Top Cafes & Tea Houses in Long Island

Long Island offers a little of everything, including a decadent and diverse selection of coffee houses and cafes. Whether you need a kick of caffeine or a tasty bite to eat, you’ll find no shortage of options in this area. The hardest part may simply be narrowing down your options to the best ones. Here are some delightful picks in the area that are sure to please.

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Top Cafes & Coffee Houses in Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in Texas, which means plenty of busy people out and about. From workdays to weekend fun with the family, a cup of joe might be the jolt you need to make it through the day. Luckily, Fort Worth is home to various coffee shops that are sure to have something you’ll love. Explore this list of favorite Fort Worth cafes, from modern cafes to those with quiet, relaxing workspaces.

Best Cafes and Coffee Houses in Fort Worth, TX
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Cool Bars and Speakeasies in Long Island, NY

Long Island, New York, has a lot to offer on the food and beverage scene. When planning your trip to New York City, check out one of the many bars in town. Long Island has a plethora of bars with everything from drink specials to food specials to karaoke and billiards. 

Best Bars and Speakeasies in Long Island, NJ
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Charlotte’s Speakeasy

For a unique barroom experience, check out Charlotte’s Speakeasy, located behind the secret bookcase doors past Charlotte’s Desserts’ frozen yogurt handles at 294 Main St. in Farmingdale. You can enjoy a cocktail or two while taking in the rich history at Charlotte’s Speakeasy. You can use the password of the week found on their website to enter. Enjoy menu items such as baked clams oreganata, mozzarella fritta, stuffed mushrooms, chicken wings, or stone-fired pizza with your margarita or old-fashioned. They also offer a wide selection of beer and wine.

Charlotte’s hosts live music almost every weekend and are only open Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until midnight. They’re also available for private events anytime Sunday through Wednesday and until 5 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday. Who wouldn’t love to host a special event in this 1920s lounge?


Enjoy some cocktails with friends at Rhum, located at 13 E. Main St. in Patchogue. Rhum offers a unique tri-level venue complete with a rooftop experience if you’re interested in dining and drinking under the stars. You’ll find a full-service bar on the first floor, a dining room on the second floor, and a rooftop bar on the third floor. The first-floor bar offers a gathering space and seating, while the rooftop bar includes lounge seating and a swing. In the winter, you’ll find heated rooftop cottages to provide you with a nice, warm space.

Rhum opens daily at 11 a.m., and reservations are highly recommended if you wish to enjoy a rooftop experience. Enjoy a little slice of island life at Rhum, no matter what the weather’s like outside. Grab a daiquiri or pina colada, and then order some jerk chicken tacos, Dominican ribs, or Caribbean mahi. When you fall in love with Rhum, don’t forget to join their Rhum Rewards for discounts on food along with special Neighborhood Night and Birthday offers.

The Whiskey Barrel

For an experience like no other, check out The Whiskey Barrel at 138 Main St. in Port Jefferson. They’re open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., with kitchen hours until 11 p.m. The Whiskey Barrel has live music three nights a week with blues on Tuesdays, jazz on Wednesdays, and contemporary and traditional rock on Fridays. Try one of their flights with your choice of any combination of their tap beers, wines, spirits, and whiskeys. Whiskey options include Brown Sugar Bourbon, Michter’s Unblended, Whistlepig 10-Year Rye, and Eagle Rare Bourbon.

While you’re at The Whiskey Barrel, order a pub pretzel, wings, fried pickle chips, or coconut shrimp to go with your cocktails. If you’re in the mood for a little something more, go with the marinated steak sandwich, avocado chicken wrap, Cuban, or Barrel burger. The Whiskey Barrel also has a wide selection of cigars for you to try, such as the Ashton 898, CAO Brazilla Lambada, My Father La Opulencia Robusto, or Liga Undercrown Gran Toro Maduro.

Gatsby’s Landing

Gatsby’s Landing is a fine dining restaurant with an excellent bar that features Happy Hour on Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. with half-price house cocktails and wines. Gatsby’s Landing is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays until 11 p.m. On Saturdays, they open at 11 a.m., and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with brunch until 3 p.m. Enjoy this fine dining experience at 1362 Old Northern Blvd. in Roslyn.

