Located in North Texas, Fort Worth is the self-proclaimed city of “cowboys and culture”. The hot and humid climate of Fort Worth supports a robust ecosystem of green grasses, tall trees, and fragrant flowers; an idyllic setting for outdoor weddings. Historic estates and warehouses have been gorgeously restored, lending themselves to the area’s bustling wedding venue scene. From stockyards to art-deco architecture, rodeos to world-class art museums, this town truly has it all. Here are our Top 25 picks for places to get hitched in Fort Worth. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.809 at Vickery
3.Belltower Chapel and Garden
4.Wedding Venues Near Me: Benbrook Stables
5.Wedding Venues in Fort Worth: Brik Venue
6.Chateau At Forest Park
7.Best Fort Worth Wedding Venues: City Club of Fort Worth
8.Wedding Venues Near Me: Fort Worth Botanic Garden
9.Fort Worth Country Memories
10.Wedding Venues in Fort Worth: Heart of the Ranch
11.Best Fort Worth Wedding Venues: Historic 512
12.Wedding Venues Near Me: Marty Leonard Community Chapel
13.Wedding Venues in Fort Worth: Prince Victorian Estate
14.River Ranch Stockyards
15.Wedding Venues in Fort Worth: Sanders Hitch
16.Best Wedding Venues in Fort Worth, Texas: The 4 Eleven
17.Wedding Venues Near Me: The Ashton Depot Catering and Events
18.Wedding Venues in Fort Worth, Texas: The Rose Chapel
19.Indoor Wedding Venues Near Me: The Stonegate Mansion
20.Wedding Venues in Fort Worth, Texas: Thistle Hill
21.Victorian Tower House
22.Places to Get Married: Victory Arts Center
23.Places to Get Married: Weston Gardens In Bloom, Inc
25 Best Wedding Venues in Fort Worth, Texas
- 809 at Vickery, Photo: 809 at Vickery
- Artspace111, Photo: Artspace111
- Belltower Chapel and Garden, Photo: Belltower Chapel & Garden
- Wedding Venues Near Me: Benbrook Stables, Photo: Benbrook Stables
- Wedding Venues in Fort Worth: Brik Venue, Photo: Brik Venue
- Chateau At Forest Park, Photo: Chateau At Forest Park
- Best Fort Worth Wedding Venues: City Club of Fort Worth, Photo: Kirill/stock.adobe.com
- Wedding Venues Near Me: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Photo: rruntsch/stock.adobe.com
- Fort Worth Country Memories, Photo: Fort Worth Country Memories
- Wedding Venues in Fort Worth: Heart of the Ranch, Photo: Heart of the Ranch
- Best Fort Worth Wedding Venues: Historic 512, Photo: Historic 512
- Wedding Venues Near Me: Marty Leonard Community Chapel, Photo: Marty Leonard Community Chapel
- Wedding Venues in Fort Worth: Prince Victorian Estate, Photo: Prince Victorian Estate
- River Ranch Stockyards, Photo: River Ranch Stockyards
- Wedding Venues in Fort Worth: Sanders Hitch, Photo: Sanders Hitch
- Best Wedding Venues in Fort Worth, Texas: The 4 Eleven, Photo: The 4 Eleven
- Wedding Venues Near Me: The Ashton Depot Catering and Events, Photo: The Ashton Depot Catering + Events
- Wedding Venues in Fort Worth, Texas: The Rose Chapel, Photo: The Rose Chapel
- Indoor Wedding Venues Near Me: The Stonegate Mansion, Photo: The Stonegate Mansion
- Wedding Venues in Fort Worth, Texas: Thistle Hill, Photo: pawopa3336/stock.adobe.com
- Victorian Tower House, Photo: Victorian Tower House
- Places to Get Married: Victory Arts Center, Photo: New Africa/stock.adobe.com
- Places to Get Married: Weston Gardens In Bloom, Inc, Photo: Weston Gardens In Bloom, Inc
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Attraction Spotlight: C.R. Smith Museum
The C.R. Smith Museum located in Fort Worth, Texas, honors Cyrus Rowlett Smith, former President of American Airlines and aviation pioneer. The museum was opened in summer of 1993 after two and a half years of fundraising and planning by American Airlines employees and volunteers, many of whom still work at the museum today.
