*This post was sponsored by Visit Fort Worth. I big thank you to Visit Fort Worth for hosting us at The Worthington and for our wonderful meal at Reata. All of the opinions in this guide are my own!*
I am always an advocate of being a tourist in your own city, and that is especially true for staycations! Even though Noah and I live 10 minutes from downtown Fort Worth, we have never spent much time there. This spring is our 5th anniversary and we knew we wanted to do something special, but we weren’t quite ready to get back to traveling. We knew that this was the perfect opportunity to enjoy a staycation and we are so thankful for our time together exploring the city we love.
I’m going to share our downtown staycation agenda but will provide some alternative options to fit your personal taste, interests, and budget!
DAY 1 AFTERNOON: HOTEL CHECK IN
We stayed at the iconic Worthington Renaissance and it was absolutely beautiful. If you are considering a staycation anytime soon, they are offering some great deals for their 40th anniversary (offers end on May 21st). Our stunning suite had a view of downtown, the courthouse, and the Trinity. I also adored the interior design that was a perfect modern representation of this city’s cowtown history and creative funky side.
If you stay downtown, you will not need your car at all during your stay! The weather was beautiful during our stay so Noah and I opted to walk everywhere, but you can also utilize the Dash, Trinity Metro’s all-electric bus that connects downtown with the Cultural District and the West 7th. The Dash is an affordable $5 for an all-day pass which can be used on all local buses and trains.
DAY 1 AFTERNOON: DESSERT AND WINDOW SHOPPING
After settling into our hotel room, we decided to grab an afternoon snack and walk around Sundance Square. MELT Ice Creams is right by The Worthington Renaissance and I’m always in the mood for ice cream, so it was the obvious choice for us. I highly recommend taking your snack of choice and enjoying it in the Plaza (currently closed due to COVID) or in the Sundance Court (between Houston Street and Main Street).
Other Snack and Dessert Recommendations:
- Nestle Toll House Cafe
- Jamba Juice
- Funkytown Donuts
- The Cheesecake Factory
- Urban Plantology
DAY 1: DINNER
We enjoyed Dinner on the patio at Reata and it was absolutely beautiful! If you want to specifically dine on the rooftop patio, be sure to make reservations ahead of time. If you are celebrating a special occasion, Reata is a wonderful high end option.
Other Dinner Recommendations:
- Del Frisco
- Flying Saucer (awesome patio!)
- Istanbul Grill
- Mi Cocina
- P.F. Chang’s
- Risky’s Barbeque
- Simply Fondue
- The Cheesecake Factory
DAY 1: ENTERTAINMENT
Our entertainment of choice was binging Brooklyn 99 in that cozy king bed (because toddler twin parents) but I recommend that you be more adventurous than us! We absolutely love Scat Jazz Lounge, but unfortunately it’s currently not open on Sunday nights. If you love live music and good drinks, definitely check it out.
Other Entertainment Recommendations:
- Movies at the AMC Palace 9 Theatre
- Bass Hall Performance
- Circle Theatre
- Four Day Weekend
- Hyena’s Comedy Club
- Jubilee Theatre
DAY 2: EARLY MORNING COFFEE RUN
Because I wake up the same time every morning and can’t sleep in (insert crying emoji), I walked over to Vaquero Coffee before Noah got up. Vaquero is extremely close to the Worthington Renaissance and if you like morning walks, I’d recommend walking by the downtown TCC campus and enjoying the beautiful North Fort Worth views of the Trinity River.
Other Coffee Shop Recommendations:
DAY 2: BREAKFAST
We grabbed breakfast at Yolk and it was absolutely delicious! We enjoyed brunch on the patio and I definitely recommend you do the same.
Other Breakfast Recommendations:
- Funky Town Donuts and Drafts (a regular stop for us)
I hope this guide was helpful to you and that you plan a little staycation to Fort Worth soon. As always, feel free to reach out to me for any Fort Worth recommendations!