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Things to Do, See and Visit in Fort Worth This Summer

Explore the state’s richest cultural district. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the stunning architecture.

Presented by Visit Fort Worth July 28, 2022

Sometimes the best trips of summer aren’t about exotic destinations. They are about transporting yourself somewhere wonderful, sometimes just a short drive away. A quick trip from just about every city in Texas, Fort Worth is filled with all the best summer activities. 

This city may be known for its honky-tonks and rodeos, but the Fort Worth Cultural District is bringing art and entertainment to mythic new heights. Comprised of 120 acres of beautiful, walkable space, the Cultural District is the perfect blend of the city’s historic past and its promising future. Where else in the world can you take in views of the American West by artists like Frederic Remington and Charles Russell and explore the cosmos and outer space all within a short walk?

Can’t-Miss List

Amon Carter Museum of American Art 

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Home to Carter’s personal collection of sculptures and paintings, the museum’s galleries focus on the ruggedness of the American West, including the landscapes and life that explore the diversity and complexity of American Creativity. 

Experience: Priceless
Admission: Free 

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
With a variety of science and history exhibitions like the recently renovated Children’s Museum, DinoLab, and an immersive planetarium experience with up-to-the-minute views of the Sun, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is a museum within a museum. 

Experience: Exploratory
Admission: $12 - $16 

Kimbell Art Museum 

Kimbell Art Museum
Known for its architecture as much as the art it holds, the Kimbell’s buildings were designed by two prolific architects – Louis Kahn and Renzo Piano. This year, the Kimbell celebrates 50 years of bringing rare artifacts and culture from faraway places and points in time to Fort Worth. Admission to view the permanent collection is always free, and there is a fee for special exhibition tickets and events. 

Experience: Worldly
Special Exhibitions: Free - $18

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Another architectural stunner, the Modern’s simple elegance and contemporary design frames the most compelling art and ideas of our time. Known for its evolving collections that feature living artists, the museum features landscaped groundswith outdoor sculptures, a theater, and a café you’ll want to make time to enjoy.

Experience: Immersive
Admission: $10 - $16 

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
Explore the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring the trailblazing women of the American West. Boots, spurs, and saddles – the museum’s collection includes over 10,000 artifacts and photographs that help tell the story of these resilient women.

Experience: Inspiring
Admission: Free - $12 

More to Explore on Your Fort Worth Tour
The Cultural District is perfect for families and fun for friends. Equal parts inspiration and exploration, you’ll find a full offering of immersive experiences that touch on every category, including art, architecture, cuisine, and more. 

The views aren’t bad either. The district’s hillside elevation overlooks the Trinity River and includes the state’s oldest botanic garden. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is a nature lover's paradise, featuring winding paths, curated landscapes, and more than 22 specialty garden spaces that will take you from rose beds to desert vegetation and everything in between. It's the perfect place to recharge. And if weekends are meant for gardening and road trips, why not combine both at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden? 

The Cultural District’s landscape is part of Fort Worth’s distinctive character, recently serving as the dramatic backdrop for Kendrick Lamar’s “N95” music video. The 14-time Grammy Award-winning artist filmed at two locations, showing Lamar at the keys in the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum and walking through the Fort Worth Water Gardens. It’s not the first time the iconic spot has been featured in a music video. Texas native, Solange, also filmed at the Water Gardens for her “Almeda'' video in 2019.  

Locals and travelers alike enjoy the opportunity to go for a moment and stay for a while. From museums to galleries, gardens, and more, the Cultural District offers something for everyone and so much to explore that you can return again and again.