The museum has undergone a few expansions including the addition of the DC-3 Hangar in 1999 that was built to house the 1940 Douglas DC-3 which revolutionized air travel in the mid-20th century. The latest renovation came in 2007 when the museum updated the History Circle which included a brand-new theater, the addition of several exhibits and artifacts related to the commercial aviation industry, and state-of-the-art video monitors.
The C.R. Smith Museum encourages hands on learning that immerses visitors in aviation history as soon as you walk through the doors. In the entrance is a bald eagle sculpture dedicated to C.R. that was created by Captain Zandy Carter with American Airlines. There is also a large globe that features the modern aircraft operated by American Airlines and American Eagle flying around the world.
Pursuit of Flight is the new 4KHD feature filmed that is being played in the theater. The movie covers the history of flight and man’s fascination with the sky. Visitors can learn the fundamentals of flight and the proprietors of aviation. Historical highlights from the first attempt at flight through the modern craft we use today are chronicled in this film that seeks to educate visitors on flight innovation and discovery of new technology.
Flightlab is an interactive experience for the entire family. There are computer simulators and games for visitors to participate in, wind tunnels and interactive displays that educate on aerodynamics and how planes can stay in the air.
Maintaining the Fleet focuses on the interworkings of airplanes and what it takes to engineer and work on them. There is an enormous General Electric CF6 engine from an McDonnell Douglas MD-11 that is on display.
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History Wall uses interactive video, games, and audio to present the history of aviation through collected and preserved artifacts. American Airlines history is featured in this exhibit also.
C.R. Smith Exhibit is home to all the photographs, awards, collected personal belongings, and history of C.R. Smith. The exhibit is presented as a biography of his life through displays. The history of the DC-3 is also presented here as Mr. C.R. was a prominent leader in the design of the aircraft.
1940 Douglas DC-3, Flagship Knoxville is the crown jewel of the museum. Purchased by The Grey Eagles, an American Airlines retirees group and fully restored, the aircraft was presented to the museum. The entire exhibit which included an entire hangar being built and added on to the museum was open to the public on February 22, 1999. The flooring of the hangar is unique in that it is comprised of etched bricks that were used to fundraise for the build. American Airlines also had an investment in the hangar and was instrumental in the project completion.
The C.R. Smith museum is dedicated to the education of children as well as adults in areas of transportation, specifically aviation. The Soaring through Science Education Department designs and implements the various programs offered throughout the year at the museum. Most of the activities are family friends, but there are a few specifically tailored for certain age groups such as children, high school students or senior citizens.
There are also outreach programs available that connect the museum to schools in Fort Worth so that educators can bring students to have an interactive learning experience on the fundaments of flight and the history behind the engineering, mechanics and science of aviation.
Eagle Aviation Camp is a week- long summer camp for grades 3 to 9 that immerses students in all thinks aviation. With specialized programs, museum tours, and many different interactive experiences, kids come away from this adventure with profound knowledge of flight and history of aviation. They will even learn exactly what it takes to become an aviator and meet aviation professionals from throughout the state of Texas.
Saturdays at the Smith offers family friendly programs every Saturday year- round. There are special presentations, demonstrations, lectures, interactive learning experiences and building activities. Parents and children can build and launch rockets, design gliders, and focus on not only the science and technology behind putting humans in the air, but the culture and history of aviation as well.
Scouting Programs are offered all year at the museum for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts. There are aviation, science and technology badges that can be earned through programs designed in collaboration between troop or den leaders and The Soaring through Science Education Department at C.R. Smith museum.
The C.R. Smith Museum has over 35,000 square feet of event space that can be rented for corporate functions, weddings, birthday parties, fundraisers, banquets, meetings, and any other events where a large space is needed. Groups as large as 500 can be accommodated at the museum for a cocktail style reception or dinner seating for up to 350 guests. There is a state of the art theater outfitted with airline seats from first class that seats 100 and large screen presentation equipment available also. Guests are even invited to try out the flight simulator for a unique experience at your event.
Birthday Parties have rental times on Saturdays at either 10am or 1pm and events can last for two hours. Each event has a maximum capacity of 40 guests, adults and children included unless under two years old. If space is needed for a larger party, arrangements must be made well in advance and will require additional rental fees.
There is no food or drink allowed in the museum galleries, although there is a lounge with vending machines that visitors are welcome to take advantage of. There are no cafes or eateries on site.
There is free parking available in the museum parking lot located directly across the street.
