131 East Exchange Avenue Ft. Worth, TX 76164 +1 817 626 2334
Located in the Fort Worth Stockyards, this adobe-style building was constructed in 1902 as a center for cattle traders. It was the central location for all activity in the Stockyards and often referred to as "The Wall Street of the West. Today, the building houses professional services and the North Fort Worth Historical Society Museum, which features artifacts from the beginning of the development of the Stockyards.
131 East Exchange Ft. Worth, TX 76164 +1 817 625 9715
This is a great way to experience Fort Worth's history. The Stockyards was once the second-largest cattle market in the world. Renovated for tourism in 1976, the district brims with entertainment, including restaurants, shopping and Wild West performances. Annual events include the Chishold Trail Round-up, held annually in June, and the Fort Worth Stockshow and Rodeo, held annually beginning in January. Visit Stockyards Station, where there is even a small children's amusement park.
130 East Exchange Avenue Ft. Worth, TX 76164 +1 817 625 9715
Along the narrow streets of Stockyards Station you'll find storefronts from the late 1800s, which were renovated for tourism in the 1970s. Stores are full of western memorabilia including paintings, leather goods, books, glassware and hundreds of other treasures. Wild west performances are staged frequently at the Cowtown Coliseum, while Billy Bob's Texas offers other entertainment options. At mealtime, Riscky's and other restaurants offer steak, catfish and other local fare. A 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 trip to and from Grapevine.
2520 Rodeo Plaza Ft. Worth, TX 76164 +1 817 624 7117
This cavernous honky-tonk is America's 'Best Country Music Nightclub' according to both the Country Music Association and The Academy of Country Music. It's also one of the largest and most famous. Founded in 1981, Billy Bob's Texas offers enough room for 6,000 people to drink, play pool, play video games or dance to the live country music performed every night. Rodeo enthusiasts will enjoy the indoor arena where cowboys ride bucking bulls every weekend. Friday and Saturday night headliners are often among the biggest names in the industry, including Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Rimes, Hank Williams Jr. and Bob Hope. All have left hand prints, which are displayed in concrete around the club.
131 East Exchange Avenue Suite 215 Ft. Worth, TX 76164 +1 817 336 4373
For a real taste of the Old West, come by the Stockyards area any afternoon and you will be treated to a mini-cattle drive sponsored by the City of Fort Worth. Fort Worth is proud of its Cowtown moniker, and wants to give tourists and locals a chance to see real cowboys and cattle in action. The cowboys dress in authentic turn-of-the-century clothing, and use period saddles and equipment. There are two separate cattle drives each day. Both start at the eastern end of Exchange Avenue, then move west towards the Cowtown Coliseum before turning and heading back to the pen.
121 East Exchange Avenue Ft. Worth, TX 76164 +1 817 625 1025
Located in the Fort Worth Stockyards, the Cowtown Coliseum has a tremendous history. It was the site of the first indoor rodeo, held in 1918, and the first live radio broadcast, which took place at a rodeo here in 1923. Despite being an old building, the Coliseum has excellent modern conveniences such as the arena seats for 2,500 people, air conditioning, production lighting and a great sound system. Cowtown Coliseum is home to the Stockyard Championship rodeo, which takes place here every Friday and Saturday. Rodeos feature traditional bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping and barrel racing.
145 East Exchange Avenue Ft. Worth, TX 76164 +1 817 624 6666
Visit the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze Incorporation to find yourself through a large 5,400 square feet maze that is a great recreation option. Apart from the maze challenge, you can also host your own private events here.
Take your boat to the center of this scenic lake, cast your line, put up your feel and just relax! Though Lake Worth is popular amongst locals and tourists alike, Marine Creek Lake is more peaceful and laid-back. It offers unparalleled fishing grounds and picnic areas, as well as superior sailing and skiing facilities. Don't forget to check out the beautiful Marine Creek Lake Park on the banks of the lake.
9000 Blue Mound Road Ft. Worth, TX 76131 +1 866 865 1194 (Toll Free)/+1 817 231 4000
Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln-they pass through here almost every other day. They're here on official visit of course but one can pass through here as a visitor too. One of only two birthplaces of American currency, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing conduct guided tours, giving one a peek into the intricacies that go into the money printing process. The facility also has a gallery/museum and three exhibits that are live demonstrations. The tours are also conducted in American Sign Language and Spanish. Audio description facilities are also provided for the visually impaired.
131 East Exchange Avenue Ft. Worth, TX 76164 +1 817 625 5082
Preserving the history of the Fort Worth Stockyards, this museum is a result of efforts made by the North Fort Worth Historical Society. The museum is housed in the Livestock Exchange Building. The antique display cases were restored to hold artifacts relating to the history of the Stockyards, as well as the meat packing industry and the railroads. Another exhibit focuses on Quanah Parker, the last Comanche Indian war chief. Children will love the exhibit of the lightbulb that has been burning since 1908. Admission is free.
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