Fort Worth Water Gardens

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Fort Worth Water Gardens which includes a fountain as well as a small group of people

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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Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel
Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1701 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX
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The price is $125 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
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Omni Fort Worth Hotel
Omni Fort Worth Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1300 Houston Street, Tarrant, Fort Worth, TX
The price is $189 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,478 reviews)
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Omni Fort Worth Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown
2.5 out of 5
1001 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX
The price is $135 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Located in Downtown Fort Worth, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of JFK Tribute and Flatiron Building. Fort Worth Convention Center and Fort Worth Water ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (963 reviews)
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Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown/Convention Center
Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown/Convention Center
2.5 out of 5
1010 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX
The price is $110 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown/Convention Center
Omni Fort Worth Hotel
Omni Fort Worth Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1300 Houston Street, Tarrant, Fort Worth, TX
The price is $189 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
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Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel
Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1701 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX
The price is $125 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown
2.5 out of 5
1001 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX
The price is $135 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown
Aloft Fort Worth Downtown
Aloft Fort Worth Downtown
3 out of 5
334 W 3rd St, Fort Worth, TX
The price is $116 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Aloft Fort Worth Downtown
Kimpton Harper Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Kimpton Harper Hotel, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
714 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX
The price is $159 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Kimpton Harper Hotel, an IHG Hotel
AC Hotel by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown
AC Hotel by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown
4 out of 5
101 WEST 5TH STREET, Fort Worth, TX
The price is $179 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
AC Hotel by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown
Hilton Fort Worth
Hilton Fort Worth
4 out of 5
815 Main St, Fort Worth, TX
The price is $142 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Hilton Fort Worth
Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown
Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown
3.5 out of 5
600 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX
The price is $139 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown
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