Since 1919, Luskey's/Ryon’s has outfitted untold numbers of cowboys and girls with its awe-inspiring array of all things Western. From boots and hats to denim, custom saddles, and fancy-time gilt belt buckles, the packed racks and stacked shelves of Luskey's/Ryon's threaten to secede from under the weight of so much rugged gear. Keep the sun off with a genuine Atwood palmleaf hat ($45), or strut stylishly in Wrangler men's pro-rodeo cowboy-cut jeans ($26.99). A leather-covered stainless-steel flask ($100) imparts a dashing gift unto adults, whereas Buckaroo kids boots ($49.99) outfit youngsters in rich imported leather that will impress all kinds of people who aren't Grandma.
Nestled among the wooden corrals and brick fa?ades of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards district, Cowtown Winery pairs meats and cheeses with red, white, semisweet, and dessert wines handcrafted by an in-house vintner. Amid shelves stocked with emerald rows of bottles, the winery?s tasting bar hosts daily samplings of premium wines such as the tart Silver Spur red and a pinot grigio with subtle aromas of apple, pear, and aged stetson hat. Live acoustic music on the weekends helps to inspire first-time winemakers as they consult with vintners to design custom labels and concoct up to 29 bottles of their own signature wine.
Walk into La Bella CupCakes on any given day and you’re bound to find a surprise. That’s because each day the bakery makes available three to five different specialty flavors such as salted caramel, peanut-butter cup, and pears and champagne. There are also the mainstays—eight traditional flavors that are available every day, including strawberry frosting on vanilla cake and cream-cheese frosting on chocolate. Unlike any nickname you try to give yourself, the treats seem to be catching on; they keep popping up in colorful arrangements at local events, and since La Bella’s founding in September 2010, owner Elisha Lance has gone from employing a single person to overseeing a staff of more than eight at two locations.
Just off a straight stretch of the Trinity River, the sounds of laughter and victorious whooping grow louder. A curious look toward the hubbub yields a vision rarely seen in the city—helmet-clad athletes of all ages splash along the water's surface, launching their bodies in what looks like the offspring of water-skiing and snowboarding onto ramps, jumps, and railings that protrude from the water's surface like geometric islands. It's all part of a regular afternoon at Cowtown Wakepark, the watery brainchild of 20-year wakeboarding enthusiast Tommy Fambrough. During the course of three years, Tommy slowly formed the labyrinth of water-bound obstacles that visitors enjoy today, earning acclaim from the Trinity River Vision Authority's revitalization project for his riverside paradise's part in keeping the area an accessible and productive part of the community.
Each wakeboarding run begins when visitors strapped into their Liquid Force boards grab a cable and are pulled from the shore-side wooden platform across the water, cutting through the river's calm surface and pausing only to heckle passing fish. Spectators stick to the shore under covered tents and at picnic tables, or recline on the water's surface inside tented rafts. Onsite instructors can show first-timers the ropes, and also lead summer day camps to instill children aged 7–16 with wakeboarding, kneedboarding, and wakeskating basics.
With a trustworthy fleet of helicopters at its command, Epic offers a variety of rotorcraft-related services to the Fort Worth area. Today’s deal gives airspace tourists a helicopter’s-eye view of land-dwellers during a 15-minute city tour ($197.50 plus a $15 fuel surcharge, a $212.50 total value). While an experienced pilot guides you and two friends through yonder wild blueness, relish your new point of view of Fort Worth’s landmarks. This deal is only valid for the city south tour, which allows southbound sky detectives to check out the zoo, the museum district, and Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, to name just a few bird's-eye potentialities. As the tour progresses, your pilot will provide commentary that highlights each point of interest along the flight.
Originally a TWA aircraft, the Southern Cross Douglas C-47 was adopted by the Army Air Corps to shuttle troops to the front. The twin-propeller plane survived World War II and in the ensuing years underwent a series of makeovers. Its career includes years spent as a reliable set of wings for Delta Air Lines, a troupe of skydiving enthusiasts, and at least one head of state. The C-47 is now meticulously restored to its original WWII-era condition and in the dutiful care of Greatest Generation Aircraft, a nonprofit organization that introduces 21st-century crowds to the C-47 during rides and aerial shows.