The Super Bowl is in Dallas but Cowboys Still Play in Fort Worth

You can head to Dallas for the Superbowl but you have to wander over to Fort Worth ( to experience cowboy Texas.   Cowboys Stadium in Arlington is only 12 miles away, directly east of downtown Fort Worth on Interstate 30. Fort Worth is a unique combination of big belt buckles, cowboy hats, two stepping and longhorns with a mix of contemporary food, museums and culture.

Make the Stockyards National Historic District ( your first stop and watch the twice-daily cattle drive along Exchange Avenue.  It’s a fascinating look at Texas for us city slickers, as the sound of hooves and moos echo off the cobble stoned streets.  The Longhorn herd drives take place at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m under the direction of trail boss Kristin Jaworski who leads the city owned cattle for two blocks past shops, food and shops and all things Western.

Every Friday and Saturday night, the Rodeo takes place at Cowtown Coliseum in the Stockyards National Historic District.  (  This is real rodeo and Fort Worth locals come out to watch bull riding, bareback riding, tie down roping and barrel racing in air conditioned comfort.

While you’re at the Stockyards, take a leisurely horseback ride with AJ Abernathy and Harold “Rooster” Abram at the Stockyard Arena and Livery.  Head along the grassy banks of the western fork of the Trinity River as she wanders towards the skyscrapers of downtown Fort Worth.  An hour long gallop, canter or walk will set you back $40.

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo ( takes place every January and February at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in the Fort Worth Cultural District. (  The Cultural District is also home to five world-class museums including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

The Fort Worth Science Museum recently opened its’ brand new $80 million facility in 2009.  It’s a hands on visit and exhibits range from dinosaurs to beautiful glasswork and lighting created from recycled and salvaged items by Bronx-born artist Warren Muller

And to prove that everything really is bigger in Texas, you have to stop at Billy Bob’s Texas (  The parking lot is packed with big trucks, working trucks that dwarf my economy sized rental car.  Billy Bob’s is the world’s largest honky tonk and more than 6,000 people have been packed into the 100,000 square feet bar, restaurant and music hall.

Step inside and the live music and buzz of people loving line dancing, two stepping and racking up pool balls is overwhelming.  Pretty darn good bar-b-que ribs here or you can grab Texas sized steaks at Cattlemen’s Fort Worth Steakhouse or Hunter Brothers’ H3 Ranch.

Iron Chef Tim Love has Love Shack, a burger joint in Fort Worth and Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, an award winning, yummylicisious upscale western joint in the Stockyards is one of the most difficult seats to land in Fort Worth.

For Mexican food, stop by   Joe T Garcia’s, a staple of Fort Worth since 1935 and you can satisfy those sushi cravings you can’t ignore at Piranha Killer Sushi for traditional and nouveau sushi with an edge.

The only thing missing during Superbowl 2011 is a stop at the Texas Motor Speedway.  The track is dark till March, but NASCAR fans will have to return to Fort Worth, for a weekend of racing at one of the premiere racing tracks in the country.

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