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Fort Worth Water Gardens

Explore this modernist urban water park where a series of pools, terraces and walkways create a unique atmosphere in which to relax. 

Feel refreshed, invigorated and amazed at the Fort Worth Water Gardens, a pretty, modernist sculpture and water park in the heart of the city. The series of waterfalls, pools, sprays and cascades were designed to provide a beautiful oasis for the people of Fort Worth.

The Fort Worth Water Park opened in 1974 on derelict land which had once been nicknamed Hell’s Half-Acre for its unsavory goings-on. It was designed by Phillip Johnson and was gifted to the city by the Amon Carter Foundation. Make it a stop on your visit to Fort Worth and appreciate the architectural and engineering marvel in all its glory.

Wander through this urban park and notice the pretty surroundings. The park was designed to provide spaces for everyone: open, closed, sunken, raised, private and public. 

There are three main pools, each emanating a different feeling. Waterfalls pour down the walls of the Quiet Pool, which is surrounded by cypress trees, while the aeration pool or Dancing Pool comprises 40 nozzles spraying 871 gallons (3,300 liters) of water every minute. Together they create the impression of a misty water bridge. 

The most glorious aspect of the park, however, is the Active Pool. Watch as water pours down steep stone steps to a 40-foot-deep (12-meter) gorge below. Walk along the elevated walkway and free-standing steps for an exhilarating experience. Interestingly, the futuristic look of the pool was used in the filming of the science fiction movie Logan’s Run. 

Enjoy a pleasant afternoon exploring the huge park and discovering its fascinating engineering. There are walkways to amble along, terraces from which to get a better view and a central plaza. In the middle of the park is a large concrete mountain designed in a truly modernist style. 

The Fort Worth Water Gardens are located in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center. Visit at any time. The public gardens are open free of charge year-round. Find good access by public transportation or drive and use the metered parking available nearby.


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Omni Fort Worth Hotel $159
Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Omni Fort Worth Hotel

1300 Houston Street, Tarrant, Fort Worth, TX
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Fort Worth, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fort Worth Water Gardens and Bass Performance Hall. Fort Worth T&P Station is only a 5-minute walk and Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center is 8 minutes.

    Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown $84
    Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown

    Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown

    1001 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Fort Worth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of JFK Tribute, Fort Worth Convention Center, and Fort Worth Water Gardens. Sundance Square and Medical Center of Fort Worth are also within 15 minutes. Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center is only a 2-minute walk and Fort Worth T&P Station is 11 minutes.

      Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown/Convention Center $84
      Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown/Convention Center

      Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown/Convention Center

      1010 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Fort Worth, this hotel is steps from Flatiron Building and Fort Worth Convention Center. Fort Worth Water Gardens and Sundance Square are also within 10 minutes. Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center is only a 4-minute walk and Fort Worth T&P Station is 8 minutes.

        Aloft Fort Worth Downtown $111
        Aloft Fort Worth Downtown

        Aloft Fort Worth Downtown

        334 W 3rd St, Fort Worth, TX
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Fort Worth, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Circle Theatre and Sundance Square. Fort Worth Convention Center and Fort Worth Water Gardens are also within 15 minutes. Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center is 11 minutes by foot and Fort Worth T&P Station is 14 minutes.

          Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fort Worth Downtown $78
          Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fort Worth Downtown

          Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fort Worth Downtown

          1111 W Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Fort Worth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort Worth Convention Center, Panther Island Pavilion, and Cook Children's Medical Center. Sundance Square and Will Rogers Memorial Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). Fort Worth T&P Station is 13 minutes by foot and Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center is 20 minutes.

            Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown $110
            Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown

            Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown

            600 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Fort Worth, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bass Performance Hall and Sundance Square. Fort Worth Convention Center and Fort Worth Water Gardens are also within 10 minutes. Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center is 6 minutes by foot and Fort Worth T&P Station is 14 minutes.

              Hilton Downtown Fort Worth $110
              Hilton Downtown Fort Worth

              Hilton Downtown Fort Worth

              815 Main St, Fort Worth, TX
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Fort Worth, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of JFK Tribute, Bass Performance Hall, and Fort Worth Convention Center. Sid Richardson Museum and Sundance Square are also within 10 minutes. Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center is only a 5-minute walk and Fort Worth T&P Station is 11 minutes.

                Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel $103
                Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel

                Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel

                1701 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Fort Worth, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fort Worth Water Gardens and Medical Center of Fort Worth. Fort Worth Convention Center and Sundance Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Fort Worth T&P Station is 5 minutes by foot and Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center is 8 minutes.