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Cowboys, elephants and angels


The Round Up by RobertPlotz

I spent most of my growing up years in Illinois and  have always considered myself a Yankee. When I moved to Texas in 1987, I would tell people “I live in Texas, but I’m not from Texas”. That is until it occurred to me one day that I’ve lived in Texas longer than I’ve lived anywhere else so, with great pride, I now call Texas home. Weekend adventures in Texas are widespread and plentiful so this weekend let’s do Fort Worth and discover cowboys, elephants and angels with their gold trumpets!

I love to travel during the off-season when it’s cooler and less crowded so this is the perfect time of year to visit the great city of Forth Worth. It has something for everyone and you’ll find a unique juxtaposition of cowboys and culture. The Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth offers a wide selection of accommodations, great nightlife with a host of dining options (casual and fine dining), and an eclectic mix of shops with small art galleries sprinkled in and they will all surprise and delight you.

Melissa’s “must do – must see” places
1 Bass Performance Hall graced with two 48-foot tall angels with their gold trumpets was sculpted from Texas limestone by Marton Varo. It was named "one of the top 10 opera houses in the world" by Travel + Leisure.
2 StockyardsBilly Bob’s is the world’s largest honky-tonk and the legendary White Elephant Saloon was named one of the “Best 100 Bars in American” by Esquire Magazine.
2. Fort Worth Zoo - #1 ranked attraction in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in 2004 and No.19 among the "50 Overall Top-Rated Attractions" in the entire United States by the Zagat Survey U.S. Family Guide.
3. Botanic Garden is the oldest botanical gardens in Texas and its 100 acres features native and exotic species of plants all in natural settings – Absolutely beautiful!
4. The Texas Ranger Ballpark at Arlington – OK, it’s not exactly in Fort Worth, but its right up the road off I-30 and even if you aren’t a baseball lover, you will enjoy taking in a game at this beautiful ballpark.

Before you leave, check out the local convention and business bureau for coupons. Have fun!


  • Debbra Brouillette - Dallas Tropical Travel Examin 5 years ago

    I love Ft. Worth, too! Makes me want to plan a day trip soon!
    (P.S. Am also a Texas transplant... from Indiana.)

  • Cheryl Antier 5 years ago

    How fun - I didn't realize there so many things to do - and thanks for all the great links - I'll be whiling away my morning break time going through them!

  • Kimberley Allentown Poconos Travel Examiner 5 years ago

    Texas sounds like a great place to live AND visit :)

  • Pauline 5 years ago

    It is interesting to see how long it takes to change your hometown. For a long time after moving, the question, "Where are you from?" causes some hesitation. It is disconcerting when husband and wife answer with different states, as we have done sometimes. We have met some Europeans who view the question with suspicion, assuming there is some judgment to be made based on where you are from. So, it's OK to consider yourself a Texan by now.

  • Savannah, Cleveland Budget Travel Examiner 5 years ago

    My brother lives in Dallas, a transplant like you, and I can't wait to visit these places next time I visit!! We have been to the Kimball Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth which we loved but haven't visited most of the places on your list! Thanks for the advise!