If you’re looking for a truly authentic Texas experience, travel no further than Fort Worth. Fort Worth is located just 30 miles from Dallas, so it is easily serviced by the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. But for many, it can feel like a world away from the hustle and bustle of that city, which is among the largest in the country.

What makes Fort Worth so special is it offers up a surprising number of things to do and see. While many might visit to see the more traditional Texas of longhorns and cowboys, the city is also home to a thriving art and cultural scene as well.

In this post, you’ll get a quick overview of everything you need to know to enjoy your next trip to Fort Worth, Texas. Let’s go!

Embrace the American West

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One of the main attractions for visitors to Fort Worth is the stock yards. This traditional part of Texas culture is not only alive and well but thriving in the Stockyards National Historic District. Most people have never seen a herd of cattle up close, well here you can.

Every day at 11:30 am and 4 pm visitors can watch huge Texas longhorn cattle roam the downtown district, it’s quite a sight!

In addition to that, visitors can also take in a weekly rodeo, and even learn a little Texas two-step at the ‘world’s largest honky tonk bar,’ Billy Bob’s Texas.

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Lots of Culture

If you’re looking for an arts and museum experience, Fort Worth has a number of world-renowned and unique attractions to keep you busy.

The Kimbell Art Museum is considered by many to be the best art museum in all of Texas. There is also the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, which is known for having one of the biggest American art collections in the world.

The Fort Worth Zoo is another popular spot, it’s consistently been ranked one of the ten best zoos in the country by USA Today and the LA Times.

forth worth zoo tigers By Malcolm – Malayan Tiger Cubs, CC BY-SA 2.0

Finally, don’t forget to embrace your inner cowboy or cowgirl and learn all about the lifestyle at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Gettin’ Some Grub

Anytime you visit Texas you can’t forget about the food! With its rich history and culture, visitors will find that this part of Texas not only has some of that famous barbecue but also delicious Tex-Mex style options, and of course, plenty of beef.

Some favorite options for locals and visitors alike include Velvet Taco, for a great (and cheap) Tex-Mex experience; Rodeo Goat, for amazing burgers; and Reata for an incredible ranch inspired meal.

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Like many other spots across the country, Fort Worth is also getting into the craft beer movement. So be sure to check out the Fort Worth Ale Trail to experience some of those spots too.

Most of all, when you head to Fort Worth have a great time (and don’t forget to pick up some cowboy boots)!