8 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Fort Worth, TX
Longhorn cattle parading down the street. Barbecue smoking over a bed of mesquite. Folks in cowboy hats heading down to a honky-tonk.
Few places capture the spirit of Texas quite like Fort Worth. The city of 874,401 residents is known for its friendly residents, pioneer spirit, and deep commitment to doing things the Lone Star way. Whether you’re a current resident, a future resident, or just a visitor to Fort Worth and the surrounding Dallas Fort Worth area, there are likely a few things you haven’t yet discovered about what makes the North Central Texas city so special.
Here are a few of our favorite facts about Fort Worth:
It’s Home to the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk
If you’re not from Texas, you might not know what a honky-tonk is. Where better to find out than at Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk? This sprawling country bar built in 1910 can accommodate up to 6,000 people. Stop by for a cold beer, some hot music, a burger, and a view of the bull riding arena (yep, they’ve even got one of those).
There’s an Amazing Bike Share Program
For those who think life is better on two wheels, there’s an underrated bicycle scene in Fort Worth. Case in point: Fort Worth’s very own community bike-sharing program. You’ll find 40 bike stations around town where you can pick up a bike and ride around for the day. Simply dock it at a convenient station when you’re done.
The Fort Worth Zoo is the Oldest Zoo in the State
The Fort Worth Zoo may seem like it’s been around forever—because it sort of has been! Founded in 1909 with just a lion, two bears, a coyote, an alligator, a peacock, and some bunnies, the iconic zoo is worth visiting again and again. Don’t worry; they’ve added more animals in the past 112 years including lions, rhinos, monkeys, giraffes, and jaguars.
Fort Worth is the Youngest City in Texas
Twenty-somethings looking for a cool place for young people to move to should look no further than Fort Worth. It’s the youngest city in the state. The average age is 31.5. College students at Texas Christian University (affectionately called TCU) and young professionals call Fort Worth home, and so can you.
Fort Worth Makes Money (Literally)
Take a look at the cash in your wallet. Chances are, at least a few of those bills were printed right in Fort Worth. In fact, 60 percent of money circulating in the United States is printed at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth. Curious to see it in action? Tours are available. Unfortunately, they do not give out free samples of hundred-dollar bills.
Legend Has It, There’s a Monster in Lake Worth
You don’t need to travel to Scotland to meet a lake monster; there’s one right in Fort Worth (at least, according to legend anyway). The monster in question? The Lake Worth Monster. This mysterious creature is supposedly a half-man/half-goat monster who prowls around the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge outside of Fort Worth. Encounters with the monster are few and far between, but the annual party held in celebration of the creature is very real.
Fort Worth Has Some Famous Residents
Fort Worth has been home to many famous athletes, entertainers, politicians, and other noteworthy residents. The original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, is from Fort Worth. So is NFL football player Raymond Clayborn, actor Bill Paxton, and musician T-Bone Burnett, to name just a few.
You Can See a Classic Texas Cattle Drive in Fort Worth Twice a Day
Want to see a good old-fashioned cattle drive? Here’s your chance. Cattle drives happen twice a day in Fort Worth. Every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. you can see the Fort Worth Herd stampede down East Exchange Avenue alongside experienced cowhands. It’s a sight to behold—and it might even inspire you to buy a pair of cowboy boots.