Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Fort Worth to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.


In the late 19th century, cattle were Fort Worth's main industry, and millions of head were routed through the city on the legendary trail for which this mural was named. In honor of this tradition, artist Richard Haas created an expansive image to commemorate the event and the trail that stretched from San Antonio to Kansas. The painting, found on three sides of the historical Jett Building, illustrates cattle being driven through downtown Fort Worth and can be viewed downtown in Sundance Square.

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When those Texas summer days become too hot to bear, make a beeline to this cool waterpark. Patrons can swim in the pools, surf man-made waves, ride boogie boards and inner tubes, slide down a seven-story tower, maneuver a water toboggan, and splash, twist, and race through gallons and gallons of refreshing liquid. Kids will love you forever when you take them here, and adults will welcome a break from the everyday. A wave pool, lazy river, beach, and lagoon add to the appeal on all fronts.

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Rangers Ballpark
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Home to the Texas Rangers baseball team, this park opened in 1994. Incorporating elements from great venues like Wrigley Field, Ebbets Field, and Tiger Stadium, the Ballpark also boasts scenes of Texas landmarks on its exterior and a real grass playing field. Sharing the premises are a baseball museum, a children's learning center, and an office building that also houses retail shops. Adjacent to the park are lakes, trails, restaurants, and other attractions.

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Texas Motor Speedway
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Catch all your favorite drivers at this major league auto racing venue! Occupying 1,000 acres, TMS is the second largest sports facility in America; its seating capacity is 153,000. The oval race track runs for 1.5 miles and features 24-degree banked turns for NASCAR racing and 8-degree turns for Indy car races. The Speedway also offers car shows, driving schools, testing grounds for new cars, and a location for commercial- and movie-filming. Banquet and business facilities are also available. Located 15 miles north of downtown, just past Alliance Airport.

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A throwback to past days, this daily event was introduced to celebrate "Fort Worth 150," the anniversary of the city's founding as a military outpost on the banks of the Trinity River. Now, when the weather cooperates, cowboys and cowgirls herd a dozen or so Texas longhorns from Exchange Avenue and back each afternoon. Although you can see the cattle anywhere along their route, the best place to view the herd is from Stockyards Station, the visitors center, and the Livestock Exchange Building. The drive takes place at roughly 11:30am and 4pm daily.

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Six Flags Over Texas

This branch of the great amusement park offers fun for the entire family. With more than 100 rides and shows, the park has more than enough distractions for a day or even a weekend. One of the park's attractions, the Titan roller coaster, towers over the Texas Giant, one of Six Flags' most popular rides and the top-rated wooden roller coaster in the world. Looney Tunes USA, a family-oriented section, offers rides and attractions customized to the little ones. Located 15 miles east of Fort Worth.

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Southwest Fort Worth
Log Cabin Village
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Set in Forest Park, this village is comprised of a cluster of 19th century pioneer cabins. Visitors to the site can see original furnishings of pioneer families and learn how settlers lived on Texas's early homesteads. Guides offer demonstrations of nail-making, candle-making, butter-making, and weaving. Visitors can also tour an early schoolhouse, a blacksmith's forge, a grist mill, and an herb garden. A gift shop is located on the premises. Located in the University area across from the Fort Worth Zoo.

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Grapevine Vintage Railroad
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Named for the appearance of the numerous rail lines radiating from Fort Worth, the Tarantula Train has been (and remains) a city signature. A restored steam engine dating to 1896 moves passengers between Fort Worth and Grapevine. In Fort Worth, the Stockyards Station depot is the main stop; Grapevine uses the Cotton Belt depot at 707 South Main. Tickets can be purchased at the Stockyards location for both "Riding the Rail" routes. One-way and round-trip journeys are both available. Call for details.

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Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

The stockyards of Fort Worth once bustled with cattle, and saloons lined the streets, offering respite to herders and passersby. Now part of a historic district, the old barns and pens house shops, museums and restaurants and help preserve the town's colorful heritage. Be sure to check out some of the most notable sites and businesses, like Billy Bob's of Texas (a nightclub), The White Elephant Saloon, Cow Town Coliseum and Stockyards Station. The visitor center on Exchange Avenue (817-626-7921) provides maps and detailed information about the area, along with schedules for walking tours.

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At this park, approximately 50 miles west of Fort Worth, visitors can walk the bed of the Paluxy River to find dinosaur tracks dating back 110 million years. Educational exhibits, including fiberglass models of a tyrannosaurus rex and an apatosaurus, are available, as are camping, hiking, picnicking, and swimming. You'll also find a Texas State Park store. Located in Somervell County, four miles west of Glen Rose.

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