Amon Carter Museum

Amon Carter Museum

Address: 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107 - MAP
Phone: (817) 738-1933
Web: www.cartermuseum.org

A moment captured in time leaves the viewer free to fill in the story. Let your imagination roam as you view the art attractions at the Amon Carter Museum, where you'll find 30,000 prints by 400 photographers. Significant works in other media by Georgia O'Keeffe, John Singer Sargent and Alexander Calder are also on display.

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art was opened in 1961. A self-made man by the name of Amon G. Carter had expressed his desire to build a public institution to house his art collection. Although he never saw the museum come to be, Carter's will provided for the establishment of the expanding institution.

The museum's first director, Mitchell A. Wilder, had a broad vision in mind while building the Carter Museum's art collection. Wilder wanted to expand the museum's collection to feature paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs and books that would tell the story of the "successive frontiers" of American history through various styles and subjects.

Today, the museum houses approximately 700 works of art by artists like Alexander Calder, Thomas Cole, Stuart Davis, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, Charles Demuth, Martin Johnson Heade and Alfred Stieglitz. The museum is also home to one of the most extensive photography collections, featuring more than 30,000 prints by 400 photographers. Some of the photographers featured are by Laura Gilpin, Eliot Porter and Karl Struss. The museum also boasts a 160-seat auditorium, a library with 40,000 volumes and the only one between the two coasts to have the 7,500 microform reels of the Archive of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Bass Performance Hall

Bass Performance Hall

Address: 4th and Calhoun St, Fort Worth, TX 76102 - MAP
Phone: (817) 212-4325
Web: www.basshall.com

Join the cultural movement with the rest of the city at the Bass Performance Hall, the main attraction of Fort Worth's arts and entertainment district. The Hall is home to notable ensembles like the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater and Fort Worth Opera.

The Bass Performance Hall serves as a permanent home to the major arts of Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Cliburn Concerts all perform at Bass Hall. The performance hall also welcomes other acts to contribute to the cultural education of its audiences. The 2,056-seat hall was a privately funded endeavor and is now considered the crown jewel of Fort Worth's cultural district, the third largest cultural district in the nation.

Burger's Lake

Burger's Lake

Address: 1200 Meandering Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76114 - MAP
Phone: (817) 737-3414
Web: www.burgerslake.com

Why bother driving to South Padre Island when you've got sand and sun in downtown Fort Worth? Take a dip in the spring-fed Burger's Lake, a well-kept oasis that features a filtration system, lifeguards on duty, a sandy beach and picnic tables and grills.

Burger's Lake is a 30-acre park with a spring-fed lake on site for family fun and swimming. The lake is chlorinated, filtered and chemically maintained by a state-of-the-art purification system. Burger's Lake employs a lifeguard staff for swimmers' safety. Other amenities the park offers are two sandy beaches, over 300 picnic tables, charcoal grills for cooking, six diving boards, a 20-foot slide and a 25-foot trapeze. Pack a picnic and don't forget the towels and sunscreen, Burger's Lake is a perfect spot for some quality summer fun.

Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
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Fort Worth Museum of Science & History

Address: 1600 Gendy St, Fort Worth, TX 76107 - MAP
Phone: (817) 255-9300
Web: www.fortworthmuseum.org

Discover Forth Worth through the eyes of a scientist at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. Find out why dinosaurs made their home here, learn about the science of cattle drives and study how new forms of energy are created through the museum's exhibits and attractions.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science & History began in 1945 as the Fort Worth Children's Museum. The museum's name was changed in 1968 to bring in a broader audience of children and adults. Through creative exhibits the museum educates and entertains visitors, encouraging lifelong learning for the young and old.

The newly renovated museum is home to attractions like the Noble Planetarium and the Omni Theater. Over 175, 000 historical and scientific objects are displayed throughout the museum, which features exhibits like the "Cattle Raiser's Museum," "DinoLabs & DinoDig," "Energy Blast" and the "Fort Worth Children's Museum."

Kimbell Art Museum

Kimbell Art Museum

Address: 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107 - MAP
Phone: (817) 332-8451
Web: www.kimbellart.org

Take a stroll through a building that is considered by many to be one of the most outstanding architectural accomplishments of modern times. The Kimbell Art Museum is a work of art itself, presenting just 350 art pieces by art-world heavyweights like Picasso, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Monet.

