Whether you’re coming in from out-of-town or just looking for good places to eat and play for the whole family, here is a list of the BEST Family Dining & Destinations – FTW, TX 2016.
According to FortWorthChild Magazine, in the December 2016 Edition, readers of the magazine voted on their favorite local places to go with the entire family. I’m so glad to share this with you all as I love Fort Worth and go there often. Heck, I was born there and continue to take my son to many diverse places every chance I get. The ambiance of the town is spectacular and definitely family focused as well as friendly.
Most out-of-state people I talk to tell me whenever they think of Fort Wort, TX they think of cowboys, cowboy hats, and cows. Well, this my friend is true, however, there are cows, but what I’m thinking they meant were the beautiful Longhorns! You will most definitely see more Longhorns like this one in and around Fort Worth, especially in the Fort Worth Stockyards area. Isn’t this longhorn beautiful?
BEST Family Dining & Destinations – FTW, TX 2016
Hard Eight BBQ
Multi-winner here. Family owned and operated. Enjoy standing in line to choose your own meat (brisket, kabob, pork chops, ham, and more at this indoor-outdoor laid-back atmosphere restaurant. Check the schedule for live music on the patio. Roanoke, TX hardeightbbq.com.
Blue Mesa Grill
Three-time winner. Families love to watch the chefs create made-to-order waffles and tacos while they sip on free mimosas every Sunday 9am-3pm. Kids 5 and younger eat free. Arlington & Fort Worth locations. bluemesagrill.com
Best Burger Joint
Four-time award-winning menu. Known for their fancy burgers made with beef, turkey, buffalo, vegan or seasonal game, and their yummy homemade root beer for the kids. Adults can enjoy adult beverages too. Gluten-free options are available. Multiple locations. twistedrootburgerco.com.
Best Family Dinner on the Go
Chef-prepared grab and go meals here. Also offered are family size meals such as salads and one-dish casseroles, plus lots of sides. Fort Worth & Southlake locations. centralmarket.com.
Best Healthy Dining
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. tofu mixed in with dishes. Kids can order a pickle sandwich and a homemade banana shake. All served in a retro 1950’s-style diner setting. Fort Worth. spiraldiner.com.
Best Mexican Restaurant
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 they say the line is out the door! They have the best outdoor garden area that kids can roam through while waiting to eat. Many locals have parties in the garden. The menu is short and the food is great. Fort Worth. joets.com.
Best Pizza Place
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 Art Museum
Kimbell Art Museum
Family friendly fun all over the museum. Tour the museum with a guide or alone. Engaging activities for everyone here. Kids can participate in hands-on art activities, see film programs and performances, sign up for workshops and more. Fort Worth. kimbellart.org.
Best Children’s Theater
CASE MAÑANA Theatre
Not only does Casa offer five children’s shows throughout the year, they also hold classes for toddlers to learn song and dance and school age kids to learn broadway techniques. Fort Worth. casamanana.org.
Best Place to Explore Science or History
Fort Worth Museum Of Science and History
75 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.
Best Animal Encounter
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 are 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.
Best Place to Get Outside
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.
Best Kid-Friendly Shopping Center
A place where local frequent for good sales and fun. Grapevine Mills had a lot to offer the family, with Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center, AMC Theater, and now a Fieldhouse USA. Lots of kid-focused stores and activities here. And…you may even find a good deal on an outfit or shoes and the like. Grapevine.
As you can see Fort Worth, TX and surrounding areas have 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.