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Fort Worth is considered to be the No. 1 tourist destination in Texas, welcoming not less than 5.5 million visitors, from all over the world, annually, perhaps, attracted by the unmistakable mix of preserved Western heritage and unrivaled artistic offerings. The city has attractions for every taste, age and budget, among the most popular ones being considered:
Fort Worth Zoo, the oldest zoo in Texas, dating since 1909, home to numerous animals, gathered from all over the world. At first, the zoo only had one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits, since then, the animal family being multiplied, the zoo housing today more than 5,000 beautiful native and exotic animals.
Kimbell Art Museum, featuring approximately 350 works of art, including Ancient, European, Asian, Precolumbian, African and Oceanic. Although the museum's collection is relatively small, each and every one of the art pieces displayed is a masterpiece, the museum focusing on definitive excellence and not the size of the collection.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, which reveals Fort Worth's history and culture in all possible ways, featuring exhibits that include the Fort Worth History Gallery, which follows the rise and decline of city and interurban rail travel in Fort Worth from the mid 1870s to the mid 1930s, the Native American Gallery, featuring more than 600 exhibit artifacts, the Cattle Raisers Museum, a ''museum within a museum'', a 10,000-square-foot exhibition dedicated to preserving and celebrating the vital history of the cattle industry, and the DinoLabs & DinoDig, which reveals the fascinating story of North Texas dinosaurs, featuring fully articulated dinosaur skeletons, and a dig site replicating a local paleontological field site, to name a few of the museum's highlights.
Each April, Forth Worth hosts, perhaps, one of the most popular annual events in the area - the Annual Main Street Art Fstival, a celebration which draws over 400 000 people, annually, a four-day celebration of visual art, entertainment and culture that feature artists, dancers, performance artists, food vendors and entertainers. The festival is free and it happens, every year, in downtown Fort Worth, between the historic Tarrant County Courthouse and the Fort Worth Convention Center. In 2011, the Main Street Art Festival is scheduled on April 7-10.
Among the top places to shop in Fort Worth, TX, there are:
Ridgmar Mall: 1888 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, TX.
Sundance Square: 201 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX.
Hulen Mall: Gordon's Jewelers: 8900 South Hulen Street, Fort Worth, TX.
La Gran Plaza: 4200 South Freeway, Fort Worth, TX.
University Park Village: 1612 South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX.
Victoria's Secret: 8900 South Hulen Street, Fort Worth, TX.
Zumiez: 8900 South Hulen Street, Fort Worth, TX.
Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop: 1980 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, TX.
Brighton: 8900 South Hulen Street, Fort Worth, TX.
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