When you’re looking for a place to go in Fort Worth that has everything, like restaurants, shopping of all kinds, wine, beer, cowboys, kids things, head to the FW Stockyard. Here is how to spend a day at the Fort Worth Stockyards with friends.
So, I became the Wanderful Director of the Fort Worth Chapter before the pandemic hit, and when it hit us, it hit hard. Everything stopped, and so did us getting together for the first time. Months past and with our CEO’s blessing, I finally had our first meeting. And, in none other than the Fort Worth Stockyards. There were only four of us who met.
Whenever friends come to town for the first time and askes me where they can go, I always say the Fort Worth Stockyards. It’s the perfect place to show off what Fort Worth is all about, and there’s so much to do in this one area.
How to Have A Perfect Day at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Here is what us girls did at our first group meeting. There’s plenty to do to keep yourself busy all day, but we only met for half the day. I’m mentioning other things that can be done in the Stockyards any day of the week, since it’s open all week long, including Sundays.
First Stop – The Biscuit Bar
We met at the Biscuit Bar in Mule Alley of the Stockyards. You’ve got to try the Biscuit Bar – it’s one of the newest places to eat. Whether you’re there for breakfast or lunch, everything is served on big flaky, buttery biscuits.
The Cowtown Winery
Next stop, the Cowtown Winery, also in Mule Alley. If it weren’t so early, I would have had a glass! They offer wine by the glass, wine tastings, and wine to-go. Happy hour is from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., and all glasses of wine are $6, plus live music on the weekend.
They also offer a 90-minute walking ghost tour through the Stockyards. I would love to do a ghost tour.
Where To Park at the Fort Worth Stockyards
FYI – parking is free in Mule Alley, but there are not many places to park, and you do have to get there early to get a space. Parking is free along the streets, but if you can’t find a spot, paid parking is available at the end of E. Exchange Ave and on Main Street.
MB Mercantile Supply
Next door to the Cowtown Winery is this place with all kinds of cute stuff. I could have spent the whole day just in this store. Everything from home decor to edibles, to nostalgic items that brought me back to my childhood.
Herds Only on E. Exchange Ave in the Fort Worth Stockyards
A must see! Every day on E Exchange Ave, at 11:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m., traffic stops, and spectators stand on both sides of the street to wait for the herds to come through with real cowboys steering them down the street. A site to see especially if you’ve never seen longhorns.
Shopping On E. Exchange Ave.
Most everything is on the east side of Exchange Avenue and Main Street and across Main Street. Shop after shop that offers everything Texas, western wear, Fort Worth souvenir – you name it, I bet you’ll find it. Don’t skip Mule Alley – it’s the newest addition for shopping and eating, plus Hotel Drover will soon open. From what I saw of it, the hotel is going to be amazing.
Some of the stores on West Exchange Avenue have been in the same spot for years.
Taking Photos “In” the Props at the Fort Worth Stockyards
They dared me to hop in – so I did, then Chastity hopped on. Cute, uh?