Looking For A Special Treat For Mom?
Every Mom is different. Every family is different. Mom’s special day should be unique, just for her and her family. But, what can a family plan for a one-of-a-kind day in addition to a beautiful bouquet. Fort Worth Magazine has some ideas. 44 of them. From restaurants to art, history and nature. Here’s is a partial list. Visit the website to see the complete list.
44 Fort Worth-Area Attractions You Never Knew Existed
Crystal Canyon Natural Area
1000 Brown Blvd., Arlington
With just under a mile of soft trails and nearly 40 acres to explore, this natural canyon (and the beauty on our cover) in Arlington has only been open for locals to explore for a few years. Geologists could have a field day here with the variety of rocks and fossils that suggest this was once a nearshore marine environment. During wet seasons, visitors may hear the trickle of streams that have carved into the canyon for hundreds of years.
Horseback Riding on the Trinity River
Stockyards Stables, 128 E. Exchange Ave., Ste. 300, Fort Worth
Every once in awhile you see a group of people riding horses on the Trinity Trails. The idea of riding a horse in Fort Worth’s backyard overlooking the sparkling Trinity River with a direct view of Downtown Fort Worth’s skyline is no doubt intriguing. The horses trot from stables in the historic Northside, where anyone (as long as they’re older than 11) can walk up and ask for a 30-minute or one-hour trail ride. Starting this summer, owner Ray Dotson said they will have evening rides for the first time ever so visitors can watch the sunset over downtown. Count me in.
200 Pumphrey Drive, Fort Worth
This place, well-known to some and a complete mystery to others, is Fort Worth’s only natural waterfall. The trailhead, providing the public easy access to the falls, has been in city plans since 2011 and was finally finished in April. This is the perfect time of year to slip off your shoes and walk through the shallow waters or take a break from a long run or bike ride and enjoy the view.
Tandy Hills Natural Area
3400 View St., Fort Worth
The website says it best: It is “a 160-acre indigenous prairie remnant located in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas.” The plot of land serves as a living and breathing textbook for anyone who wants to study the area predevelopment. In the spring wildflowers grow rampant. It is also a great place to go for some respite from the city. If you decide to hit one of the many trails for a hike, don’t forget your camera — the views of Downtown Fort Worth are worth bringing it alone.
River Legacy Park
701 NE Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington
This expansive park in Arlington, just minutes from Fort Worth, may not be a secret to some, but it is to those of us who live further west. The biking and hiking trails offer 1,031 acres of forest to explore. What makes this refuge special is its endless views of towering trees, views of the Trinity River and around 400 species of wildlife. At one part of the trail, find a peculiar and carefully displayed gnome village.
Pick Your Own Strawberries
3010 S. Bowen Road, Arlington
Pay $10, get a 1-pound strawberry basket and spend a sunny day picking strawberries in a scenic field at Storm Farms in Dalworthington Gardens. The 7-acre property, formerly named Grismer Farms, closed for a couple of years before reopening the gates in March under the direction of 30-year-old A&M graduate Johanna Storm. Better get there early as sometimes the berries are picked over before closing.
Roaring Springs Park
5824 Merrymount Road, Westover Hills
The small yet exclusive neighborhood of Westover Hills has some of the most expensive real estate in North Texas. It also has its own beautiful park just across from its own little police station. Two bridges made of wood and limestone brick arch over a creek that trickles through the park. It is a perfectly quiet place to have a picnic, bird watch, or just to enjoy a beautiful day in a quiet spot without playground equipment. Many Fort Worthians drive by this park regularly without realizing that it’s open for public use.
Big Rocks Park
1014 SW Barnard St., Glen Rose
This park, located just an hour away, is covered in massive boulders that both nature lovers and kids clamber all over. Even better, it is nestled on the wide and shallow Paluxy River. The crystal-clear water is a great place to take your shoes off and wade or bring your bathing suit and swim. Pack a lunch and eat atop one of the big rocks after you build an appetite, hiking, swimming and climbing. Unlike many of the nearby attractions like Dinosaur Valley State Park, Big Rocks Park is totally free.
North Shore Trail in Rockledge Park
3600 Pilot Point, Lake Grapevine
Picnic tables on bluffs overlooking a sparkling lake, designated swimming areas, nearly 10 miles of some of the prettiest hiking and biking trails in North Texas, campsites with scenic views — what more could an outdoorsman or thrill-seeking biker ask for? The trail has some rough terrain for off-road/mountain bikers and hikers to take in alluring views. Admission is $5.
567 Maddux Road, Weatherford
This privately owned sanctuary is 50 acres of botanic gardens and a bird watcher’s paradise offering educational tours of more than 30 species (including swans and peacocks) on the property. Clark Gardens also has a stunning chapel onsite, as well as eight other indoor and outdoor venues for visitors to rent.
The Blue Hole, Dinosaur Valley State Park
1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose
The swimming hole in Dinosaur Valley State Park offers visitors a chance to cool off in 20-feet-deep clear water surrounded by 100 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur tracks. Before you go, check out the Texas Parks & Wildlife website to learn how to map nearby dinosaur tracks because some may be hard to find.
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