Cattle and Cowboys at The Stockyards Fort Worth Texas

When Papa Joe and I were little we always watched Westerns. Papa Joe loved ‘Bonanza’ and still uses the theme tune as his phone’s ringtone!

I always imagined being a cowboy, riding the range and visiting saloons just like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, so I was very excited to watch a cattle drive and eat in the same hotel that Bonnie and Clyde once stayed in.

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Daily Texas Longhorn cattle drive down Exchange Street

We were spending a few days relaxing after a long flight in The Stockyards, Fort Worth. It is a great place to unwind and is easy to get around without needing to hire a car.

The Stockyards were opened in 1890 to process cattle and ship meat across the USA by train. The station and some of the buildings have been preserved and the area is now a historic district with a wide range of restaurants and activities suitable for all ages – see The Stockyards website

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Papa Joe and I stayed at the Hyatt Place. Designed as a suites hotel we had a large room with an adjoining lounge. Our room overlooked Exchange Street, giving us an amazing view of the daily cattle drives which go past the hotel at 11:30 am and 4:00. It’s central position makes it easy to explore the nearby attractions and restaurants. We had a great meal in the atmospheric  Stockyards Hotel, where The infamous outlaws Bonnie & Clyde stayed here in room 305

The Stockyards is also home to several entertainment venues. We enjoyed the music in the famous White Elephant Saloon.

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During our stay we took advantage of the hotel’s free shuttle service to visit nearby downtown Fort Worth, where we took the train to Dallas, and also the Fort Worth cultural district museums and art galleries.

As well as the cattle drives The Mayhems will love trying out The Stockyard Maze and seeing The Petting Zoo.

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Not your usual maze!

You can wander around the pens where the Longhorns are kept during the day and also visit the stables to see the horses. The Stockyard Stables offer all sorts of rides.

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A Texas Longhorn saddled up ready to ride

If you are here at the weekends you can buy tickets for the rodeos held in The Cowtown Coliseum every Friday and Saturday night.

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The Cowtown Coliseum is open during the day and you can go inside and see the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame and the arena.

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You can also take the Mayhems to the nearby Stockyards Museum. Try to find the 104 year old electric light bulb that is still going strong and the bad luck wedding dress.

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Just one of the hundreds of fascinating items collected by the North Fort Worth Historical Society

Papa and I ran out of time to try out all the different activities on offer so we are sure that we will be back.

Getting There Stockyards Fort Worth National Historic District
3 miles from central Fort Worth, 25 miles from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Texas
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