Texas Discovery Gardens is sensory explosion for little children. A 7.5 acre botanic garden and a 2 story tall butterfly house all for a reasonable price makes for a fun little outing for the family. We coupled the Texas Discovery Gardens with the small but well done Children’s Aquarium right next door and had a great afternoon. My wife and I as well as our 2 year old had some much fun at both locations that anytime we head back to Dallas, while our girls are still little, we will definitely stop back by the the Texas Discovery Gardens as well as the Children’s Aquarium for a quick fun filled visit.
The garden part of the Texas Discovery Gardens has 10 themed areas in its 7.5 acres of space. Those themed gardens showcase a variety of native species as well as plants from around the world. Some of the things you will see on a visit to the Texas Discovery Gardens is a native wildlife pond, rose garden, scent garden, a well-manicured meadow area leading to a pretty fountain, herb garden filled with wonderful scents, and a native butterfly habitat. They have a nice path leading to each garden area with a few fun props like giant butterfly wings for candid photographs of the kids.
Our little 2 year old is a traveler and has been to a few different butterfly houses and ever since she was itty-bitty she has enjoyed every one of them. The Rosine Smith Simmons Butterfly House at the Texas Discovery Gardens made her just as happy as all the rest. She would smile and squeak with excitement as the butterflies flew around her. M would point at the different ones that she would see and has even gotten to the point where she can identify some of them. From an adult standpoint we enjoyed the butterfly house and thought it was interesting that the entrance started at the 2nd floor giving a bird’s eye view of the plants and butterflies below. There were quite a few butterflies and a variety of species to see, and if you are there at noon you can see their newly-emerged butterfly release. The person working in that part of the garden was friendly and seemed really well-informed and was ready to answer any and all of the questions that we might have.
The Texas Discovery Gardens is a nice little outing that if you have young kids your family will surely enjoy. It is not the biggest garden or nicest butterfly house around but it is worth the admission price and if you go during the middle of the week you might find something there that is hard to find at most Dallas-Fort Worth attractions a little bit of uncrowded space.
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Texas Discovery Gardens
Located at Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX
Hours of Operation: Open every day of the week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day
Cost as of this Posting: Adults 12 to 59 $8.00, Seniors 60 and over $6.00, Children 3 to 11 $4.00
For more information visit their website at http://texasdiscoverygardens.org/
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