Until recently I had never heard of Fort Worth in Texas. Have you? I was enlightened about the ‘City of Cowboys’ at a bloggers’ lunch in London where the good people from Visit Fort Worth filled the gaps in my US knowledge and geography.

Bloggers lunch with Visit Forth Worth

Surrounded by heaps of delicious BBQ meat, ‘slaw and mac n’ cheese (thank you Grillstock), I sat, enthralled, by talk of a place where an authentic taste of the American West awaits. Serenaded by the live music talents of Luke Wade (a former contestant on the US Voice), I listened to tales of seeing real cowboys in action, herds of cattle walking through the old town and learnt a bit about what a ‘honky-tonk’ is. It soon became evident that Fort Worth is also a very appealing place to visit as a family.

Wander Mum with Texan musician Luke Wade

Before I get to the list of really cool things to do there, here’s a brief overview of Fort Worth for those (like me) who are unfamiliar with the city. Known as the ‘City of Cowboys and Culture’ or simply ‘Cowtown’, Fort Worth is around a 40 minute drive from Dallas, and is the fifth largest city in Texas. As well as its historic centre in the Stockyards, it is also a modern, cosmopolitan city. Once a military outpost established to protect northern Texas in the mid 1800s, it became the centre of cattle drives in the late 19th century as ranchers herded them from Texas to Kansas railroad as part of the Chisholm Trail. It is where saloons, sheriffs and cowboys actually existed!

1. Go to a rodeo

Surely this is the top thing to do when in the American West? Join the locals at one of the quintessential Texan events and see real life cowboys and girls in action with bull riding and barrel racing too. If you go in January and February, you’ll see the Stock Show and Rodeo. Lasting 23 days it is America’s oldest continuous livestock show which takes place at Fort Worth’s indoor rodeo centre.

Stock Yards Championship rodeo, Fort Worth, Texas

2. See the cattle walk

Twice a day you can see drovers in action at the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive at 11.30am and 4pm. Longhorns, a symbol of the city, are guided down Exchange Avenue. An incredible sight that is fairy unique to that part of the world.

Fort Worth Stockyard: Courtesy Visit Fort Worth

3. Go to a honky-tonk

Not sure what a honky-tonk is? I wasn’t! It’s essentially a bar playing music where you dance, hang out with friends, drink and play pool. Fort Worth is home to the world’s largest honky-tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas. A huge bar and nightclub with an indoor rodeo as well. Listen to country music and brush up on your two-step!

4. Get some authentic cowboy boots

What better souvenir from the American West than a pair of cowboy boots! A favourite with real cowboys, Justin Boots has its headquarters in Fort Worth and an outlet store so you could pick up a deal.  I can attest for the boot’s quality. We received a pair during our bloggers’ lunch.

Wearing our Justin Boots cowboy boots

5. Watch a movie at a drive-in

Ever since watching the film Grease (which I LOVE), I have always been intrigued by the concept of a drive-in. How cool would it be to actually go to one? Well, that’s something else you can experience at Fort Worth. Coyote Drive-in is open daily showing recent films so you can sit back in your car and enjoy. Just don’t get stranded.

6. See billions of dollars being printed

Learn about the production and history of the US currency and see dollars being printed under your feet at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. You can get a free guided tour on weekdays.

7. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

The West isn’t just about cowBOYS! The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame celebrates the pioneering women of the American West. Somewhere I would enjoy looking around with my two daughters and getting some inspiration from female icons.

Cowgirl Museum, Fort Worth

8. Get high-speed thrills at Texas Motor Speedway 

Watch cars race at one of the largest stadiums in the US. Known as the ‘Great American Speedway‘, families and car enthusiasts gather at this huge venue which also has the world’s largest HD TV screen nicknamed the ‘Big Hoss’. There’s no doubt, things really are bigger in America.

Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth

Those are just a few activities which I personally would love to experience but there are tons more. If you are into beer, you could take part in Fort Worth Ale Trail and there’s also Panther Island – an outdoor recreation centre where you can go tubing on the Trinity River. Not to mention plenty of top restaurants to experience Texan food, live music venues and a number of museums including Kimbell Art Museum which has the only Michelangelo in America.