While you’re at Gatsby’s Landing, start with a black widow made with Blanco tequila, fresh lime, basil, blackberries, and agave, or a Campari orange martini with orange-infused vodka, fresh lemon, and blood orange. Wine options include La Marca prosecco, Gemma Di Luna moscato, Chloe merlot, and Stags Leap petite sirah. You’ll also find a selection of beers, such as Blue Moon, Blonde Ambition Blonde Ale, and Guinness.

If you’re at Gatsby’s Landing for lunch, try the shrimp frittata with shrimp, egg whites, spinach, and tomato, or the smoked salmon club topped with tomato, lettuce, avocado, and gribiche on a multi-grain bun. Start with the crab cake, crispy calamari, or Gatsby’s sliders for dinner. Savor the macaroni with Gatsby’s vodka sauce or rigatoni with roasted eggplant, taggiasca olives, capers, and ricotta cheese for pasta options. Entrees include grilled lamb chops with pistachio, farro, minted yogurt, and cherries or filet mignon served with sauteed spinach and potatoes au gratin.

Port Jeff Brewing Company

Another great option is the Port Jeff Brewing Company, a small-batch craft brewery located at 22 Mill Creek Road in Port Jefferson. Craft beers available year-round include the Party Boat, Beach Beer, Porter, Schooner, and Trippel H. Special Release beers such as Orange Dream, Shiznit IPA, Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Cold North Wind, Life Preserver Lager, and Overboard Russian Imperial Stout are also available.

Port Jeff Brewing Company also offers several seasonal beers, including Cold North Wind Barleywine, Ice Breaka Winta Warma, and Starboard Oatmeal Stout in the winter, Ryes-N-Bok in the spring, and Boo Brew for fall. IPA options are Low Tide Black IPA, Bash IPA, Dis-Go Session IPA, and 5inko IPA. The Tasting Room is open every day except Christmas from noon to 8 p.m. You can get pints, crowlers, growlers, and flights, as well as beer to-go in the Tasting Room. Tours are available on Saturdays at 4 p.m. if you’re interested in learning more about the brewery. There you have it. The team at MAXIM Hair Restoration of New York hopes you find a bar or two to enjoy on Long Island. If you have a favorite that we missed, reach out to us at 802-370-3227 or via our convenient online messaging system. We’d be happy to check out your top pick for Long Island bars to add to our list.


An established, national hair transplant organization, MAXIM Hair Restoration,  has opened a location near the Texas Capital, located at 811 Trinity St., Suite A. MAXIM is a New York-based entity that operates multiple hair restoration centers in Manhattan (NYC), Long Island, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Northern Virginia/DC area, Sarasota/Tampa, Dubai, Turkey, Manila and Cebu, Philippines, and now Austin, TX. Additional centers are slated to open during 2022 in Albany, NY, Boston, MA, Boca Raton, FL, and Puerto Rico


Where Does the Hair Come from for a Hair Transplant?

Clients often ask us where the hair for their hair transplant comes from. They ask in a never-ending variety of unique and sometimes hilarious ways.  Do you use animal hair? Do you make your hair in a lab? Can I use hair from my brother or another person? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding no, both a Follicular Unit transplant (FUT) and a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure utilize your own natural hair from the back and sides of the head. Hair that will grow, flow, look, and feel just like the hair you have in other areas of the scalp. 

Can I Use Body Hair for Hair Transplants?

Some patients ask if we can use body hair for their transplant and the answer is yes, you can, but not without a serious shortfall. A follicular unit on the scalp typically contains 1-4 hairs. Body hairs, on the other hand, are mostly singular hairs and the texture is vastly different from the head. This is an issue because your scalp is perfectly imperfect in terms of nature’s aesthetic design (with exception to the imperfectly imperfect hair loss). The variety of different hairs per unit make up the appearance of natural flow, texture, and density, so attempting to replace that with a transplant full of single hairs will not result in a dense appearance. The only area where you will predominantly see singular hairs on the scalp is the most frontal portion of the hairline. 

