3 Must-See Fort Worth Texas Gardens with Kids



The beauty of Fort Worth, Texas comes alive through its many gardens around the city. Although there are several to choose from, here are three you aren’t going to want to miss. Whether you are looking for a little water, fragrant flowers or just some classic Asian design, you won’t be disappointed with what these Fort Worth gardens have to offer.

Fort Worth Water Garden

If you and your kids are craving a break or are just looking for a spot to run around while touring downtown Fort Worth, you can find no better spot than the Fort Worth Water Garden. This engineering marvel designed by Philip Johnson is located next to the Fort Worth Convention center. Stroll past the aerating and the quiet pools, climb a few stone steps and hop down into the almost Escher like cavern of the active pool. Just be sure to keep a tight grip on little wanderers. There are no railings or fences to stop children from jumping in.

  • Hours: 365 days a year. Make sure you check it out at night when it is lit up.
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: 1502 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Fort Worth water garden

Fort Worth’s water garden is a downtown oasis from the hustle of everyday life.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

You can plan an entire day wandering the many gardens within the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, but here are two of my favorites. 

Japanese Garden. Quite possibly one of the best Japanese gardens in the country, this 7-acre landscape brings together earth and water elements through serpentine paths, rock bridges, and endless quiet places to explore. Create a scavenger hunt of color for your kids as you discover shades of green, red and orange you won’t find in any box of crayons. Say hello to the local crane (yes, he is real!) and the thousands of Koi fish in the ponds. Apparently they may even let you pet them for some pellets of food.

  • Hours: Monday through Friday (8am to 10pm), Saturday (8am to 5pm, open until 7pm in summer), Sunday (1pm to 5pm, open until 7pm in summer)
  • Cost: $5 adult/ $2 child/ under 3 is free
  • Location: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 
Fort Worth Botantic Garden

The Japanese garden within the Fort Worth Botantic Garden

Lower Rose Garden. Nothing beats a rose garden, no matter what time of year. Descend down the palatial steps into this Italian-inspired garden with vista views and thousands of roses in bloom in spring and summer. Let your kids wander the garden to find spicy, sweet, and decadent smelling roses in bloom. Watch the colors change as the weather cools down and reds, oranges, and yellows take over the landscape in autumn. You won’t see a sight this exquisite outside of Villa Lante, the inspiration for this particular garden.

  • Hours: Monday through Sunday 9am to 5pm (7pm in summer)
  • Cost: free
  • Location: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Fort Worth Botanic Garden

The Lower Rose garden in the Fort Worth Bontanic Garden

Want more info for your trip to Fort Worth, TX? Check out Fort Worth Dining and Fort Worth Museums worth a look.

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  • I really wanted to explore Fort Worth when I was in Dallas last year. I definitely need to get back there to check out the area.

  • Charu

    Brilliant! Gardens are a very strong and soothing point for kids!