Phew! If that has whet your appetite, to find out more about Fort Worth, go the official website.

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Have you ever been to Fort Worth? What would you fancy doing if you did go?

*Pictures courtesy of Visit Fort Worth and Wander Mum

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8 Awesome things to do in Fort Worth, Texas

54 Comments on 8 Awesome Things To Do In Fort Worth, Texas

  1. Lolo
    January 31, 2017 at 7:11 am (5 months ago)

    My parents lived here for about 2 years before moving to Kentucky. It’s an interesting town, but I felt lacked authenticity. You don’t actually see many real cowboys walking down the street. But they have definitely kept up appearances for tourists! #CityTripping
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    • Wander Mum
      February 5, 2017 at 7:23 pm (5 months ago)

      That’s interesting Lolo. I did wonder how much was for the tourists. I did question how many of the locals attended the rodeos and honky-tonks and it seems that’s very much part of what they do.

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    • Wander Mum
      February 5, 2017 at 7:24 pm (5 months ago)

      I know! I wouldn’t want to get too close to the bulls! Glad you share my enthusiasm for a drive-in!

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    • Wander Mum
      February 5, 2017 at 7:24 pm (5 months ago)

      Thank you Jo!

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    • Wander Mum
      February 5, 2017 at 7:26 pm (5 months ago)

      It sounds great, doesn’t it!

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    • Wander Mum
      February 5, 2017 at 7:26 pm (5 months ago)

      Thank you – yes it really does!

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  2. tots2travel
    January 31, 2017 at 10:49 am (5 months ago)

    The cattle walk looks incredible. Loving the cowboy boots – you girls go on holiday together a lot! Familiar faces and matching shoes, very sweet. The slow cooked meat over there is quite something.
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    • Wander Mum
      February 5, 2017 at 7:28 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks! Unfortunately we haven’t quite made it there yet…but maybe one day!

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  3. Clare Thomson (Suitcases and Sandcastles)
    January 31, 2017 at 1:56 pm (5 months ago)

    I really fancy seeing that cattle drive. What a sight! I’d like to see a rodeo one day too. Really interesting reading about Fort Worth attractions, Elizabeth. #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      February 5, 2017 at 7:29 pm (5 months ago)

      Thank you Clare. It was somewhere I had never heard of before so glad I’ve helped acquaint others with it.

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  4. Wandermust mummy
    January 31, 2017 at 2:01 pm (5 months ago)

    I love Texas with hubby having grown up there but I’ve never been to Fort Worth – one for the list #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      February 5, 2017 at 7:31 pm (5 months ago)

      Hehe. I still need to watch that film!

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  5. Ava @ My Meena Life
    January 31, 2017 at 3:02 pm (5 months ago)

    I’m glad you had so much fun learning about honkytonks and other county / western activities! I haven’t been to Fort Worth, but I’ve grown up with much of these things around – rodeos, BBQ, NASCAR races, cowboy boots, etc. Looks like such a fun trip! #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      February 5, 2017 at 7:32 pm (5 months ago)

      Yes, it was really interesting that Ava and very different from my life in London!

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  6. Erin Gustafson
    January 31, 2017 at 4:07 pm (5 months ago)

    Yee haw cowgirl! A couple things to add to the list! We used to live in nearby Dallas area and visited Fort Worth several times. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has a great children’s museum section when visiting with wee ones in tow. And besides BBQ, you can’t forget the amazing Tex-Mex food culture here – try Joe T. Garcia’s and sit outside on the patio while you sip margaritas and enjoy your enchiladas! Yum! #CityTripping

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    • Wander Mum
      February 5, 2017 at 7:33 pm (5 months ago)

      Oh thanks for those tips Erin! The science and history museum sounds fab especially with kids! Oooh Tex-Mex. Yum!

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  7. Hilary
    January 31, 2017 at 4:33 pm (5 months ago)

    Nice post! I enjoyed reading about Texas as I’ve never been there! #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      January 31, 2017 at 9:03 pm (5 months ago)

      I haven’t either Hilary – would love to go!

