There are so many great field trip opportunities here in Fort Worth. Some are well-known and others are slightly off the beaten path. If you are a local wanting to shake up your regular school week or if you are planning on visiting our excellent city, there are some places you certainly won’t want to miss. Any of these locations could fit seamlessly into your studies, be it viewing the Assyrian and Sumerian works at the Kimbell while you are studying the Ancients, or learning about the native insects and visiting birds at the Fort Worth Nature Center for Biology. Fort Worth has something for everyone.
History & Government
- Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Price: Adults (13+) – $10.00, Children (3-12) – $8.00, Children (3 and under) – Free with adult
- What’s Special – Along with the amazing collection of real Cowgirl clothing and amazing photography, there are plenty of things for kids to enjoy. The highlight of your visit, though, will be riding the life sized Bronco replica. While you ride the gently bucking bronco, a screen will be playing old style rodeo videos behind you making you feel like you are really there. Later, you’ll be able to get a code and download a 10 second clip of your ride!
- Hours – Tuesday through Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Price – Adults (13+) – $6:00, Students (7-12) $3.00, Children (6 and under) – Free with adult
- What’s Special – In this Texas sized museum, you’ll be able to see the largest collection of original Texas Flags in the state, as well as view a rotating collection of over 300 Victorian dresses. If you have a large group, be sure to contact them, you can arrange for a special presentation.
- Hours – Tuesday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The last tour walkway entrance is at 4:30 p.m.
- Price – Free!
- What’s Special – Visitors to this facility can see billions of dollars printed from an enclosed walkway, which is suspended above the production floor. Tours are self-guided and at your own pace. Be sure to plan enough time to get through security, as this is a government building.
- Hours – Tuesday through Friday: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.
- Price – Adults (18+) – $5.00, Children (4-17) – $4.50, Children (3 and under) – Free
- What’s Special – The Log Cabin village is a living history museum and is entirely outdoors. There are things to do and see at each cabin, but make sure not to miss the Seela Cabin where you are encouraged to touch and explore all of the things around the cabin.
Science & Nature
- Hours – Open 365 days a year, check the website for times.
- Price – Adults (13+) – $12.00, Children (3-12) – $9.00, Children (2 and under) – Free
- What’s Special – The Fort Worth Zoo has over 7,000 native and exotic animals so you probably won’t be able to see all of them in one visit, but you are welcome to try! As you explore, though, don’t miss MOLA: The Museum Of Living Art. This air-conditioned exhibit is a welcome break in the Texas Summers and houses the most amazing collection of amphibian and reptiles. You could spend most of your day in this area alone!
- Hours – Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday: Noon – 5:00 p.m.
- Price – Adult (13+) – $15.00, Children (2-12) – $11.oo
- What’s Special – The FW Museum is home to many permanent exhibits, but make sure to visit DinoLabs and see the State Dinosaur of Texas (the Paluxysaurus jonesi)
and to visit the Innovation Studios where you can get hands on with experiments, art, and maybe even lay on a bed of nails!
- Hours – Mondays-Saturdays, 9 am – 5 pm
- Price – Free!
- What’s Special – River Legacy Science Center is a small center that houses interactive environment exhibits as well as aquariums and terrariums with native wildlife. As you explore here, though, make sure to check out the park surrounding it and if you are local, take a look at the amazing education programs they offer!
- Hours – Daily 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Price – Adults (13-64): $5.00, Children (3-12): $3.00, Children (3 and under): Free, Seniors (65+): $3.00
- What’s Special – The FWNC has over 2,ooo acres of wildlife and over 20 miles of hiking trails. This is a beautiful way to see Native Texan forests, prairies, and wetlands. Don’t miss the short hike around Greer Island, it never disappoints! If you are local, be sure to ask about their Summer programs.
Art & Local Culture
- Hours: Varying
- Price: Varying
- What’s Special – The historic Stockyards are home to so many activities, attractions, and amazing food you just can’t pass up a chance to visit. If you have to pick only one thing to do, though, make sure you visit during the daily Cattle Drive. Yes, daily. Every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. real Cowboys and Cowgirls drive the Fort Worth Herd up and back East Exchange Avenue. The longhorns are nothing short of spectacular.
- Hours – Varying
- Price – Tickets prices vary, but generally are between $10-$75
- What’s Special – Casa Mañana provides outstanding Musicals and Children’s Theater performances year-round. If you can only make it to one, be sure to see whatever Children’s performance they are currently performing. Casa does excellent Broadway shows, but their Children’s Theater is unbeatable.
- Hours – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
- Price – Free!
- What’s Special – The Amon Carter is the perfect trip for any family that wants to view an outstanding collection of American art. Take your time and don’t miss the Georgia O’Keefe paintings and the excellent collection of illustrated books.
- Hours – Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m., Friday Noon – 8 p.m., Sunday Noon – 5:00 p.m., Closed Mondays
- Price – Adults (12+): $14.00, Children (6-11): $10.00, Children (6 and under): Free
- What’s Special – When you want to see the truly breathtaking works of art, the Kimbell is where you visit. Home to an impressive collection including works by Monet and Michelangelo, the Kimbell houses more than you can see in one visit. On your way to visit the famous pieces, don’t miss the newly finished Piano Pavilion, currently housing their African, pre-Columbian, and Asian collections. Again, if you are local, ask about their Kid & Family programs.
If you are interested in learning more about any of the above locations, please visit the websites linked in their names. Each place has so much more to offer than can be shown here!
Kristen is a homeschooling mom of four, living deep in the heart of Texas. She loves history, running, and camping, and drinks more coffee than is prudent. Kristen blogs about her daily adventures trying to classically homeschool kids who would always rather be up a tree than writing anything, ever, at www.unsinkablekristen.blogspot.com