Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth, the City of Cowboys and Culture, is the quintessential Texas city. Also known as “Where the West Begins,” the town was founded as the lawless western outpost of the United States. Now, it’s one of the largest cities in the United States and is known as much for its world class cultural amenities, cuisine and museums as it is for its daily cattle drive. Experience the best of the West in Fort Worth, whether you are going to Tadao Ando’s Modern Art Museum (Travel + Leisure’s pick for one of the world’s most beautiful art museums) or spending the day in our Stockyards National Historic District learning to line dance at Billy Bob’s.

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Veterans Memorial Air Park

The Veterans Memorial Air Park is one of the premiere aviation museums in Fort Worth. Our “Petting Zoo” collection of twenty-three warbirds, features an F/A-18 “Blue Angel” Hornet, the A-12 Avenger II mockup, and other locally built aircraft. The collection spans 70 years of military aviation history. Inside the museum you will find displays of over 100 years of North Texas aviation history including the B-36 Peacemaker and Air Force Plant #4 (now Lockheed Martin) and the history of Forward Air Controllers (FAC’s) since 1794, in supporting friendly forces through Close Air Support (CAS). Kids like the T-38 simulator too. We are a Blue Star Museum, active duty military and their families visit for free. Visit our website for more details.


  • 16th-largest city in the United States
  • 10th-fastest growing city in the United States in 2008
  • 9th-safest city in the United States Part of the #1 tourist destination in Texas and the #1 value-friendly destination in the United States by
  • Named one of "America's Most Livable Communities"
  • Named an All-America City by the National Civic League in 2011
  • Named to the 2009 list of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the "Best Affordable Places to Retire" (2009)

Fun Facts

  • Fort Worth hosts the world's only twice-daily cattle drive and year-round rodeo in the Stockyards National Historic District.
  • The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth is the oldest museum in Texas and is the second-largest museum gallery space for modern art in America, next to MoMA New York.
  • 60 percent of America's paper money is printed at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth (tours are available).
  • Fort Worth is home to Billy Bob’s Texas—the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk
  • One of Bonnie and Clyde's hide outs from the law was the historic Stockyards Hotel in Fort Worth.
  • By itself, Fort Worth is larger than five cities that have previously hosted Super Bowls.
  • Fort Worth is a culinary destination, known for its Cowboy Cuisine, Tex-Mex, BBQ & Steak
  • Fort Worth is home to the oldest stock show and rodeo in the country - the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.
  • In 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo opened as the first zoo in Texas and is now one of the Top 5 Zoos in the Nation
  • The Stockyards Museum houses the 1908 Palace Theater Light Bulb which began burning on September 21, 1908 as a backstage light at the Old Byers Opera House and continues to burn today.
  • In 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered his last public speech in Fort Worth before leaving for Dallas.
  • Fort Worth's Texas Motor Speedway seats more than 154,000 spectators.
  • The Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth houses the largest private Civil War collection west of the Mississippi River.

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