This is an out-of-state student’s take on showing others a few hidden gems I have found in the Fort Worth community over the past three years of attending TCU.
When I came to TCU, I had only visited campus and didn’t know much about the “Cowtown” that I was about to call home for the next four years. Through asking friends and locals, reading about the area and randomly stumbling upon places, I have experienced some awesome places in Fort Worth that I would like to share with you.
I’ll begin with some of the better known areas:
Fort Worth Stockyards
This historical area is a lot of fun during nights and on the weekends. It is full of great Tex-Mex and BBQ restaurants, my favorites including H3 Ranch, Riscky’s Barbeque, and the always popular Joe T Garcia’s. Grabbing a burger and listening to a local country artist in the open aired Love Shack is also a great choice if you’re feeling a little more casual. Other highlights of this area include the arena, which hosts regular rodeos and the famous Billy Bob’s Texas, the world largest honky-tonk and a great place to learn how to square dance or two-step. The daily long horn cattle drive is also a tourist favorite that never gets old.
Sundance Square is in the center of downtown Fort Worth and is a must see while in town. The city hosts tons of free events in the Square during the week including free concerts, movies, and workout classes. This is also a great starting point for finding fun shops, restaurants, comedy clubs, and other entertainment options in the city.
Panther Island is a pavilion that is located on the Trinity River Trail. Fort Worth puts on lots of big events in this area including concerts and river floats. During Thursdays afternoons and evenings through part of the year, artists play on the pavilion and you can listen from the fields, beach, or in an inner tube on the river. During the week the river is a popular escape from the heat. On-site retailers will rent kayaks or paddleboards to beachgoers for something a little more adventurous.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
An awesome place to do homework, go on a date, or reflect of life, the Water Gardens are a well-kept secret in the heart of Fort Worth. This park is a very unique Fort Worth landmark that is definitely worth visiting.
Magnolia Avenue is a really cool area near the hospital district that is growing like crazy. This street host favorite stops for students including Melt Ice Cream, Avoca Coffee, Torchy’s Tacos, the “local living room” Brewed, Yucatan Taco Stand, Words on Wheels, and many other great spots.
West 7th is another cool area close to campus with lots of fun places for students to go. Favorites include In-N-Out Burger, Lucky Strike Bowling, Movie Tavern, Montgomery Plaza, and the always-popular Sweet Sammies ice cream sandwich shop.
Botanic Garden/ Zoo /Arts District
Fort Worth has a beautiful Botanic Garden that is free to the public and a great place to visit. Right down the street is the well-known Fort Worth Zoo. Also located in this area are several of the finest art galleries in the nation including the Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth is an incredible city that I have enjoyed living in for that past three years. It’s full of great restaurants, shopping, and entertainment that is “Worth” while to visit.
Alex Colbeck is a senior Communication Studies major from Denver, Colorado. He is involved in Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, Student Foundation, and serves as one of the Programming Interns in the TCU Office of Admission.