Highlighting must see Family Attractions
Begun in the Texas panhandle town of Hereford in 1975. The National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring and documenting the lives of women who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit of the American West.
The mission of the Fort Worth Zoo is to strengthen the bond between humans and the environment by promoting responsible stewardship of wildlife and ensuring diverse, high-quality educational and entertaining family experiences through effective and efficient management of its resources.
The Fort Worth Zoo is currently working with 35 endangered species through the American Zoo and Aquarium Association's Species Survival Plans.
Exhibits include World of Primates, Asian Falls, Raptor Canyon, Cheetahs, Komodo Dragon, Koala Outback, and the Herpetarium.
Travel back 150 years at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, a premier nature reserve that strives to educate the public about wildlife while preserving the native prairies and wetlands unique to North Texas.
The nature park offers visitors variety. It sits on a transition between two soil-types common to Tarrant County: the Grand Prairie and the Western Cross Timbers. In addition to the prairie lands, the refuge features wetlands because of the Trinity River that runs through it.
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Texas, is a lush 109-acre tapestry of dappled shade and vibrant splashes of color. A peaceful haven nestled in the heart of Fort Worth's Cultural District, the Garden is home to over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants that flourish in its 21 specialty gardens.
Enter a world of mystery and enchantment in the Japanese Garden. Serpentine paths entice you to surrender your senses and discover a new treasure at every turn. Feed thousands of exotic Imperial Carp (Koi) that beseech your attention; some will accept a gentle caress in exchange for a few pellets of food. Stone, earth, leaf, and water become one in this 7-acre land of wonder.
Since its opening in 1972, the Kimbell Art Museum has won acclaim for its classic modern building designed by the great American architect Louis I. Kahn (19011974). Kahn's innovative use of natural light and subtle articulation of space and materials enhance the experience of the art. The building's gracious proportions, fine craftsmanship, and beautiful landscaping lend a further sense of serenity and restraint. The Kimbell Art Museum is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding modern public art-gallery facilities in the world.
The Kimbell Art Museum's holdings range in period from antiquity to the 20th century, including masterpieces from Fra Angelico and Caravaggio to Cézanne and Matisse. The Museum is one of the only institutions in the Southwest with a substantial collection of Asian arts, and has also assembled small but select groups of Mesoamerican and African pieces as well as Mediterranean antiquities.
In 2002 the Modern celebrated the 110th anniversary of its founding charter, granted in 1892 to the Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the oldest art museum in Texas and one of the oldest museums in the western United States. The Modern maintains one of the foremost collections of postwar art in the central United States. The Museums permanent collection consists of approximately 2,600 works of art, including paintings, sculpture, site-specific installations, drawings, prints, photographs and videotapes/discs. A new home for the Modern Art Museum, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, opened in Fort Worths Cultural District on December 14, 2002.
The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame honors Texas men and women who have excelled in the sports of rodeo and cutting. The inductees include Ty Murray (7 time World Champion All Around Cowboy), Tuff Hedeman (4 time World Champion Bull Rider), Charmayne James (11 time World Champion Barrel Racer), and Don Gay (8 time World Champion Bull Rider), just to name a few. Each booth contains photographs and memorabilia; and many of the booths also have video, depicting the honorees careers in their respective events.
The Amon Carter Museum offers visitors a stunning survey of American art, from the first landscape painters of the 1830s to modern artists of the twentieth century. The collection includes masterworks by such luminaries as Alexander Calder, Thomas Cole, Stuart Davis, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, and Alfred Stieglitz. The museum also houses founder Amon G. Carter's collection of works by the two greatest artists of the American WestFrederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The Carter's holdings by these two artists are recognized as the finest and most comprehensive in the world. The museum's photography collection ranks among the top five in the country, with more than 30,000 exhibition-quality prints that cover the breadth of the medium's history.