With Dallas less than 50 miles away and a host of other cities and towns nearby, Fort Worth, Texas, is in part responsible for the creation of the word "metroplex." It is the 16th largest city in the United States, boasting just over 350 square miles of Southwestern culture and fine art. The variety in this metropolitan city means properties are available to suit nearly every need, from sprawling Spanish style villas to modest homes within walking distance of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, as well as new developments with all the modern amenities.
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The city rightly calls itself "Cowtown" in honor of its cattle-raising history, but it also boasts a wide variety of musical, artistic, and cultural attractions. There are many Western-themed saloons and famous night locales, such as the Electric Cowboy and Billy Bob's Texas, said to be the world's largest honky-tonk. Fort Worth began as the humble Camp Worth in 1849 and has a rich history to show for it. Parts of downtown, the Stockyards, and nearby neighborhoods evoke a frontier charm. But it isn't all boots, chaps, and cowboy hats; in downtown there is plenty of culture and relaxation to be found at Bass Performance Hall and the Water Gardens. The city's biking community is also up and coming with various outings for exercise and two-wheeled bar crawls. If you prefer your social exercise on foot, Fort Worth has more than two dozen half-marathons in the fall alone. It's plain to see that modern culture, healthy living, and cowboy adventures stand side-by-side in this unique and vibrant setting.
Plenty of family-friendly activities exist including the Fort Worth Zoo and Casa MaÃ±ana, a children's theater associated with Bass Hall. You can also take your kids to cheer for various sporting teams year round due to the proximity of the other cities in the Metroplex. The Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, Fort Worth Cats, and Fort Worth Vaqueros are just a few of the local teams. The Professional Golfers' Association of America even holds the annual Crowne Plaza Invitational at Fort Worth's own Colonial Country Club. Schools aplenty are available for families of older "kids." Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center are just a few of the higher institutions available locally. In between all these activities there are great eateries providing international cuisine, and there is no shortage of tacos. Should you desire a change of pace in a city full of Southern hospitality and Western frontierism, Fort Worth is the place for you.