Central Fort Worth

A guide to the neighborhood

Welcome to the Neighborhood
While locals can (and do) eat, shop and live around Sundance Square and never get bored—seriously, the pedestrian-friendly spot boasts two-dozen retail stores, over 30 restaurants and bars, plus galleries, independent theaters, and the decadently decorated Bass Performance Hall—there’s so much more to experience when you live in the heart of Cowtown. For example, consider this urban area your best bet for aquatic activities short of living on Lake Worth: Sundance Square has fountains the kids can play in, and Panther Island Pavilion is open all summer for tubing on the Trinity. For culture, head west to Fort Worth’s trio of art museums, and hit up the nearby West 7th and Montgomery Plaza areas for eats and retail therapy. If you want to put down roots in an up-and-coming part of Fort Worth, check out Near Southside, a conglomerate of historic neighborhoods with a mix of vintage houses and brand-new town homes.

Education
● FORT WORTH ISD

100 N. University Drive, Fort Worth,
817/871-2000; fwisd.org
Elementary schools: 82
Middle schools: 18
High schools: 16

● BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS
Private
St. Paul Lutheran School, 2006
Fort Worth ISD
Charles Nash Elementary School, 2014
Rufino Mendoza Elementary School, 2003
Young Women’s Leadership Academy, 2016

Libraries
FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARIES
fortworthtexas.gov/library
● CENTRAL LIBRARY
Open daily; Tuesday and Thursday open till 8pm
500 W. Third St., Fort Worth, 817/392-7323
● ELLA MAE SHAMBLEE BRANCH
Monday–Thursday and Saturday; Tuesday open till 8pm
1062 Evans Ave., Fort Worth, 817/392-5580

Health & Fitness 101
● AMON G. CARTER, JR. DOWNTOWN YMCA
512 Lamar St., Fort Worth, 817/332-3281; ymcafw.org

FORT WORTH COMMUNITY CENTERS
fortworthtexas.gov/parks/centers
● FIRE STATION COMMUNITY CENTER
1601 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth, 817/392-2240
● HILLSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER
1201 E. Maddox Ave., Fort Worth, 817/392-7660
● SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER
959 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth, 817/392-6605

Green Scene
● BURNETT PARK
This spot is the ideal park to get away from the noise of the city for a little while. The kids can climb on the netlike structures as you take in the scenery or attend a yoga class.
501 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth, 817/870-1692; dfwi.org

● FORT WORTH WATER GARDENS
The lawn at the south end is great for playing or picnicking, and the kids can climb the terraced stone hill. Stop by the Dancing Pool to watch the 40 aerating fountains leap in the air.
1502 Commerce St., Fort Worth, 817/392-7111

Chow Down
● 203 CAFÉ
Grab some lunch at this fast casual spot on the second floor of the first fire station in downtown Fort Worth. Menu includes classic grilled cheese, yogurt parfaits and breakfast tacos.
215 Commerce St., Suite 203, Fort Worth, 817/782-9004; 203cafe.com

● CHILLS 360
This Thai-inspired ice cream is made (and rolled) right in front of you. Top with even more treats like Oreos® cookies and strawberries.
1005 Foch St., Fort Worth, 817/378.4960; chills360.com

● YOLK
The littles will flip for the kids’ menu with options like s’mores pancakes and french toast sticks. The regular menu has a mix of breakfast favorites and more creative choices—including adult beverages.
305 Main St., Fort Worth, 817/730-4000; eatyolk.com

Family Factor
● COYOTE DRIVE-IN
Catch a movie under the stars with the family at Coyote Drive-In. Arrive early to grab concessions and let the kids romp on the playground. In the fall, look for the return of Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice rink, Panther Island Ice.
223 NE Fourth St., Fort Worth, 817/717-7767; coyotedrive-in.com

● FOREST PARK MINIATURE TRAIN
See the sights along the Trinity River on this pint-size, open-air locomotive. Train rides last 45–50 minutes; bring cash for tickets. Open Thursday–Sunday.
1700 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, 817/336-3328; facebook.com/forestparkminiaturetrainride

● FOUNTAINS AT SUNDANCE SQUARE PLAZA
Take in the city sights and snap Instagrammable pics at Sundance Square, made even more picturesque when the 216 vertical water jets shoot up from the center of the plaza. The fountains are for viewing only at night but open during select daytime hours for play: Monday–Friday 2–6pm and Saturday Sunday 1–6pm.
201 Main St., Fort Worth, 817/255-5700; sundancesquare.com

● NEAR SOUTHSIDE
In this growing, walkable district, try out restaurants like Taste—a pay-what-you-can concept that’s great for a lunch date—or Stir Crazy Baked Goods, and stop by SiNaCa Studios for a walk-up glass art workshop. (They have kids’ classes too.) The district also holds events throughout the year, like the once-a-month concert series in spring and fall. Check the website for a full list of events, shops and restaurants.
Parking at 1201 Alston Ave., Fort Worth; nearsouthsidefw.org

● SAFARI SPLASH AT FORT WORTH ZOO
The zoo’s very own multilevel splash park has slides on each level, animals that spray water and a tidal tank that dumps water. Download the free Fort Worth Zoo smartphone app for easy navigation around the zoo, including the new 10-acre African savanna habitat.
1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, 817/759-7555; fortworthzoo.org/safari-splash

Mom Groups
● FORT WORTH MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES (MOM)
Meetings take place every Third Thursday of the month (except December) at the Western Hills Church of Christ.
8800 Chapin Road, Fort Worth; fwmom.org