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Fort Worth's Water Gardens is a spectacular man-made creation. A crown jewel of Fort Worth, it is often used as a business, professional, wedding and tourist venue. Architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee were appointed by the Amon G. Carter foundation to create this masterpiece in the late 1960s. Covering over four blocks of downtown space, the Water Gardens offer outstanding sightseeing opportunities. More than 500 types of plants and trees adorn this 4.3 acre (1.7 hectare) park.
This building, designed by James J. Kane in the Gothic Revival style, has been in use since its completion in 1892. It features stunning hand-painted stained glass windows, which came over from Munich the year of the church's dedication. The church's bell was cast in 1889. Though damaged by the recent tornadoes that ripped through much of downtown Fort Worth, St. Patrick Cathedral still holds mass twice daily for the faithful. It was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1908.
Samuel Burk Burnett, who built a huge fortune on cattle ranching and oil, dedicated this three-acre stretch as a public park honoring his children. It is located next to several buildings that are entries in the National Register of Historic Places, including the US Courthouse. Backs, a four piece bronze sculpture by Henri Matisse, stands in the park's reflecting pool.
Located at the heart of the city, Milan Gallery focuses on promoting local contemporary artists as well as instilling a fondness for art within the community. Quaint, charming and beautiful, this gallery features a host of fascinating works of art from sculptures and paintings to abstract art installations. Regular exhibitions provide a platform for budding artists to showcase their work as well as enable visitors to have an open conversation with the artists. Visitors are free to walk in to the gallery and browse through the marvelous installations and even purchase some of the works on display if they choose.
The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo is a pioneer in using natural habitats to showcase animals. Exotic animals are kept out of cages and left to freely roam in a natural environment. On most occasions, visitors are separated from the residents by only a river or a waterfall! Special exhibits include the world of primates, African Savannah, Asian falls and Texas wild. An onsite restaurant serves hamburgers, fries, pizza and BBQ, while a canopy of magnificent oak trees provides shelter from the hot Texas sun.
An expansion of the Fort Worth Public Library, Central Library offers an enriching collection of informative and leisurely reading material. Its spacious setting is equipped with computer stations, study centers, mini-auditoriums and the main book center, where one can enjoy an isolated yet healthy reading session. Its collection of books, magazines, theses and manuscripts touch upon a vast variety of topics, from science and technology, to history and art.