Fort Worth is a happy medium between modern day glam and wild western rodeo. The city is full of culture, shopping, museums, stockyards, performance venues, and some of the best Tex-Mex and BBQ in the state. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Forth Worth-Arlington Metropolitan area known as the DFW “Metroplex”, and the DFW real estate market has been record breaking this past year. Fort Worth is in the county seat of Tarrant County, and it also extends into counties of Denton, Parker, and Wise. The 2014 census calculated a population of 812,238, so although Fort Worth is not quite as famous as Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, or Houston, it is still a major and successful Texas city. It’s the second largest in the metro area and the 16th largest city in the state. The climate is humid subtropical, so summers can get pretty hot, but the winters are rather mild to moderate.
Fort Worth is known by many as “Cowtown” because of its cattle drive history. Millions of cattle were herded through the area. Another nickname for the city is the “Place Where the West Begins.” Fort Worth originated as an army outpost in 1849. General William Jenkins Worth established the outpost as a camp to protect settlers from the Native Americans. The post was officially named Fort Worth in November of 1849 by the U.S. War Department. Fort Worth became a terminus for Yuma, Arizona and San Diego, California after railways were installed. The stockyards in Fort Worth transformed the city into a livestock center during the wild era of cattle drives that would pass through. This era brought gambling, parlors, saloons, and bakeries to town. During the World War One era, Camp Bowie was established and trained over 100,000 men for the Army and Air Force. Now, Fort Worth is a center for higher education with Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, University of North Texas Science Center, University of Texas and Arlington Fort Worth campus, and more. The city has boomed and modernized, but still continues to celebrate its Wild West heritage. Homes for sale in Fort Worth now show how incredibly far the city has come since the wild western days. You can find an astoundingly affordable starter home in a comfortable neighborhood with great schools. On the other hand, you will see eight-million-dollar luxury estates that will blow you away.
Fort Worth has now become the “City of Cowboys and Culture” with the world’s largest indoor rodeo. There is so much to experience in Fort Worth in the Cultural District, the Stockyards National Historic District, Sundance Square, Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth Zoo with the Museum of Living Art, Texas Motor Speedway, and countless restaurants and shops throughout the city. The variety of entertainment districts offer something for everyone to enjoy. From dancing to rodeo, tex-mex and barbecue to award-winning restaurants, some of America’s finest museums to a Top 5 zoo, NASCAR to Texas Ballet Theater. Find out which district best suits you. The Cultural District is a few miles south of downtown, and it’s an incredible way to spend time with your family, explore different types of art masterpieces, and enjoy the fresh air. Step into the Wild West at the Stockyards National Historic District where you can get a taste of what it was like back in the Wild West era. There are multiple daily cattle drives, a weekly championship rodeo, concerts, museums, authentic western wear, Texas-style restaurants, and kid-friendly activities like the petting zoo and maze. Sundance Square is a like world of its own. One of the best things about Fort Worth is that unlike most major cities, the downtown area is safe and inviting. Sundance Square, a 35-block shopping and entertainment center, is right in the heart of the clean, safe and walkable downtown area. The charming district welcomes you with hundreds of locals and visitors enjoying the restaurants, shops, galleries and entertainment venues. You could spend an entire weekend exploring Sundance Square. Fort Worth Zoo is the oldest continuous zoo site in the state of Texas, and it is home to the Museum of Living Art, a Herpetarium that gives guests an unforgettable experience with some of the planet’s most exotic and endangered species. The Museum features breath-taking hand-painted murals among thousands of reptiles, amphibians and more that live and breathe as natural works of art. Visit for a peek at North America’s biggest saltwater crocodile that’s over 15 feet long. Another 15-foot beauty is the Burmese python. You’ll also find Fly River turtles, yellow spotted climbing toads, a king cobra, Komodo dragons, and many more.
One thing the Dallas-Fort Worth area is known for and proud of is the phenomenal food. Fort Worth is all about good Tex-Mex and BBQ. Rodeo Goat has some of the best burgers in the area. They serve creatively stacked masterpieces such as the Sugar Burger with candied bacon, grilled peaches, and jalapeno jam, but even their simplest burgers are to die for. Billy’s Oak Acres is another prime spot to eat. Some have called it the best BBQ in the Metroplex with impressive loads of pecan-smoked ribs and brisket with sides of beans and macaroni and cheese. Finish it off with a comforting buttermilk pie, and you’ll be ready for a well-deserved nap.