What To Do in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square

What to eat, see and do in this lively Texas district 


 

Fort Worth, Texas, may be best known for its Western heritage, but the city’s downtown area is a lot more uptown than many visitors would expect. At its core is Sundance Square, a walkable, 35-block district abuzz with shops, galleries, restaurants and plenty of live entertainment. 

Look

Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell painted and sculpted an idealized Western frontier enjoyed and coveted by many, including oil baron-turned-philanthropist Sid Richardson. Stop in at the free Sid Richardson Museum to see a treasure trove of Western art.

Linger

A local favourite, the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium offers delicious pub grub and a good time. Stop in at the patio and listen to live bands while you work your way through the menu of 200 beers from around the world.

Play

Opened in 2013, Sundance Square Plaza is the heart of the city. The 55,000-square-foot outdoor plaza is where all kinds of special events take place, including festivals and concerts. Check out the water fountain and the massive umbrellas, then enjoy some great people-watching.

Listen 

Turn into the alley and look for the neon arrow pointing down. Scat Jazz Lounge is a step into a different time when the coolest jazz clubs were underground. Tucked into the basement of the historic Woolworth Building, this spot offers the best live music in town.

Relax

Large trees and a grass berm shade the sprawling—and refreshing—water feature aptly named the Fort Worth Water Gardens. Walk down the huge steps of the Active Pool where water cascades 11 metres (38 feet) down smooth rocks, terraces and steps. A peaceful space in the middle of busy downtown.

Dine

Forget the basic grits and beans, Reata Restaurant offers a creative, upscale twist on classic cowboy cuisine. Try the jalapeno and cheddar grits with the signature buffalo rib-eye steak. Linger over dessert and drinks, and watch the sun set from the rooftop bar. 

Must-Visit Shops

Leddy’s Ranch 

This cowboy nirvana offers custom boots, saddles and stylish Western wear.

Earth Bones  

An eclectic shop offering everything from locally crafted jewelry to funky fashions and quirky gift ideas.

Getting There: WestJet flies to Dallas/Fort Worth once a day from Calgary.

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