“Fort Worth is an ideal location for all types of religious tour groups and meetings,” said Estela Martinez-Stuart, CTA, director of tourism, Fort Worth
Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Visitors to our city will enjoy our affordable and family-friendly attractions.”When religious groups travel to Fort Worth, they will want to explore the rich culture in the city as well as historic religious sites.
Top Religious Attractions in Fort Worth
The Tandy Archeological Museum in the A. Webb Library holds Holy Land artifacts from the biblical town of Timnah. Pottery, maps and more are fascinating pieces from antiquity. In summer 2012 a six-month special Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit will feature biblical artifacts and some of the world’s earliest biblical manuscripts.
The Marty Leonard Chapel, just five miles from downtown Fort Worth, is an interfaith chapel on the grounds of the Lena Pope Home, Inc. Since its beginning in 1990, the chapel has provided an environment for worship, prayer and celebration. The chapel’s primary purpose is to serve the members of the Lena Pope home, but it also hosts weddings and other ceremonies and welcomes group tours.
The Kimbell Art Museum is now the permanent home to Michelangelo’s first painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony. Painted when Michelangelo was 12 or 13 years old, the painting depicts the Egyptian saint’s vision of levitating into the air and withstanding the attacks of demons. Also see the six permanent collections at Kimbell featuring Antiquities, European, Asian, Pre-Columbian, African and Oceanic Art.
Sightseeing Tours in Fort Worth
GPSmyCity.com offers a self-guided walking tour of religious sites in Fort Worth. The two-hour tour includes stops at First Christian Church, St. Patrick Cathedral, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church.
FortWorthTours.com offers a historical tour of Fort Worth. Your group will see a variety of sites from historian Dawson Granade’s point of view. Included in the tour: the bluff near the original “fort” where Fort Worth began, historical marker of Fort Worth’s first school and the North Fort Worth Historical Society Museum.
The Fort Worth Zoo has 42 endangered species and 12 main exhibits to explore. Check out the Texas Wild! exhibit to see a variety of Texas species.
“Cowtown,” as some people call Fort Worth, earned this nickname from Longhorn cattle drives. Twice a day (11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.) you can witness a Texas Longhorn cattle drive down Exchange Street in the Stockyards National Historic District.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra offers special rates for groups of 10 or more at Bass Performance Hall as well as groups of 12 or more for concerts at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
Religious-Friendly Festivals & Events
The One Voice Christian concert series is held every summer at Six Flags in Arlington, just 25 minutes outside of downtown Fort Worth. Featured performers have been Newsboys, Skillet, The Afters and Pillar.
The annual Fort Worth Greek Festival is in November at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. It features live Greek music and authentic Greek dishes.
Take your group to the year round Stockyards Championship Rodeo in the Cowtown Coliseum to see bull riding, tie down roping, barrel racing and more.
–By Nicola Trumbull