5 Reasons To Visit The Fort Worth Stock Yards
A visit to Fort Worth is not complete without spending some time at the Fort Worth Stock Yards, an area just north of downtown Fort Worth. The historic district covers 98 acres and is home to many recreational activities with shops and restaurants. Here are 6 reasons to make the Stock Yards a priority when visiting Fort Worth Texas, where they say the west begins
If you are mood for some steak or Barbecue you can find a some good restaurants in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Riscky’s BBQ is over 90 years years old and they also have a steakhouse location on Exchange Avenue. Other Restaurants like H3 Ranch on the same street, Lonesome Dove on North Main street and Cattlemen’s Steak House are located short distances apart. Here’s a list of other restaurants in the area.
- Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que
- Horseshoe Hill Café
- The Biscuit Bar
- Trailboss Burgers
- Nestle Toll House Cafe
- Honky Tonk Kitchen
If you would love to know more about the history of the Fort Worth Stockyards and the north side of Fort Worth, The Stockyards Museum has some nice artifacts. Admission is only $2.00 per person and if you have kids 12 years and under, they get in free. It is located in the Livestock Exchange building. Another Museum, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, is located on North Main Street. Admission is $5. Kids 4 and under get in free.
The historic Cowtown Coliseum is home to The Stockyards Championship Rodeo. The building was built in 1908. Today rodeo competitions occur every Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Cowtown Coliseum is located on Exchange Avenue.
Stockyards Station is home to more than 20 shops. Clothing shops like Stockyard Sports, Sassy Pantz for women’s clothing and Texas Gold Minors for children. You also have a tea store, souvenir store and a gift store called Texas Hot Stuff.
Twice everyday, except for days with bad weather, at 11:30 AM & 4:00 PM, Drovers drive cattle down East Exchange Avenue for a great photo opportunity for the visitors. Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day are the only days when the drives are not held.
In 1876 the area became very active with the arrival of railroads and eventually a livestock area developed. By 1886, four stockyards had been built next to the railroads and a million cattle was being sold here by 1907. The Stock Yards exchanged hands many times but over time auctions began to be held closer to the homes of the livestock. The area was listed as a historic district in 1976.