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Fort Worth & Mayfest
It's May so we had to celebrate Mayfest and we headed to Fort Worth to do just that. Just west of downtown Fort Worth is a very small RV Park that we love to stay in if we are exploring Fort Worth. Midtown RV Park is on 6th Street about a mile and a half from downtown Fort Worth and less than a half a mile from where the Trinity River Mayfest is held. You can read more about this RV park by clicking here.
When we come to Midtown RV Park we love to explore the area by bike because there are a lot of fun things to see and do, restaurants, and nightlife within an easy 2 mile bike ride. Check out the Frolicking In Fort Worth article to learn more about a fun weekend in Fort Worth.
We arrived early Friday evening, unloaded the bikes, and rode about 3 blocks north on University Avenue to Sardines for some good Italian food. Stuffed to the brim, we waddled back to the bikes and rode about a mile (thank God it wasn't that far - it's not easy to pedal on a full stomach and a few beers) to the entrance to Mayfest which is along the banks of the Trinity River in Trinity River Park.
Mayfest is a great kids event with carnival rides,large inflatable slides and bounce houses, pony rides, mechanical bull, play areas (hula hoops, sand piles with buried treasures, building are with scraps of wood, hammers, and nails), and all sorts of other kids acclivities. Most of the kids stuff has a fee attached, so if you have a couple active kids, bring some money because you will hear a lot of "can we do this one?". There are plenty of food vendors to choice from, cold beer and drinks, and other things to see and do - canoe or kayak on the river, drive some remote controlled boats, watch the amazing Disconnected Dogs catch frisbees, and much more.
Mayfest has four stages that are for music and various children performances which include: jazzercise, various dance groups, swing dancing, ballet, karate, and other shows and productions. Three stages are dedicated to music which starts around 11 and concludes around 10:30 PM. Music varies from Jazz to country and some of the bands this year included: 1100 Springs (one of our favorite country bands), Brave Combo, Deep Blue Something, The Kildares (outstanding fun and lively Irish music), Blacktop Gypsy, 3 Fools on 3 Stools (fun and funny group of talented musicians), and many more. Performances on each of the stages last from 30 minutes to an hour, so you can experience a wide variety of music and other entertainment.
One of other great things about staying at Midtown RV Park is the number of bars and restaurants that are within easy walking or biking distance. After the music stops at Mayfest, we ride our bikes to check out some of the other lively night spots between Mayfest and Midtown RV Park. With a 5 block radius of Midtown RV Park, you'll find a sports bar, Irish Pub, open air laid back beer garden, country and sometimes rock bar and restaurant, and a down home local's bar. We really enjoyed Fred's, which is a funky hamburger dinner (always packed with patrons munching on his large cheeseburgers and fries) with an outside patio. On Saturday, was the annual Fred Fest featuring cold beer, burgers, and live music (a variety of bands - acoustic, country, jazz, rock) from 1:30 to 12:30.
Staying at Midtown RV Park also gives you lots of choices for restaurants - Sardines for Italian, Fred's for burgers, Thai Pan for Thai buffet, Chimys for Mexican food on a lively patio, Wendy's, Chipolte, and more are within 5 blocks. You can also bike or walk along the Trinity River Park Trail or up University a couple miles and you'll find some more popular, upscale, and well known restaurants like Silver Fox (superb steaks), Hoffbrau Steak House, Chili's, and Macaroni Grill plus across the river is Papasittas Mexican restaurant (outstanding) and Papadeaux for cajun seafood (excellent). Or you can bike a mile east on 6th street to Sundance Square - full of shops, theater, nightlife, and good restaurants.
Saturday morning we rode bikes to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens (if you are into flowers, you'll really enjoy this place, most of which is free to the public). After an hour or so at the Botanical Gardens, we got back on the Trinity Trail and biked to the Fort Worth Zoo. The Zoo is about 2 miles from Midtown RV Park and you can get there by taking the Trinity River Bike Trail and crossing the Trinity River on the University River Bridge. This paved trail is flat and somewhat scenic as it follows the Trinity River for miles and is a great trail for cruising or getting some exercise. We have taken the tail to enjoy the Zoo and to explore downtown Fort Worth by bike. Here is a map of the trail.
The Fort Worth Zoo is fantastic - lots of animals, simulated natural and scenic setting with waterfalls and more, and fun facts about the animals. Plan on spending hours at the zoo. After the Zoo we biked back to Mayfest to listen to some more music, eat a corny dog, and enjoy the cold beer.
Sunday we played golf at Hawks Creek Golf Club - wow, what a great course. The course was in excellent condition, very beautiful, and has some very fun and challenging holes. To learn more about Hawks Creek,
Then to the Big D to start planning for another weekend and trying to earn some money to pay for it.