The museum and all walkways and entrances are handicap accessible with wheel chairs able to be borrowed from the giftshop as well.
Visitors are encouraged to wear a jacket while at the museum. The temperature is kept cool due to preservation requirements for the many artifacts and aircrafts that are on exhibit. The museum also suggests that to avoid crowds, visitors come at open (9am) or two hours before close which is at 5pm.
There is an onsite giftshop as well as an online giftshop for guests who want to order mementos of their trip and have them shipped back home.
4601 Texas Highway 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76155, Phone: 817-967-1560
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Attraction Spotlight: The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History first started out as the Fort Worth Children's Museum in 1941 on Summit Street. The building the current Fort Worth Museum is housed in opened in 2007. During this time, the museum has improved and expanded, now featuring a variety of both permanent and changing exhibitions. Next read: Best Things to Do in Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Museum's DinoLabs and DinoDig bring to life the intriguing story of the dinosaurs found in North Texas. This story is told through complete dinosaur skeleton articulations of dinosaurs that were native to the Fort Worth region, as well as a replica of a paleontological field dig site. A 62-foot long, giant dinosaur topiary can also be found outside DinoLabs.
DinoLabs, a 3,700 square-foot gallery, provides visitors to experience the enormity of the Paluxysaurus jonesi, the state dinosaur of Texas. The exhibit also showcases several other articulations dinosaur skeletons, including the Tenontosaurus dossi. Casts and fossils of additional dinosaurs are on exhibit as well. The museum's specimen of the Paluxysaurus jonesi is more than 12 feet tall, over 60 feet long, and weighs in at 22 tons. Every one of the dinosaur articulations featured at the Fort Worth Museum is comprised of as many authentic fossils as possible, instead of only fossil replicas. In addition to the dinosaur skeletons, visitors can learn how scientists prepare and study fossils to figure out how animals lived and interacted with their environment.
DinoLabs also provides guests with a chance to determine a dinosaur's size and its environment by measuring bones, experiment with fossils, and utilize microscopic discovery to contrast characteristics of fossil with characteristics of modern-day plants. An interactive imaging station gives visitors an opportunity to reconstruct their own dinosaur, as well as finding the correct flora and fauna for the dinosaur, based on information gathered from the exhibit. Guests can choose the dinosaur's size, skin texture and color, living environment, and diet by inputting the information into the computer.
DinoDig, which began at the museum in 1993, is an outdoor fossil experience. The exhibit, a favorite among young guests, offers visitors an opportunity to "become a paleontologist" while they discover the required skills to unearth and excavate fossils in a replica of the Jones Ranch. The Paluxysaurus jonesi was discovered at the ranch in 1982. The reproduction of the ranch features rock formations based on the real-life dig site and embedded with fossils. Guests can find authentic fossils of snails, clams, ammonites, and sea biscuits. Field guides are also provided for visitors to explore the methodology of fossil excavation.
The Forth Worth Children's Museum, formerly housed in a house on Summit Street, gives children a play to play and have fun while learning at the same time. The museum is designed for infants to eight year olds, as well as for the adults that take care of them. The Children's Museum includes an infant and toddler developmental area, parent resource room that doubles as a multi-purpose space, a natural science area, and a healthy kids clinic. The natural science area showcases a Galapagos turtle, one of the largest fully articulated specimens from the Fort Worth Museum's natural science collection. The turtle is displayed in a large dome in order for the young guests to view it from any angle. Live amphibians and reptiles are also showcased throughout the children's museum in environments replicated from their native habitats.
The exhibition area also includes the kid's grocery, and an indoor block-building space where kids have the opportunity to build a train. Outside is a construction exhibit area where kids can build things and numerous interactive stations that involve water. The outdoor exhibit space is covered by Ricardo Legorreta's dazzling pink "Rosa Mexicano" pergola. Greeting visitors at the entrance to the Fort Worth Children's Museum is a replica of the dragon head from the Summit Street museum back in the 1940's and 1950's. The children's museum also features a handful of the glass bubble tubes from the Hands on Science gallery.
The Energy Blast exhibit space at the Fort Worth Museum explains the progressive story of North Texas and its energy resources through a special combination of history and science. The exhibit brings technology, innovative thinking, and physics to life as guests learn about geophysical formations, experiment with new resources, and calculate drilling directions and depths. Visitors are immersed into the world of both regional and alternative energy resources through dioramas, interactive exhibits, learning stations, and multimedia. Energy Blast particularly focuses on pioneers who through innovation keep energy a leading industry in North Texas.
