Fort Worth, Texas is the sixth-largest city in the state of Texas, located about 30 miles west of Dallas on the West Fork Trinity River and forming part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Fort Worth is known as "Cowtown" for its rough-and-rowdy roots. Fort Worth still celebrates its colorful Western heritage today.
Known as the place “Where
the West Begins” as well as “Cowtown” , this thriving community of over 500,000
retains its rich history, adventurous thinking, and western feel. This is a
town where you can enjoy some of the nation’s most exquisite cuisine, followed
by a ride on a bucking Bronco; all within walking distance of each other.
Originally founded as a
fort, the city has transfigured itself over time into one of the most exciting
and enriching cities in the country. Its colorful history includes the days of
cowboys and Indians, the arrival of the railroad, cattle drives, and, in later
years, and still continuing today, the oil industry.
Whether it’s a great meal
at a fine restaurant, followed by a relaxing night at the symphony or ballet, or
a day of thrills at one of the many local attractions, or watching one of your
favorite sports, and, like most things in Texas, has it “Big”.
While visiting, there are
many things to see and do. Many visitors make it a point to visit Stockyard
Station. Up and down its narrow streets you'll
find storefronts from the late 1800s,
Wild West performances are staged frequently at
the Cowtown Coliseum, while Billy Bob's Texas offers other entertainment
options. A small 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 round trip to and from the nearby city
of Grapevine. It’s the Home of the Fort Worth Herd – the only daily Longhorn
Cattle Drive in the U.S. and the home of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame –
includes the John Justin Trail of Fame, and the Sterquell Wagon Collection.
Another worthy attraction is the Log Cabin
Village. Located in a very woodsy section of Trinity Park, this 19th-century
grouping of log cabins is a true delight. The seven fully restored cabins
originated in the 1850s. Volunteers who run the operation are adept at giving
demonstrations of everyday activities from days gone by including corn grinding,
candle dipping, spinning and weaving.
For those interesting in taking a little history
home with them, be sure to visit the Montgomery Street Antique Mall. Hundreds of
dealers showcase their prized possessions from all over the world. There are
antique books, magazines, dish and kitchenware collections, handmade quilts and
depression-era glass pieces. Cookie jars, salt and pepper shakers, iron cooking
utensils and old metal signs grace almost every stall. You won’t want to miss
Just a short drive from Fort Worth are many
nationally known attractions as well as professional sports teams. The NFL
Dallas Cowboys, the NMA Dallas Mavericks, and baseball’s Texas Rangers all host
home games nearby. Six Flags Over Texas, one of the most recognizable names in
theme park attractions is also only a 30 minute drive away.
Temperatures throughout the year vary greatly.
In the Spring (March-early May) and throughout the fall (mid September-mid
November) are the best times to visit. Generally comfortable humidity and
daytime temperatures of 65-87 F are normal and make it a wonderful time to enjoy
many of the numerous outdoor activities.
Thunderstorms bring heavy rain, hail and
sometimes tornadoes. It is always advisable to check the local weather before
venturing out for the day. Summer highs average in the mid 90s F. July and
August are the hottest months, and it’s not unusual for temperatures to top 100
F—sometimes for several days in a row. During this time, why not enjoy some of
the many museums, restaurants, and other indoor, air conditioned activities. In
addition to the heat, humidity can be quite high in the summer, and the
combination can be uncomfortable, so be sure to dress accordingly.
Winters are typically mild with lows in the mid
30s F and highs in the 50s F. Fort Worth does get some occasional snow but it
is usually light and quickly disappears. While it’s there, however, it does
make the area quite beautiful. Be careful driving during this time as the roads
do get quite slippery.
The old west still exists in this city where a
cowboy tips his hat to a passing lady, cows are herded daily, and bucking
Broncos thrive. It is also a town of eloquence where opera and ballet are
visible, fine dining is abundant, shopping is plentiful and unique, and a place
where there is so much to see and do and just not enough time to do it. Have
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