Fort Worth celebrates its rustic Western heritage daily by offering visitors chances to see cowboy life, such as the cattle drive reenacted by the Fort Worth Herd. Twice daily, weather permitting and major holidays excluded, 15 Longhorn cattle are driven along East Exchange Avenue past the Visitors Information Center. Shows are at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., beginning at the Stockyards. Visitors are welcome to photograph the animals and talk with the drovers (cowboys and girls) before and after each drive to learn more about the cattle, cowboy life, and Texas history.
The herd lives at the Stockyards and can be visited at their corral behind the Livestock Exchange Building. The city purchased the herd in 1999 to celebrate Fort Worth's 150 years since its beginning as a crucial trading post along the Chisholm Trail. Each steer represents a decade in Fort Worth's history. Longhorns were considered the perfect cattle breed for long drives in the 1800s for their stamina and ability to withstand weather extremes.
Parking, dining, and shopping options are plentiful in the Stockyards area.Still bored? Click to continue: Celebrate all things cowboys Saturday in Stockyards