Free + Cheap Fort Worth, Texas Activities! Looking for some free or cheap family activities in Fort Worth, Texas, this summer? Try a “Staycation”, which is an inexpensive vacation in your local or nearby area! If you’re in the Dallas Fort Worth area, here are some fun Fort Worth, Texas Staycation ideas for cheap and free family fun! We used to live in Fort Worth, Texas, and it’s a great place for fun, free, and cheap family activities that you will love, but won’t break the bank!
6 Free + Cheap Family Activities in Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth Stockyards: The historic Fort Worth stockyards are a great place for kids! There’s lots of great Texas themed shops and eating places in the Stockyards, and you’ll probably want to spend half a day or more exploring everything! They even have live cattle drives twice a day, at 11:30 am and 4 pm! You can find free parking on the far northeast side of Exchange avenue (yup, that’s where we always park!), or free parking along E. Exchange avenue, which is very limited and hard to find. If you’re looking for something tasty to eat, one of our favorite restaurants in the Stockyards is Cattlemen’s Steakhouse! Great steaks, and their rolls are super yummy too!
Billy Bob’s Texas: One of my favorite spots in the Fort Worth Stockywards is Billy Bob’s Texas – the World’s Largest Honkytonk! At night Billy Bob’s is a night club with live bands, but during the day, it’s a fun “Texas themed” country and western place to take the kiddos! There’s a Texas BBQ restaurant, gift shop, and rodeo / bull riding arena inside! ***If you are bringing kiddos (or are highly allergic to cigarette smoke like me) – note that smoking is allowed in many areas of the club (except for the gift shop, restaurant, arena & show room), and adults 18 and older will need to provide an ID to enter.
Fort Worth Water Gardens: Another awesome place for kiddos or adults on a Fort Worth Texas staycation! The water can be very relaxing! From the website – The Fort Worth Water Gardens is a beautiful and refreshing oasis located downtown, adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center. Designed by Phillip Johnson, the Water Gardens is an architectural and engineering marvel to be enjoyed any time of the year. Visitors can experience a variety of water features as they wander through this relaxing urban plaza. The park features three pools of water: the aerating, the quiet and the active pool.
Log Cabin Village: Take a step back in time to 19th century Texas at Log Cabin Village! From their website – Today, each of the historic structures [log cabins], furnished with authentic artifacts, provides a vivid look at life in the nineteenth century North Texas frontier. Each log house displays different aspects of pioneer life. The exhibits include a water-powered gristmill, a one-room schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, an herb garden, and several log home settings. Historical interpreters, who are City of Fort Worth staff and volunteers, depict the lifestyle of the people who lived and settled the area in the mid to late 1800s.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden: If you love flowers, be sure to check out the Fort Worth Botanic Garden! According to their site: The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Texas, is a lush 110-acre tapestry of dappled shade and vibrant splashes of color. A peaceful haven nestled in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the Garden is home to over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants that flourish in its 23 specialty gardens
Fort Worth Zoo: And of course, no Fort Worth Texas Staycation would be complete without a visit to the zoo! The Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the #5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide. The zoo train is fun for kiddos, and a great way to get a quick overview of the zoo! If you’re visiting the zoo during the hot Texas summers, you’ll be pleased to know that there are even a few air conditioned buildings with attractions in several spots around the zoo!
I hope you enjoyed these ideas for some cheap and free family activities for a Fort Worth Texas Staycation! If you have other places you’d recommend in the Fort Worth area for family fun that won’t break the bank, please leave a comment on this blog post!
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