By Travel & Leisure
June 09, 2014

While Fort Worth is a large and dynamic city, full of swanky restaurants and top-notch hotels, it does have a cowboy culture that it whole-heartedly embraces. The scene isn’t limited to child’s play—this ain’t no Disney Land—but there’s no denying that they’ll love the stockyards and rodeo. —Stirling Kelso

Cattle Raisers Museum

Study up on the history of the cattle industry from its open range days in the 1850s to the modern era of mechanized ranches and online auctions. There’s also a collection of antique saddles, hand-forged spurs, and over a thousand branding irons.

Forth Worth Stockyards

Since 1866, ranchers have sold and traded cattle at this market; sales reached their peak in 1944 when the stockyards processed 5,277,496 heads. While regular auctions have long since ceased, the historic district still hosts a daily cattle drive and weekend rodeos.

Candy Barrel

Located in the middle of the Fort Worth stockyards, this shop is stuffed with barrels full of sweets including old-fashioned favorites such as swirled lollypops and candy buttons.

Hyatt Place Fort Worth Stockyards

This 101-room hotel is ideally located in walking distance of the stockyards; thanks to 42-inch flatscreens and separate seating areas, guest quarters are ideal for families. On sunny days, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool.

Joe T. Garcia’s

Joe T.’s—as the residents call it—originally opened in 1935 and continues to be packed with locals and visitors clamoring for margaritas, chile rellenos, and tamales. Grab a patio seat if one is available.