|Organized tours during the 2008 General Conference|
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
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
- 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.