Recently a Travel Agent friend of mine dissuaded me from staying in Dallas with my 2 young boys (7 and 12 years old) and instead convinced me to stay in neighbouring Fort Worth. It turned out to be an inspired move.
My boys aren’t really the city types and so Fort Worth gave them a lot more scope to explore and play than Dallas and it really made us feel like we were in Texas.
We stayed at Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards and I would really recommend this place. As the name suggests the hotel is located in the heart of Fort Worth’s historic stockyards and there was so much to see and do here for families.
The kids loved the twice daily cattle drives that practically went past the hotels front door. These are on at 11.30am & 4pm in the stockyards.
If you’re here on Friday & Saturday nights (unfortunately we weren’t) then you have to see the rodeos held at 8pm in the Stockyards.
They also do a Wild West Show at 2.30pm on Saturdays complete with cowboys, trick shooting, trick riding and roping.
There are also all kinds of tours on offer- we didn’t do any as we were happy to wander around but we did see walking tours, segway tours and horse riding.
There is also a petting zoo, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and my personal favourite – Cowtown Winery. Needless to say there is a lot going on and our 2 nights went past so fast.
My Travel Agent friend said we had to eat at Billy Bob’s as it is an institution and she was right. I felt like I had stepped back into an 80’s country movie-there is live country music, pool tables, a shop where you can buy yourself some Billy Bob merchandise, bull riding on the weekends, line dancing lessons and good ol’ Texas food.
Coopers BBQ is also another highly recommended restaurant-does the best BBQ in town! I’m vegetarian so it’s not the perfect restaurant for me but my husband and boys loved it -as their slogan says “It’s all about the meat”.
We all decided we loved our stay at Fort Worth Stockyards and felt we had a much more Texas experience than we would’ve in Dallas.