A frequent question in the Tanglewood Moms Facebook group is, “What can I do with my children in Fort Worth to keep them away from their screens?” The Madeworthy editorial staff has gathered the top four answers to this difficult question, and we present the Top Four Family Friendly Activities in Fort Worth.
Number Four: Airfield Falls Trailhead and Conservation Park
Tarrant County’s largest natural waterfall is not as tall as Angel Falls or as majestic as Niagara Falls, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great place to visit. In fact, this beautiful little gem of a waterfall with its wadable pools along the Trinity Trails is much better, and it’s a stop on the annual monarch butterfly migration flyway from Mexico northward.
Tanglewood Moms member Bonnie B. Lehr has some great advice for your visit. “Pool noodles are fun if you have them [as well as] some cold drinks and some towels for the car. You park at the little parking lot and then walk down the paved trail to the falls.”
Number Three: Fort Worth Botanic Garden/BRIT
Whether it’s a picnic by the Rose Gardens, the Japanese Festivals in the Japanese Gardens, or Concerts in the Garden, the Botanic Garden figures large in the lives of generations of Fort Worthians. Now in partnership with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, the Botanic Garden hosts wonderful exhibitions as well as educational and conservation programs to ensure that future generations can enjoy our natural heritage.
Tanglewood Mom member Maddy Simmons says, “I have special memories of my grandparents taking me to the Botanical Gardens when we came to visit them in Ft. Worth. I love taking my nine-year-old daughter there, sharing and creating new memories.”
Number Three: TCU Games
Riff, Ram, Bah Zoo!
Lickety, Lickety, Zoo, Zoo!
Who, Wah, Wah, Who!
Give ’em Hell, TCU!
From baseball to volleyball, soccer to track, we have world-class athletics right down the road. This being Texas, football reigns supreme, and with so many alumni in town, a Saturday home game is absolutely de rigueur.
Tanglewood Mom member Lyndsay Kennedy admits, “TCU games are some of our favorite family activities! As Horned Frog alumni, we love showing our son the TCU sports traditions we enjoyed for years.”
NUMBER ONE! The Fort Worth Zoo
Since 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo has been delighting families from all over the world and is consistently rated as one of the top zoos in North America. With A Wilder Vision, the Fort Worth Zoo has upped the bar for zoos everywhere. The new African Savannah and Elephant Springs have been instant hits as families can engage with the animals in new and fun ways, while Safari Splash brings welcome relief from the Texas heat.
Tanglewood Moms member Allison Cobb says, “I have two boys, ages four and eight, [and] their favorite area… is the Texas Wild area! We normally walk down there first since it’s less crowded when the zoo first opens, and then we ride the train back.” Katie Rogers, another Tanglewood Mom member, says, “I have two boys that love going to the zoo… [Safari Splash] is their favorite place to be… [and] it’s not too big that I worry about losing sight of my boys while they hit the slides.”