If there’s one problem America faces today, it’s a lack of cities named after 1800s army outposts. Fortunately, that’s not an issue in Fort Worth. Cowtown, as Fort Worth is commonly referred to, is the only city you’re likely to find that combines the aesthetics and excitement of the Old West with the luxury of modern-day living. Fort Worth’s deep roots in the cattle driving industry earned it the nickname Cowtown. Funny enough, there aren’t many cattle being actively driven through the city nowadays. Never fear, though – the first attraction on our list proves Cowtown is still capable of living up to its name. Here are some worth-it Fort Worth Attractions.
Worth-it Fort Worth Attractions
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Fort Worth Stockyards
Fort Worth Zoo
Now now, don’t cry. I know seeing all the cute horses and cows at the Stockyards was fun, and you’re sad to be leaving, but I have good news. We’re going somewhere with even more animals! Cowtown’s 64-acre Zoo is the place to visit if you can stop at only one place in Fort Worth. In addition to having thousands of animals across hundreds of species, the Zoo just opened up a new stingray exhibit! The Fort Worth Zoo is ranked in the top 5 zoos in the United States because of its high-quality facilities and options for going behind the scenes to learn about and play with different snuggly animals. Swing by the gift shop on your way out to find perfect little souvenirs you can share with friends back home.
Urban Air Adventure Park
This isn’t your average indoor adventure park. They didn’t stop at wall-to-wall trampolines and foam pits. No matter your age, fitness level, or height, you won’t have trouble finding a fun activity – or five – at Urban Air Adventure Park. Youngsters can enjoy the ropes course, “battle beam” (a foam beam two people stand on and try to knock each other off of), and state-of-the-art climbing wall. Older kids and adults might enjoy the ziplining, or perhaps the indoor skydiving. Oh, and don’t forget about the park’s slam dunk zone, adventure hub, warrior course, and dodgeball games. Have fun, and know that there are areas where you can sit and eat if just reading about all this bouncing around has tired you out.
Six Flags Over Texas
Admittedly, this one is cheating a bit since Six Flags Over Texas technically resides in Arlington, not Fort Worth. However, it’s just a short drive away, and this park is just so freakin’ cool y’ all. First of all, this amusement park is 212 acres, so plan on making a full day of it. You’re basically in Disneyland but without the lines making you question every decision you’ve ever made. Several huge, pulse-pounding roller coasters make up the most popular attractions in the park, but there’s something for everyone. There are rides big enough to accommodate families of all sizes. There are lots of thrill rides that’ll leave you screaming, with plenty of restaurants where you can relax and savor. Also, there are more shows than you could possibly see in a day. This park is so massive, it’s probably best you just go experience it for yourself.
Fort Worth Convention Center and Water Gardens
This is a two-for-one special on sweet attractions. The Fort Worth Convention Center is a real treat. Featuring a 13,500-seat arena, a gigantic events plaza, and a classy 28,000-square-foot ballroom, the Center hosts almost every significant city-wide function. And just outside the Convention Center is the perfect little oasis known as the Fort Worth Water Gardens. Sloping cement slabs allow water to cascade down into the bottom pool, where it gets pumped up to begin the process all over again. The Water Gardens are large enough for tourists to walk on, so don’t be shy about getting an up-close look at this engineering marvel.
Well, folks, that’s pretty much all I’m going to say. There’s plenty more to experience in Fort Worth. But really, part of the fun is discovering some of that for yourself. If you need a little inspiration, check out the Fort Worth BBQ and Brews Tour. This tasty tour lets you see and learn about Fort Worth’s history while enjoying some crispy BBQ and unusual choice beers. Have fun gettin’ yer yeehaw on in Cowtown, friends.