City of Cowboys & Culture
Fort Worth is the perfect spot to start your tour through the North Texas horse country. With horseback riding, western heritage and museums dedicated to the people and spirit of the American West, Fort Worth offers horse lovers a truly unique experience.
The Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau is located at 111 W. 4th Street, Suite 200. www.fortworth.com, 800/433-5747.
A. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, 1720 Gendy St., is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit. www.cowgirl.net, 817/336-4475.
B. Will Rogers Memorial Complex,3401 W. Lancaster Ave., located in the heart of Fort Worth's Cultural District, includes Will Rogers Coliseum, Auditorium, Equestrian Center and Amon G. Carter Exhibits Building. The entire complex covers 85 acres. www.fortworthgov.org/publicevents, 817/392-7469.
C. The Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., opened in January 1961 to house the collection of western art amassed by Fort Worth publisher and philanthropist Amon G. Carter, Sr. (1879- 1955). www.cartermuseum.org., 817/738-1933.
D. The National Cutting Horse Association, 260 Bailey Ave., is made up of 16,000 members across the United States with a wide range of backgrounds. The sport of cutting has roots in Western ranching traditions, where good horses were a necessity for everyday ranch work and cattle handling. Visitors are welcome to visit the offices on Bailey Avenue, where many pictures and bronzes of champion horses are housed. www.nchacutting.com, 817/244-6188.
E. Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art, 309 Main St., located downtown in Sundance Square, is a free museum featuring the incredible works of the two most celebrated artists of the American West: Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. www.sidrmuseum.org, 817/332-6554.
F. Stockyards National Historic District, 130 E. Exchange Ave., is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a great place to celebrate the romance and mystique of the American West. See the Fort Worth Herd, the world's only twice-daily cattle drive, along Exchange Avenue. www.fortworthstockyards.org, 817/624-4741.
G. The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, 128 E. Exchange Ave., pays tribute to the cowboys and cowgirls of the Lone Star State and also features the Sterquell Wagon Collection, with more than 60 wagons, carriages, and sleighs that have been beautifully restored. www.texascowboyhalloffame.com, 817/626-7131.
H. Billy Bob's Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, is located in the Historic Stockyards. It is the world's largest honky-tonk, boasting its own indoor rodeo arena for professional bull riding, a Texas-size dance floor, dozens of bar stations, restaurants, arcade games, a Wall of Fame with celebrity handprints, and a general store. www.billybobstexas.com, 817/624-7117.
I. American Paint Horse Association, 2800 Meacham Blvd., is one of the fastest growing and most popular horse breed organizations in the world. APHA registers new horses at a rate of more than 40,000 every year. www.apha.com, 817/834-2742.