14 Fun and Unique Things to Do in Forth Worth

Fort Worth, Texas, has a rich cultural heritage and a unique Western flair. These unique things to do in Fort Worth showcase the city’s blend of Western heritage, cultural offerings, and outdoor attractions. Whether you are interested in history, art, or enjoying the great outdoors, Fort Worth has something for everyone.

As someone who grew up in the Dallas Forth Worth area, I love spending time in Forth Worth! It’s very different from Dallas and has a unique feel that many other major cities are missing. It’s home to a lot of Texas history and well worth a visit while in Texas.

fort worth stock yards

1. Fort Worth Stockyards

The Fort Worth Stockyards provides a nostalgic journey into the Old West while offering modern amenities and entertainment. It’s a must-visit destination for those interested in cowboy culture and Texas history. You can easily spend a whole day here with all that there is to do, so it gets the number one spot on this list.

One of the must do activities while here is the daily cattle drive. The Fort Worth Herd is the world’s only daily cattle drive, where real Texas cowhands drive a herd of Texas Longhorns twice daily through the historic district. This reenactment celebrates Fort Worth’s cattle-driving past and brings a piece of history for free!

You’ll also find the Cowboy Hall of Fame in the Stockyards, which honors the individuals who have excelled in the sport and business of rodeo, cutting, ranching, and Western lifestyle.

fort worth stock yards cowboy show
daily cattle run fort worth

Visit the Stockyards Museum to learn about the history of the Stockyards, the cattle industry, and the role Fort Worth played in the Chisholm Trail. The museum is located in the historic Livestock Exchange Building.

Browse the unique shops and boutiques in the Stockyards, offering Western wear, cowboy boots, hats, and Texas-themed souvenirs. M.L. Leddy’s is a renowned Western wear store.

Watch an Old West Gunfight Show. Founded in 1981, the Legends of Texas have been hosting reenactments in the Forth Worth Stock Yards. They happen on the weekends throughout the year here right after the cattle drive at around 11:45 am and 4:15 pm.

Last, events such as rodeos and other Western-themed activities are held at Cowtown Coliseum.

2. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

Celebrate the contributions of women in the American West at this museum, which showcases art, artifacts, and stories of remarkable women. This museum was established in 1975 and is truly unique. Celebrating the women who exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the West is truly special.

This museum fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance these women inspire. The museum proudly celebrates living and deceased Honorees representing diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures.

Hours of Operation:

    • Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
    • Sunday: Noon – 5 pm
    • Closed Monday

Cost:

    •  
    • Adults – $12
    • Seniors (age 65+) – $9
    • Military (with ID) – $9
    • Children (age 4-12) – $6
    • Children age 3 and under – Free with full price paid admission
    • Cowgirl Family Special (2 adults & up to 4 children age 4-12) $36

Combo Ticket:

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: 50% off admission with purchase of National Cowgirl Museum Ticket on the same day

3. Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Explore a collection of American art, including paintings, sculptures, and photography, with a focus on works from the 19th and 20th centuries. Originating with our founder and namesake, Amon G. Carter Sr., and his personal collection of more than 400 western-themed works, the Carter collection has grown to over 175,000 artworks that reflect the vitality of American creativity.

Admission to Carter is always free! The founder wanted the museum to be a free resource to the community, and thanks to the ongoing support of our members and donors, they offer free admission to everyone every day. Some events may have a fee.

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4. Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Wander through the beautiful gardens in this expansive and well-maintained botanic garden, including the Japanese Garden and the Rose Garden. The park was established in 1934 and is the oldest major botanic garden in Texas. It is located in the heart of the cultural district.

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District and just minutes from downtown, the gardens are a combined 120 acres and offer stunning garden views, horticultural displays, exciting exhibits, gift shops, a café, and more.

While in the gardens, you can also rent electric scooters for $30. To rent an electric scooter, please bring your valid photo ID for your visit. Don’t forget to purchase fish food at the Admission Desk to feed the koi throughout the garden.

Cost:

    • Children 5 and under free
    • Children (6 – 15) $6
    • Adult $12Seniors (65+) $10

Current Hours: 

    • 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Open seven days a week

fort worth zoo lions

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5. Fort Worth Zoo

This zoo is one of the best, especially in the South/Midwest. The Fort Worth Zoo provides an entire day of fun for any family. Kids can learn how to round them up and move them out at Texas Wild!, a hands-on exhibit that showcases the unique wildlife of the Lone Star State and includes a petting zoo. They can visit all four great ape species in the 2.5-acre world of primates or get eye-to-eye with some of the most endangered reptiles and amphibians at the Museum of Living Art (MOLA). There’s a brand new big cat enclosure and space as well.

The truly adventurous can plan an overnight stay, complete with dinner and a scavenger hunt. With all these activities and more, it’s easy to understand why the Fort Worth Zoo is ranked one of the top zoos in the nation each year.

Costs:

  • Adults (13+ )$20
  • Children (3 TO 12) $16
  • Toddlers (2 & YOUNGER) Free
  • Seniors (65+) $16
  • Parking (Pre Vehicle) $5

Current Hours: Daily – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dates, hours, and prices are subject to change. Please call 817-759-7555 for the most recent information.

