Fort Worth worth visiting

If you were asked to pick the No. 1 most visited place in Texas it probably wouldn’t be Fort Worth, but it is part of the most visited area in Texas, and it is also worth visiting.

As the second most populous city in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area (Dallas is the most populous), it is the 6th largest city in Texas, and the 16th largest city in the US, but it’s as Texan as a long-horned steer.

The city was established in 1849 as an Army outpost on a bluff overlooking the Trinity River. Today Fort Worth still embraces its Western heritage and traditional architecture and design.

No visit to Texas is complete without a stop at the legendary Stockyards National Historic District. Unique attractions such as the Fort Worth Herd twice-daily cattle drive thrill visitors year-round. Top country music performers play the stage at Billy Bob’s Texas, the “World’s Largest Honky-Tonk,” and live rodeo takes place every weekend at Cowtown Coliseum, home to the world’s original indoor rodeo. Shopping for handcrafted cowboy boots, hats, clothing and souvenirs is abundant in the Stockyards.

Fort Worth calls itself the City of Cowboys and Culture and has a lot of both. For more than 100 years the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo has been a pageant of dedication and skill. Like all professionals at the top of their game, the rodeo riders make it look easy to rope a steer at full gallop or stay atop a tonne of angry bull. Alongside the entertainment rides some serious business. The auctions of livestock include cattle, sheep and llamas; and attract an international pool of bidders. Raising prized livestock involves more than throwing feed into the yard. It takes years of breeding and care to create the ideal cow, the flawless sheep or the perfect pig.

Just north of the Stockyards, the Kimbell Art Museum, designed by Louis Kahn, houses an eclectic collection of  European art with several famous masterpieces including the earliest Michelangelo opus, The Torment Of Saint Anthony (c1487-88), painted when he was 12 or 13 years old.     

Fort Worth is also home to the Amon Carter Museum. This well-respected institution is famous for its priceless American sculpture collection, which includes not only the works of celebrated artists Frederic Remington and Charles M Russell depicting scenes of the American West, but also those of modern American luminaries such as Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. The Amon Carter is also home to one of the largest photographic collections in the US.

Fort Worth offers visitors an affordable and unique vacation option, its Western heritage, dynamic downtown, and wonderful cultural attractions coupled with its range of accommodation options and restaurants makes Fort Worth an outstanding destination for all types of travellers.

1 comment to Fort Worth worth visiting

  • They sell some interesting items in the gift shop at Billy Bob’s. Vanished cow dung door stops and bull scrotum purses are some of what is on offer.

    If you are feeling a bit peckish you can feast of Rocky Mountain Oysters. Sliced bull’s testicles actually. Hot off the BBQ!

    It’s a wild honky tonk with an indoor rodeo where you can sit at the bar and watch all the action.

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