Compiled by Kate Skinner
Summer in Texas means lots of sweltering hot days. But the warmer weather also brings plenty of opportunities to beat the heat at events throughout the state. With the Dallas/Fort Worth area just a few hours away, it’s perfect for a fun-filled day-trip. From family friendly events to a night out with friends, Fort Worth has something for all interests. Don’t miss out on these local favorites.
Fort Worth Zoo
Looking for some wild fun for the whole family? Visit one of the most popular local attractions, the Fort Worth Zoo. As the oldest zoo in Texas, it houses nearly 7,000 native and exotic animals, and has been ranked as the number five zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide. Exhibits include the World of Primates, the Museum of Living Art, Texas Wild!, and many more.
The Fort Worth Zoo is located at 1989 Colonial Pkwy., and is open seven days a week with daily programs, monthly classes, and special events. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for children and seniors, and parking is $5 per vehicle. Admission is half price every Wednesday. For more information, visit www.fortworthzoo.org or call (817) 759-7555.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
Opened in 1934, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Texas. Located in the Cultural District, the Garden is home to more than 2,500 species of native and exotic plants throughout 23 specialty gardens including: The Lower Rose Garden, Oval Rose Garden, Fuller Garden, Japanese Garden, Perennial Garden, Fragrance Garden, Trial Garden, Four Seasons Garden, Texas Native Forest Boardwalk, Conservatory, Water Conservation Garden, and the Water Wise Entrance.
The Garden hosts several events throughout year, ranging from family learning opportunities to the “Concerts in the Garden” with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The peaceful atmosphere and beautiful sights and smells make the Fort Worth Botanic Garden a great way to relax in the city.
The Gardens are open 365 days a year and located at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. To schedule a guided tour call (817) 392-5534.
Fort Worth is home to some of the world’s most famous art and history museums. With permanent collections and special events year round, the Cultural District of Fort Worth is definitely something you do not want to miss.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
View masterworks of American artists at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Museum strives to provide some of the finest examples and collections of American artists, as well as present educational opportunities for the community. Children are welcome, and the museum provides an online pamphlet with suggestions to help maintain interest and further the educational opportunity.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is located at 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard. Admission to the Amon Carter Museum is free, with exception to some special events. For more information visit www.cartermuseum.org or call (817) 738-1933.
Kimbell Art Museum
Recently renovated, the Kimbell Art Museum is home to a Western Collection, as well as many paintings and sculptures from Europe. The art within the museum ranges from ancient times to the modern era. Currently, the Kimbell is hosting its first-ever special exhibition, Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection. It is one of the largest private collections of Samurai armor, and has travelled the world.
The Kimbell Art Museum is located at 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard. Admission to the permanent collection is always free. For more information visit www.kimbellart.org or call (817) 332-8451.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Aimed at promoting the understanding and interpretation of art from post-World War II, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is filled with all major international movements since 1945. Enjoy pieces from the world over at the oldest art museum in Texas. Recently relocated to the Cultural District, the new Modern hosts a large gallery, education center, and auditorium.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is located at 3200 Darnell Street. Admission including all permanent collections and special exhibitions is $10 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and free for children 12 and under. For more information visit www.themodern.org or call (817) 738-9215.
National Cowgirl Museum
Celebrate history and the women who exemplify courage, resilience, independence, and have helped shape the American West. The Museum seeks to share the stories behind the Western women who lived from the mid-1800s to present day. “The women who shape the west change the world.”
The National Cowgirl Museum is located at 1720 Gendy Street in the Cultural District. Admission is $10 per adult, and $8 per senior and child. For more information visit www.cowgirl.net or call (817) 336-4475.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
From its beginning in 1941, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has undergone many changes, from name to location, but it has always encouraged creative learning and a greater knowledge and appreciation of history. Originally a children’s museum, the Museum of Science and History now also serves adults and houses a large permanent collection of exhibits and traveling exhibits, the OMNI Theatre, the Noble Planetarium, and a museum school for elementary aged children.
The Museum is located at 1600 Gendy Street. For more information visit www.fwmuseum.org or call (817) 255-9300.
Vintage Flying Museum
View restored aircraft at the Vintage Flying Museum. The Flying Museum offers a variety of programs for children (and adults) of all ages, and is committed to educating the community and maintaining the flying heritage of the United States. Demonstrations and the restoration of more than 20 aircraft are on display daily.
Visit the Vintage Flying Museum at 505 NW 38th Street Hangar 33. Admission is $8 per adult, $5 per senior or teen, and $3 for children ages 6-13. For more information visit www.vintageflyingmuseum.org or call (817) 624-1935.
Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
The heart of the livestock industry in Texas, the Fort Worth Stockyards are full of history, entertainment, dining, and good ol’ fashioned fun. If you want the Fort Worth experience, the Fort Worth Stockyards are the place to be.
Stockyards Station is home to many special events, Historic Walking Tours, the Texas Trail of Fame, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, more than 25 unique shops, a winery, and several restaurants. Visit the Stockyards Visitor Center to learn the history behind the Stockyards, participate in activities and learn more about events. Be sure to stick around and watch the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive each day.
The Fort Worth Stockyards are located at 130 East Exchange Ave. For more information and a full list of attractions and events visit www.fortworthstockyards.org or call (817) 624-4741.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
A tranquil escape in the midst of a busy urban area, the Fort Worth Water Gardens is beautiful any time of the year. Located in downtown Fort Worth adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center, visitors can stroll through while visiting downtown, or make a day of the experience. And, it’s always free. For more information visit www.fortworth.com or call (817) 392-7111.
The best place for good eats, entertainment, and history. The Square is named for the Sundance Kid and his partner Butch Cassidy who visited the local saloons, gambling parlors, shooting galleries, and dance halls that were once located there. Now, the Square is home to restored historical buildings and courtyards, and a large mural commemorating the Chisholm Trail cattle drives. Sundance Square also does its part to promote environmental awareness by using renewable energy.
See live performances at famous venues such as the Bass Performance Hall or Circle Theatre. Take time to enjoy a meal at Del Frisco’s Grille with a view of Sundance Plaza. Etta’a Place, a small bed and breakfast located in downtown, is the perfect place to stay. Whatever your purpose for visiting, the 35-block district is sure to impress.
Visit www.sundancesquare.com for full lists of events, dining, entertainment, shopping, hotels, and services.
Globe Life Park in Arlington
Home to the Texas Rangers, the ballpark in Arlington is a great place to enjoy America’s favorite pastime (and a hot dog). Treat the sports fan in your life to a day of Major League Baseball and memories they will never forget.
For a complete schedule or ticketing information visit www.texas.rangers.mlb.com or call (817) 273-5100.
Nature calls! Lake Grapevine offers miles of trails for running, hiking, and biking, boat ramps ideal for fishing, and plenty of room to relax. From camping to picnics, Lake Grapevine can satisfy the needs of the outdoorsman, and is a cheap way to enjoy a warm summer day in Texas. The parks surrounding the lake offer a variety of activities, including a playground to keep everyone happy.
Some parks have a small entrance fee, while others are free. For more information visit www.lake-grapevine.com.