We know you've probably heard Fort Worth called "Cowtown," but did you know it had a name before that, too? Legend is that back in the 19th century, Fort Worth was so calm and quiet that a panther wandered into town and decided to take a nap in the middle of the street. Is it true? We're not sure, but what we do know is that Fort Worth is no longer such a sleepy place. It's a beautiful, lively, busy cityscape, full of shopping and specialty foods and public art.
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave an impromptu speech to thousands of rain-drenched spectators on the front steps of the historic Hotel Texas (now the Hilton Fort Worth), followed by a formal presentation at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce breakfast. The JFK Tribute in Fort Worth’s General Worth Square marks the place and occasion of the President’s historic visit with a beautiful bronze statue set within an elegant plaza.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
The Fort Worth Water Gardens is a refreshing oasis located downtown, adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center. The Water Gardens is an architectural and engineering marvel to be enjoyed any time of the year. Daytrippers can experience a variety of water features as they wander through this relaxing urban plaza.
Ever wanted to create your own little ecosystem while you pick up a new comic book? Well, at Ephemera Terrariums, you can do exactly that! Located in the Magnolia District of Fort Worth, Ephemera Terrariums has been spreading plant love through education, long term plant support, and a healthy dose of creativity since 2014. Stop by while you’re doing some shopping in the neighborhood to pick up a new houseplant, or make yourself an appointment for a plant care lesson ahead of time. Your houseplants will thank you!
Panther City BBQ
Panther City BBQ was started in 2014 by a group of friends with a pit and a passion for smoked meats. All their barbecue is cooked on-site over 100% Post Oak wood, including brisket for their famous brisket elote! The folks at Panther City BBQ strive to make sure you have a great meal every time you visit – one you would be happy to tell your friends and family about. In fact, they’ve been included in Texas Monthly’s 2021 Top 10 barbecue list, so you know it’s gotta be good.
Melt Ice Creams
Melt has been serving happy ice cream to the fine folks of Fort Worth (and daytrippers like you!) since they opened in 2014. Founder Kari Crowe-Seher had a passion for bringing joy to people’s lives, and since Melt opened its doors, she and her staff have been pouring love into their unique flavors and putting smiles on every face they can. With a menu of “always” flavors (the ones they always serve) and constantly changing seasonal flavors, you can have your pick of an unbeatable classic or a daring new sundae experience.
Spiral Diner and Bakery
Spiral Diner was opened in 2002 by founder Amy McNutt, born out of her love for animals and the environment. On her 21st birthday, Amy had an epiphany: If people could see that vegan food can be delicious, what excuses would they have to not give it a try? Come on, you’re at least a little bit curious. Try it out on your next Fort Worth day trip. We dare ya!
Fort Worth Zoo
Did you know that the Fort Worth Zoo is the oldest continuously operating zoo in the country – dating back to 1909? The mission of the Fort Worth Zoo is to strengthen the bond between humans and the environment by promoting responsible stewardship of wildlife and ensuring diverse, high-quality educational and entertaining family experiences through effective and efficient management of its resources. So head on out and take in the wild, wonderful world of animals available to you in Fort Worth!
Fort Worth, TX (Take 2!)