A Day in Downtown Fort Worth; Things to See and Do

If you’re looking for a fun lunch date, evening get together or just a solo shopping trip, check out all that Downtown Fort Worth has to offer!  It’s not an extensive list, but it is some of our favorite things to do in Downtown Fort Worth.


Restaurants and Bars

Taco Diner’s unique location next the Sundance Square fountains makes it one of our most visited restaurants in Downtown Fort Worth!

Reata is a wonderful, upscale restaurant in Downtown Fort Worth, with a beautiful rooftop bar.  Their only other location is in the Big Bend town of Alpine!

Little Red Wasp  is my favorite in Downtown for a great casual lunch or dinner, although I love their weekend brunch!

Mercury Chophouse  I’ve never made it past the lunch meatloaf, but based on it, they are delicious!

Chop House Burger makes a great burger and I love their French Shake!

Grace  is a rare treat for us, with amazing steaks and the Seafood Tower is incredible!

Melt  makes all their ice cream in house, with just a few flavors each day, and they never disappoint.

Salsa Limon  I’ve been a huge fan of this little taco shop since they first opened years ago!


Thompson’s Bookstore  I just love this fun bar, but the real excitement happens downstairs in the prohibition speakeasy-style secret bar!  You’ll want to follow them on facebook to find out the secret password to gain entrance!

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar is always a great time with friends!

Red Goose Saloon offers a fun, intimate setting for enjoying a drink with great shows!


Houston Street Toy Co.  is still a favorite with my kids!  We love all the fun toys in a great location just off Sundance Square!

H & M’s fun 3-story store is a must for my daughter anytime we are in Downtown Fort Worth!

Back Door Book Store  They have rare and hard to find books.  If like me you love books, you’ll love just visiting!

Earthbones  A fun shop for just browsing or for finding the perfect gift for that hard to shop for person!

Texas Rangers Team Shop  We go twice a year, once at Christmas and again in March!  You can never buy too many Rangers caps with fake hair.

The Virgin Olive Olier  I love this great little shop across the street from H & M!


Valet Parking during the day is FREE with validation!  Just look for the Red Umbrellas!  There is a time limit, and it’s fun to get in all you want to do before the meter runs out!

Meter parking is FREE after 6pm and on weekends!


More To Do 

During the Summer, one of the coolest things to do is play at the Fountains in Sundance Square!  The fountains are on year-round, and we’ve even played in them after a visit to Santa in December!  Just a heads up that they don’t allow swimwear at the fountains, and the rules and hours are well enforced.  The fountains are also closed during yoga and other activities in the Plaza.  Click HERE for more information.

Sunset Yoga in the Plaza is such a cool thing to do, and there are so many great places to get a drinks afterwards!

Four Day Weekend Comedy Show  A great comedy show and bar!

AMC Palace 9 Theater  The perfect date night conclusion.


The Fort Worth Flatiron Building, at 9th St. and Houston St.,  was inspired by the Flatiron Building in Manhattan, and was built in 1907.  The name refers to the shape of an iron.  At the time it was built, it was the tallest building in North Texas.  While there are many Flatiron Buildings across the country, it is the only one in Texas.  Hyde Park, Fort Worth’s first park, sits just beyond it, with the Panther City Fountain, a fountain with a bronze sculpture of a sleeping panther.


The Fort Worth Convention Center sits in the middle of Downtown, and is home to many events throughout the year.

Escape the Room has 10 locations around DFW, and each has it’s own unique theme!  Their newest location in Downtown Fort Worth opened Summer, 2019.


Fort Worth’s Bicycle Sharing Program, B-Cycle, has locations around the city, and is a fun way to get out and explore!


Hell’s Half Acre.  At the entrance to the Water Gardens, don’t miss the Texas Historical Marker for Hell’s Half Acre, the name given to the “red-light” district of Fort Worth in the late 1800’s, when cowboys from the cattle drives would come to town, along with some famous gunfighters, and the reputation continued until WWI, when the U.S. Army arrived at Camp Bowie and helped local officials restore order.


The Fort Worth Water Gardens are FREE to enter and just an incredible collections of fountains and pools!  A heads up, no swimming or wading is allowed.


Molly The Trolley   While it’s not hard to walk in Downtown Fort Worth, this free trolley is a fun way to get around!

There are two train stations in Downtown Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Central Station and the T & P Station.  You can catch the DFW Commuter Train, the TRE at either station, and it’s a fun ride to Dallas with several stops along the way.  The FWCS is where you can also catch Amtrak trains, and have an amazing adventure across the country!  The T & P Station is part of the historic 1930’s Texas and Pacific Railroad Station, now refurbished as an events center (similar to Union Station in Dallas) and private apartments.  The Historic T & P Tavern on the bottom floor is one of my favorite Date Nights in Downtown Fort Worth, and even Elvis once ate there!

Urban Adventure Quest   Great for friends or family, Urban Adventure Quest gives you numerous landmarks to find in Downtown, and you’ll have a great time doing it!

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