I mentioned yesterday that my mom and I took a short trip to Fort Worth. We went down on the train, the Heartland Flyer, Friday morning and then came back on the train, Saturday evening. It was nice to get out of town and have a change of scenery. I wish the weather hadn’t been so oppressively hot, but that’s what we get for going in July.
President Kennedy spent his last night in The Hotel Texas, now the Hilton, where we stayed. There were photos throughout the hotel documenting that fateful trip as well as this statue in front of the hotel.
Bamboo in Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Besides exploring downtown Fort Worth, our primary adventure was to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. We did not see the entire 110 acres but spent a couple of hours exploring some of the garden as well as the Japanese Garden.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden – Japanese Garden
We were transported to Japan while visiting the Japanese Garden. There was a zen rock garden, koi ponds, and several Japanese style sculptures and structures. We fed the koi and inadvertently fed a squirrel. I think the Japanese garden would be especially pretty in the Fall.
Trumpeter – Bass Performance Hall
We spent quite a bit of our time exploring downtown Fort Worth. There was a variety of restaurants and shops, as well as some interesting architecture.
Horse Sculpture – Fort Worth Hilton
It was so hot outside that we spent some time relaxing in the lobby before heading off to catch the train. This horse sculpture in the lobby was made of of barbed wire – amazing work.
The Heartland Flyer offers an affordable way to travel to Fort Worth without having to drive. There is a variety of things to do in the area that can be reached by foot or using public transportation.