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Organized tours during the 2008 General Conference

The hosting committee of the Central Texas Annual (regional) Conference has lined up seven tours for delegates and other United Methodists attending the 2008 General Conference next April 23-May 2 in Fort Worth.

Each tour costs $30 per person, which includes lunch or dinner, unless indicated as "on your own." Visitors can go to the Fort Worth Convention Center and check the tours stand for gathering and departure times.

Check out these tours:

  • Fort Worth’s Cowboy/Pioneer Heritage, Friday, April 25, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.—Tour the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and view the world’s only daily cattle drive at 11 a.m. or 4 p.m.  Visitors also can shop for authentic cowboy stuff and enjoy lunch on their own at one of the many Texas-style restaurants in the Stockyards. After lunch, the tour will move to the National Cowboy of Color Museum and Hall of Fame, where visitors can learn about the diversity and unique culture of the American West, including trailblazers and heroes of color such as the Buffalo Soldiers.
  • An Evening Out—Dinner and Rodeo, Friday April 25, 5-10 p.m.Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at Joe T. Garcia's, one of Fort Worth’s oldest and most colorful restaurants. Afterwards, experience the rustic feel of the Old West in the Stockyards with the "Pawnee Bill’s Western Rodeo Show."
  • Shopping Malls, Monday, April 28, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Enjoy the shops at University Parks, including William Sonoma, the Pottery Barn, Talbot’s, Coldwater Creek, Chico’s and others. Dine at local-owned eateries or a national chain before heading to Southlake Town Center, a premier shopping-and-lifestyle destination.
  • Cowtown Culture, Tuesday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.—Explore three of the Southwest's greatest museums, all within a one-mile radius. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth exhibits masterworks of contemporary American and European art from 1945 to the present. The Kimbell Art Museum has been called "America’s best small museum." The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame celebrate the role of women in the West.
  • Parks and Garden, Wednesday, April 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.—The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Texas, showcases thousands of native and exotic species of plants in more than 100 acres of gardens and natural settings. Visit many specialty gardens, including the 10,000-square-foot conservatory, the rose garden and the nearly eight-acre Japanese garden, a haven of peaceful beauty with waterfalls, pools and foliage.
  • Parks and Wildlife, Wednesday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.—Visit the Fort Worth Zoo, ranked as the top attraction in Dallas/Fort Worth and 19th among the 50 top-rated attractions in the United States. The zoo features winding, tree-shaded paths to lush wildlife exhibits that allow visitors to get close to a menagerie of wildlife—from primates to parrots, rhinos to raptors. Don’t miss Texas Wild!, an eight-acre exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the various regions of Texas.
  • Historical Churches, Thursday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.—Three downtown Fort Worth churches offer interesting contrasts in architectural design and congregational development. First Christian Church began in 1855, and the present "Rock Church" building was erected in 1878 in Roman Empire Renaissance style with a copper-clad dome. After 13 years in a humble wood structure, the Gothic-style First United Methodist Church began in 1887, and its two spires still tower over downtown. St Patrick Catholic Church took form in the late 1880s with roughly finished limestone blocks. Its two towers flank the triple-portal central entry.
  • Money, War and Speed, Thursday, May 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.—Learn the history of U.S. paper currency—hint: that money in your billfold or purse is not paper—and see money being produced right before your eyes at the federal government’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility. What’s more, see the largest collection of Civil War artifacts west of the Mississippi River at the Texas Civil War Museum, enjoy lunch on your own at a Texas barbecue pit known as Shady Oaks, then experience the thrill of speed with a tour of the Texas Motor Speedway. For a nominal fee, visitors can even drive a race car.

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