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January 8, 2002
Getting there is a breeze with the TRE
Take the train for work and fun between Dallas and Fort Worth!
Round up the family, bypass the traffic and get ready for a fun day in Fort Worth by riding the Trinity Railway Express!
In downtown Fort Worth, trains serve the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), at 9th & Jones streets. The building will be formally dedicated on January 12. The last stop from Dallas is the historic T & P Station, at West Lancaster and Throckmorton streets. Weekday TRE trains operate westbound from approximately 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., with 14 trips from Union Station in Dallas and 11 returning trips from Fort Worth. Schedule information is available at train stations, by calling DART at 214-979-1111 or by visiting DART.org.
On Saturdays, TRE trains operate westbound from 8:50 a.m. to 10:50 p.m., with eight trips from Union Station and nine returning trips from Fort Worth. There is no Sunday service on TRE. Roundtrip fare between Dallas and Fort Worth is always $4 with the Day Pass, which also includes all DART and T services.
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (the T) operates regular bus routes and circulator services from downtown stations to the city's major attractions, as well as neighborhoods around the city. For T schedule information, call 817-215-8600, visit www.the-T.com or www.trinityrailwayexpress.org.
Saturday service just for fun!
There's lots to do when you get to the city where the West begins -- and plenty of time to explore all that Fort Worth has to offer. The last train to Dallas leaves at 10:15 p.m. Bus and trolley shuttle service is available on Saturdays, departing from the ITC Station to many of Fort Worth's major attractions.
The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau (800-433-5747, www.fortworth.com) has information centers open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all three major destinations - and their free Visitors Guide and Calendar of Events is a great way to start your visit.
Downtown/Sundance Square (www.sundancesquare.com) boasts 20 blocks of pedestrian-friendly shopping, dining, live theater, movies and music. Turn-of-the-century buildings and modern skyscrapers bustle with business by day, but come twilight, the district is filled with energetic nightlife. The Downtown/Sundance Square Visitors Center (817-336-8791) is located at 415 Throckmorton Street.
T Bus Route 1 to Downtown/Sundance Square operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., departing Saturdays from the ITC Station every 15 minutes and picking up returning visitors at Sixth & Houston streets.
- Restaurants range from new American cuisine at Angeluna, 215 E. Fourth Street (817-334-0080) to beer and ribs at Riscky's Bar-B-Q (817-877-3306), 300 Main Street. Enjoy a Texas-size hamburger at Billy Miner's (817-877-3301), 150 West Third Street.
- Shop for unusual perfume, fine jewelry and gifts in the many boutiques and galleries tucked into historic buildings. Sample the European-style accessories for ladies and great selection of gentlemen's gifts at Mayfair on Main Street (817-336-0989), 311 Main Street. Art lovers will want to look at the works of 20 local, national and international artists at the Milan Gallery (817-338-4278), 408 Houston Street; or browse the largest collection of paintings by Thomas Kinkade, the "painter of light," at Kinkade Family Galleries (817-335-2060), 302 Main Street. Browse the many art-inspired gifts and view the 3-dimensional Ruckus Rodeo by sculptor Red Grooms, an immense "sculpto-pictorama" that recreates the chaos, humor, entertainment and danger that characterize the Fort Worth rodeo currently on display in the Modern at Sundance Square at 410 Houston Street now through Feb. 3.
- Popular live music venues include The Flying Saucer, (817-336-7468) at 111 E. Fourth Street, and City Streets (817-335-5400) at 412 Commerce Street.
- Relax in the gem-like Fort Worth Water Gardens; designed by world-famous architect Philip Johnson, it is at the south end of town a short walking distance from the ITC.
Stockyards National Historic District, once the cattle capital of the West, is now popular for shopping, dining, boot scootin' and saloon swinging. Authentic western buildings house shops, restaurants and saloons.
T Circulator Route 15, the Stockyards Trolley, operates from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., departing Saturdays from the ITC Station on the hour for the 20-minute trip to the Stockyards, then picking up returning visitors at Main & Exchange streets at 20 minutes past the hour.
- Popular restaurants include Lonesome Dove Western Bistro (817-740-8810), 2406 N. Main Street, featuring the award-winning Western cuisine of Chef Tim Love; H-3 Ranch Restaurant & Booger Red's Bar (817-624-1246), 109 E. Exchange Avenue, featuring spit-grilled chicken, grilled pork tacos and roast corn; and Star Café (817-624-8701), 111 W. Exchange Avenue, featuring big burgers, onion rings and chicken fried steak.
- Savor the sawdust flavor of White Elephant Saloon (817-624-1887), 106 E. Exchange Avenue, an Old West saloon with live country & western music nightly.
- Shop at Stockyards Station (817-625-9715), 140 E. Exchange Avenue, for Western-oriented items - from Old West souvenirs to new recordings by cowboy artists, from great Texas wines to handcrafted western jewelry. Find handcrafted boots and saddles at stores along Exchange Avenue, where real cowboys shop for specialty belt buckles and tooled leather vests.
- Cowtown Coliseum (817-625-1025), 121 E. Exchange Avenue, hosts Wild West shows year-round.
- An authentic Longhorn Cattle Drive takes place twice daily at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. down Exchange Avenue.
- The Stockyards Visitor Information Center (817-624-4741) is located at 130 E. Exchange.
- Billy Bob's Texas (2520 Rodeo Plaza, 817-624-7117, www.billybobstexas.com) is the world's largest honky tonk and always worth a visit. It's open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. There's a handprint Wall of Fame, celebrating the many performers who have performed on their stage, a photo bull for souvenir pictures, general store and restaurant.
Fort Worth's famed Cultural District is minutes from downtown - and a perfect family destination. World-class museums are located within walking distance of each other near the intersection of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Montgomery Street.
T Bus Route 7, a trolley-style bus, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., departing from ITC Station every 30 minute to the Cultural District, and picking up returning visitors on the half-hour at Lancaster and Montgomery streets. Stops are conveniently located along the route.
- Kimbell Art Museum (817-332-8451), designed by internationally acclaimed architect Louis Kahn, is often called "the best small museum in America."
- Amon Carter Museum (817-738-1933) has a brand new addition, and is renowned for its magnificent collection of American works of art.
- Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (817-738-9215) is a showcase of modern and contemporary art.
- Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (817-255-9300) houses popular interactive exhibits and the Omni Theater.
- Shoppers will enjoy the specialty shops in all the museums, and the Kimbell Museum Restaurant is a handy and popular solution when art lovers get hungry.
- The Route 7 trolley also goes along University Boulevard, stopping at University Village Shopping Center, home to many specialty shops and restaurants.
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