If you’re new to the area and want to dive head first into the Texas spirit, then it’s time for some I-35 Roadtrippin’ to Fort Worth.
As we start this new feature on short day trips and over night stays along the I-35 corridor, an easy access point for anyone in central Texas, we’re going to highlight fun things you can do with family or friends. We’ll even throw out some recommendations of places the CenTexFun.com staff has personally tried.
To start it out we picked Fort Worth for many reasons, but mainly because of the Fort Worth Stockyards. It’s what I think most Texas newcomers expect when they imagine “Texas”. Saloons on the corner, dusty cowboys riding sitting around on their horses, and a cattle drive right down Main Street.
Twice daily, drovers drive a small herd of true Texas longhorns down Main Street in front of the Stockyards’ Cowtown Coliseum rodeo arena and Livestock Exchange Building and Museum to the delight of visitors young and old.
You have to have paid your dues to make it into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. They celebrate the rodeo riders, the cowboys & cowgirls, the cutters & the ranchers, who all dedicated their lives to the life on the range. The HOF boosts an impressive collection of 60 wagons, carts, and sleighs.
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame celebrates the unsung heroes of the Old West, the women who helped tame the west. Take a tour and see historic photographs, actual period clothing, and spurs and saddles tell the story of the pioneer women, the ranchers, and the stars of Texas and the Old West.
And no trip to the Stockyards is complete without an evening at Billy Bob’s, the world’s largest honky tonk. Whether you want to do a little boot scootin’ line dancing, check out a concert from some of today’s hottest country stars, or just grab something to eat or drink, it’s 3 acres all under one roof. And don’t forget the live bull riding at the indoor arena on Friday and Saturday nights.
Here’s some of our recommendations for unique Fort Worth places you should visit when you go “I-35 Road Trippin'”
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Into airplanes and other flying machines? Fort Worth has two great places the little ones, and the adults with a little kid inside, will be wowed. First it’s the Vintage Flying Museum, located north of the stockyards at the south end of Meacham International Airport.
Since the early 1900’s, the skies over Texas have been the playground and testing ground of all kinds of aircraft. The Fort Worth Aviation Museum tells the story of the rise of this industry in Texas. Outdoors there are 24 various warbirds on display. Inside there are a variety of aircraft, an operations mock up, cockpit simulator and a computer flight simulator.
Take a step back in time to the Texas frontier days at the Log Cabin Village. Nine historic structures on three acres recreate a time when westward expanse was a way of life. Watch blacksmiths work, check out an actual one-room school house or the smokehouse. A variety of frontier skills are on demonstration daily from candlemaking & gristmill work to spinning & weaving. This is great family fun and educational as well.
And Fort Worth isn’t just all cowboys and cattle. Check out works of renowned artists Andy Warhol or Jackson Pollack at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Amazing contemporary art in a sleek modern steel and glass building in the heart of the museum & art district.
If your art taste leans more towards the classics, just across the street is the Kimbell Art Museum. Home to Michelangelo’s first known painting, the Kimbell is also home to works by Monet, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Picasso, Goya, and Matisse, to name a few.