When it's time to shop, eat and drink, cruise to Sundance Square in downtown. Formerly referred to as Hell's Half Acre by the likes of Wyatt Erp and Doc Holiday, Sundance Square is now a collection of architecture and rich heritage that preserves the colorful past. Throughout the brick paved 14 blocks, there are numerous stores, theaters, museums, restaurants and even bars.
Check out 8.0 (111 E. Third Street, 817-336-0880) for and eclectic, health conscious lunch or dinner with live music on the patio every weekend. Another great joint which pales the new Dallas location is The Flying Saucer Beer Imporium (111 E. Fourth 817-336-PINT). Choose from 120 hand crafted beers and eat gourmet sandwiches, cheeses, and sausages while listening to live music in the beer garden every Sunday.
Not hungry or thirsty but in the mood for entertainment? The nationally known live music venue featuring headliner jazz and blues artists should do the trick. Caravan of Dreams (239 Houston, Metro 817-429-4000) also has a night club, rooftop Grotto bar and a live theater. Another well known theater, Casa Manana (109 East Third, 817-332-3509) has regular live performances.
If shopping is the reason for your journey, you'll be quite happy browsing through the 180,000 books at Barnes and Noble (401 Commerce, 817-332-7178), the extensive gift shop at the Modern at Sundance Square (410 Houston, 817-335-9215), and the authentic Texas stuff at Texas Peddler, Gifts and Souvenirs (310 Main), among others.
Go for the Arts
If you do make the trip, it would be wise and well worth it to visit the Cultural District, especially the museums. There's so much to do and see, from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to the pleasant Fort Worth Botanical Garden. While we can't list all the attractions, two others certainly are a must see right now:
The Kimbell Art Museum (3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.)
But if you feel that you shouldn't visit the Kimbell's exhibition because you're afraid too many of the masses may be enjoying it, then cruise on over to the Modern Art Museum (1309 Montgomery Street).
Can't stand culture?
If you're not in the mood for the Cultural District, then you've got to try moseying on down to the Stockyards. We won't tell you that it's the Historical Stockyards and therefore really up to its ears in culture. Non-the-less, within the stockyards historical district, you'll find the "world's largest Western dance club" in Billy Bob's Texas. Live music nightly, top country performers, 40 bar stations, two dance floors and even live indoor bull riding. Now you can't really beat that, but you can sure try at Cowtown Coliseum (808 Cowtown). This joint was the world's first indoor rodeo and every Friday and Saturday there's a professional rodeo. Also there's the Stockyards Station, which hosts 30 shops and restaurants in what was once the Stockyards' hog-and-sheep pens (we don't have to tell you that's exciting).
That's not it there's much more
You've got to explore for yourself the rest but the following links may help you decide what else to do. Hope you enjoy Ft Worth!!!.
Other Ft Worth Links
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|Amon Carter Museum||3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.||817-738-1933|
|Billy Bob's Texas||2520 Rodeo Plaza||817-624-7117|
|Fort Worth Zoo||1989 Colonial Pkwy.||817-871-7005|
|Ft. Worth Botanic Garden||3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.||817-871-7686|
|Ft. Worth Stockyards Natl Hist Dist||131 E. Exchange Ave, #110||817-625-5082|
|Kimbell Art Museum||3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.||817-332-8451|
|Omni Theater/Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History||1501 Montgomery St||817-732-1631|
|Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art||309 Main St.||817-332-6554|
|Sundance Square||120 W. Third St.||817-390-8711|
|White Elephant Saloon||106 E. Exchange Ave.||817-624-1887|
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