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Where the Fam Can Partake in a Picnic: The Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

They call it a sanctuary for the senses. And as the oldest botanic garden in Texas, it’s no surprise they’ve got something pretty special figured out. Kids can explore ponds, creeks, wooded acres and 26 specialty gardens, including the Japanese Garden, where little ones can peek at koi and wander around waterfalls. Reach out and dig in the dirt—you know you want to.

Fort Worth, 817/871-7685. fwbg.org

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