Now, let’s imagine that you are standing on the road looking into a deep forest and you look at the forest floor at the very start of the woods. There you can see the forest bed, right? Now, as you look deeper into the forest, it begins to blend into a variety of trees, shapes, and sizes, creating the natural beauty of a flowing forest. Now imagine looking at the same forest, from the same perspective, but now the trees are all identical, with one trunk and one branch, and they are packed together as tightly as your imagination can squeeze them. It would look weird and unnatural, right? Of course it would, and it would look the same if it were your hair.

Another major consideration here is that 70-85% of your scalp and facial hair are in the anagen (growth) cycle for 2-6 years, spending anywhere from 6 weeks to 4 months in the telogen (resting/fallout) cycle. Opposingly, 70-80% of body hair is in the telogen phase, which lasts 12-24 weeks, with a growth cycle of only 16 weeks. That means the hair transplanted from the body spends very little time present. So you would only see a maximum of 20% of those body hairs rearing their improper textured heads at any given time. So not only are the number of hairs significantly less, but you are also taking a 50-65% deduction from visible results.

I think you probably get the drift here, but I can’t leave this discussion without sharing our favorite infrequently asked question & comment by men:          

“I know I don’t have a lot of donor hair in the back, but what about using my pubic hair? I always shave it anyway.” To which I reply most scientifically, “the only thing that you’ll accomplish by using your pubes is the appearance of an actual dickhead.” 

All jokes aside, body hair is not of the same quality, texture and density as scalp hair. 

Can I use Another Person’s Hair or Animal Hair?

Also, hair is an organ, so you cannot use the hair of another human or animal. Your body would recognize it as a foreign invader and act with haste to kill it. This would likely cause inflammation and tissue damage that would perpetuate further hair loss. Furthermore, there is a very high risk of infection when you use another person’s hair or even artificial, bio fiber hair implants which can have an astoundingly high rate of infection (up to 10%). 

Where is the Donor Hair Taken?

Now that we’ve covered where you can’t take donor hair from, let’s move onto where your donor area is located and why we pull hair from that area.

The donor area is located from the midline of your ears, around the back of the head, below the crown, but above the nape of the neck:

Hair Transplant Donor Region

Using this general area, many clinicians will make a visual estimate based on their years of experience, and they are often spot on. However, there is a scientific method for determining a graft count and how many units can be safely harvested. The goal is that when the harvested area heals, it looks virtually identical to the day you first walked in. Yes, it may be a bit thinner, depending on the no. of grafts extracted. There are a few important factors to consider when analyzing the donor area. The number of extractable units relative to density, the number of hairs per unit, and the size of the donor area are critical considerations for how much hair you can donate. In most cases, a person can afford to donate around 6,000 grafts, give or take, which could be done in two to three transplants. 

Another reason that these hairs are used for a transplant is due to the natural resiliency of these follicles. The hair in the donor areas of the scalp are usually non-responsive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a metabolite of the male sex hormone, testosterone, which causes androgenic alopecia (pattern baldness). That means that transplanted hairs are essentially permanent, so long as there is nothing else inducing trauma to the follicles.

Does the Hair in the Donor Area Grow Back?

During follicular unit extraction, popularly known as FUE (the No Stitch, No Linear Scar method), the entire hair follicle is removed and transplanted. Areas of one to four hairs are removed and then placed in the area where baldness is occurring. Since the hair follicle itself has been removed, hair most likely won’t grow back. Fortunately, this FUE procedure is very strategic, and the physician or clinician carefully removes the grafts from the donor area and spreads them across the entire donor area. This method means that the extracted follicles are hardly noticeable since they’re taken from an area with a dense amount of hair. 

In follicular unit transplantation, also known as FUT, the physician surgically removes the hair from the donor area. The strips are very thin and long so that sutures and linear scarring are minimal. Hair will regrow around the area closest to the scar first, and eventually, parts of the scar may be covered in hair regrowth. 

What Is the Recovery After a Hair Transplant?

The recovery period after a hair transplant varies depending upon which technique was used. For follicular unit extraction, or FUE, you should be back to normal working activity within a couple of days. Full recovery, including showing your scalp, within 7 to 10 days typically.  You’ll need to get plenty of rest after your procedure and avoid strenuous activities after your procedure. You can resume other normal activities almost immediately. To ensure prompt recovery, your physician may prescribe certain medications, including antibiotics and possibly pain medication. 

