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Day Trip    
Glen Rose
Pack the kids for a visit to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center or Dinosaur Valley State Park or just the grownups for a day of skeet shooting, golf, horseback riding, fine dining and more at the immaculate Rough Creek Lodge. Chef Gerard Thompson’s handmade pheasant ravioli, when available, is worth the trip alone.


Lazy Sunday    
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
It seems any other day, even Saturday, is often too rushed to fully bask in the colorful, fragrant, peaceful setting that exists inside the lush, floral-filled Botanic Garden. It’s Texas’ oldest botanic garden, with 109 acres of more than 2,500 species of native and exotic plants. Even a short stroll through the winding pathways and tranquil pools puts us in a better mood.
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Magnolia at the Modern
3200 Darnell St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Gaylord Texan
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, Texas 76051


Fun After Dark       
Four Day Weekend
This talented troupe of improv experts brings big laughs to lucky audiences every Friday and Saturday night.
312 Houston St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
817.226.4DAY (4329) 
Billy Bob’s Texas
Visit not only for big-name national country and rock acts, but for games, bull riding and honky tonk haute cuisine.
2520 Rodeo Plaza
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
West 7th development
Crowds flock to Crockett St. for dinner, drinks, movies, bowling and more, often followed by late-night gelato at Paciugo.
Pete’s Piano Dueling Bar
Sing-along, clap-along, dance-along and drink-along at this downtown dueling piano bar that’s always home to a party.
621 Houston St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76102






Gun Range
Alpine Shooting Range

We bet Alpine’s been busy this year. More folks are purchasing firearms and taking up target shooting, as witnessed by empty ammo shelves at local sporting stores. The longtime south Fort Worth venue offers rifle and pistol ranges, clays, skeet, trap and five-stand along with shooting and hunting equipment. The range’s 2,500-square-foot clubhouse provides for corporate and private events.
5482 Shelby Road
Fort Worth, Texas 76140

Elk Castle Shooting
8240 W. Freeway
Fort Worth, Texas 76108

On Target
13820 Hwy 377 S.
Fort Worth, Texas 76126

Place for Kids    
Benbrook Stables
Kids not only learn about feeding, horsemanship, anatomy and horseback riding (Western, English and bareback) during Benbrook Stables’ camps, but will participate in arts and crafts, hikes, hay rides and games. The 80-acre equestrian center is also home to birthday parties, youth lessons and play days.
10001 Benbrook Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76126
Museum of Science and History
1600 Gendy St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, Texas 76110
Live Music Venue    
Billy Bob’s Texas
Sure the folding table seating is sometimes cramped, but catching a show at Billy Bob’s Texas always provides for a good and rowdy time. The award-winning venue is Fort Worth’s amusement park of a honky tonk, complete with an on-site rodeo, shopping and games. And now that former Saint-Emilion chef Mark Hitri leads the kitchen, upgraded dining options add to the Texas-style entertainment.
2520 Rodeo Plaza
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
Live Oak Music
Hall & Lounge
1311 Lipscomb St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
2736 W. 6th St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107





Party Venue    
Cendera Center
Home to concerts, community gatherings, small trade shows and private events, this west Fort Worth venue refreshes as a spacious, remote alternative.
3600 Benbrook Hwy
Fort Worth, Texas 76116
809 at Vickery
Clean, crisp and contemporary, this classic space is ready to be dressed up or kept as is for a simplistically chic soiree.
809 W. Vickery Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Ashton Depot
Formerly the Santa Fe Depot, which opened in 1899, this beautifully historic landmark is reminiscent of Fort Worth’s early railroad days.
1501 Jones St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
River Ranch
This Stockyards party facility is well suited for ranch-style receptions and black tie affairs alike.
500 NE 23rd St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
Heart of the Ranch
Guests can enjoy a skyline view of downtown Fort Worth in this rustic yet sophisticated outdoor setting that’s part of Edwards Ranch.
1010 Collins
North Arlington’s popular party venue offers more than 18,000 square feet of interior event space along with an acre of outdoor garden space.
1010 N. Collins St.
Arlington, Texas 76011