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  8. ItalianBelly
    January 31, 2017 at 4:38 pm (5 months ago)

    I never knew what a honky-tonk was! Finally, I know. Thanks! Fort Worth sounds like a place to get a real authentic American Old West experience. Should take my Italian in-laws here. They would love it. #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      January 31, 2017 at 9:03 pm (5 months ago)

      Haha – I didn’t either. It does sound like a really cool place to go!

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    • Wander Mum
      January 31, 2017 at 9:02 pm (5 months ago)

      Thank for the pin Tracy! x

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  9. Lydia C. Lee
    January 31, 2017 at 7:50 pm (5 months ago)

    Looks fun – lots to see

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    • Wander Mum
      February 4, 2017 at 11:25 pm (5 months ago)

      Haha! I didn’t really know WHAT it was so glad I’ve managed to enlighten others!

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  10. Sam | Away She Went
    January 31, 2017 at 10:09 pm (5 months ago)

    I’ve been to Texas, but never Fort Worth. I think the longhorn drive would be fun to see. The Arizona city I grew up in is home to the world’s oldest rodeo, so I’ve definitely been to my fair share of rodeos. #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      February 5, 2017 at 7:34 pm (5 months ago)

      Oh wow, you certainly have. Do you enjoy the rodeos ?

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  11. Ruth
    February 1, 2017 at 3:43 am (5 months ago)

    I do not know a lot of Fort Worth. I think it is because Dallas steals the show as the biggest city in the area. Anyway, I have heard a lot of good things about Fort Worth. Seems like the kind of place I like to visit (I would go just because of the BBQ). #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      February 4, 2017 at 11:24 pm (5 months ago)

      That’s great to hear you’ve hears good things Ruth! Would probably be a good day trip from Dallas.

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  12. Corey with fifi + hop
    February 1, 2017 at 4:14 am (5 months ago)

    I remember seeing your Instagram posts and thinking how much fun that trip looked! I’ve only been to Austin and really don’t know the rest of Texas that well. Cowgirl Hall of Fame looks awesome! #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      February 4, 2017 at 11:23 pm (5 months ago)

      I’d love to go to Austin!

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  13. Brooke of Passport Couture
    February 1, 2017 at 4:52 am (5 months ago)

    For living in the United States, I know very little about Texas, so it was fun to read about your experience and your knowledge of Fort Worth. I never thought about buying cowboy boots, but the more I see them, the more I decide I want a pair. 😉 #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      February 5, 2017 at 7:35 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks Brooke, glad you enjoyed it. I think every girl has to own a pair of cowboy boots at some point in their life!

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  14. Cathy (Mummytravels)
    February 1, 2017 at 5:54 pm (5 months ago)

    It was such a fun event – and great cowboy boots. I do love the sound of the cowgirl museum too. #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      February 1, 2017 at 9:06 pm (5 months ago)

      Yes, I think it would be so interesting!

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  15. Clare
    February 1, 2017 at 6:49 pm (5 months ago)

    I actually like the sound of the ale trail! Had no idea about Fort Worth at all. But it’d be worth going just to get a pair of those boots! Totally fab!

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    • Wander Mum
      February 1, 2017 at 9:05 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks! Aren’t they just!

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  16. Mandy
    February 2, 2017 at 4:14 pm (5 months ago)

    Those sound like the exact things I would do if I were to ever go to Texas. Especially the boots. You cannot leave Texas without a pair of boots! Great list! 🙂 #citytripping

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    • Wander Mum
      February 3, 2017 at 10:05 am (5 months ago)

      Exactly!! They are essential souvenirs

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  17. Becky Moore
    February 2, 2017 at 6:37 pm (5 months ago)

    Wow the meal portions are huge, no one will go hungry in Texas! 😉 Great list!

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    • Wander Mum
      February 3, 2017 at 10:04 am (5 months ago)

      Haha! Very true!

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    • Wander Mum
      February 3, 2017 at 10:04 am (5 months ago)

      For sure! It’s a part of America that really intrigues me

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