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.
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.
The guides at Fort Worth Tours & Trails seek out storied locales and dish out historical secrets of Panther City through the outfit's assortment of tours via bus or by foot. For walking tours, groups gather at one of two locations: the east lawn of the Courthouse for the Hell's Half-Acre to Sundance Square tour or in front of the Visitors' Center on Exchange Avenue for the Stockyards and Historic North Side tour. The former stops at several spots that figured prominently in the downtown area's early development, while the latter combs the brick streets of the historic north side, home to the Cowboy Hall of Fame and the world's only longhorn herd that hasn't succumbed to Internet stardom as a dancing flash mob. On both excursions, tour-goers have the opportunity to hear a plethora of little-known facts and cocktail party-worthy anecdotes from the city's rich history.
A native Fort Worthian with a degree in history from TCU, Segway Fort Worth's founder Daniel Dase, Jr. has always loved sharing his city?s cultural legacy?it?s just exponentially more fun to do so on an X2 Segway, the most advanced model on the market. With help from the deep treads on the machine's tires, each segway responds instantly to shifts in posture, moving organically and fluidly as groups flood city streets during segway tours. Before his groups of riders get gliding, his company's licensed operators conduct one-on-one tutorials to set all new riders at ease with their new moving platforms. And because Daniel corrals a fleet of these durable off-road models, his tours go places other segways can?t, be it the grassy knolls of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden or the slippery slopes of the neighborhood gym?s treadmills.
Since opening in 1961, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art has built up a world-class collection of more than 200,000 pieces, including 19th- and 20th-century canvases from Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Those masterworks share space with works by artists Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, among others, a collection of American photographs, and one of the country's earliest daguerreotypes. Special exhibitions delve more deeply into such styles as American modernism, abstract art, and landscape photography. The museum also strives to educate visitors through children's programs, book clubs, and lectures by artists and scholars on topics such as why it is unsafe to eat the fruit painted in still lifes.
The flight instructors at Nationwide Aviation take students under their wings and guide them along the skyward path to pilot certifications and instrument ratings. Operating out of Parker County Airport, the company teaches through what it calls the immersion method—a technique that involves placing the student directly into situations that require them to demonstrate ability and improvement. While students log hours in pursuit of their credentials, the instructors stay with them throughout the day, resulting in deep understanding and a personalized approach.