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When Texas serves up culture, y'all bring a big plate. Bordered on one side by Trinity Park and the Trinity River, the Cultural District is home to The Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Casa Manana Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Omni IMAX Dome Theater and Fort Worth Opera. All of these Cultural District venues double as event space. Two other attractions are the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and, ever popular, the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame.
Fort Worth is chiefly served by the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), which pretty much connects to every likely destination in the U.S. as well as many international points via nonstops or direct flights. It is approximately 20 miles northeast of the Cultural District.
For such a relatively small area, the Cultural District has its own convention center, the sprawling, historical, celebrated Will Rogers Memorial Center, which also contains the Will Rogers Auditorium, Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Building, Will Rogers Equestrian Center and the Will Rogers Coliseum, home of the Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show, held for 23 days over January and February. The center's Texas Room—which of course is big: Texas big—seats up to 6,000 people for banquets and measures 94,460 square feet. (Livestock still means a lot in Fort Worth, which celebrates its part in the Chisholm Trail.)
Hotel venues in the Cultural District are sparse: five, with only 469 rooms, and none of them suitable as a headquarters hotel. But Fort Worth has approximately 13,000 in total, and of course, nearby, there are Dallas and Irvine, home of the sprawling, 1511-room Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center.
Most of the cultural offerings listed above have wonderful dining facilities, but if you wish to get away from the convention, meeting and hotel sites for a while, excellent choices include Piola and Sardines (with live jazz nightly) for Italian cuisine, Bailey's Prime Plus for steak and the highly praised Cafe Modern (viewing the stunning, Tadao Ando-designed Kimbell Art Museum) for nouveau-American. More laid-back choices include the eclectic Love Shack (which does exude the feeling that the B-52s will get up and sing at any moment) on Trinity Park for inventive American cuisine and live music; the Ginger Man bar, and, being Texas, two stick-to-your-ribs favorites, Fred's Texas Cafe (The Food Network's Guy Fieri has visited) and Tillman's Roadhouse, which is Texas with a few slivers of California thrown in for good measure.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW)
Approximate taxi fare: $56.45 USD
Photo Credit: Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
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