We headed to Cowtown on a searing hot day last summer (2009). Holy MOLY was it hot!
We were in town visiting my dad and stepmother and decided to take Lily Bean to the stockyards to check out the various activities and animals.
Lily was 10 months old at the time of our visit, so she was pretty young. She loved so many things in the stockyards though. We happened to be there in time to watch the daily cattle drive that takes place down the main street. That was really neat- fun to see the cowboys herd the massive steers (steer?) down to the corral.
We enjoyed some shopping and refreshments at the various stores in Cowtown- they have everything from touristy junk to authentic western duds.
After enjoying Cowtown we walked across the street to Billy Bob's ("The World's Largest Honky Tonk"). Billy Bob's is a HUGE hall that has bars, arcades, mechanical bull riding, but most importantly bars and stages where well known country rockers to belt out their tunes.
My husband especially enjoyed the trip inside Billy Bob's- he loves country music and it was fun to check out the memorabilia plastered all over the walls.
Cowtown is as cheap or as expensive as you want to make it- depending on whether or not you want to buy food, souvenirs, etc.
We weren't at Cowtown for the rodeo, but I'll bet that's a blast. The huge arena looks like it is a great time for all!
This is a family night for some yelling, cheering, stamping your feet and (occasionally) holding your breath. A rodeo is a sport even 3 year olds will understand ("if the man falls off the horse, he looses") and of course the kids are free to cheer for the animals instead of the humans. To further engage the kids, there is a hilarious cattle run for them in between the serious events - think of 30 kids chasing after a running, wriggling sheep. It is nicely timed so the kids can probably last till the end.
Your family is sure to enjoy a rodeo, and Fort Worth puts one on every Friday and Saturday night at the Cowtown Rodeo. In addition to regular rodeo events, Pawnee Bill’s
Wild West Show features trick roping, riding, and cowboy songs and stories in the summer.
The Stockyards Historic Area captures the Old West with a number of shops and restaurants along Exchange Avenue. The Stockyards Station is a large western festival market housed in the renovated hog and sheep pens of the original stockyards. It’s the perfect place to buy souvenirs. Call (817) 626–7921.
To see authentic cowboys waxing poetic, make an effort to attend the annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering in October at the Stockyards. The three-day event is filled with western songs, lore, and poetry. Call (817)884–1945.