Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Stockyards is one of the mandatory “Must Visit” places in Texas, and filled with tourist and locals, all who love a fun, festival like atmosphere and a taste of the real history of Texas’ cattle drives!

 

Here’s the thing about the Fort Worth Stockyards.  It’s BIG!  If you want to do everything, it takes a little planning.  If you want to eat everything, well… good luck!!

Know Before You Go 

Parking is available in the Stockyards, but it’s not Monopoly, there is no FREE PARKING.

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Learn about the history of the Stockyards during the Stockyards Ghost Tour.  It’s more historical than scary, great for families and the part is getting to explore the alleys you would probably never go!  Click HERE to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fort Worth Herd

See how The Fort Worth Herd”Cowtown” got it’s name. Every day at 11:30am and 4pm, real Texas cowboys herd about 20 impressive longhorns down Exchange St. Traffic is stopped, and everyone is asked to stand on the curbs, actually stand – no sitting is allowed. If you think about why they require this, it makes you step back a little. You wanna give these big guys some room!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can take pictures from the curb, but don’t step in the street for one. My Mommy Tip is to stand across the street from the Historic Livestock Exchange Building, so you have it for a background in your picture.

Visit The Herd at http://www.fortworth.com/cowboys-culture/herd/ .

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

Everything you ever wanted to know about being a cowboy can be found here!  Antiques and interactive exhibits for the kids, and don’t forget a visit to the Jersey Lilly Photo Parlor.  For about $30 you can get  dressed up in authentic period costumes for a family photo, done in sephia tones.  My Mommy Tip is to call ahead, they book up, especially on weekends.

For hours and pricing; http://www.texascowboyhalloffame.org/pages/

Stockyard Stables

We saw this sign, and had to go do some investigating!   We were invited to look around the stables, which not only had some beautiful horses, but also a llama, a baby camel and more Longhorn Cattle!  We’ll be back for the Trinity River Trail Rides when my daughter is 12, their minimum age.  However, they offer lead rides for children under 12 in their arena, on full size horses!  No reservations are required, just show up!

http://fortworthstockyardsstables.com/

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Stagecoach Rides

Experience the Stockyards from a stagecoach in these authentic stagecoach rides!  Call 817-247-2510 to schedule yours!

 

 

Stockyards Visitor’s Center

Your first stop should be the Stockyard’s Visitor Center, a great place to help plan your visit, and learn more about the history of the Stockyards!
My kids were given little badges, and for the rest of the day my 4 year old would only respond to “sheriff”.
It’s cute until you have to call to him in the restroom, “Sheriff, do you need me to help wipe your bottom?”.
The Visitor’s Center offers guided tours of the Stockyards; http://www.fortworthstockyards.org/

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Stockyard’s Championship Rodeo

The Stockyard’s Championship Rodeo is every Friday and Saturday night, and a great time for the entire family!  Little kids will love the calf scramble and mutton-busting, where they are all invited!

Stockyard’s Ghost Tour

Walk the back alleys and hear the stories of those forgotten, and those remember because they never left.  Like any good ghost tour, it’s as much about the history as it is the spooks!  Click HERE to read my full review.

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Billy Bob’s Texas

Home of the World’s Biggest Honky-tonk, there are plenty of things to do at Billy Bob’s for the entire family!  Click HERE to read more!


 

The Fort Worth Stockyards

Click HERE to visit their website. 


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Michelle 

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