Fort Worth Water Gardens

6. Fort Worth Water Gardens

Experience this downtown park’s unique and visually stunning water features, including the Active Pool, Quiet Pool, and Aerated Water Garden.

Designed by Philip Johnson, the Fort Worth Water Gardens is an architectural and engineering marvel to enjoy at any time of the year. Visitors can experience various water features as they wander this relaxing urban park.

7. Trinity Park

Next to the Fort Worth Zoo, Trinity Park is home to a duck pond, a miniature train, several playgrounds, and Trinity Trails, the best hiking and biking trails around town. Picnic pavilions, restrooms, and water fountains are scattered throughout the park.

inside Kimbell Art Museum

outside Kimbell Art Museum

8. Kimbell Art Museum

Admire the impressive art collection housed in a modern architectural masterpiece designed by Louis Kahn. The Kimbell Art Museum is internationally renowned for its collections and architecture. The Kimbell’s collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Poussin, Monet, Picasso, and Matisse.

This is a favorite museum of mine when coming home to stay with my family. There’s always something new and unique here, plus the architecture is impressive.

Current Hours:

  • Sunday Noon–5 pm
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday – Thursday 10 am – 5 pm
  • Friday noon – 8 pm
  • Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Current Costs:

  • Adults $18
  • Seniors 60+ $16
  • Students $16
  • Children 6 – 11 $14
  • Children under 6 free

9. Log Cabin Village

Step back in time at this living history museum, where you can explore log cabins and learn about pioneer life in the 19th century. The Log Cabin Village is a 19th century living history museum that provides a glimpse into Texas life in the 1800s. The site features staff members dressed in 19th century style attire and historic buildings from north and central Texas.

This activity is great for kids and families interested in learning about pioneer life. In the 1950s, the Village was a project of the Pioneer Texas Heritage Committee and members of the Tarrant County Historical Society. Members of these organizations realized that log structures, prevalent in the 1800s, were rapidly vanishing from the Texas landscape – and a portion of Texas history was vanishing with them. That is why they created a Village dedicated to log cabin culture, history, and preservation.

Hours:

Tue.-Sat.: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

*Last ticket sold at 3:00 pm

Sun./Mon.: Closed

Current Costs:

  • Adults (age 18-59):   $7
  • Adults (age 60+):  $6
  • Youth (age 4-17):  $6
  • Youth (age 3 and under):  no charge
  • Groups of 10 or more:  $5
fort worth comedy show
four day weekend fort worth

10. Four Day Weekend Improv Show

Four Day Weekend is an award-winning comedy show built around audience suggestions and participation. They have shows every weekend at our Dallas and Fort Worth theaters. Tickets are $25, plus service fees and tax.

They also serve drinks and snacks alongside their shows, and how they involve the audience makes these truly unique things to do in Forth Worth!

11. Billy Bob’s Texas

Experience the world’s largest honky-tonk, where you can enjoy live country music, dance, and even catch a rodeo or bull-riding event.

The building, now known as Billy Bob’s Texas, was built in 1910 and was once an open-air barn used to house prize cattle for the Fort Worth Stock Show. Billy Bob’s Texas opened April 1, 1981, with national attention, featuring a 100,000 square feet entertainment center, more than 30 bar stations, country music’s biggest stars, real Pro Bull Riding, and a Texas size dance floor.

It became known as “The World’s Largest Honky Tonk”, where more than 6,000 fun loving folks of all ages could enjoy entertainment every day and night. You can go here any night of the week, but it’s most fun when a concert is happening. Check out their upcoming events listed here.

12. Rodeo Goat

Indulge in unique and gourmet burger creations at Rodeo Goat, a popular local burger joint with inventive flavors. My favorite thing about eating at Rodeo Goat is that they can switch out any patty on any of their burgers for you, so whether you want beef, turkey, a vegan house-made patty, or an impossible burger, they’ve got you covered!

13. Panther City BBQ

If you’re looking for a unique BBQ experience, Panther City is the spot for you. Between the brisket birria tacos, brisket-topped elote, and the pork belly poppers, you could fill up here without eating barbecue standards—but they also have excellent sliced brisket, turkey, and spare ribs.

Texas Motor Speedway
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14. Texas Motor Speedway

Ever wanted to experience car races? Then you should spend some time at the Texas Motor Speedway and see a race!

With a full calendar of events — from NASCAR, IndyCar, and NHRA races to live music concerts — there is something for everyone at this high-octane venue. For an even more unique experience, you can camp on the Speedway!

I hope these unique things to do in Forth Worth will inspire your trip! These unique activities showcase Fort Worth’s blend of Western heritage, cultural offerings, and outdoor attractions. Whether you’re interested in history, art, or enjoying the great outdoors, Fort Worth has something for everyone.

Consider adding Fort Worth to your Texas itinerary if you visit the Austin and San Antonio areas. It’s a great piece of Texas history, and you’ll love your visit!

Discover the best of Fort Worth's Western heritage, cultural offerings, and outdoor attractions with these 14 fun and unique things to do in Forth Worth.
Discover the best of Fort Worth’s Western heritage, cultural offerings, and outdoor attractions with these 14 fun and unique things to do in Forth Worth.
Meghan

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