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The museum will reopen with nearly two weeks of members-only preview days prior to the grand reopening for the public on September 14 during the 5th Annual Party on the Porch from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. featuring live music, food trucks, and cash bars. Renovation enhancements, which began in October 2018, feature the total transformation of the visitor experience at the Carter. Everyone will be able to experience the renovated galleries, the reimagined installation of the collection, the fall exhibitions, and the revamped plaza providing much-improved accessibility to the main entrance. Through this enhancement project, the Carter is changing the way people experience American creativity and opening the doors still wider to welcome old friends and new audiences to one of the country’s great holdings of American art. Hrs. Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed Monday. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-1933, www.cartermuseum.org.

The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall officially opened in May 1998. David Schwarz was the architect for the structure named one of the top ten opera houses in the world in Travel & Leisure’s March 1999 issue. Rumanian/ Californian artist, Marton Varo created and shaped the 48 feet tall angels fronting the Hall. The opera house is the permanent home of the Fort Worth Symphony, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, & the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Tours available Sat. at 10:30 a.m., performance schedule permitting. 

Bass Performance Hall is located in Sundance Square on a city block bordered by Commerce, Calhoun, & 4th & 5th Sts., 525 Commerce St., 817-212-4280, www.basshall.com.

The Rose Garden was started in 1933. It now has more than 3,400 roses with peak blooming times from April to October. Walk into the Fragrance Garden for the visually impaired, stroll through the Japanese Garden with its waterfalls, pools and Koi fish, smell the herbs in the Perennial Garden, examine the large collection of begonias in the Exhibition Greenhouse, and go into the Conservatory to see orchids and bromeliads. The main gardens are open daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 adults, $6 ages 6-15, $10 ages 65+. Docent tours are offered for one additional dollar to regular admission prices and the tour takes about an hour. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., 817-392-5464, www.fwbg.org.


Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District’s Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive. Twice daily, herders dressed in 19th-century cowboy gear drive 15-17 head of cattle down Exchange Ave. Best viewing areas for the drives are the front lawn of the Livestock Exchange Bldg. or across the street near RFD TV’s Gift Store. Free. Times 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting. No cattle drives on major holidays.


For more information, 817-336-4373, www.fortworthherd.com. Along E. Exchange Ave.

The 13,500-seat arena in the Fort Worth Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth at 1201 Houston Street, and is within walking distance of restaurants, shopping districts and hotels. The FWCC originally opened in 1968 but in 2003 underwent significant renovations and expansions.

Along with a larger arena, the Center now offers 253,226 sq. ft. of exhibit space, a 28,160 sq. ft. ballroom, 38 breakout rooms and 55,000 sq. ft. Events Plaza that connects to the Fort Worth Water Gardens. As indicated by its name, the Convention Center serves as the site for a variety of national, regional, and state conventions, as well as welcoming auto, recreational vehicle, home and garden, and train shows. 
1201 Houston St., 817-392-6338, www.fortworthgov.org/publicevents.



The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History provides hands-on learning experiences for all ages. Discover the cosmos in the Noble Planetarium, unearth ancient fossils in DinoDig, imagine Jurassic creatures with DinoGlow, adventure in the Fort Worth Children’s Museum and immerse yourself in a giant screen adventure in the Omni Theater, an IMAX dome. Explore with us today for an unforgettable memory for the entire family! Hrs. Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Closed Sun.-Wed, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 1600 Gendy St., 817-255-9300, www.fortworthmuseum.org.

This 3,621-acre refuge is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States. It was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1980 and offers special events, educational programs and naturalist-led nature hikes. Admission $5 adults 13-64, $2 children 3-12, free to children under 3, $3 seniors 65+, $1 discount per person with Military ID-Active/Retired. Refuge Hrs. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Hours vary for special events. 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., 817-392-7410, www.fwnaturecenter.org.

Built in 1974, Philip Johnson and John Burgee’s design for the Fort Worth Water Garden was to be a “cooling oasis in the concrete jungle.” The main elements of the design are three pools of water: the meditation pool; the aerating pool and the active pool where water runs over layers of rocks and steps to a small pool 38 feet below. Special lighting makes the night sparkle.


Numerous plants and trees also decorate the Water Gardens. The site was used as the backdrop for some scenes from the film Logan’s Run in 1976. Brides have also used the area for the special time in their lives. The park provides hours of pleasure to people of all ages for strolling or sitting or for enjoying a brown bag lunch. 1502 Commerce St. Hrs. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Information: 817-392-7111. Reservations: 817-392-5718

The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 4 zoo in the nation by USA Today, the Best Zoo in Texas by Yahoo Travel, the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide, the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey and a top 10 zoo or aquarium by FamilyFun magazine and TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards.


