Often referred to as the state's oldest art museum, this facility has been in existence since 1892. The Modern Art Museum now houses more than 2800 sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs and other artworks created since World War II. The collection includes pieces by luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol. Tours are open to the public every Saturday afternoon. The gift shop offers books, magazines, posters and other artistic memorabilia as well as educational toys. The museum hosts various art classes for patrons of all ages throughout the year.
Architect Louis I. Kahn won an award from the American Institute of Architects for this building's striking design. He used a series of arched glass ceilings to let in natural light and enhance the presentation of the many important pieces in the museum collection. The artwork comes from all over the world, with maestros such as Renoir, Picasso, Rubens and Rembrandt represented. Those desiring more exotic artwork will enjoy the Asian, African and Mediterranean collections. The Buffet Restaurant is open daily, offering different kinds of light fare depending on the time of day. Admission to the permanent collections is free.
Since 1997, this huge stadium with an oval track 1.5 miles (2.41 kilometers) in circumference and more than 150,000 seats in the Grandstand alone has provided racing lovers with all the thrills they could hope for. This is the second largest racing venue in the United States, behind the Indianapolis 500 Speedway. Events at Texas Motor Speedway include major NASCAR races, car shows and the Thursday Night Stampede, a weekly showcase of local racers. Speedway World offers souvenirs as well as tours of the speedway. The cafeteria is open on racing nights, and the onsite camping grounds can accommodate 6,000 people.
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.
As its name implies, Scat Jazz Lounge is a live music venue specializing in jazz performances. This 1920's speakeasy style lounge features an interior combination of swank and retro decor, making it easy to imagine you really are drinking at a Prohibition Era joint. The place is literally underground; you have to take an elevator down below ground level to get in. Once inside, the jazzy performances, stiff drinks and classy, retro elegance make this a juice joint worth coming back to.
Rodeo Exchange has been in business since 1986, which makes it somewhat of an institution around these parts. Come on Tuesday nights for free dance lessons — just don't forget your cowboy hat. Famous for their low-price drinks, Rodeo Exchange offers a number of drink specials, including happy hour until 8p and Friday Ladies Nights. Fridays and Saturdays feature live music, mostly country, from acts ranging from local favorites to national stars like Trace Adkins. Fun times, cheap drinks and good old fashioned country tunes make this club a hoot.
Covering an area of 6000 square feet (557 square meters), Free Play Ft. Worth is a fun place to visit for gaming enthusiasts. It features two bars that are set on the rooftop and at the entrance. These bars offer a fantastic selection of alcoholic drinks like spirits, wines, ciders and beers. It is filled with a variety of arcade games like Frogger, Double Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat, Black Knight, Pac Man and many others. This venue also offers space to host events like parties and gatherings.
Rahr Brewery is a microbrewery that has been processing beer since 2004. Experimenting with flavors and infusions, the brewery produces some popular drinks like the caramel-flavored Texas Red and the banana-tinted Summertime Wheat that brings to mind memories of the summer countryside. It offers free tours of its facility on Wednesdays and Saturdays after an entry fee of USD10. While touring the venue, enjoy the free samples of the brews and also engage in the many community events and exhibitions that are organized from time to time.
HopFusion Ale Works is a must-visit for connoisseurs of craft beers. Brewed on site, every beer served here has a unique texture and taste thus offering something for eclectic palates. Feisty Blonde is their honey-flavored brew while the Steampipe is infused with a citrus tone. Fur Slipper and Hairpin are two other delicious beers that cater to a learned palate. The brewery also extends its space for a variety of events.
One of the prolific theater companies in the area, Amphibian Stage Productions has carved a niche in the heart of theater enthusiasts with their engaging and thought provoking plays. From readings to full-fledged productions, National Theatre live screenings to comic acts, this space showcases enthralling shows. Their New Play Festival is where the nation's best modern playwrights script some acts to be performed on their stage. The Berlene T. and Jarrell R. Milburn Theater is their black box performing space and can seat up to 120 people. Drop into their Bar for Spanish wines and cocktails. The Lobby is a chic space for elegant soirees.
The idea of beer itself is quite exciting for aficionados of the drink, add in a humongous cycle to the deal along with like-minded co-patrons and you indeed have a party. Cowtown Cycle Party plays with a similar idea, allowing you to take a tour of breweries around the city while riding a bar on wheels. You are required to bring your beer to the cycle while your tour is brought to life by the hosts and entertaining patrons. Laugh, drink and make memories on this unique drinking spree.
Wild Acre Brewing Company is known for their signature brews such as Billy Jenkins Session Block, Tarantula Hawk IRA, Moonlight Shine Wheat Ale and Soul Pleasure Southern Trout. These beers are brewed on-site and served fresh at their 5000 square foot (464 square meters) tap room, where thirsty guests walk in to chug a few drinks and have a good time. The brewery conducts tours around the property on Saturdays for people interested to know more about their brewing processes.