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12 Free Things to do in Fort Worth, Texas
Are you looking for events, entertainment, or family friendly activities in Fort Worth, Texas that are free? Whether you are a Fort Worth resident or tourist, these free attractions are worth checking out.
These are some great places to visit for some weekend fun with friends, to visit while on a first date, or for some family fun.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
The Water Gardens were built in 1974 and renovated in 2007. Open year round, the Gardens feature three pools: the Quiet Pool, the Aerating Pool, and the Active Pool. Located directly across the street from the Fort Worth Convention Center, this is a great place to start or finish your day if you already planned on visiting the Convention Center.
1502 Commerce St. Fort Worth, TX 76102 • 817-392-7111
Sid Richardson Museum
The Sid Richardson Museum features paintings and sculptures by Charles M Russell and Frederic Remington among others, with an emphasis on Native American art. Free tours are currently Tuesday and Saturday at 2pm and by appointment.
This museum is located near Sundance Square, so it would be great to pair with an activity planned on the Square.
309 Main Street Fort Worth, TX 76102 • 888-332-6554
Cows Walk Down the Street
The Fort Worth Herd, Cattle Drive
The Cattle Drive takes place twice daily at 11:30am and again at 4:00pm in the Stockyards area of Fort Worth. This would be an excellent activity to watch especially if you already plan to be in the Stockyards for something else.
You'll want to visit The Herd's Schedule and Directions for parking instructions. In some areas, you may have to pay to park so you'll want to confirm where free parking is available. Because the areas of paid and free parking can vary from week to week, make sure you have the most recent information before making plans.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
The Garden features over 2,500 species of plants in 23 separate garden areas. These gardens are free and open during daylight hours. There is also a restaurant, a conservatory, and a Japanese garden here though there is a charge for these.
On occasional evenings, the Botanic Garden hosts a concert and does charge an admission fee. Check the Botanic Garden website before making concrete plans to insure no concert will interfere with your planned activities.
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107 • 817-392-5510
Best Kept Travel Secrets in Texas
Museums Located Near Each Other
The Kimball Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth are located across the street from each other. Very near them is the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. It would be possible to plan to visit all three museums in the same day if you are only going to be in Fort Worth for a short amount of time and would just like to breeze through.
Continue on for details on each museum.
The Kimball Art Museum
The permanent collection, composed of a little less than 350 well chosen pieces, is always free. For visiting exhibitions, there is a charge. The permanent collection is comprised of works including those of Rembrant, Monet, Picasso, and Matisse and features Antiquities, Asian, European, Precolumbian, African, and Oceanic art.
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107 • 817-332-8451
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art features a permanent collection as well as rotating exhibitions. Admission is always free. You can see books, sculptures, and paintings among other things.
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107 • 817-738-1933
Current Building Built in 2002
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The Modern Art Museum is free on the first Sunday of every month, the lobby, cafe, and shop are free daily.
All the art featured is post World War II art in all media, and thousands of pieces are on display here. Films and live performances can be seen here, though there is a charge for them.
3200 Darnell St. Fort Worth, TX 76107 • 817-738-9215
Westin Gardens Events
Westin Gardens features native Texas plants as well as exotic but thoroughly acclimated plants with an emphasis on sustainable, low maintenance gardening for the Texas gardener. Featured here you can find a cabled bridge, English style perennial bordering, and waterfalls.
8101 Anglin Drive Fort Worth, TX 76140 • 817-572-0549
Monnig Meteorite Gallery
Don't miss a rare and totally free activity in Ft Worth - a meteorite museum!
At the Monnig Meteorite Gallery, you can hold real meteorites that fell down from outer space right in your hand and also learn how to identify meteorites yourself.
The gallery is comprised of the collection by astronomer Oscar Monnig and donated upon his death to the Texas Christian University. His collection was one of the largest ever private collections.
The Gallery is open from 1:00pm to 4:00pm Tuesday through Friday and 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturdays. Admission is always free to the public.
Fort Worth Mint
U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Department of the Treasury Mint, only one of two in the United States, allows you to watch money as it is being printed and visit two floors full of interactive exhibits and a 45 minute tour. This tour requires walking on a platform for approximately 1/4 mile.
9000 Blue Mound Road Fort Worth, TX 76131 • 817-231-4000
The Christian Arts Commission
The Christian Arts Commission displays inspirational art in many media including canvas and sculpture and includes a permanent display of the The Last Supper in true life form.
This museum is located near the cultural district and is open Wednesday through Saturday.
3221 Hamilton Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76107 • 817-332-7878
Mrs Baird's Bread Factory
The bread factory in Fort Worth has currently suspended its free tours but promises to resume in the future. In the past, free tours were available Tuesdays through Thursday as long as they were scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
7301 South Freeway Fort Worth, TX 76134 • 817-615-3050
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