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Fort Worth is One of the Worst Places to Visit? Were Your Eyes Closed?

Fort Worth is One of the Worst Places to Visit?  Were Your Eyes Closed?

Travel bloggers are big on making lists. Best places they’ve been, greatest places to get food, even the poshest bathrooms in the world. Sometimes they are a little more negative, and talk about the worsts. One published today listed the worst places in the world to travel – and listed Fort Worth as one of the seven worst.

I’ll save you the trouble of going there to read it. Here’s what it says –

Unfortunately, for as big as Texas is, it’s mostly terrible (its cities, anyway). Nowhere exemplifies this more than Ft. Worth, which is definitely one of the worst places in the world as far as I’m concerned.
Now, some will say that “iconic” Ft. Worth districts, such as The Stockyards, are meant to be kitschy or, worse, “authentic.” But to me, Ft. Worth is nothing more than meets the eye – which is incredibly run-down and depressing – and worse, it’s only a couple hours up I-35 from my house in Austin. – Robert from

Whoa whoa whoa. Kitschy? Run-down and depressing? What?

When I tried to point out some of the things that make Fort Worth one of my favorite cities, I was told I had an unrefined sense of humor. Maybe. Or maybe I just have my eyes open when I’m walking around Fort Worth. You tell me.

The oldest Botanic Gardens in Texas – but not run-down. More photos here.

Fort Worth’s Cultural District contains several world class museums – more photos here.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History went through renovations 4 years ago. Very state of the art.


The Fort Worth Zoo is routinely listed in the top 5 of the country, and is definitely the best in Texas.

The Water Gardens in downtown Fort Worth are several decades old – but unique and beautiful.

Also downtown, Bass Performance Hall is just gorgeous!

Mass transit is better than ever with the trolley running between the Stockyards and Downtown, bus service, and train service to the airport and Dallas – and a new bike share program.

I don’t feel the Stockyards are “kitschy.” Historical? Yes. Fun? For sure.


The new JFK memorial in Fort Worth, taking you through the last 24 hours of the president’s life.

Fort Worth is unique, vibrant, and a great place to visit.

I could fill this blog with photo essay after beautiful photo essay of Fort Worth.  I could spend hours showing you the charm, culture and history of this great city.  But if you have your eyes firmly closed when you visit, what good will it do?

It is also worth noting that the best is yet to come!  Sundance Square is reopening next month, and I’m sure it will be the opposite of run-down and depressing.  The Trinity River Vision Authority is working towards river walks and canals all along the river in the Panther Island area.  Concept drawings can be found here.

Featured photo is by dingatx of the Main Street Bridge.

So you tell me – have you been to Fort Worth?  Does it deserve this mistreatment?

  1. Sara Broers 17 October, 2013

    I take it the person that wrote the article could never be pleased! I LOVE Fort Worth.

  2. Jody Halsted 17 October, 2013

    Fort Worth is one of my favorite cities to visit- with or without the kids! The Japanese Garden is stunning. A fab zoo. And we love the Stockyards! Sure, you can find ‘kitch’, but you also get history you can see and touch. And the food… So many options in Fort Worth! Chic eateries, hometown diners and authentic Tex Mex.

  3. Leah 17 October, 2013

    I like Fort Worth. I was born in nearby Dallas, but it had been many years since I’d visited Cowtown until last fall. I was very pleased with what I saw and surprised, too. It wasn’t what I remembered. I think you do a great job of a rebuttal.

    Of course, I also like Robert. So, I say, to each his/her own. If we all wore yellow the world would be boring.

    How’s that for fence straddling? 😉

    • Amy Moore 17 October, 2013

      Hey, I’m all for diversity, and there are things I dislike about every city. But, I thought that the specific criticisms against FW were unfounded — and I truly don’t understand how anyone well traveled could put it in a world’s worst list. Unless it’s “world’s worst place to be on a diet” 🙂

  4. Brittany Ruth 18 October, 2013

    Thanks for visting and commenting on my post about Pompeii! I’ve never been to Texas, but Fort Worth looks interesting! Take care!

  5. Meg 18 October, 2013

    Looks like there are a lot of great things to do with your family in Fort Worth. If we ever visit, I’ll have to remember to stop by their zoo! We love our zoos – Columbus Zoo (Ohio) is by far our favorite.

    • Amy Moore 18 October, 2013

      I need to get to Ohio – I keep hearing tidbits of great information about it.