Let’s not forget about the many Fort Worth things to do within a 1-hour drive of most parts of the City of Plano and the DFW area.
With 900,000 residents, Fort Worth has great attractions, museums, restaurants, and outdoor spaces to explore, and tons of live music and typical Texan heritage at your fingertips.
My personal experience in Fort Worth, Texas
Having lived in the Plano area for 10 years, I can tell you that I’ve tried many, if not all, of these Fort Worth things to do.
In addition to the many great places to visit every day, the area is home to many big events hosted at Texas Motor Speedway, Bass Performance Hall or at nearby AT&T Stadium in Arlington that brings people to Fort Worth for the first time.
These Fort Worth Things to Do are a MUST!
What is Fort Worth Texas best known for?
Not only is it home to the famous Fort Worth Rodeo but also to the daily cattle drives, where you get to see the longhorns up close at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Known as the smaller sister city to Dallas, it’s also a totally different vibe, with its culture steeped in Texan ranch history and a nod to the Hispanic roots of the State of Texas.
Sharing DFW airport with Dallas, Fort Worth is known for many things, but we love to visit for a slower pace of life, the most authentic Tex-Mex (looking at you Joe T. Garcia’s), and the incredible museums with artifacts really taking you back in time.
Is Fort Worth worth a visit?
Yes. Just West of Dallas from Plano, Prosper, Lewisville, McKinney, and Allen, it’s easy to get to via the President George Bush Turnpike and the TX-183W, or the infamous I-30W (beware of the spaghetti turnoffs, and be careful not to miss your exit!)
It’s ideal for a full day out or even a staycation for a weekend away.
Fort Worth Things to Do
Museums, History and Heritage
Some of our favorite places and things to do in Fort Worth are in the Fort Worth Cultural District, including the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, CR Smith Museum, and Bureau of Engraving and Printing (the Mint), which is a unique museum in Fort Worth where they actually print money!
More: Some of these are free museums to enter
While you’re on a shopping trip in the Stockyards (look at those expensive but incredible cowboy boots), be sure to check out the rest of the Cowtown Coliseum which houses the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. The walls are adorned with memorabilia and then head to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall.
Get Outside in Fort Worth
The home of the Fort Worth Zoo, which is renowned as being one of the best Zoos in the State of Texas, is a close distance from Trinity Park and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden where you can also explore the Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, Rock Springs Woods, Native Texas Boardwalk, Rainforest Conservatory and 2,500 species of plants.
You’ll also find pop-up Summer exhibits too, including larger-than-life Lego sculptures and the Little Sprouts Book & Garden Club.
Do not miss a walk around Sundance Square with multiple restaurants, cutesy stores and statues, and the Fort Worth Water Gardens, which is a serene little attraction in the heart of Downtown Fort Worth.
At the Stockyards, you should also check out the Maze and the Stockyards Stable with a little petting zoo.
Get free entrance into Fort Worth Zoo and SeaQuest Aquarium in Fort Worth with the purchase of a Pogo Pass. Get 50% off here
Visit Fort Worth Lakes, the Trinity River, and Open Air Play Areas
Burgers Lake is a favorite best-kept secret that has it all: swings, slides, trees, and a great spring-fed lake to swim in
– Two sandy beaches for sunning; wonderful big trees for shade
– A complete staff of certified lifeguards
– Over 300 picnic tables
– Six diving boards, a 20-foot slide and a 25-foot trapeze
– Charcoal grills for cooking
Just $20 to enter per car.
For younger kids, a great place to take them in the Summer is the Sycamore Water Park and Splash Pad, Sundance Square has a splash pad and Safari Splash in Fort Worth.