Fort Worth, Texas: Museums, Historic Sites and More
By Vange Tapia
Home to countless activities for both visitors and residents, Fort Worth, Texas, is a city that’s not only proud of its western heritage and traditions, but also of its modern museums and urban offerings. On my recent trip exploring this fun town with friends, I was excited to experience all the aspects of this diverse city, but especially its Cultural District, which I had heard so much about.
Museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District
I've always wanted to experience what it was like to be a cowgirl, and that dream became reality thanks to one of the exhibits at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Sure, my valiant steed was only a mechanical horse, but after the “ride”, I was presented with a short video starring me that I could share online. This was just my introduction to the intriguing museums that make up Fort Worth’s Cultural District.
Also in the Cultural District, you’ll find four other interesting internationally known museums. The best part? They’re all within walking distance of one another. I took a guided tour through the Kimbell Art Museum, considered to have one of the best collections in Texas and housed in what is widely regarded as one of Texas' foremost works of modern architecture. Here, we marvel at the only Michelangelo painting on display in North America.
Next, at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, we tour one of the most extensive collections of American art in the world, and afterward, we visit the fantastic Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, whose collection comprises more than 2,600 works from significant artists of the Modern Art period. Not far from here, the exciting Fort Worth Museum of Science and History houses interactive exhibits perfect for a visit with the entire family.
Stockyards National Historic District
One of the most emblematic places in Fort Worth is definitely the Stockyards National Historic District, celebrating the city’s Western culture and livestock legacy. Every corner is a recreation of the Old West. Twice daily, dozens of spectators eagerly await the long-standing longhorn cattle drive passing through Exchange Avenue, which also offers restaurants and shops. Another symbol of the district’s uniqueness is the iconic train station, which has been transformed into a commercial area.
Just one block from here is the World's Largest Honky Tonk, Billy Bob's Texas. When I entered, it was visually impossible to find where it ended. Of course, it includes a massive dance floor and a bar, but I was surprised to see it’s also home to a small rodeo arena, a restaurant and shops.
The Heart of Fort Worth
Sundance Square, located in downtown Fort Worth, like much of the city, is rich in Western history and tradition – but it is also great for shopping, dining, events and entertainment. It has become a focal point for activity and a successful urban addition to downtown Fort Worth.
A few blocks from here by foot, you’ll find General Worth Square with a moving tribute to John F. Kennedy, his life and his visit to Fort Worth.
My Fort Worth holiday could not have been any better. Without a doubt, this city is both fun and cultural. Saddle up and discover your inner cowboy! Yee-haw!