Known as one of the top tourist spots in Texas, Fort Worth is an historical, action-packed destination, offering cowboy heritage, Western art and Western cuisine. From Michelangelo’s first painting to the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive, Fort Worth will provide a cultural, educational high school student trip.
Popular Student Attractions in Fort Worth
“Fort Worth is an affordable and exciting destination for student groups,” said David DuBois, president and CEO, Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our student-friendly hotels coupled with our unique Western heritage, dynamic downtown, and cultural and educational attractions continue to enhance Fort Worth’s reputation as one of the premier destinations in the nation.”
To experience Fort Worth’s culture, students will enjoy the Cultural District. Home to Western architecture, ballets, performance venues and exciting museums, the Cultural District is the perfect way to start the trip. Youth travel groups will enjoy the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth—a visually artistic building, noteworthy for its modern art and post-World War II collection. The National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame honors historical cowgirls, with a theater with saddle seats, one-of-a-kind photographic collection, artifacts and a Western gift shop.
At the recently renovated and expanded Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, students will enjoy dinolab exhibits, the Omnimax Theater, innovation studios and many other exciting exhibits. The Amon Carter Museum is the perfect student destination, with art from early landscape artists and works by both Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, two of the greatest Western artists.
Student travel groups will be psyched to visit Fort Worth’s Stockyards National Historic District. This district is full of entertainment including bull rides, rodeos, shopping and food. The first stop is the Cowtown Cattle Pen Maze—a 5,400-square-foot maze that mimics Western cattle pens with their twisting wooden pathway. A high school trip to the world’s only Twice-Daily Cattle Drive is pure excitement with cowhands riding livestock through the Stockyards District.
At the Bull Ring students are treated to homemade ice cream and a beautiful collection of historical Texas art. For aviation history, stop at the American Airlines C.R Smith Museum. One of the largest nature centers in the United States, the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge is the perfect way to explore Texas’ wildlife.
At the Texas Motor Speedway, three times a year youth groups can enjoy live auto racing. Burger Lake provides a school trip with two large beaches, slides, drops, diving boards and a place to grill hotdogs and burgers.
Fort Worth Student Group Tours
Students can go back in time with the Fort Worth Tour, a two-hour tour, both walking and driving, around historical Fort Worth. At the Fort Worth Grapevine Vintage Railroad passengers board a Victorian train that travels back in time tracing early Fort Worth history. Youth travel groups will enjoy the In JFK’s Footsteps in which students travel by train from Fort Worth to Dallas retracing President Kennedy’s footsteps.
Fort Worth Student Performance Venues
There are several low-cost venues where student travel programs can put on performances. At the Bertha Sports Complex at Bonnie Brae Park, students can rent a stage for only $15 per hour. This is an excellent choice for student performance groups, as the complex is located next to large recreation centers, where students also have the option to participate in baseball, basketball, football, etc. Van Cliburn Recital Hall houses 250 people and can be rented by youth travel groups as well. The hall is great for high school band groups or choir groups.
Student-Friendly Dining Options in Fort Worth
Fort Worth offers a variety of cuisine, from Mexican lunch to Western dinners. For a sophisticated dinner, student travel groups should try the Sundance Square district, where restaurants offer anything from prime ribs to Southwestern Creole food. For sweets and treats in a casual atmosphere the Cultural District is the perfect way to go, consisting of bakeries, cafes and pastry shops.
Student groups will get true Texan food at Billy Bobs Texas in the Stockyards. Billy Bob’s provides the true Western experience, with live honky tonk music, live shows and some of Fort Worth’s best Western food Visit Billy Bobs on a Friday or Saturday evening to watch locals ride bulls and dance to country music.
Student Travel Accommodations in Fort Worth
Fort Worth offers over 80 different hotel accommodations—all of which are student friendly and in reasonable proximity to Fort Worth’s three popular districts.
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson is located stones away from the Stockyards. The Comfort Suites West, in the Cultural District, offers close proximity to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Amon Carter Museum.
If you’re looking to be closer to downtown Forth Worth you’ll want to try the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel is large enough to accommodate a group of students and is familiar enough to make you feel right at home.
Fort Worth is an educational adventure for students and teachers. High school student travel groups will fall in love with the Western culture, art, history and food that the city offers.