Fragrant and serene, Fort Worth's Botanical Gardens offer beautiful trails and garden exhibits in one of the oldest and largest natural settings in North Texas. An extensive greenhouse area, housed in the garden's conservatory, showcases tropical plants and exotic birds in colorful settings. The Japanese Garden, a popular attraction among visitors, is tranquil and perfect for relaxation or contemplation. Special events abound throughout the year, such as the annual spring butterflies in the garden, with more than 6,000 butterflies adding color to the already magnificent setting.
Situated in the heart of downtown, this mercantile and entertainment district features 20 blocks of renovated storefronts from the turn of the century. The nostalgic buildings and red brick streets pay tribute to Fort Worth's heritage and provide a very popular place to find great shopping, food and live performances of all kinds. Green sightseeing trolleys make it easier to take in all the sights, while horse-drawn carriages might be the ride of choice for those wanting to add a Victorian flair to their tour. A tourist information center provides the inside scoop on the best Sundance Square has to offer.
Generations of Fort Worth families have sought relief from the hot Texas sun by diving into this cold, clear, spring-fed private lake located in northwest Fort Worth. Once a goldfish hatchery, Burger's Lake is now a one-acre, family-oriented "swimming hole" featuring tall trees, picnic tables, barbecue grills, concession stands, and tennis and volleyball courts, along with occasional sand-castle building contests and related events meant to entertain visitors. Slide down the 20-foot (6-meter) waterslide or check out the trapeze for "swinging" and "dropping." This is the perfect spot on a summer day!
Often referred to as "The Entertainment Capital of Texas," Six Flags offers 200 acres (809,371 square meters) of rides, shows and attractions. For many years, this family amusement park has delighted Texans and others from around the world. Favorites include the 109-foot-tall (33 meters) "Batman the Ride," which travels up to 50 miles per hour (80 kilometers per hour) and exciting re-creations of the Wild West complete with gunslingers in an action-filled street shootout. Rates and seasonal hours vary, especially in winter.
Nicknamed JerryWorld as an ode to Jerry Jones, the owner of Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium is among the premier football arenas in the nation. This state-of-the-art stadium with its striking dome and the retractable roof is a popular landmark in the city. Besides being the turf of Dallas Cowboys, it is also the base of Cotton Bowl Classic. It hosts almost all of the major NFL and college football matches as well as wrestling and basketball games. It is also a popular choice for concerts and has had artists such as Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé performing to a full house.
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.
On the edge of Lake Arlington lies the picturesque Richard Simpson Park. Offering a number of recreational activities, the green space offers scenic views of the lake, along with a boat ramp and a fishing pier. Spread across 3.6 hectares, enjoy a family picnic with barbeque or take a stroll through the garden here. The park pavilions are available for private parties and events on rental basis.