Located in North Central Texas, Fort Worth is a city with a rich Western culture but a modern touch. With shopping, restaurants, live music, and art, there is so much to explore! From the Stockyards to the Cultural District, each area offers a different vibe that all contributes to the uniqueness of Cowtown. Use this guide to find the perfect Fort Worth neighborhood for you!
Updated March 2022
Down in the Stockyards National Historical District, people come from all over the world to experience a piece of the true American West. You can't miss the Fort Worth Herd to see Texas cowhands drive real-life cattle through the streets every day at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm sharp! Waltz down Exchange Avenue to see the shops and saloons before heading over to one of Mule Alley's Southern restaurants. A trip to Fort Worth is not complete without going to Billy Bob's for a boot-scootin' boogie kind of night!
Downtown Fort Worth is the city's central business district with top notch shopping, entertainment and restaurants all in a walkable 35-block square area. From the skyscrapers in Sundance Square to the captivating Fort Worth Water Gardens, there are so many different sites to see! See a live performance at Bass Hall or tour the Sid Richardson Museum before having a Southwestern meal on the rooftop of Reata for the perfect downtown day!
Fort Worth bleeds purple for the Horned Frogs at Texas Christian University. Just minutes away from downtown, TCU is a stunning campus and one of the top rated private universities in all of Texas. For a true TCU experience, stroll down Berry Street or head over to University Park Village for high end shopping before heading to the iconic Woodshed Smokehouse for some finger lickin' good barbecue! While you're in the area, you must make a spot at the Fort Worth Zoo, it was rated the best zoo in Texas!
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Also referred to as Magnolia, the Near Southside area has been revitalized and transformed into a vibrant and urban neighborhood. Filled with hot spot restaurants, breweries, live music venues, and some of the coolest murals in town, there is limitless entertainment in this eclectic pocket of Fort Worth. Get your BBQ fix at Heim Barbecue before taking a tour of the Thistle Hill Historic Mansion or take a glass blowing class at SiNaCa Studios.
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This part of Fort Worth is for the art lover and cultural enthusiast. With an array of museums from modern to traditional works, there is so much to see in this creative cluster. The Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum, and the Fort Worth Botanical Garden are three must see sites, ranging from European paintings to striking sculptures and gardens.
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In west Fort Worth, The Shops at Clearfork is one of the major shopping and entertainment hubs of the city. Have a shopping spree at high end stores like Neiman Marcus and Louis Vuitton, or have a spa day at milk+honey. After eating at one of the top notch restaurants, head over to Pinstripes where the whole family can have a blast!
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CAMP BOWIE DISTRICT
Divided into two separate sections of West Fort Worth, The Bricks and the Ridglea, the Camp Bowie District was named after a nearby military training camp and is home to many historical structures. The historic corridor of Camp Bowie Boulevard is lined with local shops and restaurants, with the famous Blue Bonnet Bakery and Roy Pope Grocery Store as two long time local spots.
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West 7th may only be a five block area, but it is a major hub for entertainment that attracts young crowds with its modern edge. Want to entertain the fam that's in town? See a movie at the Movie Tavern or show off your star singing voice at Voicebox Karaoke. Check out the vendors at the Crocket Row Food Hall or grab a drink at Concrete Cowboy for a rowdy night!
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Just north of downtown Fort Worth, Panther Island is a mini paradise on the Trinity River. Panther Island Pavilion is THE spot for outdoor entertainment, with lakeside concerts. For some fun in the sun, check out the outdoor ice skating rink, lay out on the beach, rent paddle boards, kayaks or float the river with friends. Be sure to attend the Water Lantern Festival to live out your Tangled dreams!
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Just Northeast of downtown, River East is one of the most up and coming areas in all of Fort Worth. This living and working community is expected to expand its urban and contemporary housing developments over the next few years. Check out their stellar shopping with local small businesses and the food scene with coffee shops and farm to table cafes to breweries too!
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