Fort Worth Stockyards
For a rich insight into Fort Worth’s Wild West culture and its famous livestock industry, a visit to the Stockyards is a must. The city used to be known as “Cowtown”, due to being one of the biggest stockyards and processing operations in the West, and today, strolling through the Stockyards is akin to stepping back in time. Don't miss the daily longhorn cattle drive!
Sundance Square is the city’s foremost destination for dining, shopping and enjoying a cocktail or two. It’s one of the most walkable urban areas in Texas (or elsewhere) and an especially great spot for families. After you are done exploring, relax in scenic Hyde Park, Burnett Park or the ever-popular Sundance Square Plaza.
Running for over 40 miles along the Trinity River and its tributaries, the Trinity Trails are great for walking, jogging, and cycling; you can even ride a horse on them, too.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
For those craving a quiet, nature-filled hideout away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Fort Worth Water Gardens provide a welcome respite. Impeccably designed by Philip Johnson, the gardens are a true architectural feat: There are modernist pools, cascading waterfalls, terraces and a central plaza, but the highlight is undoubtedly the Active Pool, where water rushes down steep, stone steps to a sunken gorge below.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is comprised of 109 acres of lush greenery, specialty garden spaces, sweeping city vistas, a garden conservatory and several winding footpaths. Be sure to check out the Rose Garden, which features over 2,000 roses, as well as the Japanese Garden, a gorgeous space with sculpted hillsides, bamboo, bridges, colorful cherry trees, waterfalls and koi ponds.
Kimbell Art Museum
Art and architecture fans can’t miss the Kimbell, whose permanent collection is widely considered to be one of the best in the country, if not the world. Apart from the artwork, the building itself is often referred to as one of the most notable works of architecture of the 20th century.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Modern art aficionados will love exploring the Modern. Discover works by prominent artists like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, meander through special exhibitions and pause to admire the building’s truly unique architecture. Then, take a coffee break in Café Modern’s dining room, set on the museum’s picturesque reflecting pond.
Heim Barbecue & Catering
Husband-and-wife duo Emma and Travis Heim started the Heim Barbecue truck in 2015, and within a year, they got an offer to open up their own place on West Magnolia (and there’s a second location in the works). The food is simply just that good. Eat all the smoked meat you want, but make sure to save room for Emma’s Banana Pudding – it’s so good that it’s the only dessert on the menu.
If you’re in the mood for deliciousness but you don’t want to feel sluggish or bloated afterward, Righteous Foods is the perfect place to enjoy a meal. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but the Grilled Organic Salmon Tacos, served with fermented cabbage, carrots and heirloom corn tortillas, are particularly, well, righteous.
Though Fort Worth certainly isn’t short on tacos, there’s just something special about Taco Heads. For one thing, the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced when possible. For another, the chips and salsa are out-of-this-world good. And the tacos themselves (especially when washed down with a Cucumber Margarita) are what dreams are made of. Just keep in mind that they’re of the “street size” variety, so plan on ordering at least two if you’re hungry.
Cork & Pig Tavern
A foodie favorite run by former Hell’s Kitchen participant Virginia Dalbeck that specializes in pizza, wine and grilled delicacies. At Cork & Pig, the wood-fired grill is the cornerstone of everything: be it pizza, salmon, rotisserie chicken or prime rib. The vibe feels simultaneously elegant and casual. And the weekend brunch menu is always a hit, with comfort food dishes like Fruity Pebbles French Toast and Banana Oatmeal Pancakes.
America Gardens is a neighborhood magnet for everyone from families with children to groups of young professionals. It’s not hard to see why – this patio-restaurant is a super-fun place to be. There are plenty of games to keep diners occupied while they wait for food, including air hockey, cornhole and ping-pong. Knock back a local IPA and don’t leave without trying the house jalapeno burger, which comes stuffed with jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, greenhouse tomatoes, guacamole and a jalapeno popper wrapped in bacon.
Joe T. Garcia’s
Opened in 1935, this Fort Worth institution near the Stockyards has a clientele so rabid, they can command cash only as payment, all for fajitas and enchiladas. Tranquility and tradition are the main draws here, but it’s a well-oiled kitchen operation, perfected over eight decades, that keeps the Mexican dishes and margaritas flowing at Fort Worth’s busiest and best-known restaurant. Emphasis on the margaritas!