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Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth is in the Prairies and Lakes region of Texas. With a population of approximately 661,000 it is Texas' 5th largest city. It is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, which has a population exceeding 5.7 million. Sometimes referred to as Cowtown, it is by far closer to its cowboy roots than neighboring Dallas.

Understand

Fort Worth grew from a military camp established at the close of the Mexican War by Gen. Winfield Scott, and named for Gen. William Jenkins Worth who fought in the war. Forty-two men of Company F, 2nd Dragoons, established the camp on June 6, 1849. The Fort Worth to Yuma, AZ, stage line was established in 1850. The city became the seat of Tarrant County 1860, and after the Civil War, it became a major shipping and supply depot for cattlemen.

Climate

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 53 58 67 76 82 90 95 95 88 78 67 57
Nightly lows (°F) 30 35 43 53 61 68 72 71 65 54 43 34
Precipitation (in) 1.7 2.1 2.6 3.3 4.6 3.5 2.4 2.1 3.4 3.2 2 1.8

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Get in

Dallas Fort Worth Airport

By plane

All the major American carriers, and many international ones as well, provide scheduled passenger service into the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW) [1], located exactly 17 miles from downtown Fort Worth. This airport is one of three major hubs for American Airlines. American Airlines is also headquartered in Fort Worth.

By train

Amtrak's [2] Texas Eagle provides daily service between Chicago, Illinois and San Antonio, Texas with stops in Fort Worth and Dallas. Also, Amtrak's Heartland Flyer [3] provides daily service between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City, and points in between. Woefully underfunded, passenger train service in the United States is a slow but scenic way to travel, if you aren't too concerned about arriving on time (see United_States#By_train).

By car

Fort Worth may be easily reached via I-20 or I-30 from the east or west, or by I-35W from the north or south. I-35 splits into two branches north of the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, the west branch going to Fort Worth and the east branch (I-35E) to Dallas. The branches rejoin to the south.

Car Rental Companies include:

  • Alamo Rent A Car, Toll free: 1-800-462-5266, [4].
  • Avis Rent A Car, Toll free: 1-800-331-1212, [5].
  • Budget Rent A Car, Toll free: 1-800-527-0700, [6].
  • Dollar Rent A Car, Toll free: 1-800-800-3665, [7].
  • E-Z Rent-A-Car, Toll free: 1-800-277-5171, [8].
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Toll free: 1-800-261-7331, [9].
  • Hertz Car Rental, Toll free: 1-800-654-3131, [10]].
  • Thrifty, Toll free: 1-800-847-4389, [11].
  • DFW Elite Auto Rental, 817-838-7368, [12].

By bus

Greyhound serves as the national/regional bus carrier for this area. Also, subsidiaries of Greyhound, such as TNM&O serve as the regional carrier.

By boat

Get around

Buses and trains link many areas of town over mid-range distances. Trinity Rail Express has commuter train service between downtown Fort Worth, DFW Airport and downtown Dallas. Service is Monday through Saturday. No scheduled services on Sundays and most major holidays.[13]

Molly the Trolley bus service provides local public transportation in areas like downtown Fort Worth, the Historic Stockyards, and to Sundance Square during lunchtime. Hours of operation vary by route. [14]

See

Tarrant County Courthouse, Fort Worth

Museums

  • Kimbell Art Museum 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. +1 817 332-8451 [15] A collection of artwork that ranges from 3000 BC to the mid-1900's. Although the collection is small, it boasts such big names as Matisse, Goya, Mondrian and Picasso, among others. The museum building itself is a highlight of architectural modernism, designed by American architect Louis Kahn.
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 3200 Darnell Street +1 817 738-9215 [16] The museum, located in an imposing, appropriately modern building, houses a large permanent collection and hosts many important traveling exhibitions. The buiding is designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
  • Amon Carter Museum 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-738-1933. [17] Extensive collection of American art and photography featuring many works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russel.
  • National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame 1720 Gendy St. 817-336-4475. [18] Museum and association which honors women of the American West who have displayed courage or spirit and who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit.
  • The National Cowboys of Color Museum at 3400 Mount Vernon Ave. (817)534-8801. Highlights the historical influence of non-White cowboys in Texas.
  • C.R. Smith Aviation Museum 4601 Hwy. 360 +1 817 967-1560 [19] All you could ever want to know about the history of American Airlines. Great for kids, as it includes hands-on, interactive exhibits.
  • Stockyards Museum 131 E. Exchange Ave +1 817 625-5082 Located in the 1902 Livestock Exchange Building, this museum showcases the history of Forth Worth.
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1501 Montgomery St. (Exit Montgomery on 1-30 and head North), 817-255-9300, [20]. Family based hands on science and history museum, boasts traveling exhibits and the Omni-imax theater.

