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No. 8 Ft. Worth, TX

Fort Worth is jam-packed with family-friendly fun this summer. Cool off at Rockin’ the River—Live on the Trinity, a free tubing and concert series (Thursdays, June 5–August 7), or in the spring-fed pool at Burger’s Lake. Commune with nature at the Fort Worth Zoo, the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden or on a Fossil Rim Wildlife Center safari.

The city’s cowboy heritage is preserved in the Stockyards National Historic District, where championship rodeo happens every Friday and Saturday night. And Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk, presents Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. Fort Worth is also famous for its museums. The “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition” at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History runs through August 10. Offering free admission are the Stockyards Museum, the Amon Carter Museum, the Sid Richardson Museum, and the Kimbell Art Museum’s permanent collection.

Other freebies include the twice-daily cattle drive of the Fort Worth Herd of Longhorns down Exchange Avenue, guided tours of the process of printing U.S. money at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Facility, and Stars Under the Stars, a movie series on Sundance Square Plaza (May 28–July 30).

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