Celebrate the Great Outdoors at Texas Discovery Gardens

Flamingos in a creek.The Texas Discovery Gardens is located in Dallas’ historic Fair Park and is open year-round for residents and visitors alike who wish to be inspired by the beauty of nature. If you’ve never visited the Gardens, what are you waiting for? It’s an inexpensive treat for the whole family to enjoy.

The Texas Discovery Gardens boasts more than seven acres of botanical diversity, featuring native Texas plants as well as other plant species from around the world. These provide an inviting habitat to the bugs, birds and other native wildlife that call the Gardens home.

Inside the Gardens, you’ll find the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium, which houses a variety of butterfly and insect species. New shipments of pupae arrive weekly from farms in the United States as well as Columbia, El Salvador, Malaysia and the Philippines. Butterflies are released daily at noon.


The Discovery Gardens are the second oldest botanical institution in Texas, chartered as a non-profit organization for more than 70 years. Lovely gardens await visitors and a year-round butterfly exhibit promises to delight all who enter. If you have a green thumb, or just like to look at the handiwork of others, the Texas Discovery Gardens is the first 100 percent organic public garden in the state of Texas.

Events and Exhibits

There are a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, and it’s not too late to get in on the fun. September 27th through October 20th, the Gardens is serving up Texas-sized fun during the State Fair of Texas. The Texas Discovery Biergarten is serving up craft brewed beer and snacks while visitors take a rest from the midway. Tour native, organic gardens and enjoy two daily butterfly releases at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

On October 26th from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., you’re invited to join in on the spooky fun at the Creepy Crawl-o-ween. Spooky snakes, terrifying tarantulas and scream-tastic scorpions are the guests of honor at this educational program that features arts and crafts and slithery activities. Your littlest goblins will have so much fun they won’t realize they’re learning.

So if you’re looking for a new and unusual way to spend an afternoon with the family, why not schedule a few hours at the Texas Discovery Gardens? Admission is just $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, $4.00 for kids aged three to 11 and free for those under the age of three. Every Tuesday is free admission day, or you can become a member HERE and get free admission for a whole year.

The Gardens are located at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at Gate Six in Fair Park, just two miles east of downtown, south of Interstate 30.


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