As America’s 15th-largest city, Fort Worth is a leading leisure destination with an eclectic cultural scene. For a truly Texan experience, visitors can stop by the Stockyards National Historic District where rich western history is on display daily, including: Billy Bob’s Texas—the world’s largest honky-tonk, authentic Western saloons, the world’s only year-round rodeo and the Fort Worth Herd twice-daily cattle drive. Recently named the first music-friendly community in Texas by the Texas Music Office, Fort Worth offers music lovers a variety of super-casual outdoor venues and grand music halls playing country western music, R&B, indie rock, and opera just to name a few. Art enthusiasts can explore five world-renowned museums in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, including the Modern Art Museum, the Kimbell Art Museum (home to the only Michelangelo in the Americas), the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
Just north of the Cultural District, visitors can take a walk along a new epicenter of emerging artists, The Foundry District, where a walkable lane named Inspiration Alley is beautified by murals from 11 local artists (and counting!). Those looking for a culinary immersion can head to one of Fort Worth’s finest “restaurant rows” known as Magnolia Avenue, check out one of 10 local breweries or spend a day at Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co.’s newest creation, Whiskey Ranch, the largest whiskey distillery West of the Mississippi. The 112-acre whiskey wonderland sits on a fully-functioning historic golf course that nods to legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. Joe T. Garcia’s is another can’t miss culinary adventure located in a Mexican hacienda-style home complete with a lush outdoor patio large enough to seat 1,000. This neighborhood institution serves up legendary margaritas and sizzling fajitas.
Sports fans can start their engines at Texas Motor Speedway, which boasts the world’s largest HD video board “Big Hoss” and hosts dozens of races a year, including three NASCAR Sprint Cup series events. Those looking for premier shopping, delicious restaurants and popular nightlife spots have plenty of choices between Sundance Square in downtown, the popular West 7th neighborhood bridging downtown and the cultural districts, plus three new upscale-shopping destinations in Clearfork, Waterside and Westbend. Due to its proximity to Trinity River, there’s never a shortage of outdoor fun along the water with enough trails to work up a sweat plus other water activities to keep everyone entertained. Between the up-and-coming River District, Panther Island and River East neighborhoods, visitors can find their centers in a Stand-Up Paddle Yoga Class, catch a free concert while leisurely floating on the Trinity River or cast out a line and await the bite of plentiful Largemouth Bass in Lake Worth.