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5 things to do this summer (on a budget)

06.23.2016 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
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Did you know that Texas Wesleyan is Fort Worth’s oldest university? Founded in 1890, Texas Wesleyan has known and loved, Fort Worth for more than 125 years.

If you are new to the city, or a student with a little extra free time this summer, here are some of our favorite Fort Worth things to do – for free.

1. Get cultured.

Fort Worth is known for its many world-famous art museums and galleries including the Kimbell, The Modern, the Sid Richardson and the Amon Carter. Most permanent collections are free of charge (and provide a nice air-conditioned escape from the heat come July).

2. Go downtown. 

Fort Worth’s downtown area has that big-city feel but is small enough to walk around and soak in the rich history. Start at the south end and hit the Water Gardens designed by world-renowned architect, Phillip Johnson. Just a few blocks north of the Water Gardens is Sundance Square. Speaking of Sundance Square, if you like movies, every Wednesday night in the summer they have free movies in the square. Bring your lawn chair and some popcorn!

3. Take a hike or ride a bike. 

Fort Worth is known for their parks and hiking trails. Trinity Trails has miles and miles of trails to explore. You can even go kayaking along the river.

4. You herd it here first.

Did you know that Fort Worth has the only active cattle drive in the United States? Every day at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. you can witness a live cattle drive in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Just north of downtown, the Stockyards are a great place to do some window shopping and feel like you’re back in the wild west.

5. Stop and smell the roses.

Fort Worth is also home to the oldest botanic garden in Texas. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden boasts several acres of more than 2,500 species of plants in over 20 different gardens. Admission to the main garden is always free.

 

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