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WHAT TO SEE IN FORT WORTH

The center of Fort Worth is 32 miles from the center of Dallas and the two cities merge into each other creating a large metropolis, with numbers of smaller towns and ranches surrounding the two cities. The DFW International Airport is almost halfway between the two cities too, with Arlington in the center between Dallas and Fort Worth.

DFW is one of the busiest airports in the USA with both International flights and flights to most of the bigger cities all over the USA. You can rent cars, catch Taxis, a Shuttle bus service to Dallas or Fort Worth. There is also the Trinity Railway Express bus service (The "T") which will take you to downtown Fort Worth. At DFW Airport there is also a large Art Gallery at 3200 E. Airfield Drive, featuring local, national and international artists.

American Airlines C.R Smith Museum – 4601 H'wy 360 Tel: 817 967 1560 is near the airport and has aircraft including a DC-3 aircraft on display and lots of other historical information and dsiplays.

Both Dallas and Fort Worth have lots to see and do, and almost an equal number of great hotels and places to stay.

Fort Worth has some great places to see, and this is where you can get a real feel for Texan heritage, cowboy history and culture. There are three MUST SEE districts to see in Fort Worth –the Downtown, the Stockyards District and the Cultural District.

DOWNTOWN

Is where all the high rise buildings are located including the Convention Center, a number of hotels and the Visitor Center –
A free bus circulates some of the downtown areas – with the quaint name of "Molly the Trolley". It also goes to the Cultural District too. Fort Worth takes pride in the fact that it is a very walkable city.

  • The Fort Worth Information Center – 508 Main Street (See www.fortworth.com Tel: 817 698 3300) is right in the center of the downtown area near some of the big hotels. On one end of Main Street there is General Worth Square and JFK Tribute and the Convention Center and on the other end is the Tarrant County Courthouse built in 1895.
  • Water Gardens – 1502 Commerce Street. Is behind the Convention Center covering an area of 4.3 acres. Here you can see and hear water cascading down a 38 feet high circle of terraces to a pool at the bottom of the falls. It is quite an amazing sight to see both day and night.
  • Fire Station No.1 – cnr. 2nd and Commerce Street. Tel: 817 255 9300. This has lots of fire- fighting and city memorabilia.
  • Sid Richardson Museum – 309 Main Street (on Sundance Plaza) has paintings depicting the days of the wild west. See www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org
  • Chisholm Trail Mural – is located at 400 Main Street. It depicts the Cattle Drives on the Chisholm Trail.
  • Sundance Square Plaza – 420 Main Street is an open air plaza with a big square in the center with 100 or so fountains shooting upwards into the air and large square 40 feet wide umbrellas for shade in the day that light up at night. It is a nice place to relax, watch people and enjoy the ambience surrounded by the bustling city around you. There is also Heritage walk in and around this part of the Downtown and lots of shops here too.
  • Thomas Kinkade Gallery – is at 302 Main Street with works by this artist.
  • Milan Gallery – 505 Houston Street. See www.milangallery.com Tel: 817 338 4278.
  • Edmund Craig Gallery – 3550 W. Seventh Street. Tel: 817 732 6663
  • Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge – 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd. See www.fwnaturecenter.org This Center is a large nature park covering 3621 acres with 20 miles of hiking trails through forest, prairies and wetlands. There is also Lake Worth on the Trinity River, where there are Kayak rentals and other water based activities. Lake Worth is about 15 miles north of the City Center. See www.fortworthkayakrentals.com Tel: 817 374 7262 at 7778 Jacksboro Highway.

CULTURAL DISTRICT – throughout the Cultural District there are lots of outdoor sculptures to see as well some other great places -

  • Log Cabin Village – 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln. See www.logcabinvillage.org Tel: 817 392 5881 Here you can see cabins, tools, textiles and documents relating to the period 1840-1890.
  • Fort Worth Zoo – 1989 Colonial Parkway. See www.fortworthzoo.org See over 5000 animals in this zoo.
  • Fort Worth Botanic Gardens – 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard. See www.fwbg.org Tel: 817 871 7686 Here there are over 2500 exotic and native plants spread out in this 109 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens.
  • Trinity Park and Trails – this is along beside the Trinity River and there are around 40 miles of hiking and bike trails to follow.
  • Will Rogers Memorial Center – 3401 W. Lancaster Avenue. Tel: 817 392 7469. This complex started in 1936, and to get an idea of it size it has horse stalls for 2500 horses. Check to see what is happening here when you are in town. The Art Deco Coliseum, Arena, Auditorium, Flea market and Tower are all located on this 120 acre site.
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art – 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard Tel: 817 738 1933 See www.cartermuseum.org
  • Art on the Boulevard – 4319-A Camp Bowie Boulevard. Tel: 817 737 6368
  • Christian Arts Museum of Fort Worth – 3221 Hamilton Avenue. Tel: 817 332 7878
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History – 1600 Gendy Street. Tel: 817 392 2255. Also here is the Cattle Raisers Museum (See www.cattleraisersmuseum.org) with history of the Cattle Industry in Texas from the days of the open plains, to the time when Barbed wire was used to fence in ranches, to current day. It is a great story to see.
  • Fort Worth Community Arts Center and also Scott Theater – also on Genty Street at #1300. Tel: 817 738 1938. Phone to see what's on.
  • National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame – 1730 Genty Street Tel: 817 336 4475.
  • Denni Theater and Noble Planetarium – 1600 Genty Street.
  • Kimbell Art Museum - 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard. Tel: 817 332 8451.
  • Modern Art Museum – 3200 Darnell Street. Tel: 817 738 9215
  • Adobe Western Art Gallery – 2322 Main Street. Tel: 817 624 4242

Also see -

  • Historic Fort Worth – see www.historicfortworth.org Tel: 817 336 2344 x 100 for Tours. There are historic homes like the Ball McFarlane House built in 1899 and the Thistle Hill House (Wharton-Scott) house at 1509 Pennsylvania Avenue to see.
  • Marty Leonard Community Chapel – 3131 Sanguinet Street. Tel: 817 255 2576 This is a Chapel designed by Marty Leonard, under the Frank Lloyd Wright Architectural style.
  • Texas Civil War Museum – 760 Jim Wright Freeway, North Fort Worth. Lots of interesting memorabilia from the days of the Civil War.

Happy Travelling!

I hope you have a great time in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Geoff Stuart

Happy Traveller

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