8004 Winbrook Drive
Benbrook, TX 76126
Phone: (817) 249-8008
Fax: (817) 249-8007
Located in southwest Fort Worth just below the Lake Benbrook dam, Pecan Valley offers two 18-hole courses. The river course provides some challenging moments with two par-5 holes that use the winding river as the focus. Pecan Valley is adequate, inexpensive and interesting. Amenities include a driving range, golf shop and lessons.
Benbrook Stables is a place to revel in the childlike wonder that comes riding a horse. This equestrian center offers trail riding, lessons and birthday parties for those who want to really get to know the horses and hay rides for younger visitors. Benbrook Stables is a family-oriented place, owned by family and established to create long-lasting and unique family memories for years to come. There are also charity rides throughout the year to benefit ailing horses and children alike.
The Colonial Country Club was designed by Martin Leonard in 1936. Initially this private country club only provided year-round golf on one of the most premier golf courses in the world. Slowly and steadily it expanded and today, it offers premier facilities for everything from swimming to tennis and fitness. Apart from an excellent lounge and dining area exclusively for the club members, it also features excellent facilities for holding wedding receptions and the likes. Catering services are available too.
Hawks Creek Golf Club is a 18-hole golf course that provides challenging shots. The course was renovated in 2000 and features water hazards and sand bunkers. Hawks Creek Golf Club also has a pro shop, practice facilities and on-site dinning. The club house is impressive with Scottish styled architecture.
This pretty, leisurely five-mile journey takes passengers from Forest Park through the woods, over trestles and under bridges, to the duck pond at Trinity Park and back. In Trinity Park, the train stops at a refreshment depot for soft drinks and popcorn, the remaining attraction is the old Forest Park Rides built in 1958. Two trains run simultaneously on the busiest days. Children find it the ride to be a great adventure, while parents will enjoy the leisurely pace.
Located in a very woodsy section of Trinity Park, this 19th-century grouping of log cabins is a true delight. The seven fully restored cabins originated in the 1850s. Volunteers who run the operation are adept at giving demonstrations of everyday activities from days gone by including corn grinding, candle dipping, spinning and weaving. Special programs such as pioneer pastimes are often held, showing children how people lived in pioneer times with examples of art, crafts and other displays. Check the website for admission prices and more.
Traveling through Fort Worth near downtown and the cultural district, Trinity Park winds along the river of the same name. Shakespeare's plays are presented in an amphitheater just off Seventh Street in a large area amid trees and slopes. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is opposite the University Drive, a few blocks north of I-30. The trails that span the entire park have played host to annual events such as the American Heart Walk and Mayfest. The paved multi-use hiking/biking trail serves joggers, skaters and runners. There are many playgrounds, shelters, picnic areas and restrooms scattered throughout.
Located inside the Museum of Science and History, this domed theater is a tribute to the past, present and the future technological history. With a capacity for 390 people, the theater features 72 speakers unloading 18,600 watts off sound. It is best to arrive at least a half-hour before the presentation time, as no late seating is allowed.
Fragrant and serene, Fort Worth's Botanical Gardens offer more than 2,100 acres of trails and garden exhibits in one of the oldest and largest natural settings in North Texas. An extensive greenhouse area, housed in the garden's conservatory, showcases tropical plants and exotic birds in colorful settings. The Japanese Garden, a popular attraction among visitors, is tranquil and perfect for relaxation or contemplation. Special events abound throughout the year, such as the annual spring butterflies in the garden, with more than 6,000 butterflies adding color to the already magnificent setting.
Generations of Fort Worth families have sought relief from the hot Texas sun by diving into this cold, clear, spring-fed private lake located in northwest Fort Worth. Once a goldfish hatchery, Burger's Lake is now a one-acre, family-oriented "swimming hole" featuring tall trees, picnic tables, barbecue grills, concession stands, and tennis and volleyball courts, along with occasional sand-castle building contests and related events meant to entertain visitors. The lack of high-tech water slides or wave pools is made up for by large floating tubes, a fountain, and a trapeze for 'swinging' and 'dropping.'
Located on the northwest edge of Ft. Worth and not far from downtown, Lake Worth is a convenient destination. Since there is no full service marina on the reservoir, it is a popular location for sailboat enthusiasts. There is also a large amount of private property along the lake's edge, so make sure you use one of the four public boat and picnic areas when you are there. Fishing for small bass and crappie is popular, and be sure to look for Moss Point and Goat Island, which provide excellent scenery. Admission is free.
Located on the northeast edge of downtown, Heritage Park is a great place to relax along the banks of the Trinity River. There are concrete trails for walking, biking and inline skating, as well as picnic tables and a playground for the kids. It is also the site for numerous festivals throughout the year. Pack a lunch and bring the family for an afternoon of fun.