11 Fort Worth Ways to Spend Your Summer Days


By: Kat Barclay

The sunshine. Hot weather (yes, it can be a good thing). Being near large bodies of water. Grilling. It all just puts you in a good mood. There are just too many outdoor adventures to spend any of your day sitting inside an overly air-conditioned house. OK, maybe it’s acceptable from 2-4 p.m.

But whether you’re on summer break, or just wishing you still had summer breaks, here are 11 of the best outdoor activities in Fort Worth you can dabble in this summer. 

1. Paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking on the Trinity River

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Soak up the sun while getting some exercise by paddleboarding, canoeing, or kayaking your way around the Trinity. Backwoods Paddlesports, located at Panther Island Pavilion, offers hourly rentals of paddleboards, as well as canoes and kayaks. Be sure to grab your friends – Backwoods offers customized group tours and packages for groups of 10 or more. 

395 Purcey St., 76102

2. Water sliding at Burger’s Lake

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Slide down a 20-foot water slide into this 1-acre, spring-fed lake. Located inside of a 30-acre park, Burger’s Lake also offers sandy beaches, shaded picnic areas and charcoal grills for cooking – all the ingredients for a perfect summer day.

1200 Meandering Road, 76114

3. Bike-riding with Mellow Johnny’s

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Rent, or bring your own bike, and go for a ride with Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop for one of its group rides. Mellow Johnny’s offers morning, afternoon and evening rides during the week or on the weekend. All rides launch from the Trailhead, and all skill levels are welcome. Check the website for the schedule.

4801 Edwards Ranch Rd., 76109

4. Horseback Riding at Benbrook Stables

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Saddle up for a scenic trail ride around beautiful Lake Benbrook. Reservations for trail rides are available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and $50 per hour — just make sure you bring cash. Checks and credit cards are not accepted.

10001 Benbrook Blvd., 76126

5. Hiking at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

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Instead of your usual walk around the block, take a hike around one of the 12 different trails the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge has to offer. Try the scenic Canyon Ridge Trail that offers views of ridgetop vistas, shady canyons, and marshes.

9601 Fossil Ridge Road, 76135

6. Shopping at The Clearfork Farmers Market

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Wake up a little earlier than usual on Saturday and head to The Clearfork Farmer’s Market. Sample and buy goods from a variety of local farmers, growers, ranchers and artisans, including The Salty Pig Sausage Co. and Dough Boy Donuts.

4801 Edwards Ranch Road, 76109

7. Eating at Clearfork Food Park

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Save the kitchen cleanup and go eat at the Clearfork Food Park while enjoying a breeze from the Trinity River. Listen to live music, grab bites from various food trucks, and grab a cold local beer in the shaded cantina.. The food trucks are different everyday, so check the website for the schedule if you aren’t keen on surprises.

1541 Merrimac Circle, 76107

8. Golfing at Top Golf

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This swanky, high-tech golfing range is perfect for a summer evening. Play the signature Top Golf game, or play on teams with Top Scramble — all skill levels are welcome. If anything, go for the food, drinks and views of downtown. The menu includes signature dishes like the Smokehouse Burger and Brisket Grilled Cheese, as well as an extensive beer, wine and cocktails list.

2201 E 4th St., 76102

9. Floating on the river for Rockin’ the River concert series

Plan to party all day on Saturday this summer for the Rockin’ the River concert series at Panther Island Pavilion — for free. After increased popularity and requests, the show has moved from Thursday evenings to all day Saturday, and from a two-band lineup to five. First show starts at 2:15 p.m., and make sure to stay through the end for the firework show. Check the website for each weeks lineup.

395 Purcey St., 76102

10. Tubing on the river for Sunday Funday

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If you missed Rockin’ the River on Saturday, no worries. Make up for it on Sunday where you can tube on the river while listening to music every Sunday from June 25- Sept. 3 at Panther Island Pavilion for “Sunday Funday.” Grab food from vendors, sip on beverages, and play giant Jenga and cornhole. Indigo yoga will also be hosting donation-based classes from 11 a.m. to noon each Sunday this season.

395 Purcey St., 76102

11. Pedaling (and drinking) with Cowtown Cycle Party

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For two hours, you and a group of friends can pedal around downtown and the Near Southside. It’s fresh air, exercise, drinking, friends and sight-seeing all combined in one. You could pedal the whole time, but we recommend making a few stops in air-conditioned bars and restaurants to break up the ride. You bring the alcohol, and they’ll provide the driver. 

129 W Leuda, 76104