Things to do on Panther Island


You don't have to wait on the new river walk and bypass channel to start enjoying Panther Island, there are a plenty of exciting things to do on the river now! People from across the community can enjoy concerts and festivals at the new Panther Island Pavilion as well as different types of water sports.

TRVA programs the public spaces within in Panther Island to maximize public use and awareness of the Trinity River and to ensure the area is activated and that it provides opportunities for entertainment and recreation to the public.


Backwoods Paddle Sports at Panther Island Rentals

Paddling the Trinity River is a unique way to explore Fort Worth. Backwoods Paddle Sports at Panther Island Rentals have single kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards available to rent. All options can be a relaxing way to explore new waterways or an invigorating workout which makes it great for everyone! Take a paddle up the Clear or West Forks of the Trinity River and discover Fort Worth from a new vantage point you have never experienced before. This portion of the Trinity River is calm and safe which makes it perfect for a laid back journey.


Panther Island Pavilion

Panther Island Pavilion hub for waterfront activity in Fort Worth. Think concerts, festivals, 5k races, tubing, kayak & SUP rentals, a public beach and so much more! Plus it's home to the only waterfront stage in Texas.

Rockin' the River Concert Fort Worth

Rockin' the River Tubing & Music Series

Rockin' the River is an annual summer tubing series with live music on a waterfront stage at Panther Island Pavilion. There is no better way to beat the Texas heat than jumping in the Trinity River and floating up to the best seat in the house or sitting on the shaded banks with a blanket and friends.

Fort Worth's Fourth - July 4th Fireworks and Festival

Fort Worth's Fourth

Fort Worth's Fourth is a free family festival featured tubing, jet ski and flyboard shows, a massive kid zone with free activities, live music and, of course, the largest fireworks show in North Texas. Each year the festival gets bigger and better, and you can always count on the fireworks show ending with a bang -- literally!


Panther Island Brewing

Panther Island Brewing is now open for business on Panther Island! They opened their doors in the summer of 2014 and their delicious beer is currently available in bars across DFW and they’re adding new taps regularly. They host weekly tours that are open to the public as well as special events so check their website for the latest schedule.

Coyote Drive in Theater

Coyote Drive-In Movie Theater

Residents of Fort Worth have an exciting way to enjoy movies with a modern drive-in movie theater on Panther Island. A beloved favorite of times past, the drive-in offers its visitors a new twist on an old tradition. Equipped with four screens Coyote Drive-In plays first-run movies in digital format.

In addition to the car drive-in, the area can accommodate theater-goes without cars as well, thanks to a pavilion complete with fans and misters. One screen faces north, meaning patrons can watch the movie with the Fort Worth skyline in the background and personally we can't think of a better way to watch a movie!

Panther Island Ice

The Fort Worth holiday season is a lot “cooler” thanks to a seasonal outdoor ice skating rink on Panther Island. Panther Island Ice is Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice skating rink and is located at Coyote Drive-In with the Downtown skyline as a picturesque backdrop. The seasonal ice rink operates from November - January every year.


Tarrant County College Trinity River East Campus

Tarrant County College Trinity River East Campus

The 148,000 square-foot Trinity River East Campus offers a stunning overlook of the Trinity River. The pedestrian friendly campus features a lower level outdoor plaza which connects students and visitors to the river and trail system. Among many other things, the new east riverfront campus will house a state of the art nursing and allied health school and, combined with the Trinity River Campus will accommodate 10,000+ students.