Home to more than 7,000 animals, the Zoo is in the second of a four-phase, $100-million master plan. The first phase, African Savanna, opened in April 2018. The second, Elephant Springs, will open in 2021. The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than one million visitors a year. Admission $16 13+, $12 seniors 65+ and children 3-12, children 2 & under free. Parking $5. Half-price tickets are available every Wednesday. Open 365 days a year! Hrs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. See website for holiday hours. 1989 Colonial Pkwy., 817-759-7555, www.fortworthzoo.org.

You can reach out and touch the stars in the 4D cinema, learn top LEGO® building secrets from the Master Model Builder, see iconic landmarks in MINILAND®, make a celebration even more memorable in one of our special party rooms, and much, much more! It’s the ultimate place for all LEGO® fans-young and old. Ticket prices vary. Hrs.: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.- last entry at  4 p.m.-closes at 6 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-last entry at 6 p.m.-closes at 8 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.-last entry at 4:30 p.m.-closes at 6:30 p.m. 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., 877-818-1677, https://dallasfw.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.

The Log Cabin Village living history museum depicts the lifestyle of pioneers who settled this area in the mid-to-late 1800s. You must reserve tickets online prior to visiting. Admission $4.50 per person. Free for ages 3 & under. Hrs. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1-5 p.m. Closed Mon. 

Off University Dr. across from the Ft. Worth Zoo. 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln., 817-392-5881, www.logcabinvillage.org.

E. Fay Jones’ design draws the eye and heart upward in this interfaith Chapel. It is an architecturally significant building that reflects the influence of Jones’ study with Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff. It is constructed mainly from Philippine mahogany stained a lighter color, glass, and brick. It is used by the youths and families served by Lena Pope Home, as well as for weddings, musical and cultural events, meetings, etc.


Tours are available by appointment only.  Please contact them for more details and tour opportunities.

 From I-30 W. exit Hulen St. At Lena Pope Home. 3131 Sanguinet St., 817-255-2576, www.lphchapel.org.

Designed by the world-renowned architect Tadao Ando, this striking building is composed of 5 pavilions of concrete and glass arranged around a 1.5 acre reflecting pond. The Modern maintains one of the foremost collections of postwar art in the central United States, consisting of more than 3,000 significant works of modern and contemporary international art, including pieces by Anselm Kiefer, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Susan Rothenberg, Richard Serra, Andre Serrano, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol.


Visitors to the museum can also enjoy lunch in Café Modern’s elliptical dining room set on the reflecting pond or shop for unique gifts at The Modern Shop. Educational programming and the Museum’s film series, Magnolia at the Modern, take place in the Museum’s state-of-the-art auditorium. Located in the Cultural District at 3200 Darnell St.


Gen. Ad. adults 18+ $16, Seniors 60+ $12, students with an ID, $10, & youths under 18, free. Half-price Wednesdays. First Sunday of each month, admission is free. Access to the Grand Lobby, Café Modern, and The Modern Shop is free. Hrs. Tue., Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri.10 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day & Independence Day. 3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, www.themodern.org.

Filling in the gaps of history is easy to do at the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum. Through artifacts, artwork, historical records, and current events, this collection offers a true perspective and a fuller and richer cultural view of the people and activities that contributed to the building of the historical American West. The mission of the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum is to offer the visitor a complete recognition of this historical process.


The museum has been committed to its vision of giving recognition to the outstanding pioneers who played a role in settling the early American western frontier since its founding in 2001 by Jim and Gloria Austin. The museum’s Hall of Fame also acknowledges individuals that have contributed to the western culture and the tradition who still play a part in keeping this important piece of American history alive. Hrs. Wed.-Fri. noon-4 p.m., Sat. noon- 5 p.m. Closed major holidays. Gen. Ad. $10, seniors 62 +, students with an ID $8, & children under 5, free. Group rates are available. 2029 N. Main St., 817-534-8801, www.cowboysofcolor.org.

Email: gaustin@cowboysofcolor.org

Women of the American West are honored here. Not only those who have lived and worked on ranches or who have sat on a horse in a rodeo arena, but also the woman who led an expedition to the Pacific Ocean, or the ones who have stood on a stage, sat at an easel, stood before a classroom, sat to put words on paper, aimed a rifle and hit the bulls eye, or sat on the highest court in the land, all these are celebrated for their spirit and determination.


