Whether you’re coming in from out-of-town or just looking for a great place to eat for you and your family, here is a list of the BEST Family Dining & Destinations in Fort Worth, TX.
Updated for 2021.
Best Family Dining And Destinations in Fort Worth
Dine where the locals do. After all, they know the best places to go to. Glad to be sharing this info with you as I love Fort Worth and go there often. Heck, I was born there and continue to take my son to the many diverse places in the Stockyards and downtown Fort Worth, and anywhere else I can find. The ambiance of the town is spectacular and definitely family-focused as well as friendly.
So, it looks like Travel + Leisure named Fort Worth one of the best places to travel to in 2021, along with Alaska, Montana, Alabama, and more. I’ve been to these places, and some more than once, and I can assure you you’re going to want to put them all on your travel bucket list. But first, let’s kick up our heels in Fort Worth!
Most out-of-state visitors I talk to tell me whenever they think of Fort Worth, TX, they think of cowboys, cowboy hats, and cows. Well, my friends, it’s true; however, there are cows, and there are longhorns. Surely, they know the difference …do you? You will most definitely see more Longhorns like this one in and around Fort Worth, especially in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Isn’t this Longhorn beautiful?
BEST Family Dining in Fort Worth
In no particular order, these restaurants in Fort Worth continue to get all the hype from locals and visitors.
Little Red Wasp
I read more than once that locals love this place. I ate lunch there in late 2018 and remember it quite well. There was a group of us, and I think we all ordered the same thing – hamburgers and fries. – It was delicious. Though we didn’t have lunch on the patio as it was quite hot that day. If not too hot for you, ask to be seated on the patio. You’ll find much of American cuisine at Little Red Wasp.
Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant
Joe T.’s continues to hit top charts everywhere. This cash-only Tex-Mex restaurant offers award-winning fajitas, and the line is still out the door! They have the best outdoor garden area that kids can roam through while waiting to eat; however, that’s where the wait lies. Everyone wants to eat in the garden. Many locals have parties in the garden. The menu is short, and the food is great. Visit joets.com.
Spiral Diner & Bakery
If you’re looking for vegan cuisine, this is the place. Enjoy taco salad filled with Mexican quinoa and avocado; wraps loaded with veggies; burgers made with soy protein and tofu mixed in with dishes. Kids can order a pickle sandwich and a homemade banana shake. All served in a retro 1950’s diner-style setting. Fort Worth. spiraldiner.com.
Multi-time winner for its tasty pizzas and calzones. Plus, you’ll be amazed at all the unique artwork that makes this place a laid-back atmosphere. Moms love bringing the kids. Multiple locations. mellowmushroom.com.
Best Family Destinations in Fort Worth
The city of Fort Worth has some of the best attractions for families and all ages. From art, beautiful flowers and gardens to life history lessons, you’ll find plenty to do in the city. But you don’t even know you’re in a city. The city of Fort Worth is a friendly place to be and so welcoming.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Time and time again, my son and I have visited there, and every time, we hike the trails. However, the last time we were there, we canoed. I think it was only $5 to rent the canoe. Best five bucks I ever spent. Check out the Fort Worth Nature Center for some fun outdoors!
CASA MAÑANA Theatre
Not only does Casa offer five children’s shows throughout the year, but they also hold classes for toddlers to learn song and dance and school-age kids to learn Broadway techniques. Fort Worth. casamanana.org.
Fort Worth Museum Of Science and History
Seventy-five years of history here. You’ll find interactive exhibits, as well as learning stations with hands-on fun. Kids can dig for dinosaur bones in their outdoor replicated paleontological field site. This is a favorite museum for parents to bring their kids over and over again. My son and I had an annual membership for three straight years. We loved it here and will go back from time to time. The FWMSH is one of my favorite places in Fort Worth, plus the Omni MAX Theatre is there, which is a must-see! Fort Worth. fwmuseum.org.
Fort Worth Zoo
Another favorite place we go over and over again. Texas Wild petting corral where kids can interact with domestic goats and a Texas longhorn is just a dip in what’s available at the ZOO. During the months of April through October, the Outdoor Learning Theater is a site to see and can’t be missed. You’ll be able to get an up-close look at mammals, birds, and reptiles. The Fort Worth Zoo is a must-see if you’re in Fort Worth!! fortworthzoo.org.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
A must-see. It’s gorgeous and breathtaking. A place I don’t get to often…but should. There are 16 different types of gardens here, and you could spend hours upon hours just strolling around to enjoy nature. Fort Worth. fwbg.org.
As you can see, the city of Fort Worth has a lot to offer families. When visiting this historic town, don’t forget to stop by Billy Bob’s in the Fort Worth Stockyards area – another fun and exciting area that’s popular among travelers and locals. My hopes are that these BEST Family Dining & Destinations – FTW, TX will give you some idea of where to go and how to enjoy Fort Worth!