The Dallas-Fort Worth area may seem far removed from your idea of authentic Texas, where cowboys on horseback still roam dirt roads and ranches define the landscape. But if you know where to look, you’ll find rich traces of the classic Western culture amid the metroplex’s skyscrapers and busy highways.
If you’re craving for a real Texan experience in Dallas and Fort Worth, here are the places to go:
- The Fort Worth Stockyards
2501 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth
Fort Worth is called Cowtown for a reason. This culturally-rich city has kept the Western tradition alive to this day, primarily with the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. This Texas treasure holds a year round rodeo, featuring classic events like bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, and more. There’s a daily cattle drive, live entertainment from the country’s best honky-tonk artists, horse and cart rides, and more. Original brick walkways, wooden corrals, and the Stockyards Museum will take you back to the Wild West. Western-style barbeque joints and souvenir shops complete the experience.
- Texas Horse Park at the Trinity
811 Pemberton Hill Road, Dallas
Adjacent to the Great Trinity Forest just eight miles from Downtown Dallas, Texas Horse Park offers a refreshing getaway from the bustle of city life. Keeping the Texas equestrian tradition alive, this 302-acre facility provides rides on miles of preserved trails, riding lessons, and arena events, as well as hippotherapy – a kind of therapeutic treatment using horseback riding. Private parties and events may also be held here.
- Billy Bob’s Texas
2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth
Known as “The world’s largest honky-tonk,” Billy Bob’s Texas is housed in a historic building originally built in 1910 as an open-air barn for prize cattle. Today, this famous destination boasts a 100,000 square feet entertainment center where the best and biggest country artists in the United States perform. It also features authentic pro-bull riding, over 30 bar stations, a souvenir shop, and more.
- Bob’s Steak & Chop House
4300 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas
Fat, juicy steaks are a quintessential part of the Texas tradition and the original Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Lemmon Avenue delivers them best. Opened in 1993, this proudly Texan institution is a must-visit for residents and visitors in the area who want the highest quality cuts of meat at every visit. The restaurant has been voted the best steakhouse in Dallas many times over.
- Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que
301 Stockyards Blvd, Fort Worth
Located close to the Fort Worth Stockyards, this well-loved restaurant has a huge dining area furnished with benches and long tables for a classic Texan dining experience. Barbecues here are cooked over mesquite coals and served right off the pit. Visitors choose their meat cuts at the pit, then move down a line, cafeteria-style, for their sauces and sides.
- Wild Bill’s Western, Dallas
311 N. Market Street, Dallas
This iconic store has been a staple at the West End Historic District of Downtown Dallas for over 50 years. If you’re looking for authentic Texas-made boots, hats, and trinkets, this is the place to go. With a remarkable Western-style storefront, Wild Bill’s offers leathercraft with tooling patterns designed in the 1940s by the father of Bill Dewbre, the store’s owner, who has been called “The Western Ambassador for the City of Dallas”.
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