This is a great way to experience Fort Worth's history. The Stockyards was once the second-largest cattle market in the ... More
Stockyards National Historic District
This is a great way to experience Fort Worth's history. The Stockyards was once the second-largest cattle market in the world. Renovated for tourism in 1976, the district brims with entertainment, including restaurants, shopping and Wild West performances. Events include the Chishold Trail Round-up, held annually in June, and the Fort Worth Stockshow and Rodeo, held annually beginning in January. Visit Stockyards Station, where there is even a small children's amusement park.
This is like stepping back in time to the days of the Wild West. Men & Women in Western (old West) attire, riding horses, or walking along, tipping hats, saying "Howdy, Maam, how ya'll doin'?" Spurs jingling,, what a sight. I love the whole experience and go there often. The shops are actually very well staffed with very helpful, friendly personnel. Everyone dressed in Cowboy attire. And I found the prices reasonable, not pricey like most tourist areas.
I especially enjoy the Cattle drives that are held daily at 10:00 and 4:00. Of course the Cattle are Longhorns. And the guy who lets you sit on his Longhorn for pics is a treat. The saloons are great, the restaurants a little pricey, but food is great home-cooking.
I will be there for the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering which is an annual 3 day event. And the Chisolm Trail Roundup, too.
And of course one cannot miss Billy Bob's Texas. Great Concert venue,,, wonderful atmosphere,, great drinks & dancing.
Can't beat this place for atmosphere and enjoyment.
i love it what a really wonderful place soo much going on. i loved the cattle drive down the street. it was a very hot day and to sit outside a bar with a cool beer watching everything going on around you joy. night is good also good food and drink and a great atmosphere i can't wait to go back.
The Stockyards in Downtown Fort Worth make you like you're back in the 1800's, herding your cattle through the city. It's a flashback in time. I love going there every visit I make to Fort Worth. It's definitely on my site to see list each time.
Did I say there is something for everyone. Shopping - YES, Drink - Yes, Saloons - YES, Mexican Food - YES, Steaks - YES.. Plus, the coolest thing ever!!! A for real cattle drive right down the middle of the street. You can smell the cattle and the cowboys! uh, you don't smell the cowboys. But what an experience to see cattle just as it was hundreds of years ago. Don't miss the Train! I wish the ride was a little longer, but it is well worth the few bucks to ride the coolest train in Texas! Plan to spend a day or more in the Stock Yards. Plus, check the website for events and concerts.
Go back in time and experience real Texas at the Fort Worth Stockyards, some call it the Wall Street of the West because when Cattle was King, This was the place to be.
Also take a ride on the Old Tarantula Railroad Train from the Stockyards to the town of Grapevine for a day of shopping for Antiques.
If you want a Texas experience but has only time to go to one place in Texas, this is it! This place has it all - cowboys, railroads, western music, cattle drives, Old West architecture, and all the Texas souvenirs you may be looking for. Time your visit to coincide with the cattle drives, which runs daily at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. A true Texas experience!
I had a blast at the stockyards! I was hoping for a little bit more historical content, though. Most of the places there are geared to selling you something (at something of an inflated price, in my opinion). However, I thoroughly enjoyed the bars, especially the places that would allow you to get beer "to go". Yes, some of the bars will sell you a bottle of beer and let you walk around the stockyards with it, at least outdoors.
I had a huge amount of fun just sitting and watching the bikers conglomerate and talk. If you don't like loud noises, stay away; these guys have put a lot of time and effort into souping up their Hogs.
I didn't get to see the rodeo, but they did have an Easter-themed parade in the late afternoon (I was there on the Friday before Easter). The mini-parade, which lasted about ten or fifteen minutes, was a neat touch.
Overall, if you want to see a rodeo or shop for Western-style stuff, definitely go there! If you like to tourist-watch or biker-watch, this is the right place to do it! If you've got a day to wander around, I highly recommend it. Bring your sunblock!
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