Fort Worth has a new and fun way to experience the Trinity River that runs through it, on a Panther Island Boat Tour! Panther Island has been the go-to place in Fort Worth to get out on the river for paddleboarding, kayaking and tubing, but now visitors can experience more of the river on a daytime History Cruise or a unique, Sunset Cruise!
The boat tours leave from Panther Island Pavilion, and parking is FREE off Purcey. Here’s a tip, plan on a full day of fun and after your tour, head over to play games or take a dip off Panther Island’s sandy beach!
The boat tours, which are offered by the same folks that do the Waco River Safaris on the Brazos River in Waco, are fun and intimate, seating only about 16 people. Of course, the sunset cruises are very popular, so make your reservations in advance.
We get out on the Trinity River in Fort Worth a lot, that I thought I knew everything, but I was surprised how many things I learned during our tour! I’m not going to give it all away, but the tours are similar to those on the San Antonio Riverwalk Cruises in that it’s a lot of information and bad jokes! In fact, our captain during our cruise was a former Rio San Antonio captain!
Here’s a tip for you! Arrive early to get a seat at the front of the boat, the best seats in the house, um boat! Actually, we were seated in the back, and I still had a great view!
On a Summer afternoon, the river was full of paddleboarders! Backwoods Paddlesports rents Stand Up Paddleboards and Kayaks 7 days a week, year-round at their location at Panther Island!
We had fun waving as we went further up the river! During summer, it was a little warm but the boat is covered for shade and once we started moving, the breeze off the water felt amazing! They do provide water and teas. You are allowed to bring your own drinks on board, too!
The Trinity Trails, which run along the river through all of Fort Worth, runs for over 80 miles, but the section near Downtown Fort Worth is very popular and there were many people out enjoying the paved, multi-use trail.
To prevent flooding, large levys were built along the Trinity River to contain the river, but block a lot of the views of the river’s natural scenic beauty in Fort Worth!
One of our favorite views was of the Seventh Street Bridge, which lights up each evening!
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Take a FREE tour of the United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving, where our U.S. dollars are printed, one of only two locations in the country!
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Panther Island Boat Tours
395 Purcey St., Fort Worth
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