Known as the place “Where the West Begins” as well as “Cowtown” , this thriving community of over 500,000 retains its rich history, adventurous thinking, and western feel. This is a town where you can enjoy some of the nation’s most exquisite cuisine, followed by a ride on a bucking Bronco; all within walking distance of each other.
Originally founded as a fort, the city has transfigured itself over time into one of the most exciting and enriching cities in the country. Its colorful history includes the days of cowboys and Indians, the arrival of the railroad, cattle drives, and, in later years, and still continuing today, the oil industry.
Whether it’s a great meal at a fine restaurant, followed by a relaxing night at the symphony or ballet, or a day of thrills at one of the many local attractions, or watching one of your favorite sports, and, like most things in Texas, has it “Big”.
While visiting, there are many things to see and do. Many visitors make it a point to visit Stockyard Station. Up and down its narrow streets you'll find storefronts from the late 1800s,
Wild West performances are staged frequently at the Cowtown Coliseum, while Billy Bob's Texas offers other entertainment options. A small children's amusement park features a lovely old carousel and several other rides. Through the middle of it all runs the Tarantula Train, which shuttles passengers on a nostalgic round trip to and from the nearby city of Grapevine. It’s the Home of the Fort Worth Herd – the only daily Longhorn Cattle Drive in the U.S. and the home of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame – includes the John Justin Trail of Fame, and the Sterquell Wagon Collection.
Another worthy attraction is the Log Cabin Village. Located in a very woodsy section of Trinity Park, this 19th-century grouping of log cabins is a true delight. The seven fully restored cabins originated in the 1850s. Volunteers who run the operation are adept at giving demonstrations of everyday activities from days gone by including corn grinding, candle dipping, spinning and weaving.
For those interesting in taking a little history home with them, be sure to visit the Montgomery Street Antique Mall. Hundreds of dealers showcase their prized possessions from all over the world. There are antique books, magazines, dish and kitchenware collections, handmade quilts and depression-era glass pieces. Cookie jars, salt and pepper shakers, iron cooking utensils and old metal signs grace almost every stall. You won’t want to miss it.
Just a short drive from Fort Worth are many nationally known attractions as well as professional sports teams. The NFL Dallas Cowboys, the NMA Dallas Mavericks, and baseball’s Texas Rangers all host home games nearby. Six Flags Over Texas, one of the most recognizable names in theme park attractions is also only a 30 minute drive away.
Temperatures throughout the year vary greatly. In the Spring (March-early May) and throughout the fall (mid September-mid November) are the best times to visit. Generally comfortable humidity and daytime temperatures of 65-87 F are normal and make it a wonderful time to enjoy many of the numerous outdoor activities.
Thunderstorms bring heavy rain, hail and sometimes tornadoes. It is always advisable to check the local weather before venturing out for the day. Summer highs average in the mid 90s F. July and August are the hottest months, and it’s not unusual for temperatures to top 100 F—sometimes for several days in a row. During this time, why not enjoy some of the many museums, restaurants, and other indoor, air conditioned activities. In addition to the heat, humidity can be quite high in the summer, and the combination can be uncomfortable, so be sure to dress accordingly.
Winters are typically mild with lows in the mid 30s F and highs in the 50s F. Fort Worth does get some occasional snow but it is usually light and quickly disappears. While it’s there, however, it does make the area quite beautiful. Be careful driving during this time as the roads do get quite slippery.
The old west still exists in this city where a cowboy tips his hat to a passing lady, cows are herded daily, and bucking Broncos thrive. It is also a town of eloquence where opera and ballet are visible, fine dining is abundant, shopping is plentiful and unique, and a place where there is so much to see and do and just not enough time to do it. Have fun y’all!