The Kimbell Art Museum houses a small, 350-piece collection of European, Asian and Pre-Columbian art works. Some of the works featured are by artists like Picasso, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Monet. Assyrian, Greek and Roman antiquities from the classical period are also on display at the museum. The library at the museum holds over 42,000 volumes for student and historian research.

The museum has a full schedule of programs for the public to gain appreciation for its collection. Special exhibitions include symposia from guest speakers; lectures by professional staff, regional artists and guest scholars; films on art; a book club; summer camps for kids and family festivals and gallery guides. Workshops are offered for people of all ages to expand their knowledge and enjoyment of art.

The Kimbell Art Museum designed by Louis Kahn is considered to be one of the most outstanding architectural accomplishments of modern times. The design of vaulted ceilings and slit-like skylights allows natural light to illuminate the museum and showcase the beauty of the building. The museum's landscaping adds to the beauty of the epic structure with a pool-lined yard and a grove of Yaopon holly trees inhabiting the courtyard. This combination of design and landscaping has earned the Kimbell Art Museum many awards and critical acclaim.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center

Address: 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051 - MAP
Phone: (817) 818-1677
Web: www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

At LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas-Forth Worth you can reach out and touch the stars in the 4D cinema, learn top LEGO® building secrets from the Master Model Builder, see iconic landmarks in MINILAND®, make a celebration even more memorable in one of our special party rooms, and much, much more! It's the ultimate place for all LEGO® fans - young and old.

NRH2O Family Water Park
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NRH2O Family Water Park

Address: 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills, TX 76180 - MAP
Phone: (817) 427-6500
Web: www.nrh2o.com

Make a splash at NRH2O Family Water Park! The park has a multitude of water attractions to choose from so start at intense waterslides like &The Black Falls& or &The Great White,& and end your visit by laying out on the white sands of Beachside Bay. The Texas sun is hot, so don't forget your sunblock!

NRH2O Family Water Park has plenty to cool you off under the Texas sun.

Lay out on the white sand beach of Beachside Bay. Nearby there's a 5,300-square-foot pool, a sand volleyball court and a Tech Deck where visitors can charge their electronic devices.

Race head-first down three stories on The Accelerator, or hang out at Frogstein's Splashatory. Five exciting levels of water activities make the Splashatory fun for visitors of all sizes. Be sure to visit one of Splashatory's six water slides. If the kiddos want something just for them, take them to splash around at the Tadpole Swimming Hole.

If you're looking to relax or just be lazy, wander over to the waves at NRH2Ocean or float for hours down the Endless River.

Like every water park, NRH2O is home to quite a few water slides.

Body slides include: * &The Black Falls& - An enclosed slide that plunges riders to the waters below, it's dark so you won't see it coming. * &The Great White& - An open flume slide that offers riders a calmer alternative than the other slides. * &The Blue Twister& - An enclosed slide with twist and turns all the way to the water. Double rider innertube slides are: * "The Double Dipper" - A perfect slide for you to take the kids on, twists and slopes make this ride one of the most popular rides at the park. * &Purplepalooza!& - Described by NRH2O as "a totally enclosed, totally tubular" ride. * &The Green Extreme& - Seven stories and 1,161 feet of twists and turns, whats not to love? Amenities at the park include an ice cream shop, concession stands throughout and a gift shop. NRH2O also has three group pavilions available, each capable of seating 200 guests.

Stockyards National Historic District

Stockyards National Historic District

Address: 130 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164 - MAP
Phone: (817) 624-4741
Web: www.fortworthstockyards.org

See living history at the Stockyards National Historic District. What was once the hub of Fort Worth's cattle industry is still booming with business. Learn more history by exploring the attractions at the Stockyards Museum, go shopping at one of the district's many shops, see a longhorn auction, or stroll around the dancefloor at Billy Bob's Texas.

The Stockyards National Historic District is located north of Fort Worth's central business district. The stockyards is a former livestock market that operated from 1866 under various owners. In 1876, railroads made the area a significant livestock center, and Fort Worth was an important part of the cattle industry until the '60s.

The Fort Worth Stockyards was declared a historical district in 1976 and has become one of Texas' most popular tourist destinations. Many of the landmarks have been restored like the Livestock Exchange Building and the Coliseum. The district is home to the Stockyards Museum and special breed events and sales including Longhorn auctions.

The Stockyards National Historic District has become a popular spot for bars and nightclubs. The famed Billy Bob's Texas is located here. Known as &the world's largest honky tonk,& Billy Bob's Texas has hosted concerts from country artists like Hank Williams Jr., George Strait, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty and the Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash.

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