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Fort Worth has been described as “Cowboys and Culture”, and yee haw y’all, we think they’re right!

This great Texas city definitely embraces the cowboy, country Texan lifestyle, and by the time you leave, you will wonder how you ever lived without it! You can’t visit this enthusiastic city without embracing the cowboy culture.

The Fort Worth Stockyards, and, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame will all get those cowboy boots and cowgirl hats dusted off and worn with pride. But the kids fun goes beyond the big slick Texan image.

The city has really made an effort to blend family adventures among it’s impressive skyscrapers and endless freeways.

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens are the oldest in Texas and a nice break with nature, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History lets kids have a great time AND learn, and Log Cabin Village will send the kids straight back to the 1800s with this living history museum.

So saddle up - it’s worth it! (See what we did there…?)

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If you want to experience Western culture at its more authentic and entertaining, Fort Worth is your go-to destination. You have everything to keep the little ones entertained from County music, rodeo performers, and your local Billy Bob honky tonk! Fort Worth, Texas caters for all.

With many restaurants serving everything you desire when it comes to Texan food, lots of family-friendly attractions, wonderful walks, beautiful nature and a true Texan lifestyle, Fort Worth, Texas provides everything for a family with kids wanting a holiday of a lifetime. 

If you’re looking for a destination suitable for kids, then pack your cowboy boots and saddle up for a holiday to Fort Worth, Texas

One of the largest cities in Texas is Fort Worth which sits adjacent to Dallas and between the both are a million and one things to do with kids. Among the many things to do at Fort Worth are a trip to the local zoo, museum or paying a visit to Stockyard Station. There are plenty of attractions in Fort Worth, Texas that are suitable for families with children of all ages. 

Fun things to do in Fort Worth, Texas with the kids

Fort Worth is a city of many contrasts, whilst it’s steep in modern design it’s also very traditional in Western-style. Fort Worth still contains unspoiled wildness a mixture of East and West. Fort Worth has lots of things to do for kids, listed below are some suggestions for fun things to do.

Fort Worth Zoo

Founded in 1909 with a couple of bear cubs, coyotes, an alligator, and one lion, Fort Worth is one of the biggest zoos around. 

Fort Worth Zoo houses around 5000 animals and is suitable for children of all ages. If you have young children then it’s worth stopping by the barn and letting your children pet some of the animals. If you’re looking for some interactive play for your children then stop by the Log Cabin Village where children experience hands-on learning and can enjoy candle making and learning to weave. 

Fort Worth Children’s Museum 

Fort Worth Museum is one of the most popular destinations for visitors of all ages. Although this tourist attraction is for the younger visitor, most adults have a great time visiting Fort Worth Museum. 

Fort Worth Museum features a full planetarium and Omni-theatre and innovation studies. Plenty to keep the little ones entertained! Be sure to visit Innovation studios and get involved with the interactive play. Children not only love this activity but adults enjoy this as well because the learning is centred around STEM Science. 

Stockyard Station 

A great place to visit during your Fort Worth vacation is Stockyard Station. Stockyard station has lots of various attractions including historic walking tours, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Cattle pen Maze, and over 25 shops to buy gifts.

Cowtown

If you’re a family that loves the outdoors, Cowtown is the best place for to you visit. Cowtown, Fort Worth is a great place to visit to spend the day exploring different parts of the park. Cowntown, Fort Worth has over 500 different plants and trees to admire and hosts its very own Botanical Garden. This popular destination has over 12 gardens, including a beautiful Japanese Garden! 

When is the best time to visit Fort Worth, Texas?

Fort Worth becomes unbearably hot during the summer months (July and August) Many families with very young children tend to avoid these months. If you want to fully enjoy your visit to Fort Worth and appreciate the nicer weather then the best time to visit is between April, June, or September to October when temperatures range around 70 Celsius and very little rain. November is another good time to visit but the nights tend to be a little cooler, so be sure to pack warmer clothing. Visiting around November gives the bonus of watching the glittering Parade of lights! 

Neighbourhoods to Visit in Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth is rich in history and Texas charm. Fort Worth is the 5th largest city in Texas. Offers a wide selection of neighbourhoods that offer their own unique vibe. Listed below are some of the best neighbourhoods to visit in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Fort Worth Stockyards

Short walking distance from Downtown Fort Worth, Stockyard is a historic district full of vibrant bars and restaurants. If you’re looking for authentic country music then be sure to visit Fort Worth, Stockyards. If you love BBQ Texan dishes then visit Riscky’s BBQ where they serve the best Texan food in the city, also suitable for older children.

