As a little girl playing with my barbies, I imagined them going to fun parties at the beach and playing in the water, dancing and just having fun! Panther Island is very much like that place! Located on the shores of the Trinity River in Fort Worth, they have great live music, watersports and fun, fun, fun activities during the summer! The only thing missing is parking for that big Barbie motorhome!
Know Before You Go
No outside coolers
Credit Cards are accepted for just about everything!
Bring! Water shoes, sunscreen, chairs or blanket. Sand toys for the kids!
BYOT – Bring your own tube, kayak, paddleboard, kiddie float, but you will need to inflate it yourself.
Small dry bag for keys, phone, etc. I really like Sealine and Sea to Summit. I’ve had some really bad experiences with off-name bags.
Free Parking is available at the park.
Panther Island is REALLY dog friendly, and leashed dogs are always allowed. Don’t forget a couple little bags, and always pick up after them. Barbie would.
All events are dog-friendly, but your pup must wear a doggy life jacket. Bring your own or rent one from Backwood Sports!
Barbie finally has her own kayak, really, it’s in stores now! You can rent a kayak, canoe or SUP paddleboard right on the river at Backwood Paddlesports! They rent by the hour, with a reduced rate for longer use. They have life jackets, but I’d suggest bringing your own for your children for a snug fit.
During the Spring and Fall, they are open Friday – Sunday, and 6 Days a Week during from Memorial Day – Labor Day, from 9am – 7pm.
Click HERE for pricing and specials, including 15% off for Boy Scouts!
Backwood Retail, located in Fort Worth on 7th Street, sells canoes, kayaks, SUPs and equipment. Click HERE to visit their website.
Sundays during the summer at Panther Island Pavilion are where Skipper, Barbie’s little sister, would come to play! Admission is FREE, and you can rent tubes, SUPs, pedalboats, slacklining (which we have NEVER tried and will be there this summer doing just that!), disc golf and yoga! They also have plenty of food vendors and fun!
Bring your own tube, or rent one for only $5.00.
Rockin’ the River
This is where Barbie and Ken go to play in Fort Worth. Our first Rockin’ the River, which was also their VERY FIRST ONE, was tons of fun, however it was the ONLY Rockin’ the River we ever attended with our kids! It’s not really a bad atmosphere for kids, it’s just more fun without them. Little kids aren’t allowed in the water, either, which makes sense because the water is crowded and people are drinking!
Rockin’ the River is every Thursday night during the summer, followed by fireworks!
Click HERE to read more about it!
Fort Worth B-cycle
Located next to the parking lot at Panther Island, you can rent a bicycle to ride along the Trinity Trails, which runs right through Panther Island! Click HERE to visit their website.
The newest addition at Panther Island Pavilion, The Shack is a venue for big parties and concerts can be relocated here during unfavorable weather.
Fort Worth’s Fourth
The Trinity is where you go to celebrate the 4th of July, and it is crazy fun and crowded! Kids have bounce houses and other fun activities, and we all loved the flyboard show! They have great live music and after the sun goes down an incredible fireworks show!
Get there early for the best seating, parking, everything!
Things To Do in Fort Worth
End your fun day on the river by watching a great movie at the Coyote Drive In, just minutes away from PIP! We love their movies, and nothing says summer like a drive in!
Nothing gives you an appetite like being on the water, and we usually come off the river a little (lot) wet and dirty. Uncle Julios is our go-to place! We can sit on the patio and have a great dinner. I’ve heard great things about their chocolate pinata, and can’t wait to try it!
We love the Fort Worth Omni! Click HERE to read why!
Panther Island Pavilion
395 Purcey St, Fort Worth
Click HERE to visit their website.
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