Welcoming more than 5.5 million visitors each year, Fort Worth is among the premier vacation and business travel destinations in the U.S. Fort Worth boasts a unique blend of celebrated Western heritage with thriving commerce and culture, as well as a reputation as one of the safest and most livable cities in the country. The north central Texas city is a cultural gateway into the American West, bursting with museums, entertainment and attractions, as well as a diverse mix of music, cuisine and architecture. The 16th-largest city in the country, Fort Worth is still growing, as is its reputation as a top-notch business- and convention-ready destination.
Downtown Fort Worth is located just 17.5 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Offering more flights from more destinations than almost any other airport in the world, Dallas/Fort Worth International is located within a four-hour flight of every major city in the continental U.S. More than 155,000 travelers pass through the airport every day, taking advantage of the airport's nonstop service to more than 170 cities worldwide.
Fort Worth features a variety of ground transportation options that provide direct access to several downtown business and entertainment areas. The Fort Worth Transportation Authority bus system, known locally as the T, provides service throughout the city, including the Stockyards National Historic District, Fort Worth Cultural District and Sundance Square, while the Trinity Railway Express provides light rail service connecting downtown Fort Worth, Dallas and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The vintage-style Molly the Trolley service provides free daily downtown transportation from Sundance Square to the Fort Worth Convention Center.
Spanning a 14-block area in the heart of downtown, the Fort Worth Convention Center features 253,226 square feet of total exhibit space. The newly expanded and renovated convention center is within easy walking distance of thousands of hotel rooms, as well as dozens of restaurants, entertainment venues and shops. Meeting spaces include 58,849 square feet of meeting rooms, a 28,160-square-foot ballroom and 55,000-square-foot Events Plaza, which connects to the beautiful Fort Worth Water Gardens.
Fort Worth unique venues range from celebrated museums to the world's largest honky tonk. Located in the city's historic Fort Worth Stockyards, Billy Bob's Texas is the world's largest honky tonk and a fantastic venue for group gatherings and events. Meeting spaces include the Texas Club, resembling a Texas saloon with copper tables, etched mirrors and brass chandeliers, as well as the Guitar Bar, with windows overlooking the arena and club. For another kind of experience, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, located in the Fort Worth Cultural District, houses one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary art in the central U.S. The permanent collection of more than 3,000 works is spaced throughout a striking facility of five long, flat-roofed pavilions that sit on a 1.5-acre pond. The museum is a perfect venue for meetings and events in a serene, modern atmosphere; the museum's 40-foot-tall glass walls framed in metal enable the facility to resemble glowing, floating lanterns at night.
Additional Fort Worth unique venues include the top-ranked Fort Worth Zoo, with meeting spaces ranging from tented pavilions to art gallery space, as well as the 109-acre Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The largest botanical garden in Texas, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is home to 23 specialty Gardens, including the Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Fragrance Garden and Texas Native Forest Boardwalk, as well as a 17,000-square-foot Garden Center complete with meeting rooms and an auditorium.
A city that celebrates cowboys and cowgirls, as well as culture, Fort Worth is the perfect blend of preserved Western heritage and artistic offerings. The city is home to the world's only twice-daily cattle drive to soaring Art Deco skyscrapers.
Fort Worth was originally settled in 1849 as an army outpost and one of eight forts assigned to protect settlers from Indian attacks on the advancing frontier. Fort Worth first flourished as a center for the cattle industry, as the city became the heart of the historic Chisholm Trail in the 1860s and 1870s. The city became the center of the state's ranching industry when the Texas and Pacific Railway arrived in 1876. In its post-war years, Fort Worth grew in transportation, business and cultural pursuits, while the mid-1980s saw the start of a major downtown revitalization.
Today, Fort Worth is home to a variety of districts that celebrate its past and cultural wealth. Once full of saloons, gambling parlors, shooting galleries and dance halls, today's Sundance Square district is 35 blocks of high-energy entertainment and preserved Western heritage, as well as shops, restaurants, live theatres, museums and art galleries. The history of Texas's livestock industry lives on in the Stockyards District. Once a major shopping point for livestock, the district still houses its original brick and mortar buildings and wood corrals, as well as an authentic saloon, world's largest honky tonk, authentic Western shopping, museums, championship rodeos, entertainment and lodging. Enhancing its reputuation as, the "Cultural Capital of the Southwest," Fort Worth's Cultural District is one of the largest arts districts in the nation, home to five internationally recognized museums in a park-like setting.
