Do you consider yourself to be a cowboy or cowgirl inside? If your answer is yes, then you will want to head to a bustling city called Fort Worth. The city is located in the US state of Texas which is the second largest state in the country by both area and population. Ft. Worth has a storied history as a major center of cattle driving and ranching.
Ft. Worth has received the nickname of Cowtown. The city’s motto is “Crossroads of Cowboy & Culture”. Here are the things to do in Ft. Worth for Western enthusiasts.
Ft. Worth Stockyards
The Ft. Worth Stockyards is a historic district located to the north of downtown Ft. Worth. This district became a major center for livestock during the mid 19th century after the arrival of railroads. Cattle, sheep, and hogs were bought, sold, and slaughtered from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century in a large complex known as the stockyards.
Today, the district preserves the Western feel to it. The buildings in the district are of the Mission and Spanish Revival architectural styles. This district has brick walkways and wooden corrals. The district is home to Western-style restaurants, shops, and saloons. The signature feature of the Ft. Worth Stockyards is the Ft. Worth Herd. This is the world’s only cattle drive that happens twice per day.
The Cowtown Coliseum is located on East Exchange Road in the Ft. Worth Stockyards historic district. This is a 3,418-seat arena where the weekly rodeos play out. A few major rodeo events at the arena include the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, the Stockyards Pro Rodeo Series, and PBR Bull Riding. The rodeos at the arena happen every Friday and Saturday nights.
If you would like to see the schedule of rodeos and buy tickets for them, you can head here. The Cowtown Coliseum is a major breeding ground for some of the best athletes in the world of rodeo. The Cowtown Coliseum also houses the Bull Riding Hall of Fame where you can view and learn about the legendary bull riders and bulls who have made significant accomplishments in the rodeo sport of bull riding.
The Stockyards Museum is located inside the historic Livestock Exchange building on East Exchange Avenue in the Ft. Worth Stockyards historic district. This is a museum that explores the history of the Ft. Worth Stockyards as a large marketplace for buying, selling, and slaughtering livestock.
This museum is home to an expanding collection of artifacts, photos, and exhibits that cover different areas of its history including the Chisholm Trail, the livestock market/stockyards, and the Swift and Armour packaging plants. During your visit to this museum, you will get a sense of how Ft. Worth got its nickname of Cowtown.
The museum also has a livestock auction center inside the building where you can see the cowboys (and cowgirls) checking out the animals on the monitors. The admission to this museum is $2 per person. Those who are aged 12 and under will get free admission into the museum.
Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is located on Rodeo Plaza in the Ft. Worth historic district. This museum showcases the men and women of Texas who have made significant achievements in competition, business, and support of rodeo. This museum also showcases what life is like for cowboys and cowgirls in Texas. There are currently over 140 hall of fame inductees at this museum.
Each of these inductees have their own booths for displaying personal memorabilia. The hall of fame inductees for 2020 are Charles & Kit Moncrief, Lari Dee Guy, The Priefert Family, R.H. Steve, and Aaron Watson. In addition to the hall of fame, other exhibits that you can check out at the museum include The Sterquell Wagon Collection, The John Justin Trail of Fame, and the 1933 Cadillac.
There is also a gift shop inside the museum called Western Gift Store. There is also a place within the museum called Jersey Lilly Photo Parlor. This is where you can have a Western-style photo of yourself taken with costumes and backgrounds resembling the Old West days. The admission price is $4 per person. These aged 4 and under get free admission. You can go here if you want to make a reservation.
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is located on Gendy Street in Ft. Worth. This museum is dedicated to honoring and documenting the impactful lives of cowgirls in the American West. There are currently over 200 inductees into the hall of fame at this museum. The hall of fame covers a variety of fields that cowgirls were a part of.
These fields include pioneers, artists, businesswomen, educators, ranchers, and rodeo cowgirls. This museum is home to over 5,000 objects that belonged to the hall of fame inductees. Examples of these objects include Annie Oakley’s wedding ring and gun, Dale Evans’s Bohlin saddle, and clothing and saddle designed by Nudie Cohn. There are currently two exhibits at the museum.
These two exhibits are Hard Twist: Western Ranch Women, and The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice. The museum also houses a few galleries with photos of the cowgirls who were inducted into the hall of fame. There is also an onsite gift shop called The Shop at The Cowgirl where you can purchase souvenirs.
The ticket prices for the museum are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, military members, and first responders, and $6 for children aged 4 to 12. The admission is free for children aged 3 and under.
These are the Western-related things to do in Ft. Worth. The city is worthy of its Western heritage as demonstrated by its storied history and these attractions.
If you are looking for a hotel to book with during your Western inspired trip to Ft. Worth, I have your back. These are the two hotels that I would suggest you to book with.
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown
This hotel is located on Commerce Street in downtown Ft. Worth. There is complimentary breakfast available at this hotel. If you are hungry, there are plenty of restaurants downtown to choose from. The Capital Grille, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, and Bob’s Steak & Chop House. There is an onsite bar at the hotel. The hotel houses a indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center.
The hotel’s rooms offers WiFi, mini refrigerators, and coffee makers. Microwaves are available in the hotel’s suites. At least some of the hotel rooms and suites offer sweeping views of downtown Ft. Worth. The average rate for a standard room range from $123 to $331. If you are interested in booking a stay and/or checking out the photos, you can go here.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown
This hotel is located on Commerce Street in downtown Ft. Worth. There is complimentary breakfast offered at the hotel. There is also an onsite restaurant for the hungry called the Market Bistro. Thai Tina’s is the hotel’s onsite bar. If you are looking for free alcoholic beverages, you can find them at the Evening Reception every evening. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool.
A fitness center is also available for your workout needs. All of the hotel’s suites have a bedroom and a living room. At least some suites will offer sweeping views of downtown Ft. Worth. All of the suites at the hotel will offer WiFi, wet bars, mini refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers.
The average rate for a standard room range from $155 to $325. Feel free to go here if you are interested in booking options and/or photos.
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