After follicular unit transplantation or FUT, you may have a slightly longer recovery period. It’s advised that you sleep for a few hours after your procedure, avoid exercise, and rest afterward so that your sutures remain in place. Take medication as prescribed. After any procedure, you should keep an eye out for excessive pain, swelling, oozing from the procedure site, and fever. These may indicate an infection, and prompt treatment is vital to retain the integrity of your hair transplant.

Contact MAXIM Hair Restoration Today

If you’re experiencing hair loss and want to explore your treatment options, reach out to MAXIM Hair Restoration today. A member of our knowledgeable team will go over our services with you, answer any questions you may have, and get you scheduled for a consultation. You can use our convenient online contact form to submit a request, and someone will get back to you promptly.

5 Places You’ve Probably Never Been to in Houston, TX

Houston is an exceptional town known for its friendly atmosphere and forward-thinking culture. Many people flock to Houston annually for vacation, entertainment, and an escape from their daily routines. However, if you’re from Houston, or just want an authentic experience when visiting, the typical tourist attractions might not be ideal for you. To truly experience Houston, it is best to know some fun locations that aren’t often advertised. Read on to learn about our suggestions for the top five places you’ve probably never been to in Houston. 

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Off the Beaten Path in Sarasota, Florida

Florida is a beautiful place to live and visit. There is a slew of wonderful tourist attractions and places to entertain yourself, whether you are a native Floridian or just passing through. However, sometimes it is refreshing to go somewhere new, somewhere a little quieter, and somewhere that truly represents Florida. Certain hidden gems in Sarasota represent the peace and beauty that few tourist locations can. Read on to learn about our top five attractions that are off the beaten path in Sarasota, Florida. 

The Marine Discovery Center and New Smyrna Beach

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If you want to have an experience to remember, visit the Marine Discovery Center and learn all about New Smyrna Beach. This Florida beach is home to the most biologically diverse estuary in North America. The Marine Discovery Center offers several programs for children and adults to learn. Many programs provide a hands-on learning experience for participants with the bonus opportunity to get up close with marine life. With over 4,000 species across the 146-mile section of Florida’s east coast, you’ll experience something new with each visit. 

Visitors of the Marine Discovery Center can choose to take an ecotour by boat, kayak, or on foot. Ecotour guests get a guided and inside look of the Indian River Lagoon and learn all about the wildlife in the area, including birds like osprey, pelicans, ibis, herons, roseate spoonbills and bald eagles. At New Smyrna Beach you’ll often catch dolphins in the wild, and see them swimming along your boat as you explore the waters. Locals love to visit the sandy beaches, shop the boutiques in the town, and get away from the busy Florida tourist scene. 

The Marine Discovery Center is at 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach. The center’s hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information about the center’s camps, ecotour prices, or to reserve your own guided tour, call 386-428-2828.

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is a car enthusiast’s dream! It is recognized as the nation’s second-oldest continuously operating antique car museum. Escape the typical Florida heat, walk through the museum, and step back in time as you marvel at one of man’s greatest creations: the automobile. A must-see exhibit at the museum is “The Art of Ferdinand Porsche and Enzo Ferrari.” The exhibition features classic automobiles that document the skills of two engineers, the creativity of car designers, and the history of two exceptional brands.

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is ready to rev your engine at 5500 N. Tamiami Trail, directly across from the Ringling Museum of Art. Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Adult general admission is $14.85, children 6 to 12 get in for a reduced rate of $9.25, while those 5 and under get in free. The museum offers discounts for senior citizens and military. For information, or to learn about special group rates, call 941-355-6228 or email [email protected]

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Treat your senses at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. While tourists crowd the Florida beach, spend the morning in peaceful meditation surrounded by a colorful and lush garden. This living museum provides 45 acres of bay front sanctuaries for plant life, serving to connect people with air plants from around the world and nature native to the area. Originally established by women, the Selby Gardens comprises a 15-acre downtown location and the 30-acre Historic Spanish Point campus in the Osprey area. 