Attractions

  • Sundance Square, [21] is 20 blocks of shops, bars & restaurants, brick-paved sidewalks and historic buildings. Well lit and popular with tourists and locals, Sundance Square is frequently the center for outdoor events such as concerts and art festivals.
  • Bass Performance Hall, [22] is a state-of-the-art venue presenting concerts, musicals, and theatrical performances throughout the year.
  • Fort Worth Stockyards, [23] Just north of the downtown area is the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, where you'll find Texas style nightlife at bars like / Billy Bob's [24] and even a rodeo[25]. The Stockyards have evolved from a working cattle yard into a tourist trap given over to overpriced and inferior quality food and merchandise. It's good fun for the kids, but it's not the authentic Texas cowboy experience it used to be.
Downtown convention center
  • The Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, 817/759-7555, [26]. Open M-F 10AM-5PM and Sa,Su 10AM-6PM. Come see the animals and interactive exhibits. Admission: $7.00 to $10.50. (Wednesdays are half-price)
  • The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, 817/871-7686, [27]. Admission: Free, Japanese garden $3.

Do

The Modern Art Museum
  • Fort Worth Cats Baseball [28]. For a unique baseball experience, catch a Cats game at LaGrave Field, tel. +1 817 226 2287, located just west of downtown. Ticket prices and parking are substantially less expensive than those at a Texas Rangers game, and LaGrave Field is a quaint throwback to the small ballparks of the early to mid 20th century. Seats 4,500 patrons and features a pavilion, boxed seating and excellent food.
  • Vast green parks and surrounding network of major lakes offer abundant opportunities for water sports and outdoor recreation. Burnett Park at Lamar and Texas Sts., on land donated by cattle baron Samuel Burk Burnett, features sculptures, pools, and granite walkways.
  • MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, [29], ranked 8th in the country by the Art Fair Source Book and the Harris List, and number one in Texas, celebrates its 21st year on April 20 - 23, 2006. MAIN ST., presented by Coors Light and produced by Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., hosts tens of thousands of people annually during the four-day visual arts, entertainment and cultural event. MAIN ST. showcases a nationally recognized fine art and fine craft juried art fair, live concerts, performance artists and street performers on the streets of downtown Fort Worth-stretching nine blocks on Main Street from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center. (Free)
  • Sundance Square Parade of Lights, [30]. Late November. Watch colorful illuminated floats, beautiful antique cars, marching bands, equestrian units, horse-drawn carriages and a cast of delightful characters dressed in their holiday best. The unforgettable parade and an annual visit from Santa Claus and his elves will make the Sundance Square Parade of Lights a fun-filled holiday experience for the entire family! Free.
  • The TCU Horned Frogs [31], the sports teams representing Texas Christian University, have successfully branded themselves in recent years as "Fort Worth's team". The Frogs are best known for their football program, a rising national power in the first part of this century. TCU is preparing to start its final season as a member of the Mountain West Conference; in July 2012, the Frogs will move to the Big 12 Conference. Most of TCU's athletic venues are on campus, with the best-known being Amon G. Carter Stadium (football) and Daniel–Meyer Coliseum (basketball).

Learn

  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary [32]
  • The College of Saint Thomas More [33]
  • Tarrant County College [34]
  • Texas Christian University [35]
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center [36]
  • Texas Wesleyan University [37]
  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law [38]


Eat

Budget

  • Angelo's Bar-B-Que, 2533 White Settlement Rd, +1 817 332-0357, [39]. Mon - Sat, 11:00A - 10:00P.. Tied with Railhead (below) for the best BBQ in the southwest. A Fort Worth classic. This is in an old wooden barn, which adds a great atmosphere to the dining experience. The pork ribs were very tasty and the large cold beers were particularly nice. They actually bbq on premises which some of the other place don't. Would recommend. It's about a 5 min drive out of the downtown area.
  • Railhead Smokehouse, 2900 Montgomery St, +1 817 738-9808, [40]. Mon-Sat 11a-9p. Tied with Angelo's for the best BBQ in the southwest.
  • Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Two locations: 2917 W Berry and 2719 Race St, [41]. M-W 10:30a-12a, Th 10:30a-1a, Fr-Sa 10:30a-3a, Su 10:30a-8p. Excellent taco dive - lots of food for cheap, great fish tacos, late hours, cheap drinks, all without leaving the affluent TCU area.
  • Kincaid's, Two locations: 4901 Camp Bowie Blvd and 4825 Overton Ridge Blvd, [42]. Mon-Sat 11a-6p. Texas's (perhaps America's) best burgers. Original Camp Bowie location is in a kitschy old grocery story.
  • Mi Cocinita, 3509 1/2 Bryan Ave, +1 817 923-0033. Mon-Fri, 10:30A-3:00P. Nestled in a backyard in the middle of a residential neighborhood, Mi Cocinita offers one of the most authentic Mexican dining experiences in Fort Worth. Cash only. BYOB.
  • The Love Shack 110 Exchange Ave.(In The Stockyards)+1 817 740-8812.[43] Hours: Sun-Tues: 11-9, Wed-Th: 11-10, Fri-Sat:11-11. Excellent Unique Hamburger created my celebrity Ft. Worth chef, Tim Love. Daily Flavored Milk Shakes. Live music. (Possible Cover Charge on Weekends) Cash Only.
  • Massey's Restaurant 1805 8th Ave, Fort Worth - +1 817 921-5582. Home cooking, serving the best chicken fried steak in Ft. Worth for over 50 years.

