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Old 09-10-2015, 09:24 AM
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I've never been there and would appreciate some tips from frequent visitors about taking guests with young kids to Stockyard?
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Old 09-10-2015, 09:35 AM
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This question would probably be better asked in the Fort Worth forum. You might get more responses.
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Old 09-10-2015, 09:43 AM
Location: Austin
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Prepare your kids for a lot of walking and window shopping. I remember the first time I was taken out there, and we had no idea what to expect. I was 8 and it was way too many hours to be out there for an 8 year old. My brother was 9 and didn't complain any less.
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:32 AM
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It's a great place to visit with kids if you plan on a fairly short visit.

Longhorn "drive" at 11 and 3, I believe.

Couple of horse-drawn carriages to ride in, and horses/saddled longhorns to pose on.

The steam train is fun, but of course, doesn't stay at the stockyards. There's a maze to walk through, and some old-fashioned single kiddy rides (meaning the horses you used to see outside grocery stores) .. great little candy store, but as above, it's not going to be a kid's favorite place if you stay too long.

Otherwise, as said above, lots of walking and window shopping ..
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Old 09-13-2015, 06:54 PM
Location: Dallas, TX
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I'll add on to the others.

Do's and Don'ts

See the stockyards at least once

Plan to stay very long
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Old 09-14-2015, 01:22 AM
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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Saturday morning is the best day to go with the kids. They will likely enjoy seeing the cattle drive and get to take pictures with cowboys. Don't expect dozens of cows etc. There are only a handful; very deceiving. Designed for real city slickers :-)

Lots of walking indeed and prepare to see the same stuff over and over in the same stores. Gets kind of boring. If you see one, you've seen them all.

There are a couple of outdoor restaurants that are fine. For the best steak, I would suggest H3 Ranch.

There's a rodeo show on Friday & Sat evening.

Have fun
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Old 09-14-2015, 07:55 AM
Location: Plano, TX
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Don't miss the rodeo show that happen every Friday's and Saturdays.
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Old 09-14-2015, 01:50 PM
Location: North Arlington
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Checkout the Championship Rodeo on Friday night if you don't mind $17/ticket. It's a good experience for out-of-towners.

Go window shopping, look at cowboy hats and take lots of photos. I love to snag a photo in the middle of Exchange St (near the Cowboy Hall of Fame) when there's no traffic, with the "Historic Stockyards" sign in the background. Be careful, obviously for traffic.

The Cattle Drive is cool, but only lasts about 20 seconds. It's at 11:30 and 4:00 p.m. daily.

We also LOVE the patio at Joe T. Garcia's down the street from the Stockyards. It's decent Tex-Mex. Decent, not great. We go for the patio though--it's gigantic and beautifully manicured. It's literally the size of one city-block. Cash only if you do this.
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