Best Road Trip Destinations: Fort Worth, Texas
San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston are some of the more prominent cities in Texas. However, a hidden gem lies in North Texas that mustn’t be overlooked: Fort Worth. While embracing its Western heritage, as well as traditional architecture and design, this city has plenty of incredible sights to see that you won’t want to miss.
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Fort Worth is definitely worthy of a stop on your next road trip. Whether you like art or music, peace or people, water or plants, there is something for you in this historic city.
Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum has one of the best art collections in Texas, and the building itself is a work of art. Designed by Louis I. Kahn, the museum building is recognized as one of the most significant works of modern architecture with its ethereal natural light, vaulted gallery ceilings, and classical appearance. Its extensive European collection includes treasures such as Monet, Picasso, and Michelangelo’s first known painting, the only Michelangelo painting on exhibit in the Americas. Though there is only about 350 works of art in the entire collection, they are all high quality and uphold the excellence that this museum is revered for.
Located in downtown Fort Worth is the popular Sundance Square. Enjoy a nice evening out by exploring 35 blocks of patio dining restaurants, local boutiques, street art, and live entertainment of all sorts. Perfect for a date night or a family outing, the city lights around the lively fountains illuminate the plaza for a festive vibe. With free and validated parking available, there’s no reason not to visit the heart of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Japanese Garden
If, after spending some time in Sundance Square, you need some time away from people, stop by the Fort Worth Japanese Garden to catch your breath and marvel at the peaceful surroundings that will rejuvenate you. This small garden changes with the season all year long, and the rolling paths, waterfalls, and Koi fish pond create a tranquil beauty in the midst of a bustling city. Admission is free for members and children under 3, discounted for seniors and children 4-12, and only $7 for adults. For a relaxing, Zen stroll through winding landscapes and fresh air, visit this magical garden.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
Another stunning stop to make in Fort Worth is the Fort Worth Water Gardens. The urban park is located on the south end of downtown Fort Worth and features a “cooling oasis in the concrete jungle.” This beautiful and refreshing architectural and engineering marvel lets you wander through a serene sanctuary where towering trees and walls encapsulate you with traveling water. You can also walk down the terraced steps and experience the sheer power of the captivating sound and motion of water cascading down around you. For sci-fi movie lovers, you might recognize this quiet, blue meditation pool, as it was featured in the 1976 movie Logan’s Run. With three different pools for a gentle or powerful vibe, you can relax by the rushing water and get some beautiful pictures as well.
Panther Island Pavilion
For water and music lovers, Panther Island Pavilion is the place for you. As the only waterfront stage in Texas, many festivals and concerts are held at this scenic outdoor venue where you can grab a tube and bask in the sunlight as water grazes your back and music fills your ears. As the host of the free Fort Worth’s Fourth, Rockin’ the River, and Oktoberfest events, there is plenty to do year-round for locals as well as visitors. You can rent a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddle and float down the Trinity River with the downtown Fort Worth skyline in the background. With a public sand beach open seven days a week for swimming and fishing fun, this is a great place for awesome water scenery and an unforgettable musical experience.
Fort Worth, Texas was established in 1849 on the Trinity River as an army outpost to protect the American Frontier after the Mexican-American War. As the fifth-largest city in Texas and the 15th-largest city in the United States, Fort Worth is known as “where the West begins.”
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