Mid-range

  • Bavarian Bakery and Cafe, 3000 SE Loop 820, +1 817 551-1150, [44]. Authentic German Cuisine.
  • Nonna Tata, 1400 W. Magnolia Avenue. Lunch Tue-Th 11a-3p, Dinner Mon-Thu 5:30p-9p, Fri 5:30p-10p. Certainly one of Fort Worth's smallest restaurants, Nonna Tata is also one of its best. With only 21 seats indoors and another 30 outdoors, the restaurant fills up early and often develops long waits on weekends. Absolutely amazing authentic Italian food, with a menu that changes weekly and amiable service. BYOB, cash only, no reservations. $15-30.
  • Central Market, 4651 West Freeway, +1 817 989-4700, [45]. 7a-9p Daily. DFW's best gourmet grocery also has a formidable cafe attached, with amazing, huge custom sandwiches, cheap and great pizzas and international noodle dishes made for you, a mind-boggling prepared food section and $15 meals for two bagged and ready to go. Any kind of food you could want, done extremely well, for grocery story prices, plus a generous selection of wine and beer. $5-15.
  • Chef Point Cafe, 5901 Watauga Rd., +1 817 656-0080, [46]. Mo-Th 11a-9p, Sat 7a-10p, Sun 11a-8p. Fine dining in a Conoco station. An experience like no other.
The Crispy Spring Wrap at Spiral Diner
  • Fred's Texas Cafe, 915 Currie Street, +1 817 332-0083, [47]. Mon-Sat 10a-Midnight, Sunday Brunch. The "Outlaw Chef" cooks genuine Southern/Texican food in one of the most unique and exciting ways you'll find in Fort Worth. Super laid-back setting, with genuine Texas food and genuine Texas music. Happy hour before 6 and whenever it's raining. $8-12.
  • Hunter Brothers' H3 Ranch, 109 E Exchange Ave, +1 817 624-1246, [48]. For the cowboy tourist. A strong cowtown theme predominates in this Stockyards-area steakhouse. Come for the atmosphere first, the food second. $18-30.
  • Joe T. Garcia's, 2201 N. Commerce St., +1 817 626-4356, [49]. A Fort Worth legend, dine family style in a large converted mansion or in its beautiful expansive gardens with lush vegetation and calming pools; choose from one of two menu options nightly. There is frequently a line around the block in good weather, so arrive early or be prepared to wait. Great margaritas. Cash only (ATM on site).
  • La Familia, 841 Foch St., 1+ 817-870-2002‎, [50]. M-F 11am-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Closed Sunday. Mexican restaurant locally renowned for their excellent Tex-Mex and friendly owner (Al) and staff.
  • King Tut, 1512 West Magnolia Ave., +1 817-335-3051‎. M-F 11-2 & 5-9, Sat 5-9, Closed Sunday. Egyptian Restaurant with excellent Middle Eastern cuisine.
  • Piranah Killer Sushi, 335 W 3rd St., +1 817 438-0206, [51]. The best sushi in Fort Worth, downtown.
  • Spiral Diner, 1314 W. Magnolia, +1 817 3-EatVeg, [52]. Tue-Sat 11A-10P, Sun 11A-5P. The only strictly vegan restaurant in Fort Worth, Spiral Diner has an eclectic menu that will not let you down on taste. One of Fort Worth's finest restaurants regardless of dietary restriction.
  • Uncle Julio's, 5301 Camp Bowie Blvd, +1 817 377-2777, [53]. Excellent and diverse Tex-Mex menu, friendly staff, decent happy hour before 6pm. $8-$30.

