The Best of the Fort Worth Stockyards

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 The Herd at Fort Worth Stockyards
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The Herd at Fort Worth Stockyards
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The Fort Worth Herd

Feel the ground rumble beneath your feet as an old-fashioned cattle drive rolls by the front of the Fort Worth Livestock Exchange Building twice daily. 

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Cow Camp
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Behind the Scenes With the Herd

Get hands-on with the animals every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Experiences include saddling, roping and cattle-drive demonstrations.

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Billy Bob's Texas
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Billy Bob's Texas

Encompassing 100,000 square feet, the "World's Largest Honky Tonk" has been attracting top-shelf talent since 1981. Free line dancing lessons take place on Thursdays; there's real bull riding on Fridays and Saturdays. 

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Stockyards Championship Rodeo Barrel
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Cowtown Coliseum

The Cowtown Coliseum is home to the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, featuring bull riding, team roping and more Friday and Saturday nights, while "Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show" entertains every Saturday afternoon. 

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Joe T. Garcia's
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Joe T. Garcia's

Head to the famous patio at Joe T. Garcia's and order enchiladas that use the same recipe that was a hit when the restaurant opened in 1935. 

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Cattlemen's Steak House
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Cattlemen's Steak House

Cattlemen's Steak House  is the place at the Stockyards for the best in steak and seafood. The smoky barbecue pit serves up ribs (half or full slab) and combines steak with shrimp or a lobster tail.

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Fort Worth police chief J.H. Maddox's saddle from 1881-1887
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Stockyards Museum

The Stockyards Museum displays items from the rich heritage of the Stockyards and Fort Worth's north side. Known to this day as "Cowtown," Fort Worth was a major stop on the Chisholm Trail. 

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Steam locomotive "Puffy" on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad
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Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Get the feel of old-time train travel with steam locomotive "Puffy." Board at Stockyards Station and chug to Grapevine in Victorian-style coaches, or make a roundtrip excusion to Eighth Street.

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M.L. Leddy's belt buckle
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M.L. Leddy's

Need some quality Western wear? Head to M.L. Leddy's to find thousands of handmade boots, silver buckles like the Clint Orms Buckle, fitted hats and jewelry, all using the finest materials. 

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The Candy Barrel, Fort Worth Stockyards
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The Candy Barrel

Not just for kids, anyone with a sweet tooth will want to detour to hit The Candy Barrel to find chocolate, lollipops and taffy galore.

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Barbara's Custom Hats, Fort Worth Stockyards
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Barbara's Custom Hats

You need a good cowboy hat in the Stockyards, and you'll find one to match any occassion at Barbara's Custom Hats. From Atwood Felt to Barbara's signature pink gator print leather, they'll shape it to perfection.  

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Petting Zoo, Fort Worth Stockyards
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Petting Zoo

It's the softer side at the Stockyards Petting Zoo. Get up-close-and-personal with animals ranging from sheep to camels. 

By Scott Rouch

Forth Worth has a rich heritage in the history of the West and nowhere is it more on display than at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Let the professionals show you the skills to be a cowboy or take in a real rodeo. Discover the country's largest honky-tonk and find plenty of shops to dress for the occasion. It's the perfect blend of old meets new, and a place you won't want to miss. 

Scott Rouch
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