In 2012, I moved to Fort Worth. After being visited by friends, family, and Couchsurfers over the course of the past two years, I have developed a list of the must-sees of Fort Worth. If you only have one day in Fort Worth, here is my advice:
- Breakfast at the Ol’ South Pancake House (1509 S. University). I would highly recommend the World Famous German Pancake, which is a large pancake covered in powdered sugar, butter, and lemon juice that is freshly squeezed at your table.
- The Fort Worth Water Gardens. This is a nice and relaxing place where you may climb the sculpted mountain or descend into the water canyon for one of the more cliche tourist pictures of Fort Worth.
- St. Patrick Cathedral. While not as old as many in Europe or Mexico, it is still very nice. Cathedrals make an excellent cultural reference point for me in my travels.
- John F. Kennedy Statue on 8th and Main Street, near to the place he made an unscheduled speech to a crowd in front of the Hotel Texas before his assassination in Dallas.
- Walk north along Main Street, across Sundance Square, and to the historic Courthouse.
- Take Molly the Trolley to the Historic Stockyards.
- Lunch at Riscky’s Barbeque. I would recommend that you try the fried pickles and a chopped brisket sandwich. With a sweet tea, of course! There is another Riscky’s downtown near Sundance Square.
- Perhaps in the heat of the afternoon, you can check out the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. This is an excellent collection and admission is free. Within walking distance of the Amon Carter Museum is the Kimbell Art Museum.
- Consider visiting Trinity Park and wandering the Trinity River Trail for a bit of fresh air. For a premium, the Japanese Garden at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden is certainly worth a look.
- For dinner, head down to the food court at La Gran Plaza. Here you will find an assortment of highly authentic Mexican cuisine.
- For dessert/coffee/drinks, I’d recommend Brewed on Magnolia Street. The desserts here are really good and so is their selection of drinks, both caffeinated or alcoholic. Brewed offers a laid back venue and always seems to have a full parking lot.
This is just a proposed list of general things to do, listed in the order I’d take someone if they only had one day to see Fort Worth. There are certainly other activities and places with which one could tailor their itinerary with. Soon, I hope to post a Kennedy Tour for those who want to focus their time in the DFW area to the places significant to the Kennedy assassination.