Travel to the Tropics Family Festival: January 21
Explore the tropical countries where our butterflies come from! Learn more about the Philippines, Malaysia, Kenya, Colombia and El Salvador.
Enjoy crafts, games, and activities! Meet our favorite tropical critters up close at our 8th annual family festival.
January 21 from 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is $8/adults, $6/ages 60+ and $4/ages 3-11.
New! Snakes of Texas Exhibit and Honeybee Tree
Slither on down to our Snakes of Texas Exhibit, which features 15 native snakes! From the light pink/gray mottle rock rattlesnake to the brown bands of the copperhead, you'll get an up close view (behind glass!) of these amazing reptiles. The exhibit was built by hand using recycled materials. It's powered by our Natural Learning CenterSolar Panel Pavilion next door.
Then, stop by our Honeybee Tree in our Butterfly House to see a working honeybee hive in action. The worker bees fly through a clear plastic tube to the outside, where they gather pollen and nectar. A Plexiglas viewing area allows you to see the hive without disturbing our busy bees!
Give the gift of nature to Dallas youth
|We're Texas Discovery Gardens, where children and adults discover and learn to sustain the natural world. It's our dream for each visitor who comes through our doors to leave with the knowledge and desire to emulate our sustainable practices at home. But most importantly, we reached more than 8,000 students this year through our interactive EarthKeepers programs. Educational programming in nature like ours is vital to the health of children.|
In a study by the California Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research, At Risk youth experienced a 27% increase in mastery of science skills after they participated in a nature education program. They also cooperated better, resolved conflict better and had better self-esteem than their peers who didn’t participate in the program. |
But schools and nonprofits lack dollars to bring their children here. You can make their day! Donations from our generous visitors and supporters will go directly to a Scholarship Fund for schools and nonprofits. It's simple: every $8 donation pays the way of one student. With just $5,000, we can reach 625 kids! Donate today and bring nature back to Dallas-area children.
Fun for the whole family
Stories and More! First Thursday of every month from 11 am – 12:30 pm.
Join our butterflies for story time! Make crafts, read a book, meet some special friends and enjoy snacks! Geared for the under-five/stroller crowd. Pricing/details here!
Crafty Mondays Every Monday from 10:30 am to noon. Enjoy nature-themed crafts with your children every Monday. Included with admission.
Butterfly House Discovery Tour First Saturday of every month at 11 am. Join entomologist John Watts for a family friendly guided tour of the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium. Included with admission.
Garden Explorers Walk Second Saturdays from March through September at 11 am. Get out in the garden on this family friendly guided walk! Search for squirrels’ nests, hungry caterpillars, frogs and butterflies. Included with admission.
Daily Butterfly Release Demonstrations
Join us as we release newly-emerged butterflies each day at noon into the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House & Insectarium.
You'll get to meet knowledgeable staff who can answer your bug and botany questions! Did you know butterflies taste with their feet?
You can support Texas Discovery Gardens
See the Gardens!
Located at historic Fair Park in Dallas, Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round organic urban oasis filled with natural wonders for visitors of all ages.
Our 7.5 acres includes the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium. Meander down our canopy walkway as you see hundreds of free-flying tropical butterflies and our collection of tropical plants.
Texas Discovery Gardens is a non-profit educational organization supported, in part, by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.
Bring the Gardens home! See our calendar for family-friendly garden walks, interactive workshops on organic gardening, and entertainment in the Gardens. Learn more
Rentals - Corporate Events & Weddings Looking to host an event or party in a beautiful location? Book events inside our grand hall or outside in our gardens. Learn more
Fair Park Attractions Stay the day at the park with museums, attractions, landmarks and more! Learn more