Downtown Fort Worth

Having recently undergone a dramatic facelift, this vibrant neighbourhood is an appealing place to stay for families with children of all ages. Downtown has lots of wonderful restaurants and attractions such as the Bass Performance Hall and Sundance Square to keep the little ones entertained. 

The Cultural District 

The Cultural District is full of culture just as the name suggests. If you’re an arty family and love the theatre, then be sure to swing by the Cultural District. Local attractions like the Modern Art Museum and Kimbell Art Museum are a must be for all art enthusiasts. 

Where to Stay in Fort Worth, Texas with Kids

The majority of the best family accommodations tend to be located downtown and include some of the most popular hotels such as the Omni Fort Worth and Ashton Hotel. If you’re looking for somewhere handy to stay for all locations then it’s best to stay central. Hotels around the North and South offer more budget-friendly accommodations which would suit a family looking to travel to Fort Worth, Texas on a budget. 

Listed below are some family-friendly options.

Courtyard Fort Worth Historic Stockyards 

The courtyard is rated currently with 3 stars and is located 4.9 km from the Fort Worth Convention Centre. Guests can enjoy free WIFI, an on-site business centre, and a swimming pool. The hotel is set in the Fort Worth Stockyards district and is a 10-minute drive from many attractions such as the Amon Carter Museum, Historic Stockyards, and Sundance Square. 

Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone

This hotel is conveniently located within a 9-minute walk from the Fort Worth Convention Centre and offers a large selection of 203 rooms all equipped with LED TVs and minibars. Located within a couple of minutes drive from the family-friendly Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Next door are the Kimbell Art Museum and Sid Richardson Museum. 

The Courtyard Fort Worth boats two huge swimming pools and a fitness studio, suitable for families with children of all ages. 

Sonesta Select Fort Worth Fossil Creek 

This hotel offers budget family-friendly accommodation. Featuring high-speed internet access and a leisure and TV room, this hotel suits families of all ages. Boasting a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, and tennis courts, the Sonesta is perfect for a family getaway on a budget. 

Raddison Hotel Fort Worth North-Fossil Creek

This Raddsion is a 3-star hotel and set within 6km of the Stockyards business centre and Stockyards Museum. Featuring 247 comfortable rooms and views of the city, the Radisson is the perfect hotel of choice for entertainment in the Fossil Creek District. With three swimming pools, shuttle services, a jacuzzi, a golf course, and a fitness centre, the Radisson is a great choice for families that enjoy an active and sporty lifestyle. 

Foods you must try in Fort Worth, Texas

If you want to try some real authentic Texas BBQ food then Fort Worth, Texas is the destination of choice. Full of Texan aromas, streets are lined with many restaurants offering mouth-watering Texan foods, everything from sizzling steaks, burritos, cheesy fries, and BBQ chicken. Fort Worth is home to an abundance of restaurants offering their take on Texas delights! For vegetarian and vegan families there are also plenty of restaurant choices. 

You can find meals for all families and all budgets in Fort Worth. Expect to pay in the range of $10-$15 for a mid-range dinner and over $25 for more gourmet food choices. 

Listed below are some local foods you must try during your visit to Fort Worth, Texas.

Tex-Mex

Tex-Mex is undoubtedly the designated food of choice when visiting Texas. Full of rice, smoking meat, and topped with salsa, guacamole, and smoked beans, the Tex-Mex is an absolute must. 

Chicken fried steak and fried okra

Texas created this Southern delight. The tender chicken wrapped in a mouth-watering crumb, this delicious entrée is best served with creamy peppered gravy and a side of fried okra. 

Corn Dog

This deep battered creation is a work of art! Created initially for the Texans, the corn dog is a non-negotiable when visiting Texas. It’s practically illegal to not try a local corn dog when visiting Fort Worth. 

Chimichanga

This oozy delight is best served hot. Full of various filings, the Chimichanga is served with a side of refried beans covered in sour cream and salsa. A go-to treat for children after a long day of exploring. 

Fajita meat 

Typically, fajita is made from beef skirt; originally from Spain. Who doesn’t love a fajita! Served skillet style with heaps of vegetables and wrapped in a flour tortilla. Fajitas are a favourite for all children, whether filled with meat or vegetables. 

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