Yee-haw!  Grab your cowboy hat and boot-scoot over to Fort Worth for a legendary taste of Texas.

Fort Worth Stockyards

The heart of the Texas Cowboy experience is found in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.  Once the last major stop on the Chisolm Trail, the Stockyards is now a great place to spend a fun day as a family.  Cowboys lead longhorn cattle through the stockyards during the twice-daily cattle drive, and a live rodeo is held on Friday and Saturday nights.  Our kids particularly enjoyed the mechanical bull and cattlepen maze (as seen on the Amazing Race), but the highlight of their trip was when they got to sit on a live bull for a photo.  There are also fun restaurants and shops lining the street.  We had a delicious steak at H3 Ranch, and we found our daughter the perfect pink cowgirl hat in one of the shops.

 

U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Did you know that 60% of our paper currency is printed in Fort Worth?  We sure didn't!  The Bureau of Engraving and Printing offers free weekday tours that our family found fascinating (at least those of us older than 5).  See billions of dollars being printed, learn the history of currency, and discover how money is protected against counterfeiting during your tour and museum visit.  Wonderful educational opportunity!

 

 

 

Fort Worth Zoo

Consistently named one of the top zoos in the country (and our favorite large zoo in Texas), the Fort Worth Zoo is a treat for every Texas family.  Natural-habitat exhibits create a beautiful zoo environment and (along with glass window displays) allow visitors to get amazingly close to the animals.  Our son was thrilled to stand right next to a white Tiger separated only by a few inches and some very thick glass.  The new Museum of Living Art at the zoo is a unique home for reptiles and amphibians.  If I wasn't so frightened of snakes, I would even call it beautiful.  Because the zoo is such a popular attraction, it can get very crowded.  We recommend you arrive early and rent (or bring) a stroller.  The children's play area in Texas Wild is not to be missed.  Our little ones are already asking when we can go back to the zoo.

 

 

 

 

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

While Fort Worth is known for its many wonderful museums, families will most enjoy the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.  Our kids had a blast carrying out experiments with hands-on activities and playing in the children's area.  We were impressed with the large number of helpful staff on hand.  The museum, which includes a planetarium and IMAX theater, is a fun place for families to explore science and history.  However, because the museum is a bit pricey ($14 per adult, $10 per child) and many of the exhibits are similar to ones we have seen elsewhere in the state, we view this more as a good addition to an already fun Fort Worth itenerary as opposed to a destination in itself.

Watch our quick video for a glimpse of the family fun in Fort Worth.

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