Visitors enter the exhibit via a multi-sensory prehistoric undersea environment, inspired by how Fort Worth looked 300 million years ago. They then enter the 4D theater, located in the Devon Energy Theater, to experience the Journey to the Center of Barnett Shale. The six minute show explains how the natural gas found within the shale deposits of the region formed. The science and history of the North Texas shale deposits are brought to life in the 4D experience as guests put on 3D glass and take off to prehistoric times aboard "TimeCraft." Visitors to the exhibit will also learn how the petroleum engineers and geoscientists extracted the natural gas with the help of science and advanced technologies.
Another exhibit within Energy Blast is a seismic vibroseis truck that weighs 50,000 pounds, surrounded by interactive games demonstrating the methodology behind the truck. These seismic vibroseis trucks are used to send sound waves underground up to one and half miles. Geologist then input the seismic data into computers to produce 3D images, allowing them to see exactly where underground formations and gas deposits are located. The seismic vibroseis truck is located just outside of the 4D theater.
Energy Blast also features a drilling apparatus measuring 30 feet tall in the production and exploration area of the exhibit, and full-sized command center "doghouse" where guests can experience a well. Visitors can step into the "doghouse" and watch as a real technician demonstrates how a well is drilled as roughnecks work on the rig floor outside.
The exhibition area culminates with the opportunity for guests to "power" a model city by using critical thinking to decide on the correct combination of energy sources required to power a large city. Visitors will choose from a variety of energy resources, such as hydroelectricity, geothermal, wind, and solar. The message behind the activity is that we will need new energy strategies to meet the long-term, sustainability we will need in the future to maintain our standard of living. Energy Blast ends with "Energy Pioneers," a computer station where guests can learn more about industry innovators.
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The Cattle Raisers Museum, a 10,000 square foot museum within the Fort Worth Museum, aims to tell the story of the cattle industry and preserve its history. Guests begin their journey by learning about the origins and development of ranching as an industry, as well as a cultural phenomenon back in the 1850's. Visitors will then continue their journey of the cattle industry and on to the industry's future. An interactive gallery illustrates both the accomplishments and challenges of the past 150 years of the cattle raisers in Texas and the rest of the Southwest region.
The Trail Mural, located near the museum's entrance, is a giant curved mural of Tom Gilleon's Goodnight Loving Trail. The mural's images transition from a thunderstorm to a hot day on the prairie. It features a soundscape of lowing cattle, jingling spurs, Blue's Bell, and plodding hooves that help make the experience complete. Early achievements and difficulties from 1850 to 1890 are featured in The Open Range Trail, such as the invention of barbed wire and rounding up cattle on the open range. This exhibit area also features the Ride-A-Long Roundup. Visitors can mount one of four interactive horses equipped with computer screens for a ride to test the horse's skill at driving cattle on an open range. There is a 5th horse that is stationary for those who aren't able to experience the simulated ride. The horses face a mural depicting the Charles Goodnight trail.
The New Horizons Trail showcases the growth and expansion of the cattle industry from 1890 to 1940,, as well as the hardships faced during the Great Depression. Activities in the space include branding games, the Cattle Car Theater, and "Run-A-Ranch," where guests can build and manage their very own virtual ranch. A computer takes a guest's choices and plots how his or her ranch would fare in the early days of cattle raising over a year's time.
The Vision Trail highlights the industry's modern innovations and more efficient ways of bringing cattle to market from 1940 to 2000. The exhibit tells the story of the rise of "mom and pop" style cattle raising operations thanks to modern transportation. The Digital Trail demonstrates how technology and innovation took the cattle industry into the 21st century. The exhibit features the nutritional qualities of beef, as well as a list of products made from cattle that are used in daily life. Current innovations showcased include virtual fences, GPS tracking, and the bovine genome project.
9/11 Tribute Exhibit
The centerpiece of the 9/11 Tribute exhibit is a full-façade panel called N-101 that once supported floors 101-103 of the World Trade Center's North Tower. The beam was located two stories above the middle of the impact zone. N-101 is made up of three steel columns that are bolted together. At three stories high, it is the largest artifact from the World Trade Center in Texas.
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1600 Gendy St, Fort Worth, TX 76107, Phone: 817-255-9300
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