8 Ways to Experience Fort Worth Culture

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Fort Worth, Texas, is a city where the Wild West collides with art and culture, providing a truly unique experience for visitors and residents alike. The connection between cowboy culture and urban sophistication is the reason why Fort Worth was recently named No. 1 on the list of Top 10 Best Downtowns for livability.  

As such, here are 8 easy ways to experience the cultural side of Fort Worth (with a little Wild West mixed in for good measure): 

Fort Worth Stockyards and Rodeo. If you’re looking for a true Western experience, you’re in the right place. After all, Fort Worth is known as the city “where the West begins.” Explore Fort Worth’s history, experience a live cattle drive and get roped in to the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. Friday and Saturday evenings from May to September, boot scoot over to the historic Cowtown Coliseum for Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show, a family-friendly cowboy spectacle. 

Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Designed by renowned architect Phillip Johnson, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art is home of one of the greatest repositories of American photography and houses a permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century paintings, sculptures and more. Current exhibits include “Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine.” Yum! 

Fort Worth Water Gardens. Located in downtown Fort Worth, the Water Gardens feature three pools in a serene, urban environment, allowing guests to take in this Phillip Johnson-designed architectural and engineering marvel at their own pace. Despite Texas’ soaring summer temps, swimming is not encouraged! 

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. The Fort Worth Botanic Gardens are the oldest botanic gardens in Texas and are home to more than 2,500 plant species spread out among 23 specialty gardens. The Japanese Garden is a world-renowned outdoor destination featuring koi-filled ponds, waterfalls and signature Japanese architecture. 

Bass Performance Hall. Bass Performance Hall is a mainstay of national performing arts acts, including touring Broadway shows. It is also home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Cliburn Concerts. 

Four Day Weekend. The longest-running live show in Fort Worth history began in 1997, when the Four Day Weekend comedy troupe began performing live shows every Friday and Saturday evening at their theater in Sundance Square. The group combines interactive video and musical sketches and improvised scenes and songs. Audience suggestions and participation are encouraged! 

Sundance Square. This revitalized historic entertainment and shopping district in the heart of downtown Fort Worth is recognized as one of the nation’s cleanest, safest and most walkable urban areas. Sundance Square offers 35 blocks of restaurants, nightlife, shops, galleries and performing arts venues. 

Billy Bob’s Texas. The “World’s Largest Honky-Tonk,” Billy Bob’s is a must for country music fans and people-watchers alike. The club boasts nearly 3 acres of square footage with a Texas size dance floor and Live Pro Bull Riding all under one roof. Merle Haggard set a world record when he bought the entire club a round of drinks. Bottoms up! 

Fort Worth is a culturally rich city, full of unique attractions and restaurants that truly highlight the best of Texas. It's distinctive and one of a kind. Come experience it for yourself!

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