FREE Things to do in Ft Worth

June 29, 2016Danita
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Looking for some summer fun?  My daughter, MIL and I recently spend a day enjoying all the FREE Things to do in Ft Worth!  Maybe you want to check them out, too!

We weren’t born in Texas…..BUT we got here as quick as we could!  

It’s been almost eleven years since our family moved to Texas and we love it here!  There’s so many things to see and do!  Whether it’s art, history, western culture, beautiful scenery or food you love…’ll find it all in Ft Worth.  

The first thing you need to know is…….IT’S HOT!!!  Many summer days it gets over 100, so we’ll start with the best ways to….

Beat the Heat:

Before heading out, PACK WATER!!  This is THE most important thing to remember.  Plan ahead and pack a couple of bottle of Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water for everyone.

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Why Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water?  Because it’s Born from Nature, Made in Texas!  It’s #FromHereForHere and comes from three Texas Springs giving it a uniquely Texas fresh taste.  If you’re coming to Texas you might as well get the full experience!

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Jetted Fountain at Sundance Square Plaza.  A great place to sit, relax and enjoy a coffee….or Ozarka®.  Bring a change of clothes…you WILL want to get in!    


Getting Around Downtown:

Sundance Square valet

(photo courtesy of Blue Ribbon News)

Take advantage of the FREE Valet Parking for Sundance Square.  You’ll easily spot the red umbrella stands of the Sundance Square Valets.  Pull up to any stand and they’ll gladly park your car for FREE, just have your ticket validated at any Sundance Square shop.  About 10 minutes before you’re ready to go text them and your car will be waiting.  

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Don’t forget to grab your Ozarka® before they take the car!

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Once you’ve parked use Molly the Trolley to get around downtown.  These air-conditioned green buses have three different routes.  Jump on the Downtown Get Around to head to the Ft Worth Water Gardens or visit any of the Sundance Square locations.  

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Molly stops at all the major hotels and attractions, just look for the “Molly Stops Here” signs.  Trolleys run about every 10 minutes so you never have to wait long.  

Beautiful Gardens:

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#1 Ft Worth Water Garden  A refreshing oasis.

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With a variety of water features

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And three pools….which of course, you’re welcome to get in!

#2 Ft. Worth Botanic Gardens 

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Admission to the 110 acre garden is always FREE.

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Art Museums:

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#3 Amon Carter Museum of American Art  

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Built by Amon G Carter to house his personal collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.  

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The permanent collect is always FREE

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#4 Sid Richardson Museum  FREE.  The exhibits change regularly so check dates.  The gift shop is open daily and it’s a great place to find pottery made by a local artisan and other fun Texas stuff!  There’s a FREE valet stand directly across the street from the museum so this could be a great place to start.  

Rich History and Heritage:

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#5 Heritage Walking Tour – Learn about the people and events that made Ft Worth what it is today.  Permanent bronze plagues detail each event.

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#6 Stockyards and Cattle Drive.   

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The Cattle Drive is a “must-see”.  

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Daily at 11:30 am and 4:00 pm, the cowboys take the Ft Worth herd of long horns down the street to give guests a feel for the wild west.  On weekends, stick around for the Legends of Texas Gunfight.  

Other (not free) things to do/see at the Stockyards:

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  • Stockyard Championship Rodeo 

To get there:

Take the Stockyard Route on Molly the Trolley for $1.75 each or pick up your car from the valet (don’t forget to tip) and drive the three miles.  Parking is available for $5 or park at the far end, up on the hill for FREE.  

Of course, there’s the food…..but that will have to wait until tomorrow!








  • Garf

    July 4, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    I would love to sit near the jetted fountain. It looks very relaxing.

  • momssmallvictories

    July 3, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    We have family in San Antonio but I’ve never been to Ft. Worth. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinned to our linkup board.

  • Chrishelle Ebner

    July 1, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    I love to hear about interesting places I need to visit. I would love to see a cattle drive. There are so many beautiful places to visit In Ft. Worth.

  • Kita

    July 1, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    The fountains, the waterfalls and the botanical gardens would be places my kids would love to visit and “dive” right in! A road trip is not out of the question for us.

  • William Sweeney

    July 1, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Looks like so much to see and do in Fort Worth!! My kids would have a blast there playing and explorin!

  • Bonnie @wemake7

    July 1, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    These are really great ideas. I would really love to visit that garden like everyday.

  • brandyellen

    June 30, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    This is awesome! I Love the idea of doing some free things in Ft Worth for sure!

  • chefjoe11

    June 30, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    What great suggestions! It must be so hot there. Indoor activities must be very popular.

  • Liz Mays

    June 30, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    This really makes me want to spend a few days exploring the city! Checking out the museums would be fun!

  • Nancy L.

    June 30, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Thanks for posting this! It could not have come at a better time as we are planning a trip to Fort Worth in early fall. We will definitely be checking out some of these sites you refer to! 🙂 Bookmarking your page!

    1. Danita

      June 30, 2016 at 7:48 PM

      Nancy, you just made my day! So glad it was helpful. Fall will be a GREAT time to come….much cooler. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    June 30, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    It sounds like there’s a lot to see and do in Fort Worth. I’d love to take the family on a vacation here.My kids and I would really enjoy seeing the Botanical Gardens!

    1. Danita

      June 30, 2016 at 7:49 PM

      There really is! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Terri Ramsey Beavers

    June 30, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Sounds like a great way to save money and have fun too. I’d love to visit some of these when I’m in TX this August.

    1. Danita

      June 30, 2016 at 7:50 PM

      Hope you have a fun time here, Terri!

  • Rena McDaniel

    June 30, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    I have visited Texas before and I really like it there, especially when ordering a steak! The heat there however makes it be a place I will only visit.

    1. Danita

      June 30, 2016 at 7:51 PM

      Yes, nothing like a good Texas steak! And yes, it is HOT…. that’s why the water is a MUST!! Surprisingly, you get used to it…to some extent.

  • Pam Wattenbarger

    June 30, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Fort Worth Water Garden looks like a lot of fun! There’s something like that in St. Louis and the kids love it.

  • lisa

    June 30, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    What an awesome town! We’re heading to San Antonio in a few days and I can’t wait to go!

    1. Danita

      June 30, 2016 at 7:52 PM

      I love San Antonio, too! If you need any suggestions I have a post on San Antonio as well.

  • jmanandmillerbug

    June 30, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Can’t get enough of reading these kind of posts. I love hearing about free things you can do with your children because I don’t have a lot of money and I still want to go out have some fun with my children.

  • Robin Rue

    June 30, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Ooooh, that fountain looks like so much fun! Especially on a really hot summer day! My kids would love it.

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