The downtown location is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to studying and displaying epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, ferns, and other tropical plants. If you can, catch the exhibit “Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica.” It highlights Costa Rica’s Boruca tribe and their artistry and features hundreds of hand-carved and painted balsa masks. At the Historic Spanish Point garden, catch “Seeing the Invisible.” This exhibition is an augmented reality display featuring the works of over a dozen international artists. For the ultimate experience, download the app before you go. 

Both garden campuses are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For directions to each campus, or to learn about the garden’s new cruise-and-tour program, including prices, call 941-366-5731. 

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is a fantastic destination for kids and the young-at-heart. This quiet aquarium offers several programs ranging from family experiences like kayaking at the Mote or animal encounters with some friendly turtles. Learn about sea turtles, then hang out with the animal ambassadors: Smiley, Booger, and Pearl. Just make sure you visit the website to preregister for one of these special programs. 

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. The aquarium is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission ticket prices start at $24 for adults and $18 for youth. Go online to reserve your tickets in advance or call 941-388-4441. 

The Ringling Ca’D’Zan

The Ca’D’Zan, home of the circus royalty the Ringlings, is a 36,000-square-foot house that has been restored and is open to tour. Ornately decorated and designed in the Venetian Gothic style, this palatial building is an American architectural treasure and a tour you can’t miss. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but the Ca’D’Zan capacity is limited so purchase tickets for $10 in advance online. For information, call 941-359-5700.So there you have it. MAXIM Hair Restoration has just shared with you our suggestions for the top five favorite attractions only locals know about. When you want to get away from the busy tourist scene, check out one of these locations. What do you think of our list of ideas? Did we miss your favorite “hidden gem” in Sarasota, Florida? If we did, let us know! Leave a message and we’ll be happy to check out what have you to share. Meanwhile, get a quick assessment online with Maxim Hair Restoration to understand your options. Then, visit our gallery to see for yourself!

3 Best Hoagies in New Jersey

When you’re craving the best hoagie sandwich in New Jersey,  you’re in luck. These tasty sandwiches filled with meat, cheese, vegetables, and flavorings can satisfy the deepest of hunger. Check out this list we made of the three best places to get hoagies around Jersey.

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6 Best Hidden Beaches in Sarasota, FL

In Sarasota, Florida, you can find plenty of beautiful, relaxing beaches, and some of them are tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world. Let’s take a look at what each of these great beaches has to offer.

Longboat Key

At Longboat Key, you won’t find many tourists. It’s about 20 minutes away from Sarasota, and its delicate white sand and crystal clear water make it ideal for relaxing peacefully. Local wildlife roams the area, and bird-watchers, fishing fans, dolphin enthusiasts, and aquatic scientists all love Longboat Key. 

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Parking in the area is limited, so you should show up early or late to find a good spot. When you visit in the morning or late afternoon, you can also enjoy a magnificent sunrise or sunset. People who enjoy collecting seashells will adore this string of beaches. Thanks to the wide range of nearby wildlife, an incredible variety of shells wash ashore. Some Longboat Key beaches have lifeguards, but you won’t find most other amenities. 

Hook Spit and Greer Island 

This pair of islands is at the northern end of Longboat Key, and they’re perfect for shaded relaxation, boat watching, and fishing. Hook Spit and Greer Island are right next to a busy boating lane, but they’re always headed for nearby ports or marinas, so none will bother you where you rest. The pine trees here sway in relaxing breezes, and the whole area feels like a remote tropical paradise. The trees are spaced just right for hammocks, and campfires are allowed as long as you use driftwood or fallen wood. 

Shark watchers enjoy this place because food and fishing waste from the boat traffic nearby attracts them. Residents have reported seeing some sharks as large as 10 feet long. If you take a boat out from one of the piers here, avoid swimming or interacting directly with the sharks. People often call Greer Island Beer Can Island. Both of these places have beautiful scenery that’s perfect for photographs. If you don’t have a boat, you can walk across a bridge from Longboat Key to get there. 

Turtle Beach 

Swimmers and amateur surfers love Turtle Beach for its mild waves, and you can collect fistfuls of sand dollars scattered all over the beach. It’s also an excellent place for fishing and canoeing or kayaking. This beach is near Siesta Key, a popular spot, but nonresidents rarely visit. Bathrooms, showers, a playground, picnic areas, a volleyball court, grills, and rinsing stations are available. 

