Many people – even residents – don’t realize the deep historical roots of this city. If you’d like to explore Fort Worth’s vibrant historic district, here are some items for your “to-see” list.
Fort Worth Herd
There’s only one place in the world where you’ll find a legit, twice-daily cattle run – and that’s the Fort Worth Herd. We’re not talking Angus or Hereford cows, either. This cattle run features Texas Longhorns, driven by genuine Texas ranch hands. Performed with careful attention to historical accuracy, this event is a fun and educational way to tap into Texas’ history.
The Stockyards Championship Rodeo
There’s only one year-round rodeo in the entire world, and – no surprise – it’s in Texas. This two-hour show provides an authentic rodeo experience, complete with barrel racing and bull riding. Located in the historic Fort Worth Cowtown Coliseum (which has the distinction of being the first indoor rodeo space in the world), you can enjoy this glimpse into Western culture any time of year.
Billy Bob’s Texas
Right in the heart of the historic district, this establishment proudly wears its title of “largest honky-tonk in the world.” Its interior covers nearly three acres. (What do you think the square footage on that would be…?) It houses a restaurant featuring Western cuisine, a wall of fame decorated with celebrity handprints, a huge dance floor worthy of big-is-better Texas, and an indoor rodeo arena.
Museum & Hall of Fame
Have a little fun diving deep into this region’s history by visiting the Stockyards Museum. You’ll learn all about the influence and mechanics of the North Central Texas cattle trade. And when you’re done, hop over to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, where you’ll get to know the cowboys and cowgirls who made a name for themselves in the rodeo circuit, who stood at the helm of Texas’ sprawling ranches, and who worked hard to preserve Texan culture.
A great way to experience the historic district is to take advantage of Fort Worth’s Heritage Trails. Just follow the paths through the downtown area, marked with bronze plaques, and learn about the city’s evolution while you enjoy the sunshine and get your steps in.