cities, and the city bus service is called “the T.” Visitors can also take the free Molly the Trolley throughout downtown.

When to Get There
For the best climate during your stay, try to time your visit for the fall, September through November. Major events that take place throughout the year include the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in January and the National Day of the American Cowboy in July.

Have You “Herd”?
Fort Worth’s Stockyards is the only place in the world where you can see a herd of Texas longhorn cattle roaming the streets. One of the Stockyards’ six staff drovers drive the cattle twice a day, at 11:30am and 4pm.
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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (The Modern)

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth(The Modern) houses a collection of over 3,000 items dated from 1945 to the present and includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and prints. It is one of the largest exhibitions of postwar art in the central United States, and while all major, international artistic movements are represented in the museum, there is an emphasis on pop and minimalist art, as well as German art of the 1970s and 1980s.

Educational programs, exhibits and curations vary throughout the year, while lectures, tours, workshops and classes are offered in honor of modern art. There are also films and performances. Designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was named one of the “world’s most beautiful art museums” by Travel + Leisure magazine.

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Christian Arts Museum of Fort Worth

Home to some of the world's most unique modern art depicting Christianity, the Christian Arts Museum of Forth Worth has both excellent permanent and visiting collections. The pillar of its permanent collection is a life-size depiction of Da Vinci's famous paintingThe Last Supper, created in wax by sculptor Katherine Stubergh. The wax display has been in Fort Worth since the 1960s, though it was restored before being placed in the museum. Similarly to those in wax museums around the world, the figures are noted for their lifelike appearance. There is also a superb collection of paintings and handmade bronze crosses.

The exterior of the museum is grounded by two columns and an arched entryway that leads to its foyer and galleries. During the holiday season, the museum features rotating exhibits such as the Ark of the Covenant and nativity scenes from around the world.

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Log Cabin Village

Take a step back in time to 19th-century Texas at Fort Worth’s Log Cabin Village. Explore authentic log homes, a blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse, a smokehouse, and a water-powered gristmill from the mid-1800s. Along the way, meet costumed interpreters that help bring history to life.

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Texas Civil War Museum

Home to the largest collection of Civil War artifacts west of the Mississippi, the Texas Civil War Museum boasts everything from weapons used on the battlefield to Victorian-era dresses. The museum displays artifacts from both the Union and Confederate sides of the conflict and highlights the role Texas played in the Civil War.

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