Pop-up vendors often offer drinks and food, so you won’t have to go far to sate your hunger or satisfy your thirst. It’s about 20 minutes away from Sarasota, and people call it Turtle Beach because it’s a sea turtle nesting place. Visitors can watch the turtles, but you shouldn’t disturb them. You can often see manta rays as well. 

There are several comfortable cottages nearby, making this place perfect for a secluded romantic getaway. The nearby sandbar protects this area from riptides, and the water is shallow for a good distance. However, you shouldn’t swim beyond the sandbar because you could encounter lots of boat traffic and waves. 

Anna Maria Beach 

This beach has beautiful white quartz sand that doesn’t absorb lots of heat. That means it’s a great spot to visit in the afternoon, when other options may be too hot. However, you’ll still be more comfortable with a beach umbrella, some sunscreen, and some water. Anna Maria Beach has a good-sized parking lot, regularly cleaned bathrooms, and lifeguards. The area just next to the access road can sometimes be pretty crowded, but a large stretch of the beach a bit farther away is ideal for isolated relaxation. 

The sunrises and sunsets here are usually very beautiful, and not many boats or ships in the area will obstruct your view. Animal lovers should check out Manatee Beach, a segment of Anna Maria Beach. It’s a great place for spotting those docile, friendly sea creatures. There are many restaurants and shops nearby, so if you want to head to a more remote beach for part of a date or an entertaining family gathering, Anna Maria Beach is the option for you. 

Manasota Scrub Preserve 

This is the largest beach area on our list, and it covers 145 acres. It has plenty of isolated spots where you can relax or get some exercise. A breathtaking range of birds, turtles, fish, and other animals call the Manasota Scrub Preserve home, so it’s a great destination for people who love the natural world. While the coast isn’t part of the preserve, it’s nearby. There are also a few ponds. 

Oak, palm, and pine trees are everywhere, and during spring, the preserve is covered with beautiful, fragrant wildflowers. Some of the wetland areas aren’t open to visitors, so keep an eye out for warning signs. Full picnic facilities, a few hiking and biking trails, and a pet-friendly park are all available. Some of the trails are paved, but unpaved trails may be flooded after storms. 

South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve 

South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve is near a suburban area, and it doesn’t get a lot of visitors. It’s about 45 minutes away from Sarasota, and you can spot plenty of wildlife in the area, including bald eagles, gopher tortoises, river otters, Florida scrub jays, and more. You can explore more than 8 miles of hiking trails and 1.7 miles of shoreline, and the preserve covers 222 acres. 

There’s a butterfly garden, a black mangrove forest, and a canoe or kayak launch. At nearby Lemon Bay Park, you and your kids can take classes about nature and go on guided tours. Dogs are allowed, and you can visit from 6 a.m. to sunset. 

These are only some of the most secluded beaches in the Sarasota area. If we missed one of your favorite places to relax, contact us at Maxim Hair Restoration and let us know where you like to relax. We can also help you with a FUE hair transplant or non-surgical hair restoration services  for men and women to shield you from the sun while you enjoy the beach.

Entertainment and Events in Fort Worth, TX

When you live in a community like Fort Worth, Texas, you’ll find plenty of places to go and things to do. Throughout the year, Fort Worth offers dynamic forms of entertainment that will delight and inspire you. Whether you love listening to music, watching live rodeo action, or witnessing the thrills of the racetrack, you’ll find these offerings and more in the Fort Worth community. Explore the following top picks for entertainment in Fort Worth below.

Attend a Live Musical Performance

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When you have the opportunity to attend a live music performance in Fort Worth, you’ll appreciate the city’s diverse venues that lend the perfect ambiance to any musical event you choose.

Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall

The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is a state-of-the-art facility for entertainment of all types. Built in 1998 in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, the hall plays host to performances by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, and the Cliburn.

The 2021-2022 Broadway at the Bass season brings some of Broadway’s hits to Fort Worth. The 2021-2022 season of Broadway at the Bass features “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Mean Girls,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Oklahoma!”

