Dallas - Fort Worth September 24, 2017
You’ll Love This One Awesome Activity In Fort Worth And It Won’t Cost You A Cent
Even if you live locally, if you haven’t strolled the Heritage Trails in downtown Fort Worth, you are missing out on some fact-finding fun. Oh yeah, and it’s free! Not only will you get to spend some enjoyable time in this vibrant city, but you’ll get some fresh air and exercise, learn some truly interesting history, and perhaps scout out some new food, entertainment and shopping hot spots to return to later.
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Use this map to find your preferred starting point.
Heritage Trails maps are available at Downtown Fort Worth Inc., the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, Intermodal Transportation Center, or the Renaissance Worthington Hotel. Many merchants also keep copies by their registers and there are displays available throughout the city.
You can also download the Heritage Trails map ahead of time
Heritage Trails markers are prominently displayed throughout the city and are easily identifiable.
This was the first marker erected, which was unveiled in November 2006.
All markers feature the "Cubistic Longhorn."
Artist Evaline Sellors created these longhorn cast stone plaques in 1936 to decorate a shelter house on Fort Worth's North Side. It was chosen as the signature icon for the trails.
History buffs of all ages enjoy the walking trails. Kids like the excitement of finding the next spot on the map.
There are currently 22 markers, with more being added in the future.
Fort Worth has kept its historic presence through downtown.
Historic buildings co-exist with tall high rises, making Fort Worth's cityscape unique.
There's so much to do in between marker spots too!
The entrance to the free Water Gardens is just past the marker for Hell's Half Acre.
Behold, the angels!
No visit to Fort Worth is complete without gazing upon the angels at Bass Performance Hall.
Sundance Square is the perfect stop and refresh spot.
While there, be sure to walk through some the alleyways and explore beyond just the markers.
The Tarrant County Courthouse was completed in 1895.
It is a pinkish Texas granite, built in the Renaissance Revival style, and resembles the Texas State Capitol.
The most popular marker tells of JFK's last night.
Worth Square is dedicated to the legacy of President Kennedy.
The hotel where Kennedy spent his last night is now a Hilton Hotel. Be sure to walk in the lobby and admire how restorations have been able to maintain a balance between the old and new.
It can't be Fort Worth without reminders of its start as a cattle town.
Nothing says you've been to Fort Worth than a photo taken in front of this downtown mural.
The 1907 Fire Station No. 1 is a downtown treasure.
Plans are in the works to turn this historic fire station into a public historic building.
Art aficionados will love the various art pieces in the city.
"Man with a Briefcase" statue by Jonathan Borofsky is at Burnett park. Burk Burnett was a city founding father, who made his first cattle drive in 1866. He called Fort Worth his home and built a bank, now at the site of the park.
Be sure to peek inside buildings as well.
Majestic architecture and decadent interiors are still apparent in many historic buildings. This interior is from the Texas & Pacific station.
St. Patrick's Cathedral downtown is truly divine.
This 1890s building is one of a few majestic churches with incredible architecture.
Visit a festival while taking the walking tour if you want to double your fun.
Numerous festivals occur in downtown Fort Worth throughout the year. The city is inviting for all ages to enjoy.
In a hurry? Rent a bike!
If a two-wheel ride is your preferred mode of travel, you can always pedal to the markers. Rentals are available downtown and may even leave you with enough time to bike the nearby Trinity River Trails!
Each marker provides a different glimpse of Fort Worth’s history. If you have taken the Heritage Trail walking tour, which fact about the city did you find most interesting?