UCT Returns to Fort Worth in 2019

February 6, 2018

Known as The City of Cowboys and Culture, you’ll want to arrive in Fort Worth early to take in all of the sites. Fort Worth is conveniently located 17.5 miles from the DFW International Airport. Serving as a gateway for visitors worldwide, with 1,850 flights daily, Fort Worth is an easily accessible international and domestic destination. From App-based options like Uber and Lyft, to shared-ride shuttles, to rental car agencies, there are several transportation options to choose from that will whisk you into downtown Fort Worth.

Experience the true American West in the Stockyards National Historic District. Did you know that Fort Worth is the only place in the world where you can view a twice-daily cattle drive of Texas longhorns by real cowboys? The Fort Worth Herd can be seen daily, weather permitting, at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can also view the herd in their pens behind the Livestock Exchange Building any time during the day. Begin your journey on Exchange Avenue, the weathered brick streets are lined with historic buildings, restaurants, shops, saloons and other attractions. Step into the past at the Stockyards Museum and after you’re done, shop for authentic apparel while at one of the many shops that line the street.

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art houses a preeminent collection of American art including painting, sculpture and works on paper; it has been a Fort Worth institution since 1961. The collection spans early 19th century expeditionary art to mid-20th century modernism and includes masterworks by artists such as Frederic Church, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe and John Singer Sargent.

A visit to Fort Worth isn’t complete without seeing the JFK Tribute. This public memorial in Fort Worth’s General Worth Square features a marble wall, with large photographs of the president, famous quotes from his speeches etched into the stone and a larger-than-life bronze statue of Kennedy, his right arm extended as if he’s welcoming visitors.

The Kimbell Art Museum contains holdings ranging from the third millennium B.C. to the mid-20th century, and includes major works by Fra Angelico, Velazquez, Bernini, Rembrandt, Goya, Monet, Cezanne, Picasso, Mondrian and Matisse. It is also home to Michelangelo’s first known painting. The collection comprises Asian and non-Western, as well as European art. The museum features special and traveling exhibits on display throughout the year.

When the sun goes down, Fort Worth comes alive with fun and interesting things to do. The Acre Distilling and Coffee Co. is a craft distillery featuring small-batch offerings of bourbon, gin, whiskey and vodka. Located at 12th and Calhoun Street in downtown Fort Worth, the Acre Distillery & Coffee House is planted firmly in what was once Fort Worth’s legendary Hell’s Half Acre, an area known for its gambling, alcohol and outlaws. Tours are available weeknights at 6 p.m. and from 1-7 p.m. on Saturdays. They are open every day except Sunday. Visit the website at acredistilling.com for details.

Billy Bob’s Texas is the world’s largest honky-tonk. The club has almost three acres under one roof with its own indoor rodeo arena for exciting live bull riding every Friday and Saturday; a Texas-sized dance floor; dozens of bar stations; a full restaurant featuring delicious favorites such as BBQ, Chicken Fried Steak, The Burning Bubba burger and more; a late night pizza kitchen; arcade games; a Wall of Fame with celebrity handprints; and a gift shop. Learn more about Billy Bob’s at billybobstexas.com.

Grab your camera and visit Fossil Rim for a scenic wildlife drive your family won’t forget. Located just an hour from Fort Worth, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center – dedicated to the conservation of species on the brink of extinction – offers another world, where Africa comes to Texas. The 1,800-acre preserve includes a 9.5-mile scenic drive where you can interact with over 1,100 rare and endangered animals roaming free in their herds. Stay in your car or reserve your spot on a guided tour, or even spend a night at Safari Camp or Lodge to see over 50 different species of wild animals including cheetahs, wolves, giraffes, rhinos and more. For details visit fossilrim.org.

As you can see, there are a lot of attractions in Fort Worth. In just a few days, you can enjoy a range of experiences!

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