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  • 1 Amon Carter Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.

    This extraordinary small museum gained international stature with its three-fold 2001 expansion by Philip Johnson, who also designed the initial International-style building in 1961. The original first floor is devoted to late oilman-publisher Amon G..

  • 2 Kimbell Art Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.

    A showcase building (1972) and remarkable survey collection have made the Kimbell one of the finest small public art museums in the world. Architect Louis Kahn made innovative use of natural light, enabling curators to subtly rearrange generous space..

  • 3 Stockyards National Historic District Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    130 East Exchange Ave.

    An Old West flair persists in old Cowtown. A steam train, year-round rodeos and top country-and-western nightlife couple with historic hotels, steakhouses and Western wear shops to give it a frontier flavor. The small Stockyards Museum, in the 1902 L..

  • 4 Fort Worth Zoo Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    1989 Colonial Pkwy.

    Acclaimed both for its visitor accessibility and its animal-friendly habitats, this growing zoo is home to more than 6,000 animals of Texas and exotic species. In Asian Falls, waterfalls tumble through hillside precincts for tigers and sun bears, ove..

  • 5 Billy Bob's Texas Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    2520 Rodeo Plaza

    Billed as "the world's largest honky-tonk," this huge nightclub seats 6,000 and boasts 40 bar stations, line-dancing lessons, two separate music stages and an indoor professional bull-riding arena. Many of the top names in the country-music..

  • 6 Cattle Raisers Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    1301 W. 7th St.

    The evolution of the Texas ranching industry is portrayed in this museum, west of Sundance Square. A 14min multimedia show introduces ranch life; interactive exhibits allow "interviews" of 19C sheriffs and rustlers, ranch hands and ranch wi..

  • 7 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Interesting

    Museums and art

    3200 Darnell St.

    Built in 1892, the oldest art museum in Texas is now one of the largest modern-art facilities in the US. A new concrete-and-glass building with 53,000sq ft of gallery space, designed by Tadao Ando, uses skylights and clerestory windows to bring natur..

  • 8 Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    555 Commerce St.

    The $65 million Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, designed by David M. Schwarz (1998), occupies a full city block. It is identified by its twin 48ft limestone sculptures-trumpet-heralding angels by Marton Varo. The Bass is home to the For..

  • 9 National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame Interesting

    Museums and art

    Gendy & Harley Sts.

    A rarely acknowledged facet of Western history receives star treatment at this new (2002) facility in the Western Heritage Center, still under development. Women who once entered and won rodeo competitions alongside men are featured, along with such ..

  • 10 Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art Interesting

    Museums and art

    309 Main St.

    Five dozen paintings by Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington (the latter known best for his bronze sculptures) are showcased in this Sundance Square museum. Pieces include Remington's Self-Portrait on a Horse (1890) and The Puncher (1895), and R..

  • 11 Tarrant County Courthouse Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    100 W. Weatherford St.

    Anchoring the district is the 1895 Tarrant County Courthouse, patterned after the Texas State Capitol. Often featured in the now-syndicated Walker: Texas Ranger TV series, it boasts an unusual trompe l'oeil paint job that gives a building extension t..

  • 12 Fort Worth Botanic Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

    Texas' oldest botanic garden began as a Depression-era relief program in 1933. The 109-acre gardens include more than 2,500 native and exotic species. The rose garden is abloom in late April and October. A Japanese garden features waterfalls and colo..

  • 13 Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Interesting

    Museums and art

    1501 Montgomery St

    Nine exhibit galleries, covering subjects from computers to anthropology, are featured at this family-oriented museum. It is renowned for its interactive exhibits, including an outdoor "dinosaur dig" and a preschoolers' science-discovery ar..

  • 14 Tarantula Steam Train Interesting

    Museums and art

    140 E. Exchange Ave.

    With the oldest "puffer-belly" locomotive in the US (c.1896), the fully restored Tarantula pulls a chain of Victorian coaches and open-air cars on a 75min, 21mi ride between the Stockyards and suburban Grapevine. Passengers may visit crafts..

  • 15 Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute

    Museums and art

    Henderson Avenue

    The Dr Pepper soft drink was invented in 1885 by pharmacist Charles Alderton at Waco's Old Corner Drug Store. Today, in his 1906 bottling plant, a lifelike model of Alderton describes his concoction. Exhibits and films look at manufacturing and marke..

  • 16 Cowtown Coliseum

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    121 E. Exchange Ave.

    Built in 1908, the coliseum presented the world's first indoor rodeo in 1918. Weekend evenings today, the Stockyards Championship Rodeo features bull riding, calf roping and barrel racing. Also presented is Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show, a revival of ..

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