If you are looking for a beautiful place to spend quality time outdoors with your kids in the Fort Worth area, you must visit the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
According to their website, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in the state of Texas covering an area of about 110 acres with 22 specialized gardens. Best of all, most of it is FREE! It turned out to be the perfect place for the kids and I to hang out on a cloudy April morning while the hubby was attending meetings.
Although I am not a big fan of driving in big city traffic, the Botanic Garden was fairly easy to find. When we arrived, there was plenty of free parking available. Since this was our first time visiting, we pulled up through the main entrance and parked in front of the main building to get some information and maps. The guest services attendant at the garden center was kind and very helpful.
We began our walk on the courtyard behind the Garden Center and walked through the Adelaide Polk Fuller Garden all the way to the Texas Native Forest Boardwalk. The kids loved observing the cute squirrels we found along the path.
On the Boardwalk, they had blast playing with the whisper tubes along the way as well as looking at all the fun informational boards and activities for kids.
At the end of the Boardwalk, we crossed the street into the rose gardens. I am not exactly sure what was happening there but it seemed like a lot of the garden was being replanted. There were a few beds with blooming flowers but not as many as I hoped. I imagine it must be an amazing place when the roses in all the flower beds are in bloom. The kids did enjoyed looking at the fountains.
Our last and favorite stop was the Japanese Garden. This is one of the few sections of the Botanic Garden that charges an entrance fee for anyone over 4 years of age. It is so worth it though!
The Japanese Garden is absolutely stunning. Complete with Koi ponds, bridges, waterfall, and beautifully crafted gardens. The kids’ favorite part was feeding the fish in the ponds throughout the garden. As for me, I enjoyed watching the kids appreciate the natural beauty all around them.
We spent about 3 hours walking around and I only had to carry the 2 year old for a little bit on the walk back to the car, which is a win for me. They were just so excited to look at everything!
Here are some pictures I took…
Do you know of any other fun outdoor activities for kids in the Fort Worth area? Please share with me in the comments below.