10 Family-Friendly Activities in Fort Worth, Texas
Whether you have kids or you’re just a kid at heart, Fort Worth is a wonderful place to call home. Family-friendly adventures abound in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, especially in Fort Worth, where friendly, small-town vibes meet big city amenities. Best of all, there’s an itinerary for every kind of family. Maybe your family loves hiking in nature. Maybe you’re a crew full of history buffs. Or maybe you want nothing more than a really, really good dish of ice cream (Who doesn’t?).
Whatever your family enjoys, you can find it in Fort Worth, Texas. Here are 10 family-friendly activities to add to your list:
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Trade screen time for time in nature at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Here, your family can explore outdoor and indoor gardens at the oldest botanic garden in the state. There are more than 2,500 species of plants growing amongst 25 different gardens. Visit each season to see seasonal blooms. P.S. If your family is in need of an updated family photo, this makes for the perfect backdrop.
Fort Worth Aviation Museum
The Fort Worth Aviation Museum is home to an impressive number of historic aircrafts. Stroll the museum grounds and get up close and personal with an A-12 Avenger II, an A-7B Corsair II, a CH-53 Sea Stallion, and more. There are 24 historic warbirds in total.
Log Cabin Village
Step back in time at Log Cabin Village, an underrated historic attraction that’s perfect for both field trips and family trips. This is an interactive, living history museum that allows you to experience firsthand what life in 19th century Texas was like. Wander a blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse, log homes, and speak to the “locals”—interpreters in character as 1800’s Texas settlers.
Melt Ice Creams
Melt Ice Creams is one of the coolest ice cream shops in Fort Worth—and maybe even in Texas. If you’re into super unique ice cream flavors (and occasional themed treats, like Harry Potter-themed flavors), you’ll love Melt. Flavors rotate at this quirky ice cream shop, but the seasonal cone pairing is always a treat.
Fort Worth Zoo
You’re never too old for a trip to the zoo—and what a zoo the one in Fort Worth is. This massive, award-winning zoo houses some incredible creatures—more than 540 species of animals, to be exact. Kids can also take advantage of family-friendly programming like Breakfast with the Beasts, which allows you to watch the animals eat their breakfast while you eat your breakfast!
Fort Worth Water Gardens
Located near Sundance Square, Fort Worth Water Gardens is a tranquil, artistic experience right in the center of Fort Worth. Explore this unique park where water cascades down staircases and then head out to other downtown adventures. Visiting Fort Worth Water Gardens is free, making this a great weekend outing that won’t hurt your wallet.
Once the temperatures start rising in Fort Worth, it’s time to grab your family and head to Burger’s Lake. This easily accessible 30-acre park offers a spring-fed lake, two beaches, picnic tables, diving boards, and plenty of trees for shade. Pack a picnic and spend the day.
Fort Worth Stockyards
Does it ever get old watching a herd of longhorn cattle march through the city in the company of real-life cowboys? We don’t think so. Maybe it’s been a while since your family has been to the Fort Worth Stockyards—maybe you’ve never been. In any case, it’s always a pleasure to watch this twice-daily Fort Worth ritual.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
The name may not sound enticing to kids, but once you tell them that this is where money is made, their ears will perk up. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is a very cool destination with an educational component. Take a self-guided tour and enjoy interactive exhibits and a film in the theater, and then check out the gift shop, which features money-themed souvenirs.
Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
Spend a relaxing day with your family at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, a 3,621-acre oasis with more than 20 miles of hiking trails. Lace up your hiking boots and explore prairies, forests, and wetlands as you spot birds or launch a canoe and paddle Lake Worth. Self-guided or interpreter-guided adventures are available.