Location: 525 Commerce St.

Telephone: 817-212-4300 (administrative office), 817-212-4325 (concierge), 817-212-4280 (patron services), 817-212-4450 (season tickets)

Magnolia Motor Lounge

What was once a garage is now one of Fort Worth’s most recognizable live music venues. From alternative rock hits to Americana classics, the Magnolia Motor Lounge brings local, regional, and national performing artists to the stage for performances that pack the house.

When you come for the music, be sure to bring your appetite with you. Magnolia Motor Lounge offers various tacos, burgers, fries, and sides. Menu specialties include the El Camino burger with grilled jalapeno peppers and onions and a slathering of spicy Magnolia sauce.

Location: 3005 Morton St.

Telephone: 817-332-3344

Panther Island Pavilion

Panther Island Pavilion offers the only waterfront stage venue in Texas. Covering an area of about 40 acres, Panther Island Pavilion is the place to be for music and parties in Fort Worth.

Panther Island Pavilion’s Rockin’ the River presents free public concerts featuring established and up-and-coming artists from the Fort Worth area and beyond during the summer months. Reserve a paddleboard, kayak, or canoe and go out onto the water to listen to the music. 

Location: 395 Purcey St.

Rev Your Engines at the Texas Motor Speedway

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Even if you’re not from Fort Worth, you likely are familiar with the name Texas Motor Speedway. With 1.5 miles of track and 24-degree turns, Texas Motor Speedway offers spectators plenty of chills and thrills as they witness pure adrenaline on wheels.

Texas Motor Speedway hosts the AA Texas 500 and the Duck Commander 500, two NASCAR Sprint Cup race experiences. The 2022 racing season will feature three prominent race weekends:

  • March 19-20: NTTIndyCar Series Weekend.
  • May 20-22: NASCAR All-Star Race Tripleheader Weekend.
  • Sept. 24-25: NASCAR Playoffs Doubleheader Weekend.

Fans may purchase season tickets or create a custom ticket package based on the events they’d like to attend. VIP club benefits, infield access, and premium camping and parking are among the upgrades guests can request upon purchasing their tickets.

Location: 3545 Lone Star Circle

Telephone: 817-215-8500

Take a Ride on the Cowtown Cycle Party

You can’t visit Fort Worth and leave without going for a ride on the Cowtown Cycle Party. You and a group of friends can pedal your way to the attractions in downtown Fort Worth on this foot-powered tour wagon that you’ve likely not seen anywhere else but in Fort Worth.

The tour on the Cowtown Cycle Party lasts about two hours, but riders determine the tour routes. The tour wagon can accommodate up to 16 guests, and a driver helps direct every excursion. Full bike tours are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9:30 p.m. Reserve your tour date and time on the Cowtown Cycle Party website.

All passengers must be ages 18 or older. Individuals 21 and older may bring alcohol with them (no glass bottles or hard liquor).

Location: 129 W. Leuda (near Southside of Fort Worth, one block west of South Main Street, and across the street from the Rahr & Sons Brewery)

Telephone: 682-422-9253

Witness a Live Rodeo

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You haven’t experienced Fort Worth at its finest until you’ve experienced a rodeo. The Cowtown Coliseum is your place to go to witness rodeo action each Friday and Saturday evening with the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. Bronco riding, calf roping, barrel racing, bull riding, and more provide heart-pounding entertainment for rodeo fans young and old. Watch as amateur and professional cowboys and cowgirls compete in some of the fiercest competition on four legs that you’ll experience, with competitors from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and beyond.

In addition to the weekly Stockyards Championship Rodeo, Cowtown Coliseum also hosts Bullfest, the six-day, two-weekend 2021 Ultimate Bullfighting (UBF) World Finals. Witness some of the world’s top freestyle bullfighters compete for cash prizes and the title UBF World Champion.

Purchase tickets online or by telephone. Ticket options include VIP and three tiers of reserved seating options with various amenities provided with purchase. 

Fun fact: Did you know that Cowtown Coliseum was the first North American indoor rodeo arena to be built in the early part of the 20th century? The coliseum cost approximately $250,000 to construct in 1908. Today’s equivalent costs would be approximately $6.2 million, plus labor.