10 Valentine’s Day Ideas from the Fort Worth Stockyards

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Want to make Valentine’s Day extra special for the cowboy or cowgirl in your life? We’re here to help! Here are 10 Texas-style gift and date ideas you won’t find anywhere else.


1. A Longhorn for Your Love


Donate to the Fort Worth Herd to help feed and care for these special steers in 2016. You and your sweetheart will receive your very own certificate, Longhorn Trading Cards with facts about each steer, a color photo of the Herd and more! For more information or to donate, visit www.friendsoftheherd.com

2. Boots For Your Babe

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Sassy Pantz, located in Stockyards Station, is a country-chic cowgirl boutique for women. From jewelry and handbags to Western apparel and cowboy boots, Sassy Pantz will have the woman in your life looking like a country queen!

3. Lyrics to Love By


For the country music fan in your life, head to Chief Records. With Fort Worth’s largest collection of country music on vinyl, you’re sure to find the record that reminds you of that special someone.

4. Boot Scootin’ at Billy Bob’sbb

Give the gift of music: Invite your loved one to a special night at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk. Enjoy the nation’s best country, blues and rock music, ride a bucking bronco, and indulge in delicious BBQ or burgers. Buy your tickets here!

5. Rockin’ at the Fort Worth Rodeo


Give the gift of an action packed show at the historic Cowtown Coliseum! With events for the kids like the calf and mutton scramble, it’s Fort Worth’s idea of a perfect date! Purchase tickets here!

6. Dinner for Two at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse


Enjoy a delicious steak dinner at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in the Fort Worth Stockyards. For an even bigger surprise, make a night of it: Enjoy dinner at Cattlemen’s, followed by a concert at Billy Bob’s, right around the corner!  

7. A Choo Choo — For Two


How about a romantic trip for two by train? Travel along the Trinity River with your Valentine or take the train to the Fort Worth Stockyards. Ride in “Puffy”, a 1896 steam locomotive or “Vinny”, a 1953 diesel locomotive. Plan your trip today.

8. Gunning For Love


For a action packed date, take your special someone to the Stockyards Gunfighter. Team up to take on the Wild West and face virtual outlaws in a quick draw shootout or aim at stationary targets. Find more information on their site or call 682-841-0266 for reservations.

9. Saddle Up With Your Partner

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Take a relaxing ride down the historic Chisholm Trail and along the Trinity River towards the beautiful Fort Worth skyline. Brownie points if you give your Valentine a new pair of boots from Sassy Pantz before your special trail ride. For hours and pricing click here.

10. Go Back In Time Together at the Stockyards Hotel


Stay the night at a legendary hotel full of Western history. Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards, there’s plenty of attractions and restaurants to enjoy nearby. Book your stay today.

Do you have other Texas style gift or date ideas? Share them with us on our Facebook

We take pride in the Fort Worth Stockyards for all the unique and special qualities they bring to the city of Fort Worth. We’re honored to be a part of the protection and preservation of the Stockyards and want everyone to enjoy the “center of the universe” for years to come.  Happy Valentine’s Day Y’all!

The History of Billy Bob’s Texas

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Since 1981, more than 17 million people have entered the doors at Billy Bob’s Texas – the world’s largest honky tonk. With headliners like George Strait, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and Johnny Cash, Billy Bob’s is an iconic venue for country music. It’s a focal point for the Fort Worth Stockyards – drawing locals and out-of-town visitors in to experience the entirety of the Stockyards’ colorful history, western-themed attractions and overall charm.

In 1980, Billy Bob Barnett and Spencer Taylor purchased an abandoned 100,000-square-foot department store. With the help of investment partners and some serious renovation, Barnett and Taylor opened the doors to Billy Bob’s Texas on April 1, 1981. The venue was an instant hit, drawing in major stars like Ernest Tubb and Marty Robbins. Unfortunately, financial mismanagement and poor tickets sales resulting
from a major ice storm led to the closing of Billy Bob’s in early 1988.

Barnett was committed to reopening as soon as he could find the money to do so. Thankfully, our dear friend, Holt Hickman (who sought to revive the Stockyards) and Steve Murrin invested in and helped reopen Billy Bob’s in November of 1988. The next year, Billy Minick became a partner, (and eventual CEO) and his wife, Pam Minick, was hired as the director of marketing.

Billy Bob’s hit the ground running. Their New Year’s Eve show featured Merle Haggard and Jo-El Sonnier. A fresh start called for new traditions. Billy Bob’s began capturing the handprints of its entertainers and displaying them on the “Wall of Fame.” Today, over two decades worth of handprints are displayed at the club.

Though Billy Bob’s is known for its incredible shows and major headliners, fans stick around for more than the music. With tasty cowboy cuisine, line dancing and two-step classes most  Thursday nights, and bull riding on Friday and Saturday, Billy Bob’s has a lot to offer.

Billy Bob’s is a big part of what makes the Fort Worth Stockyards so special. We’re thankful for Holt Hickman’s generosity and commitment to revive the Stockyards. We’re glad to be a part of it and hope to provide even more attractions and events through our work to preserve, protect, enhance and engage the “center of the universe.”

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