Fort Worth is a surprisingly kid-friendly city. Sure, there is plenty for adults only, but there are also tons of things to do for families. We recommend staying at the Sheraton Fort Worth while in town or at the Drover Hotel. Here’s a list of 9 kid-friendly activities in Fort Worth.

1. Forth Worth ZooFort Worth Zoo

The Forth Worth Zoo is a must-visit attraction for families. It is one of the most well-done zoos our family has visited. Although this isn’t the sprawling type of zoo found on the west coast, it is a pretty decent size and they got an excellent variety of animals. They’ve even added a fun little water park near the front of the zoo making it an even more fun place to visit.

2. Fort Worth Water GardensFort Worth Water Gardens

The Fort Worth Water Gardens are found next to the Fort Worth Convention Center is definitely worth visiting. Kids will like walking around and walking down into one of the pools on stepping stones. When we were visiting people were sitting in the water that ran along the steps. I am not sure what the “rule” on this is. I know that people are not supposed to go down into the main pool area at the bottom.

3. Fort Worth StockyardsStockyard cattle drive

There is all kinds of fun to be had while visiting the historic Stockyards. They’ve got original shops, museums, a petting zoo, and more.

  • Longhorn Cattle Drive: Be sure to be at the Stockyards be either 11:30 AM or 4:00 Pm on the day you visit because this is when they do the longhorn cattle drive. It only lasts a few minutes, but where else are you gonna see something like this.
  • Also fun here is the Cowtown Cattle-pen Maze. Our kids got so turned around in the maze it took over 30 minutes for them to get out. We were able to watch them run around it from a viewing station.
  • Billy Bob’s is one of the most famous bars in the United States and kids are allowed in with their parents. I recommend enjoying the free line dances on Thursday evening and then getting your kids out of there before it gets too crowded.

4. Stockyards Championship Rodeo

Stockyards Rodeo

This rodeo is awesome. Now keep in mind, I’m a Texas girl and I love a good rodeo, but I really think it is a well-done rodeo. It’s not that long, so kids don’t get restless. They always seem to have bull riding, which I guarantee you will hold any kid’s attention, whether they are 7, 11, or 15.

5. Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Facility

This US mint offers a free 45-minute tour. This is one of just two places in the entire nation that prints money. Over half of the US’s currency is produced in Fort Worth. If you are traveling with grandparents be sure to visit, they really seem to enjoy the tour.



6. Sundance Square PlazaSundance Plaza Fort Worth

Sundance Square Plaza is a fun place for kids to get wet on a hot day by playing in the free splash pad here. The splash pad is open 2 – 6 PM every day. For parents, there is plenty of covered seating. This is also where you will find the historic Chisholm Trail Mural and plenty of places to eat.

7. Altitude Trampoline Park

Altitude Trampoline Park

This trampoline park is massive and they are not as strict as the trampoline park near where we live, so needless to say all the kids thought this place rocked. My kids declare Altitude the best trampoline park they’ve been to and they’ve been to a bunch of them, even in Canada. 5650 Kroger Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76244 Phone – (817) 741-5867

8. Rage Room

Rage Room

The rage room at Smash n Bash is so much fun. You can smash everything in the room. I selected the 30 small items and two big items package. We had 15 minutes to break everything which turns out is just the right amount of time. 

9. Splatter PaintingSplatter Painting

Also at Smash n Bash is splatter painting. You basically throw paint around and create art. They have an optional blacklight experience and I recommend doing it. When you are done you have a piece of art to take home with you. 

10. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Engage with interactive exhibits that fascinate and educate, making it a great place for curious minds. Special events and permanent exhibits ensure there’s always something new to discover.

11. Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Wander through the oldest botanic garden in Texas, featuring the Japanese Garden and a Butterfly Garden, perfect places for serene exploration and learning about botany.

12. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

Celebrate the women who shaped the West with engaging exhibits perfect for a Saturday afternoon.

13. Kimbell Art Museum

Located in the Cultural District, this museum offers a collection of both permanent and traveling exhibits, making it a great place for art appreciation.

14. Trinity Trails

Explore miles of scenic trails along the Trinity River, ideal for family bike rides, hikes, or leisurely walks.

15. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

Offers outdoor activities like trail hikes and bird watching, making it a great place for nature lovers.

16. Log Cabin Village

Step back in time with a visit to this historical village that offers a glimpse into 19th-century Texas life, making it a great educational program for the whole family.

17. Hawaiian Falls

Enjoy water park fun with slides, a wave pool, and the Safari Splash, ensuring a great time for kids during the hot summer months.

18. Noble Planetarium

Located within the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, it’s the best place to star-gaze and learn about the cosmos.

19. Cultural District

This district is home to several interactive museums, including the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Kimbell Art Museum, offering a variety of activities for a culturally enriching day out.

20. Benbrook Stables

Enjoy horseback riding along scenic trails for a memorable outdoor adventure with the family.

21. SeaQuest Fort Worth

An interactive aquarium and petting zoo that offers hands-on experiences with marine and terrestrial animals, perfect for family fun and educational field trips.

22. Forest Park Miniature Railroad

Take a scenic train ride through Fort Worth’s parks, a favorite activity that’s both fun and relaxing.

23. Bass Performance Hall

Attend a family-friendly performance at this renowned venue, which regularly hosts a variety of live music and theater productions.

24. Main Street Fort Worth

Stroll through downtown Fort Worth’s Main Street for shopping, dining, and special events like festivals and parades, offering lots of things to do for a good time.

25. Play Street Museum

An interactive children’s museum designed to inspire creativity and imagination, perfect for younger kids.

26. Artisan Center Theater

Enjoy family-friendly productions at this intimate theater, offering a great experience with live performances that appeal to all ages.

27. Burger’s Lake

A spring-fed lake in a 30-acre park is ideal for swimming, picnicking, and enjoying outdoor slides and diving boards

If this is not enough family activities, then you can always drop down to nearby Arlington and hit Six Flags or catch the train over to Dallas for a Stars game. There’s an incredible science center for kids in Dallas, the Perot Museum that is definitely worth driving over for. 

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