Earlier this month, Charles and I left the kids with Memaw for a couple of nights to visit Fort Worth. It was our first time away from the kids overnight and, as you might imagine, we spent most of the time talking about (what else?) the kids.
One thing we did – and that I decided we absolutely must do with the kids – was visit the Fort Worth Stockyards. It’s FREE…and loaded with fun, kid-friendly things to do!
Also? Fort Worth is really not that far from Dallas…it took us an hour to get to downtown Fort Worth from our home, which isn’t a whole lot longer than it takes to get to Dallas (thanks to the President George Bush Turnpike, which is also The Road With The Longest Name Ever).
What You’ll Do:
It is FREE to visit the Stockyards.
We parked for free on W. Exchange Avenue (but we got there early, and those spots filled up fast). You can find more information about where to park here, and you can find a map of the stockyards here.
There are plenty of animals to pet, shops to visit, and streets to meander. The kids will love checking out the livery (this is where I found countless horses, some rare deer, and a camel – and they were all up for socializing). If you have $5, you can take a picture on the back of a Longhorn steer (wheeee!).
For the train lovers, be sure to check out Stockyards Station. This is pretty much the coolest train station, ever. I cannot wait to take Jack here! The train only comes on the weekends (it comes from Grapevine, if you’re interested in riding it), but kids will LOVE walking over the tracks and checking out the station (there are plenty of cute shops and restaurants to check out inside the station, too). Follow the tracks out to the turntable (if you have a train lover, you’ll be familiar with this). Not only can you see the turntable up close and personal, but you can also visit a herd of Longhorns (and miniature horses, yay!) corralled nearby.
You’ll also find several shaded areas to eat (if you want to pack a lunch).
Once you’ve visited all the animals and seen the train station, you can wander down the road and check out some of the shops. I did some serious window shopping (my favorite was Luskey’s, home of gorgeous custom cowboy boots and the Prettiest Rocking Horse Ever).
What You Need to Know:
Everything is within walking distance, which is awesome!
You might check to see what events are going on before you visit (in case you want to attend an event, or in case you want to avoid the crowds!).
What You Need to Take:
- Comfy walking shoes
- A stroller or baby carrier
- Hand wipes (like Wet Ones or baby wipes or hand sanitizer) if you’re not into animal dirt
- Camera (tons of cool photo opps!)
- Snacks or lunch (or, visit one of the many restaurants nearby)
Have you visited the Stockyards before? What was your favorite part?