The museum with its more than 5,000 artifacts and information on over 400 women is located in Fort Worth’s Cultural District next to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The Museum, whose motto is “The Women Who Shape the West…Change the World” also has an award winning gift shop you will not want to miss. Hrs. Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Closed Sun. & Mon., Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, & New Year’s Day. Gen. Ad. $10 for 13+, $7 for military/first responders & seniors 65+, $4 for children 4-12, children 3 & under free with paid adult. Free parking with paid Cowgirl admission. 1720 Gendy St., 817-336-4475; 800-476-3263, www.cowgirl.net.




Located in the former Texas School Book Depository, the museum features a permanent historical exhibition that chronicles the life, death, and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.  On display are over 400 photographs, videos, artifacts, and preserved areas, including the sniper’s perch where evidence showed that shots were fired from the sixth floor at President Kennedy. Temporary exhibits are offered in the seventh floor gallery. 


Explore history through one of the world’s most significant repositories of visual, audio, documentary and artifactual documentation related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — a continually growing, multifaceted collection of more than 40,000 items. Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Monday noon-6 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (65+) and $14 for youths (6-18); Admission price includes audio guide. Children 5 and under are free. $5 for the audio guide. 411 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75202, 214-747-6660, www.jfk.org.

The livestock industry began to develop here in the 1880s. There were cattle, sheep, and hog pens and horse and mule barns. The original wooden barns burned in 1911 and were replaced with concrete and steel buildings. Swift & Co. & Armour & Co., meat packers, ran plants in the Stockyards until the early 1970s. Refurbished livestock pens and sheds, some with the original brick floors, now house restaurants and antique and western wear shops. Visit the Stockyards Museum in the Ft. Worth Livestock Exchange Bldg., 131 E. Exchange Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Sat. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. 2501 Rodeo Plaza​, 817-625-5087, www.fortworthstockyards.com.

The Stockyards Museum is located in the historic Livestock Exchange building. Displays include cattlemen and cowboy photographs and equipment, photographs and artifacts of meat packers Swift & Co. and Armour & Co. and their employees, and a section devoted to women’s activities in the early 20th century. A Native American exhibit features artifacts from several tribes with special emphasis on Commanche Chief Quannah Parker. An electric light bulb first turned on in 1908 at the Byers Opera House in Fort Worth is still burning at the museum. The North Fort Worth Historical Society sponsors the Stockyards Museum. Hours are Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays. A donation of $2 per adult helps support this nonprofit museum. Students and young children get in free. 131 E Exchange Ave., 817-625-5082, www.stockyardsmuseum.org.

Fort Worth’s 35-block crown jewel, with its wide, red-brick sidewalks, beautifully appointed streetscapes, and magnificently restored turn-of-the century buildings, has evolved to become one of the city’s top shopping and entertainment districts. This immensely popular, urban hotspot boasts five theatres–three with live productions and nine movie screens, a delightful mix of fine and casual dining, unique specialty shops, exceptional retail stores, museums and galleries. Nightlife features a vibrant and dynamic mix of live music venues and popular gathering spots. Once known for its rich western heritage, Sundance Square is now a place of culture, excitement and activities. 201 Main St., 817-255-5700, www.sundancesquare.com.

Housed in the historic Exhibits Building in the Stockyards, honors over 140 Cowboys and Cowgirls who have excelled in and out of the rodeo arena. Honoring all areas of western heritage, the Hall of Fame is home to world champion rodeo stars, ranchers, western entertainers, business men & women and more! Honorees include Lane Frost, Tuff Hedeman, Larry Mahan, Red Steagall, George Strait, Ricky Bolin, Charmayne James, Billy & Pam Minick, Chris Cox, Ty Murray, Trevor Brazile – just to name a few.


Display booths for each honoree contain memorabilia and mementos of their careers and accomplishments. Also featured is the John Justin Trail of Fame. The TCHOF is currently located in a temporary space as they continue their capital campaign for their new home. Be sure to ask about the future plans during your visit! Hrs. Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m and Sun.11 a.m.-5 p.m. Gen. Ad. $5 per person, free for children 4 and under. 2515 Rodeo Plaza. (Just across the way from Billy Bob’s)  817-626-7131, www.tchof.com

Keith Powell

Owner / Publisher since 1995



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