WHERE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO CHECK OUT IN FORT WORTH THIS SPRING?
Once the birds start calling and the sun starts shining, signaling that spring is here, you may want to get out and explore the great city of Fort Worth. The city has plenty of spots you can visit in the spring that cater to the interests of everyone in your family. We’ve put together a list of a few spots to check out for the upcoming season.
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Coyote Drive-In Movie Theater
If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy a spring night in Fort Worth, consider checking out the Coyote Drive-In Movie Theater on Panther Island. You can purchase your tickets online or in person to see some of the latest movies available. Your purchase of one ticket lets you see the single feature of the night, and Coyote Drive-In Movie Theater projects the movie on four screens to offer ample viewing opportunities.
This spot opens every day at 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. These hours let you take your kids to see a movie as an after-school treat, or you can bring the whole family on a weekend evening. This drive-in movie theater is also the site of the Coyote Canteen, which offers delicious food for sale. You can order anything from hamburgers and pizza to popcorn and funnel cake and enjoy them in your car.
Forest Park Miniature Railroad
Forest Park Miniature Railroad is a favorite local attraction in Fort Worth. The railroad is open most Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as long as the weather permits safe operation. Children under the age of 1 can ride for free, while older kids and adults have their own separate rates. After buying the tickets, you and your family can enjoy the five-mile train ride around Trinity Park and Texas Christian University.
The train ride takes about 40 minutes to complete, which is plenty of time to appreciate all the natural beauty around you. As the train chugs along, you’ll ride on six bridges. The longest runs for 350 feet and crosses over the beautiful Trinity River, which is a sight you don’t want to miss. Train enthusiasts and outdoor lovers alike are sure to enjoy the ride and accompanying views.
Fort Worth Zoo
Fort Worth Zoo has numerous exhibits that excite younger and older visitors alike. Younger folks always get a kick out of the Toyota Children’s Ranch and Petting Corral. This area of the zoo features snakes, chickens, pigs, and miniature donkeys that kids can get close to and even pet. The whole family can head over to the African Savanna exhibit to see ostriches, giraffes, and springboks in a landscape that resembles desert environments.
If you have little explorers in your group, you can take them to see the wonders of Australia without having to front the cost of plane tickets. Fort Worth Zoo has the Australian Outback and Great Barrier Reef exhibits that encapsulate the continent’s wildlife. The Australian Outback has red kangaroos and multiple birds that are native to the continent. When you head over to the Great Barrier Reef exhibit, you’ll find three aquatic tanks that house blacktip reef sharks, eels, corals, and fish.
As fun as the animal exhibits are, Fort Worth Zoo has other fun attractions to entertain little ones. For example, the Safari Splash is a water park that opens each spring. Here, kids can splash around in the 14,000 square-foot area and revel in the excitement of water cannons, a water dump tower, and several slides. Kids can also have fun with attractions like the Yellow Rose Express Train and the Tasmanian Tower rock-climbing wall.
Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
By visiting the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, you’ll get some fresh air and receive a unique look into Texas’s history in the livestock industry. Twice each day, herders lead longhorn cattle on a drive in the Fort Worth Stockyards. While the cattle drive isn’t going on, you can check out other fun activities in the district. You may attend a screening of an old western movie in Downtown Cowtown, shop in the Longhorn General Store, or enjoy authentic Texas cuisine at Riscky’s Barbeque.
Hidden Valley Miniature Golf Course
Hidden Valley Miniature Golf Course is a family-friendly golf course that incorporates beautiful natural elements. The course only takes about 30 minutes to complete, even when you bring the kids with you. Once you and your family finish one round, you can go again to get a better score. Or, you can head inside to the video game room that has several games and an air hockey table for some friendly competition.
If your family is into baseball, there’s an area containing batting cages where you can practice your swings. After a couple of hours of these activities, you can relax in the grilling and cook-out area. Hidden Valley Miniature Golf Course also caters to large groups and allows you to reserve thea picnic area and tables so that you can have them to yourselves all day.
Kimbell Art Museum
As the sun peeks out from dreary winter clouds, we’re sure you’ll want to spend as much time as possible outside. However, you can still consider stopping by the Kimbell Art Museum. This museum makes use of natural light so that the sun’s rays shine on all the pieces and bring out their best features.
Kimbell Art Museum has permanent collections that consist of everything from bronze sculptures to detailed paintings in various art styles. Various outdoor sculptures include Figure in a Shelter by Henry Moore and Woman Addressing the Public: Project for a Monument by Joan Miró.
The museum also hosts exhibitions that run for months at a time. Examples of past exhibitions include ones that explored the era of Queen Nefertari of Egypt and the work of British artist J.M.W. Turner. It always plans new exhibitions so that visitors can look forward to refreshing works of art.
As spring arrives, you may explore any of these attractions or set out on your own to discover a hidden gem in Fort Worth. If you find a spot that we left off this list, be sure to let us know what it is. You can contact us today or visit our dealership to meet with our team in person.