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How to Spend a Fun Family-Day in Ft. Worth

Spending a family fun day in Ft. Worth, Texas

Have you ever spent a full day in Ft. Worth?

Mel, a member of the Plano Mom’s team, recently spent a weekend there and had a full day of family fun. Come read all about her experience.

I love to travel with my family so we can all see and experience new things but there isn’t always time for a long vacation with a busy life, so my next favorite thing is to plan shorter trips, closer to home.

We recently did a quick trip to Fort Worth with some friends and had the best time. We did stay overnight but a lot of what we did could be done in a day trip.

I had visited Fort Worth a handful of times before and done the usual Stockyards visit but there is so much more to Fort Worth than the Stockyards (I do love the Stockyards by the way). So much, in fact, that we plan to go back again to tick off all the things that we didn’t get to do on this trip.

Spending a family fun day in Ft. Worth, Texas

I really fell in love with Downtown Fort Worth, I hadn’t really visited it before and loved walking around and exploring. Lots of great places to eat and shop. We had brunch at a great place called Yolk –  It can get busy so download the app and get in line online so you don’t have to wait too long. My kids loved the old-fashioned toy store – The Houston Street Toy Company  

We enjoyed Sundance Square and the fountains and walked around town and to the Trinity River. There are some great walking paths around the river but we had too much to do! We also visited the JFK Tribute which was just a short walk from Sundance Square.

I had been hearing a lot about the Fort Worth Water Gardens but had never had a chance to visit. It was worth the trip. It’s free to walk around and explore. It’s really pretty and the kids ran and jumped all over the place, without getting wet which was a bonus!

In the evening we went to the Coyote Drive-In -before heading back to our hotel.

Spending a family fun day in Ft. Worth, Texas

The next day we headed to Joe T Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant for lunch -. This place is a Fort Worth Institution. It’s been there since 1935! Get there early as lines form fast and they don’t take reservations. The food was great and the margaritas were amazing.

The kids loved exploring the courtyards and gardens and we will definitely head back to eat here again very soon. If you go, it’s cash only!

After lunch, we headed to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing It’s one of only 2 places in the US that prints money. They offer free tours and it was really interesting to watch the currency being made.

Spending a family fun day in Ft. Worth, Texas

In the evening we headed to the Stockyards for the Stockyards Championship Rodeo  Just check their website but they have events on most Saturday nights. It was a really fun night out with lots to see and do and the kids even got to run on the arena.

It was a busy couple of days but we did and saw so much and there really was something for everyone, and so close to home.  Some other ideas that are a lot of fun in Fort Worth are the Kimbell Art Museum, the Fort Worth Zoo and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Do you have other ideas for fun things to do in Ft. Worth? Tell us about it in the comments! Be sure to check out Mel’s other guest post about a camping trip she took with her family to Eisenhower State Park. 

Mel is a native Australian. She moved here with her husband and 3 kids in 2013. When she’s not on the sidelines of the soccer field cheering on her oldest son, her family loves to get out and explore all that Texas and the USA have to offer. 

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