Whether you are in town on business or a family vacation, you will appreciate Fort Worth’s pedestrian-friendly and small-town vibe. Merely mention DFW and often the focus will quickly be swallowed up by Dallas, the “Big D.” But for the true Texas experience, drop the “D” and head straight to the “FW.”
Book your rental car – the cost of shuttles, taxis and private town car service journeying into Fort Worth can be astronomical.
Online, you will find car rental rates as low as $7.95, but not including the absurdly high airport fees they charge at DFW International. Take into account a $20 daily valet service if you have a downtown hotel.
A short drive from downtown, it offers a sampling of sophistication, great art and superb restaurants.
Standout attractions include the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth ( www.themodern.org), the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History ( www.fwmuseum.org) and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame ( www.cowgirl.net).
Set time aside to satisfy your appetite at the exquisite Café Modern ( www.themodern.org/cafe) inside the art museum. It features fine farm-to-table foods.
Take a relaxed saunter through the beautiful Fort Worth Botanic & Japanese Gardens ( www.fwbg.org) to complete your afternoon.
Nowhere else has the American West been preserved so dutifully. There’s even a longhorn cattle drive twice daily.
Every Friday and Saturday night, rodeo cowboys stir up the dust in the local coliseum. All year, the rodeo is a proven crowd favorite and features some of the best competitors in the world.
Downtown Fort Worth boasts a vibrant and eclectic nightlife, whether you enjoy live comedy, country/western or cool jazz.
Scat Jazz ( www.scatjazzlounge.com) harkens to speakeasy days.
Just getting into the nightclub is an adventure: You walk into a dimly lit (but safe) alley where you will be confronted by a large neon Scat Jazz sign hovering above an isolated elevator door.
Press the elevator button and climb inside (it only goes down). Pay a nominal cover and two large doors swing open to one of the hippest and most exciting jazz clubs on the planet.