Popular Fort Worth attractions include the Stockyards Rodeo, featuring weekly live rodeo action, including bull riding, bareback riding, tie down roping, team roping and barrel racing. The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame honors men and women who have excelled in the sport and business or rodeo, as well as the Western lifestyle, while the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors the lives of southwestern women with the pioneer spirit, including artists, writers, champions, competitive performers, ranchers, entertainers and trailblazers. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art specializes in American West works, while the Kimbell Art Museum, home to the only Michelangelo work in North America, is regarded as one of the most outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era.
Fort Worth is home to a celebrated culinary scene, which includes many fine-dining establishments that specialize in native Texas cuisine. Regarded as one of the best steakhouses in the region, the Hunter Brothers' H3 Ranch features a menu of many dishes that date back to the city's cattle driving days. Reata Restaurant serves legendary Texas cuisine in an elegantly rustic setting, complete with museum-quality Old West artifacts. Ellerbe Fine Foods specializes in farm-to-table fare, serving an innovative menu with fresh seasonal and local ingredients, while the James Beard Award-winning Joe T. Garcia's is a Fort Worth institution that serves authentic Mexican cuisine.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Fort Worth features the ideal balance of comfortably warm and cool temperatures, as well as more than 230 days of sunshine each year. With an average high of 54°F and average low of 34°F, January is Fort Worth's coldest month, while July is its warmest month, with an average high of 95°F and average low of 75°F. The city experiences occasional light snows, with average of just 2.6 inches of snow per year, as well as an average of 34 inches of rain per year, with most falling in May.
Fort Worth Convention Center
The Fort Worth Convention Center spans a 14-block area in the heart of the city. Newly expanded and renovated, the center is within easy walking distance of thousands of hotel rooms and dozens of restaurants, entertainment venues and shops. The convention center features 253,226 total square feet of exhibit space, while its meeting rooms total 58,849 square feet. Meeting and convention spaces include a 28,160-square-foot ballroom, multi-functional arena with a seating capacity of 13,500 and the 55,000-square-foot Events Plaza, which connects to the beautiful Fort Worth Water Gardens. The center features a beautiful southwestern color palette and flexible space configurations, as well as state-of-the-art business services, audio-visual equipment and communications capabilities.
1201 Houston StreetFort Worth, TX 76102
Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW)
Approximate taxi fare: $47
Located just 17.5 miles outside of downtown Fort Worth, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport offers more flights from more destinations than almost any other airport in the world; in fact, every major city in the continental U.S. can be accessed within four hours of the airport. As one of the busiest airports in the nation, Dallas/Fort Worth International provides nonstop service to more than 170 cities worldwide and serves an average of 2,000 flights each day. The airport's five terminals and 155 gates are lined with a variety of shops and restaurants, while the airport also features two on-site hotels.
Serving 2.7 annual passenger trips, the TRE light rail links downtown Fort Worth with Dallas and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Operating on 35 miles of track, the train runs Monday through Friday from 5:10 AM to 10:38 PM and Saturday from 8:43 AM to 11:30 PM. One-way zone within a single zone is $3.50, while regional fare is $5; daily, weekly and monthly passes are available.
The free Molly the Trolley service provides free daily service from the Fort Worth Convention Center to Sundance Square. The vintage-style trolley service runs every 10 minutes from 10 AM to 10 PM daily and stops at a number of area hotels and attractions.
Located at 1001 Jones Street, the Fort Worth Amtrak station is open daily from 8 AM to 6 PM. The station serves the Texas Eagle route, which provides daily service between Chicago and San Antonio, with connecting service to Los Angeles, as well as the Heartland Flyer, which provides daily service between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth.
The Fort Worth Greyhound station, located at 1001 Jones Street, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's Rental Car Center, located near the south entrance of the airport, features counters for Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, E-Z Rent A Car, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport passengers can access several taxi companies outside of the airport. Far from the airport to downtown Fort Worth is approximately $50.
Known locally as "the T," the Fort Worth Transportation Authority bus system provides service on 42 routes throughout the city, including the Stockyards National Historic District, Fort Worth Cultural District and Sundance Square. Passengers can ride the bus for free in the Downtown Free Zone, which covers the city's central business district. Buses run Monday through Friday from 4:19 AM to 12:08 AM, Saturday from 4:21 AM to 11:50 PM and Sunday from 4:40 AM to 9 PM. One-way fare is $1.50 for local routes; daily, weekly and monthly passes are available.
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