Originally settled in 1849 as an army outpost at the Trinity River, Fort Worth was one of eight forts assigned to protect settlers from Indian attacks on the advancing frontier. Progress helped the growing settlement survive long after other such towns had blown away with the dust of departing pioneers.
Fort Worth is the 16th-largest city in the United States and the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas, so you might as well be a tourist when you aren’t hanging out with us at our amazing wedding!
If you love the arts, Fort Worth is home to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and several world-class museums designed by internationally known contemporary architects. The Kimbell Art Museum is considered to have one of the best collections in Texas.
If you love education, we have Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
If you are more of a business person, or own a briefcase, we are home to Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, American Airlines, BNSF Railway, Pair 1 Imports and Radio Shack! (How is Radio Shack still in business?)
Places to Eat
Fort Worth cuisine is as flavorful as the city’s rich Western heritage and world-class artistic masterpieces. Featuring Texas’ best ingredients and a mix of flavors from around the world, our award-winning chefs are serving up dishes from “off the beaten culinary trail.” Below is a list of our favorite places to eat.
Museums to Visit
Fort Worth has several world-class museums. Most of the major ones sit within walking distance of each other in the city’s cultural district, just off the intersection of University Drive and Camp Bowie Boulevard.
American Airlines Museum
Amon Carter Museum
Christian Arts Museum
Kimbell Art Museum
Modern Art Museum
Museum of Science & History
National Cowgirl Museum
Texas Civil War Museum
Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
Fort Worth is home to the longest running stock show and rodeo in the country, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
Fort Worth hosts the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive and year round rodeo in the Stockyards National Historic District.
In 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo opened as the first zoo in Texas.
60 percent of America’s paper money is printed at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth.
Famous Fort Worthians include Leon Bridges, Van Cliburn, John Denver, Kelly Clarkson, Pat Green, Bill Paxton, Kate Capshaw, Lee Harvey Oswald and Bob Schieffer.