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Fort Worth, More than Cow Town!

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A September 1999 trip to Fort Worth by travel2000

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District Photo, Fort Worth, Texas More Photos
Quote: After attending a wedding in Dallas, we decided to spend our free day in Fort Worth on the recommendation of our friends. It turned out to be a fun day under a blazing sun!

Fort Worth, More than Cow Town!

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Cow Town...the historic Stockyards! And on the other end of the spectrum, Kimbell Museum, both for it's first class art collection as well as the Louis Kahn building. Sundance Square-really cute buildings and good restaurants...and best of all, Texan steak....medium-rare...mmmmmm delicious!Quick Tips: It gets really really hot in Texas during the summer. We were there the second week of September and it was still stifling hot. It was so hot that it was a nightmare getting into our parked car! I recommend late Fall or Spring are better seasons to visit.Best Way To Get Around: You must have a car-it's pretty much to only way to get around town. Parking is widely available and not a pro...Read More

Stockyards Hotel

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Hotel

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This is right at the entrance street to the stockyards. This was recently restored and it has the right atmosphere! If you are in Fort Worth, I would recommend you stay here to soak in the action. The street has cute western stores, restaurants (or rather, saloons!), and you can go for the rodeo shows right next door. The rates go down slightly for the weekends.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 6, 2000

Stockyards Hotel
109 E EXCHANGE AVE
Fort Worth, Texas 76106
817-625-6427

Amon Carter Museum

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This is I.M. Pei's building, the same architect who did the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris. There is a good collection of American art. I thought both the architecture and the artwork was less interesting than that of Kimbell Museum. (The Museum itself is closed for rebuilding. We only got to view the exterior of the building. We actually saw the artwork in downtown, at a gallery called Carter Downtown. The address is 500 Commerce Street. It was across the street to the Concert Hall. I don't know if the collection is completely on view though.)

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 6, 2000

Amon Carter Museum
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 738-1933

Sundance Square

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This covers a few city blocks. Thoough this looks like downtown with office buildings, this particular area surrounding the square has restored buildings housing shops, galleries, bars and restaurants. We got there early, so most places were not yet opened. However, it became more happening after lunch, around 2pm or so. It's a nice walk with interesting courtyards and little gardens in some building terraces. There are also a few cute stores. This is worth a stop to stroll and have brunch!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 6, 2000

Sundance Square
512 Main St
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
(817) 339-7777

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

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Attraction | "Stockyards Historic District"

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District Photo, Fort Worth, Texas
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These stockyards used to be the largest in the world. They are also known as Cowtown, and rightly so. We got there on a Sunday morning, just in time for an classic car show! That was alot of fun checking out the vintage models. As you walk in through the main entrance/gate, there is a hotel and lots of western looking stores. Here, you can find your cowboy boots, hats, saddle...whatever you need to look the part. We skipped the Museum, was interested in the "Billy Bob's Texas", which was billed as the world's largest honky-tonk. We didn't stay long enough for a rodeo, but saw many exciting signs for them. We also walked through the deserted stockyards, chatted with a cowboy and his horse posing for ph...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2000

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
130 East Exchange Ave
Fort Worth, Texas 76106
(817) 624-4741

Kimbell Art Museum

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Attraction | "Kimbell Museum"

Kimbell Art Museum Photo, Fort Worth, Texas
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This is one of the museums on "Museum Boulevard", the row of museums in a district of Fort Worth that is all grass and greenery. I've seen this building by Louis Kahn in dozens of magazines and architecture books and it was highly recommended to me to make a pilgramage to see it. I was impresses. First of all, it was a free entance day. So we didn't even have to pay! There were lots of people, including families. The interior of the museum is as good as it's exterior. And the 20th Century art collection is superb. There is also a nice garden outside the museum for running around or nice photos! We definitely enjoyed this treat-this was one of our highlights! (and NOT because of the air-conditioning in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2000

Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 332-8451