I have lived in the DFW area for almost 20 years and I never took the opportunity to explore what this great area in Texas has to offer. Since I am beginning another chapter in this wonderful life of mine and my lack of budget; I decided it was high time to see what is out there and better yet, what I can explore for FREE! First thing I did was check out the local website and to my surprise there is tons of stuff to do and it costs almost nothing. My price range for sure! Here are just a few gems I found around town…
Amon Carter Museum; Nestled in the art district of Fort Worth is now in its sixth decade of operation. The Museum of American Art offers a diverse array of exhibitions, publications, and programs that connect visitors to masterworks of American art. If museums are your go to place to explore there are many museums scattered about town.
Botanical Gardens; The oldest garden in Texas, established around 1929, with 110 acres and 22 specialized gardens, found off of University in Fort Worth. If you get hungry on your journey, you must visit the Gardens Restaurant; with excellent staff and the fare is reasonably priced and comes with a nice wine list.
Cowtown Opry; A nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of country music as a part of Texas heritage, the Cowtown Opry provides one of the most authentic Western experiences in the area. With free weekly concerts held outside on the steps of the Livestock Exchange Building, it’s almost like taking a time machine back into the days of cattle driving and saloons.
Stockyards Station; Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards, Stockyards Station provides an exciting blend of old and new Texas with historic walking tours along the Texas Trail of Fame, The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and more. The Station’s two dozen shops offer wine, cowboy boots, leather goods, jewelry, arts and crafts, and the best of Texas grub: barbecue, burgers and sizzling fajitas.
Trinity Trails; Parks and trails along the Trinity River and its tributaries allow for a variety of outdoor activities. Trinity Trails offers 40 miles of running or biking trails, 17 trailheads for picnics and rest stops, five boat launches for canoes, kayaks and sculls, equestrian trails for horseback riding, a water-ski slalom course and fishing in a number of spots.
This is just a tiny list of all things Fort Worth has to offer for the occasional visitor or for the local; with so many things to do for every type of adventure. Even the budget minded like myself can enjoy the lovely amenities this town has to offer without breaking the piggy bank.
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*information on Fort Worth tourism can be found at http://www.fortworth.com