Splurge

  • Bonnell's, 4259 Bryant Irvin Road, +1 817 738 5489, [54]. Lunch Tue-Fri 11a-2:30p, Dinner Tue-Sat 5:30p-9:30p. Award-winning chef Jon Bonnell's southwest-themed masterpiece.
  • Del Frisco's Steakhouse, 812 Main Street, +1 817 877-3999, [55]. M-Th 5-10pm; F-Sat 5-11pm; Sun. 5-9pm. One of the finest steakhouses in the world, with an excellent wine list. It is, however, extremely expensive, and you will have to wait a little while even if you have a reservation. Don't come here for anything other than steak, but if you are looking for steak, it is hard to beat. $50+.
  • Lanny's Alta Cocina Mexicana, 3405 W. 7th Street, +1 817 850-9996, [56]. Lunch Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p, Dinner Tue-Sat 5:30-10:00. Merges the finest of high-class Mexican dining with the most refined New American aesthetic for an unparalleled culinary experience. The most interesting and diverse wine cellar in the city. $60++.
  • Reata Restaurant, 310 Houston St, +1 817 336-1009, [57]. Lunch 11:30a-2:30p, Dinner 5p to 10:30p daily. One of the most widely acclaimed restaurants in Texas, and one of the first to bring "Cowboy cuisine" to the forefront of the refined American palate. Online reservation system.
  • Sapristi, 2418 Forest Park, +1 817 924 7231, [58]. Dinner Tue-Sat, Brunch Sun. Eclectic Continental fare makes for some of the best dining in Fort Worth.
  • Saint-Emilion, 3617 W 7th St, +1 817 737-2781. Tue-Sat 6p-9p. The best French country food in Fort Worth, and a cozy dining experience. $25-$50.
  • The Vault, 525 Taylor Street, +1 817 348-9828, [59]. Built in the former vault of the BankOne tower, this ambitious Mediterranean restaurant hopes to be the first 5-star in Fort Worth, and the menu shows it. Very impressive work going on here.
  • Vidalia's, 222 Main St., +1 817 210-2222. 6am-10pm Daily. Located inside the Renaissance Worthington, this high-end establishment fuses traditional upscale Southern and Cowboy cuisine in a remarkably low-key fine dining establishment.

Drink

  • J&J Blues Bar, 937 Woodward St, (817) 870-2337‎, For the real Texas experience, this place is amazing. Live music and good energy.
  • The Ginger Man, 3716 Camp Bowie Boulevard, [60]. Extremely laid-back beer pub with around 70 beers on tap and well over a hundred in bottles. Decent prices, Large indoor and outdoor seating area, and you can actually relax and have a conversation with friends without shouting.
  • 8.0 Restaurant and Bar[61], 111 East 3rd Street, Phone: +1 817 336-0880. A great place with indoor/outdoor activities. Live music outside and live DJ inside. The place also serves food but it is typically for the ambiance that people go there.
  • Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 111 E 4th St., Phone: +1 817 336-7468, [62]. The gameroom offers a place to play a game of pool, chess or darts. The shiny, faux-rock floor throughout is enhanced by the vast collection of vintage dinnerware adorning every wall. They have the largest selection of beer (225 varieties) around. Menu selections include Creamy Beer Cheese Soup, the Build-Your-Own Sausage and Cheese Plate, spicy sausage quesadillas and traditional bratwurst with German potato salad.
  • Chat Room Pub (The Chat), 1263 West Magnolia, [63]. 3 PM - 2 AM. Phone: +1 817 922-8319 Good drink selection in a chilled atmosphere. (32.730938371422496,-97.33916759490967)

Sleep

Budget

  • Motel 6 Ft Worth East, 1236 Oakland Boulevard, +1 817 834-7361, Fax: +1 817 834-1573, [64]. Budget accommodations at a budget price. Don't expect luxury, but it's a clean place to sleep. Other locations:
    • Motel 6 Ft Worth North, 3271 I-35W, +1 817 625-4359, Fax: +1 817 625-8256, [65].
    • Motel 6 Ft Worth South, 6600 South Freeway, +1 817 293-8595, Fax: +1 817 293-8577, [66].
    • Motel 6 Ft Worth West, 8701 I-30 West, +1 817 244-9740, Fax: +1 817 244-1697, [67].

