Fort Worth: The City of Cowboys

16 August 2017

Best known as the city of cowboys and culture, Fort Worth offers incredible American Western experiences. In just a few days, you can enjoy a range of experiences: from NASCAR racing to rodeos, world-class museums to cowboy cuisine, biking to horseback riding, live music performances and all kinds of shopping, along with so much more. With one of the safest, cleanest and most walk-able urban areas you’ll find anywhere, Fort Worth has one of the best downtown's in America. Best of all, Qantas flies daily to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) from Sydney. So put on your cowboy boots and explore everything Fort Worth has to offer like a local! Here are some of our favourite things to see and do in Fort Worth:

Stockyards Championship Rodeo

Each week professional cowboys and cowgirls compete in the Stockyards Championship Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum in the Stockyards National Historic District. Every Friday and Saturday night starting at 8:00 pm you can watch this rodeo that features fun events such as bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping and plenty more. Be sure not to miss Pawnee Bill’s Wild West show, which is a re-enactment of the original Wild West show. This provides an insight into Western history, including trick shooting, riding, roping, and of course, classic cowboy songs.

Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive

The world’s only daily cattle drive can be seen every day, at 11:30am and 4:00pm, where Texas Longhorns are driven down East Exchange Avenue by genuine Texas cowhands - offering an unforgettable glimpse into the past. Two of the most enduring symbols of the Old West, and a core reason why Fort Worth earned the nickname "Cowtown". 

Fort Worth Aviation Museum

For those that love things that fly high in the sky, the Fort Worth Aviation Museum is worth checking out. Dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of aviation, the museum boasts a collection of 24 warbirds dating from 1943 to current day. You’ll also find a T-38 cockpit simulator and computer flight simulators for that ‘hands on’ experience.

Billy Bob’s Texas—the World’s Largest Honky-Tonky

Billy Bob’s Texas is a huge 18,000 square metre dancehall, outfitted with over 30 bar stations and space for up to 6,000 people. Located in the Stockyards National Historic District, here you can have an authentic Texas-style good time channelling your inner cowboy. Nightly activities include line dancing, two-step lessons and live concerts every weekend featuring music from greats like Randy Travis, Willie Nelson and B.B. King. Did we mention the live indoor professional bull riding every Friday and Saturday night?

Botanic Gardens

Enjoy the captivating beauty of the oldest botanic garden in Texas. Enjoy a meal here or even just a leisurely stroll in the home of more than 2,500 species of plants in 23 specialty gardens. Plan a visit to the world-renowned Japanese Garden, where the koi-filled pools, sculptured hillsides, crafted stonework and dramatic waterfalls provide a view of exotic conservation. Or explore the winding paths of luxuriant tropical foliage in the 930-square-metre conservatory.

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