This weekend, we headed to Fort Worth to spend a relaxing weekend and celebrate our #Babymoon. This town holds a special place in my heart because we got married here. We stayed in the same hotel where we said “I do” and that made it all the more memorable.
When we were looking for places to go on our Babymoon, we talked about Florida [Zika], Mexico beaches [Zika], Arizona and Charleston [still a bit too cold], and Cali [long flight for a short weekend]. There seemed to be something that came up with every city we discussed. So we kept it simple and went with a place we both love: Fort Worth.
If you’ve never been to Fort Worth, but you have visited or live in Dallas, please know that these two cities could not be more different. They’re like siblings who have absolutely nothing in common. It’s about a 45 minute drive from Dallas to FW, depending on where you are in the Big D / traffic. I would say that Dallas is glitzy/glam and Fort Worth is more casual and relaxed.
When searching for a city that feels like a small town, yet has plenty to do for singles, couples and families, you should consider visiting FW. The city has world-renowned museums, a top 5 in the nation zoo, stockyards, delicious barbecue and more. Not to mention, the people are so kind and friendly! Everyone seems to know each other when you’re out and perfect strangers talk to each other on the street. If you spend a weekend or more in this city, the top places I recommend visiting are listed below in this travel guide.
THINGS TO DO IN FORT WORTH
1) Fort Worth Modern Museum – Beautiful museum to visit with an equally wonderful cafe to have lunch!
2) Kimbell Art Museum – Incredible permanent collection of European Art including Picasso, Bernini, Caravaggio and more!
3) Amon G. Carter Museum – If you’re into American Western art, you should definitely check this one out!
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
3) Casa Manana
4) Billy Bob’s – Known as “The world’s largest Honky Tonk!” Located in the Stockyards and is a staple in FW for country dancing and concerts.
5) Fortress Film Festival – Not a year-round thing, but you can catch this music festival in the month of April.
1) Bird Cafe – great spot in Sundance Square where you can grab lunch (or dinner) on the patio, weather-permitting. Fun for people watching and taking in the scene!
2) Railhead BBQ – Known as the BEST BBQ in Fort Worth!
3) Fixe Southern House – This southern comfort food restaurant is absolutely scrumptious! Bring your appetite and stop here for dinner after strolling around in the Clearfork district. Make sure to get the cobbler for dessert. 🙂
4) Paris Cafe – If you’re looking for trendy and hip, this is not your place! Paris Cafe is a classic diner that’s known for its pies. If that’s your thing, definitely stop by.
6) Pacific Table – Fun & Trendy and nice bar area.
7) Brewed Coffee Shop – This is a great pit stop if you’re looking to snag a coffee or a bite to eat while hunting down the best murals in Fort Worth. There’s a few fun ones on Magnolia Avenue, where Brewed Coffee resides.
8) Flying fish – Get the beans and rice. And their seafood is pretty great too! 😉 This is a gritty spot that’s super casual.
9) Salsa Limon – Great lunch place if you’re craving tacos!
10) Reata – This is a landmark in downtown Fort Worth – it’s great for dinner or a special occasion. You can go up to the rooftop bar for music and drinks.
11) Istanbul Grill – Delicious and fresh mediterranean food!
[Also, some restaurants that I personally haven’t been to but have been recommended by my local foodie “Cowtown” friends: Heim, Woodshed, Rodeo Goat, Grace, Saint-Emilion, Ellerbe, Shinjuku Station, Waters, Piatello.]
STROLLING & SHOPPING
1) Sundance Square* – You can walk around at the square, see the water fountains light up at night, and take advantage of the shopping and restaurants. If you’re looking for a place to stay, I recommend staying walking distance of Sundance Square at the Renaissance Worthington.
2) The Shops at Clearfork – This is a new development with restaurants and high-end shops. Walk around and get some pictures amongst the lit trees and glass windmill art installation. And then go to Fixe for dinner!
3) Stockyards* – Eat, Shop, Stroll and experience the Rodeo in this historic district.
1) Science and History Museum’s Omni Theatre – this is a domed IMAX Theatre where you watch the film projected on the ceiling. Fun for kids and adults!
2) Zoo – Named as a “top 5 zoo” in the nation by USA Today.
*Note: The Stockyards and Sundance Square would be great places to take kids as well.
I hope this travel guide helps you when you’re planning your next trip to Fort Worth! If there’s anything I’ve missed that you love exploring in this city, please let me know in the comments below.