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You're Going to Love Fort Worth

Much more than Dallas' grown-up, slightly stuffy older brother, Fort Worth is a superb vacation destination in its own right. In fact, it's combination of Wild West history, country music, museums and gourmet food could blow its neighbor out of the water.

If you want to experience Western culture at its most entertaining and authentic, Fort Worth Stockyards will be a revelation. Watch rodeo performers contend with steers, hear country music maestros at honky tonks like Billy Bob's and buy yourself that Stetson you've always wanted.

But Fort Worth has plenty of modern appeal as well. Galleries like the Kimbell or the Amon Carter Museum match any others in the southwest, the City Zoo has more than 7,000 animals to meet, while the program of concerts at the Bass Performance Hall includes leading contemporary pop and classical acts.

Every family member can enjoy a visit to one of Fort Worth's Texan BBQ restaurants in the evening for a taste of the Old West that never goes out of style. So if you want a destination that everyone can enjoy, Fort Worth should be right at the top of your shortlist.

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When to Visit Fort Worth

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Fort Worth becomes blisteringly hot during the peak of summer (July and August), which may deter some vacationers. If you want to enjoy the best sightseeing conditions, visit between April and early June or in September and October, when temperatures will generally be around 70 and rain is rare. November is another alternative. The nights get a bit colder, but you'll have the bonus of watching the spellbinding Parade of Lights.

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Where to Stay in Fort Worth

The best family accommodation in Forth Worth tends to be located downtown. Some of the most popular options include the boutique Ashton Hotel and the business-oriented Omni Fort Worth, while the Residence Inn is a handy place for families to stay in the city center. If you want to stay in a more intimate bed and breakfast, the Texas White House provides a warm welcome, and the four Motel 6 outlets in north, south, east and west Fort Worth offer reliable budget accommodation.

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Shopping Streets

If you want to shop for western souvenirs like spurs or chaps, head to the Stockyards, where stores like Maverick Fine Western Wear and M.L. Leddy's have been kitting out cowboys for generations. Downtown is the place to go for contemporary boutiques, with some of the best including Coyote Urban and Pappagallo. Camp Bowie Boulevard is another place to head for independent stores. Check out the jewelry at Maven and the locally made toys at Toy Works if you are in the area.

Groceries and Other

Upmarket grocery stores in the city center include Trader Joe's, Sprouts Farmers Market and Central Market, while there are plenty of cheaper retailers as well, including Krogers, Walmart and Town Talk, so self-catering vacationers should be able to stock their kitchen cheaply. Fort Worth tends to be fairly cheap, with a gallon of milk costing around $2.50 and 12 eggs available for less than $2.

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Where to Eat in Fort Worth

If you want to try some authentic Texan BBQ, you're in luck. The aroma of sizzling BBQ is all over Fort Worth, and great places to go include Angelo's and the Railhead Smokehouse. But there's more available too. From the vegan menu at Spiral Diner to the upscale Texan cuisine at Reata or the gourmet European cuisine at Sapristi, you can find great meals at all price ranges in Fort Worth. Expect to pay $10-15 for a mid-range meal and $25 or more at gourmet restaurants.