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Affordable Summer Fun in Fort Worth, Texas

March 31, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Jump in and cool off at Panther Island Pavilion (PIP) – the only waterfront stage in Texas every Thursday evening, June 5 through August 7, for Rockin’ the River – Live on the Trinity.

Float up to the best seat in the house during the free summer music and tubing series or stayed docked on land with a blanket and brew in hand. Six pack coolers are available to help keep beverages cold during the float, making it the perfect place to cool off during the hot, Texas summer. PIP is also home to a variety of watersports, including Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP), wakeboarding, kayaking and more.

Get a little wild this Fourth of July near the Stockyards National Historic District and visit Cowtown Wakepark, where newbie wakeboarders are welcome and no boat is required. Afterwards, head on over to Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic at Billy Bob’s Texas – the world’s largest honky-tonk. The highly anticipated, all-day outdoor concert that originated long before the days of 162929_num691307Lollapalooza and Coachella Music Festival just announced two main acts, Mr. Nelson himself and Dierks Bentley. General admission tickets for the 41st annual festival are on sale now. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the music ends at midnight.

Sit back and relax in the Sundance Square Plaza on Wednesday evenings, May 28 through July 30, during the free summer movie series, Stars Under the Stars. The showing is BYOC (bring your own chair) or blanket and begins at dusk. The jetted fountain display will be turned off and the main setup area for patrons, which creates a significantly cooler space.

Running March 8 through August 10, Indiana Jones™ and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition will be on display at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, showcasing items from four different movie collections while educating museum-goers on the exciting field of archaeology. The perfect place to bring the family during vacation, the museum is also home to the Fort Worth Children’s Museum, the Cattle Raisers Museum and the DinoLabs exhibit. Admission tickets are $21 for adults and $17 for children.

Head to Texas for the safari of a lifetime at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center! Located one hour southwest of Fort Worth, animal lovers will find a sprawling 1,800-acre preserve, with over 1,100 endangered animals roaming free in their herds. Stay in the car or reserve a spot on a leisurely guided tour along the 9.5 mile scenic drive as giraffes, ostriches, bison and more walk alongside. Fossil Rim is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the summer. Admission for family guided tours is $32 per person, with multiple guided tours available to choose from.

Reminiscent of an early Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge boasts over 3,600 acres, 20 miles of hiking trails and is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States. Take a hike with the family while experiencing the area’s natural vegetation and wildlife, including alligators and lizards, butterflies and bison. Known as the original Fort Worth Herd – not to be confused with the Fort Worth Herd’s twice-daily cattle drive of longhorns in the Stockyards National Historic District – the center’s bison herd of 31 celebrated its 40th year in Fort Worth last November. Bison hayrides are offered periodically throughout the year, allowing riders an up-close-and-personal experience.

For more information, visit or contact Jessica Dowdy & Sarah Covington in the Fort Worth public relations department.

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