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Local Attractions (2016)

APH Annual Conference 2016 · Kick It Up

The City of Cowboys and Culture welcomes visitors from around the world to experience the great American West as well as international treasures. Our hotel is in downtown Fort Worth, designated the No. 1 downtown in America, according to

City Sights

Immediately adjacent our hotel, Fort Worth Water Gardens offers an oasis of water, shade, and natural beauty. Designed by Phillip Johnson, the Fort Worth Water Gardens is an architectural and engineering marvel to be enjoyed any time of the year.

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Fort Worth Water Gardens
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Sundance Square
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View of Trinity River

The three photos above courtesy of the Fort Worh Convention Visitors Bureau.

Sundance Square, in the heart of downtown, spans thirty-five blocks, with dozens of options for shopping, dining, and entertainment along red-brick streets with charming courtyards and lush landscaping.

Experience 19th-century Texas at Log Cabin Village with authentic log homes and artifacts, blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse, smokehouse, water-powered gristmill and herb garden. Historical interpreters demonstrate various frontier chores like candle making, spinning, and weaving.

Stockyards Station, located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards, provides an exciting blend of old and new Texas with historic walking tours along the Texas Trail of Fame, The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and more. Two dozen shops offer wine, cowboy boots, leather goods, jewelry, arts and crafts, and the best of Texas grub.

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, the oldest in the state, are home to more than 2,500 species of plants in twenty-three specialty gardens.

Billy Bob's Texas is the world's largest honky-tonk with almost three acres under one roof, including an indoor rodeo arena with live bull riding every Friday and Saturday, a Texas-sized dance floor, full restaurant, latenight pizza kitchen, and Wall of Fame.

Escorted Walking Tours of downtown (a seventy-five minute tour) and the Cultural District (two-hour) highlight the history, legends, and architecture of Fort Worth.


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The Modern Museum
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National Cowgirl Museum
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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth maintains one of the foremost collections of international modern and contemporary art in the country. See works by Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and others in a serene concrete and glass building surrounded by a reflecting pond.

Note: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will host a major survey exhibition of the work of Brooklyn-based artist KAWS (American, born 1974) on view in Fort Worth, Texas, October 20, 2016 through January 29, 2017, and traveling to the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, China, March through August 2017.

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the world's only museum dedicated to honoring trailblazing women of the American West. Its multimedia exhibits and historic photographs, papers, clothing, spurs, and saddles tell the inspiring stories of remarkable women pioneers, ranchers, performers, and rodeo stars.


The permanent collection at the Kimbell Art Museum ranges from the third millennium B.C. to the mid-20th century, with major works by Fra Angelico, Velazquez, Bernini, Rembrandt, Goya, Monet, Cezanne, Picasso, Mondrian and Matisse. It is also home to Michelangelo's first known painting.

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art houses a preeminent collection of American art including masterworks by artists such as Frederic Church, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, and John Singer Sargent, and is one of the nation's major repositories of American photography.