National Parks / Natural World
Fort Worth Botanic Garden Fort Worth
Where is it at?
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Road
Tel: 817 392-5510
Where are we going today?
Did you know that the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is actually the OLDEST botanic garden in the entire state of Texas?! That's pretty impressive! It's been entertaining families with nature since all the way back in 1934, so it's a pretty special place.
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is 110 acres of amazing colors, plants, and gardens. There are actually over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants which sit across 23 speciality gardens, so those little green thumbs are in for a treat!
Depending on the type of garden you like, there will be something for you. The Conservatory is 10,000 square feet of tropical foliage, with winding paths, kaleidoscopes of flowers, and exotic trees from all across the globe!
An amazing experience for the senses is the Fragrance Gardens, with dozens of scented plants that the kids will just love running up to and exploring! Here's a tip kids - rub the leaves and see what happens! With fountains and ivy covered fences, it's a great place to enjoy quality time with the children.
We're in Texas, so it's only fitting that the Fort Worth Botanic Garden has a Texas Native Forest Boardwalk, which really is a living outdoor classroom! The elevated boardwalk has viewing platforms and educational features, where kids can learn all about the amazing forest that surround them.
There are also fun things for the children - like log beams to balance on, hollow trees to crawl through, and even a "log hotel" so they can see what kind of animals live in a forest habitat!
Fort Worth Botanic Garden have thought of it all, which is why they have PLENTY of family activities for you to enjoy! There is a fun Backyard Vegetable Garden where once a month kids aged over 4 years can enjoy fun gardening activities. There is a monthly program in the sensory garden for those little spouts, and once a month "family drop ins" where there is a very cool evening program for the entire family.
Nature at it's best in this family friendly Fort Worth Botanic Garden! Let's get those green thumbs having a great family day out!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsConservatory $2. Japanese Garden $5
- ChildrenAges 4 to 12: Conservatory $1. Japanese Garden $3
- Free Under: 4 years
When can we go?
Grounds open dawn to dusk daily. Garden Center and Conservatory keep different hours. Check before y
All year round.
Just get in contact with the education office to book your school program. .
The Gardens Restaurant is located on 3220 Rock Springs Road, and is a great place to enjoy the garden as you tuck into lunch or snacks.
There are healthy options, like salmon, grilled wraps and chicken. .
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, just give them a call to see what assistance they can give you .
Can I get one of those?
The gift shop is a great place to visit to pick up amazing Asian inspired items - from sake sets to chopsticks. Part of the Japanese Garden. .
If you love the gardens, you can join the Botanical Society which offer you great discounts, and you help keep the gardens going for families in the future.
What people are saying?
by Kabor Lee
My sister was visiting from Colorado and I took here there yesterday, 1/19/15, afternoon. I was going to pay for us to get into the Japanese Garden, however, we were not able to get in. The lady at the front said we can't get in to do photoshoot, which was not the case. We wanted to just go in and see and maybe take a few photos. We were a party of 4 with just a regular digital camera. No other photo equipment was with us. Photoshoot and taking photos are two different things. I am not a photographer. Everyone was dressed in either shorts or leggings...Read More
by Kelvin Sun
This is a beautiful botanic garden. I come here almost every spring to look at flowers. Sometimes, I stop by this garden on my way to Abilene. The botanic garden is just right off Interstate 30. Very convenient for me to exit the freeway to look into this garden before I continue west towards Abilene to see my friends.
by Justin Joseph
Great customer service, great food, and great experience. Overall, just an excellent place to go to.
by Josh Bare
Wow - that Japanese Garden is the best I've seen anywhere! Incredible koi in the water, beautiful plant material, arched bridges - it is all here. The kids had a great time too.
by Jonathan Long
The botanic gardens are really nice, but the Japanese gardens is what really make these gardens stand out.
by Kabor Lee
My sister was visiting from Colorado and I took here there yesterday, 1/19/15, afternoon. I was going to pay for us to get into the Japanese Garden, however, we were not able to get in. The lady at the front said we can't get in to do photoshoot, which was not the case. We wanted to just go in and see and maybe take a few photos. We were a party of 4 with just a regular digital camera. No other photo equipment was with us. Photoshoot and taking photos are two different things. I am not a photographer. Everyone was dressed in either shorts or leggings and t-shirts except for my sister who had a casual dress on. We were denied getting into the garden, which I'm not happy about because I was just planning on showing her the garden and having my husband take some pictures with me and her before she leaves to go back to Colorado. This was my first time there at the garden and I can't even get in. Therefore, I am making this complaint and hope to spread the word to others to not take anyone there to that garden. I could understand someone paying $75 an hour for photoshoots. To me, photoshoots would be a photographer who has a really nice and expensive camera and photo equipments. The person at the front said my sister can't go in dressing the way she did. All she had on are some heels with a flowing dress that anyone could wear during the summer. I have some friends who were able to get in before dressing like that or even in matching color outfits without having to pay $75. I'm not happy about my experience there and will never return again or recommend anyone else to take their visitors there.