A few months ago, I got the chance to really explore the Dallas-Fort Worth area. There is SO much to do! A lot of people think that because it’s always referred to as DFW that they are one in the same. Or that they sit side-by-side. They actually are not and do not.
In case you missed it, Texas is big guys. Huge. Everything is bigger in Texas. That is quite a literal sentence. As such, Dallas and Fort Worth aren’t terribly far apart considering how big Texas is, but they are far enough apart to warrant a nice little drive between the two.
They also have completely separate personalities. I see the two “sister cities” (as I shall call them) as complete opposites. One has more of an extroverted, bustling personality and the other has more of a quieter, even keeled disposition.
Fort Worth is a city that stands tall and proud but has a calmer, slightly more introverted feel compared to Dallas. Even though I had been before, getting to really explore the area gave me a whole new take on Fort Worth. Here are interesting things to eat, see and do in Finding Fort Worth!
What To Eat
*Thank you to FunkyTown for the donuts. I am truly grateful for the experience and as always, all opinions expressed in my posts are my own!
One of their signature donuts is the Blood Orange. Not a flavor I had seen before. I told you they are unique! Oh my stars it was delicious! That citrusy glaze on a moist, fresh doughnut…yes, please and thank you! I highly recommend the Blood Orange and it is one of their most popular.
This Caramel M&M donut is another favorite. Isn’t it pretty? It’s just as yummy! Friendly staff and a fun interior top off the experience. Stop in and check out FunkyTown. Their funky donuts are funky delicious! ?
FunkyTown is open Tues-Sat 6am-1pm, Sunday 8am-1pm (closed on Mondays) and located at 1000 8th Avenue, Suite 101, Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Located in the West 7th Street District, MASH’D is a very unique restaurant.
With a description of “Rebellious American” and a slogan of “A New Moon is Rising”, they not only have a unique take on their menu items, but they also have several homemade flavors of Moonshine!
I was immediately attracted to the K&Q Salad. Baby kale, quinoa, grapes, grilled apples, marinated brazos feta, pumpkin seeds, citrus zest finished off with a citrus mint vinaigrette made up this healthy, but oh-so-fabulous salad!
My friend Robin and I shared the Crab & Shrimp Volcano. It had me at lemon rice, shrimp, snow crab and a sweet Thai chili aioli! So so good!
They have many menu options and a cozy, quirky atmosphere. Definitely a unique place to eat!
MASH’D is open M-W 11am-11pm, Thurs/Fri 11am-midnight, Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am-10pm and is located at 2948 Crockett Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
What To See
West Seventh Street Bridge
Dedicated in November 2013, the West Seventh Street Bridge (also known as the Van Zandt Viaduct) crosses the Trinity River and replaced the old West Seventh Street Bridge. It is one of only two connections between downtown Fort Worth and the Cultural District and offers direct access to So7, West 7th and Montgomery Plaza.
The bridge features 12 concrete arches that were cast on the ground a couple of blocks away and then transported to the site. There is pedestrian and bicycle access on both sides of the bridge.
Make sure you see the bridge at night.
Its illumination is beautiful!
West Seventh Street Bridge is located at 1700-2100 West Seventh Street, Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth Police & Firefighters Memorial is located at the north end of Trinity Park near the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas 76017
Fort Worth Police & Firefighters Memorial
Located in Trinity Park, the Fort Worth Police & Firefighters Memorial is a tribute expressing appreciation and memory for all of Fort Worth’s lost heroes.
Behind each name engraved on the memorial is a story of courage, heroism and sacrifice. It is beautiful in both daytime and nighttime!
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Sundance Square spans 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth and has numerous options for dining, shopping and entertainment. I love its red-bricked streets and charming atmosphere along with the illuminated office buildings that tower above it!
The nighttime is just magical in Sundance Square. Be sure to see the fountains light up and dance! And if you are a huge fountain fan like me, check out the Fort Worth Water Gardens!
Behind the fountains, you will find the Chisholm Trail Mural Building featuring the Chisholm Trail mural painted by Richard Haas in 1985. It pays homage to the legendary cattle drives of the late 19th century and is considered to be the most photographed building in Sundance Square.
These giant umbrellas shaped like martini glasses are my absolute favorite!
Sundance Square is located at 201 Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102 and parking information can be found here.
First United Methodist Church
Be sure to see the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. Completed in 1930, it has a beautiful exterior that reminds me of a cathedral!
Gorgeous at night too!
First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth is located at 800 West 5th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102
What To Do
Fort Worth Stockyards
Walk around the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Don’t miss the Fort Worth Herd, the world’s only twice daily cattle drive.
Held daily at 11:30am and 4pm, it is quite interesting to watch them meander down the street. Complete opposite of running with the bulls! 😉
Other things to see are the world’s only year-round rodeo which takes place every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm.
Along with many places to eat and shop, there are also unique activities happening from time to time at the Stockyards. They even had goat yoga recently where you are striking those poses among goats!
Get your Texas on at the Fort Worth Stockyards located at 130 East Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76164
Fort Worth boasts a lot of personality and charm, but all with a laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy its cultural aspects while at the same time getting that full Texan experience! Have you been to Fort Worth? If so, what was your favorite thing to see?
Be sure to catch my recent Dallas posts!
‘Til next time…