Cowboys & Cattles

My fascination with Texas is deeply rooted on Cowboys and the Old West era. I’d love to turn back the hands of time and experience the old ways of the West. I know I may not last long since it means no cellphones and wifi, but I’m willing to risk it for my curiosity. (Lol!) Who doesn’t want badass names like Wild Bill and Sundance Kid? I know I do. How does Calamity Jen sound? 😛

I was back in Texas again after three years and I try to do something new every time. Since I was staying in Fort Worth for a couple of days, I found myself captivated by the Stockyards National Historic District. As expected, I fell in love with its charm!

DSC_2226 DSC_2314

What To Do:

Plenty to do at Stockyards: From concerts, rodeo shows, petting farms, shopping, and dining.



What To See:

Stockyards is definitely made for tourists but I think that’s a good thing this time. This quaint little town is also full of history and you can tell that it’s been well cared for. The highlight is the cattle drive which occurs twice a day, first is at 11:30 am and the next one is at 4 in the afternoon.  I was there for the first cattle drive of the day. It was also my first time to see the iconic Texas Longhorns up close!


DSC_2295 DSC_2297 DSC_2299 DSC_2300

Where To Eat:

Is it bad to have BBQ after watching the cattle drive?! Don’t judge!

You can’t be in Texas and not have BBQ! I had a really good beef brisket sandwich at Riscky’s.



Needless to say, I highly recommend Fort Worth’s Stockyards National Historic District to y’all. Yes, Y’ALL. So if you’re ever in Dallas and have time to spare, drive an hour to Stockyards for a good ole Western experience.


For more information, visit Fort Worth Stockyards.


If you enjoyed this post, let me know your thoughts by commenting below. You can also follow me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more of my adventures!


Jen is a Chicago-based traveler and a full-time Director of Development for an arts & culture organization. Originally from Connecticut, she created JetsettingJen as a place to share her travel stories and photos with friends and family. Now, it is a place for adventurers, explorers and dreamers. Its purpose is to inspire and encourage people to see the world and achieve a better work-life balance.