Mid-range

  • AmeriSuites Fort Worth, 5900 Cityview Blvd, +1 817 361-9797, [68]. Another chain hotel, but more upscale than Motel 6. Located in southwest Fort Worth just nine miles south of downtown Fort Worth.
  • Comfort Suites DFW Airport, 4700 W. John Carpenter Fwy, +1 972 929-9097, [69]. This mid-range chain hotel is centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, near the DFW International Airport.
  • Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown, 601 Main Street, 8178858700, [70]. Four blocks from the Convention Center and ten minutes from the restaurants and shops of the famous Fort Worth Stockyards. Renovated rooms with modern amenities. $209-$249.
  • Courtyard Fort Worth Fossil Creek, 3751 NE Loop 820, 8178470044, [71]. Intersection of the 35W and 820 freeways, close to the Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth Zoo and the Six Flags Over Texas Amusement Park. Also near Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and the Cowboys Texas Stadium. $109-$119.
  • Radisson Fort Worth South, 100 East Alta Mesa Blvd, +1 817 293-3088. Located just five miles from Downtown Fort Worth and eighteen miles from DFW international airport. Three star hotel with amenities including indoor heated pool, restaurant, lounge, room service, fitness room, and business center.
  • Sheraton Fort Worth, 1701 Commerce Street, +1 817 335-7000. [72]. The downtown Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa is ideally situated across the street from the Fort Worth Convention Center and within walking distance of Sundance Square, restaurants and entertainment. Whether you choose to explore the historic Stockyards or spend the day in the Arts District, Fort Worth has it all.
  • The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, 200 Main Street, +1-817-870-1000, [73]. Near the Stockyards is just 17 miles, and is the city's only 4-Diamond hotel, since opening in 1981.

Splurge

  • The Ashton, 610 Main St, +1 817 332-0100, [74]. Well-liked luxury hotel in a renovated historical building. Very helpful, attentive staff. $250.
  • Hilton Fort Worth, 815 Main Street, +1 817 870-2100, [75]. A clean, quiet place to stay, with good service. The building and decor could use an update. $95.
  • Renaissance Worthington, 200 Main St, +1 817 870-1000. Popular 4-star hotel with all the expected amenities. Especially well-regarded for efficient yet friendly staff. $199.
  • The Texas White House, 1417 Eighth Avenue (1.5 miles southwest of downtown by residential streets), +1 817-923-3597 (, fax: +1 817-923-0410), [76]. Historical, award-winning bed and breakfast with luxury amenities $125.00-$235.00.
  • MD Resort ~ A Bed & Breakfast Style Guest Ranch, 601 Old Base RD (25 min NW of downtown Fort Worth), +1 817-489-5150 (, fax: +1 817-489-5036), [77]. Get away and relax in the country! Trees, animals, lots of things to do inside and out and lots of privacy. $127.00-$297.

Lockheed Martin Plant

Options ideal for travel to the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics plant: 200 N Grants Ln, adjacent to the Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base (JRB, formerly Carswell Air Force Base):

  • Hampton Inn, 2700 S Cherry Lane, phone: 817.560.4180, Clean, good breakfast buffet, located 2.0 miles from plant.
  • Holiday Inn Express, 2730 Cherry Lane, phone: 817.560.4200, located 2.0 miles from plant.
  • Residence Inn by Marriott, 1701 S University Dr, phone: 817.870.1011, Great location off University Drive adjacent to Trinity Park, adjacent to river front walking path, located approximately 7.2 miles from plant.
  • Spring Hill Suites, 3250 Lovell Ave, phone: 817.878.2554, Located off University Drive approximately 6.8 miles from plant.

Contact

Good Cellular phone coverage by all major providers throughout the city and all major roadways. Internet hot-spots available at most Starbucks Coffee locations, DFW Airport, and FedEx Kinko's offices.

Daily newspaper:

  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram [78].

Stay safe

As with any other large city, be vigilant in Fort Worth. The city's central arts and entertainment district is well policed, however, as so long as you make sure you lock your car and hide any valuables inside, all that you need is a little extra awareness of your surroundings. The city's freeways can be quite dangerous if you are not accustomed to driving in such high volumes of rapidly moving traffic; keep this in mind when you are planning a trip.

Cope

Gym workout

  • 24 Hour Fitness [79] and Bally Total Fitness [80] have many locations throughout the area. Day passes range from $10 - $20. Bring a lock and towel.
  • Kadampa Meditation Center Texas , 4812 Camp Bowie Boulevard, 817-303-2700, [81]. Offers relaxation meditations and meditation classes to increase inner peace.

Get out

  • Mineral Wells, home to Lake Mineral Wells State Park
  • Bridgeport, 30 miles to the northwest has a nice lake for boating and fishing.
  • Weatherford, 20 miles west of downtown Fort Worth.
  • Grapevine has a nice historic main street area and numerous wineries.
  • Glen Rose 50 miles southwest has Dinosaur Valley State Park and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

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