Fort Worth, Texas

Texas flagA big city with cowboy roots

For five years, I called Fort Worth ‘home’. I lived and worked there in my 20s, and loved it! Since moving away from this amazing city, I’ve come to realize I took for granted all of the great and FREE things that Fort Worth has to offer. It can make for a fairly inexpensive family getaway, so this spring, our family decided to take a short trip to Cowtown for the weekend.

How to Get There:

For those who have never been, Fort Worth is located about 45 minutes (depending on traffic) west of Dallas. If you are flying into the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, it’s about a 35 minute drive to downtown Fort Worth, and it’s about a one hour drive from Dallas Lovefield Airport. Traffic is quite congested in the DFW metro area, and road construction on the freeways can slow things down quite a bit.

How much Time to Spend:

If this is your first visit to North Texas, I would recommend spending a week there and visiting Fort Worth, Dallas, Grapevine and Arlington. (Reviews of those cities will likely be coming in the future.) But on this particular trip, we decided to stick strictly to Fort Worth since we only had one weekend.

Where to Stay:

Because traffic in Fort Worth can be a bit of a headache, I recommend staying somewhat close to downtown, if not in downtown. Most of the attractions you will want to visit are within a few miles of the downtown areas. Plus, Fort Worth has a great downtown area that is both safe and walkable. Sundance Square is in the heart of downtown. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants (and bars: if traveling sans kids) and a lively, fun nightlife, so staying downtown gives you convenient access to that without having to worry about having to find parking.

What to Do:

Without further adieu, here are my recommendations for a great budget-friendly family trip.

fort worth stockyards
Stockyards

fort worth water gardens
Water Gardens

fort worth botanic garden
Botanic Gardens

sundance square
Sundance Square

texas bluebonnets
A springtime bonus: Bluebonnets!

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