Spring is in bloom, and along with warmer temperatures and more daylight, fields of flowers are one of the season’s gifts. Whether you’re looking for a family photo op or want to teach your kids about how things grow, you don’t have to go far to find spectacular displays. Here are some of our favorite spots across Dallas-Fort Worth.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve // Plano
Where 6701 W. Parker Road
What you’ll see Within Plano city limits, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a natural respite left largely undisturbed. With three distinct ecoregions, the preserve is worth a visit this spring. The Blackland Prairie offers abundant wildflowers—bluebonnets, Indian blanket, winecup, horsemint and many types of yellow daisies. The flowering vines often attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. We recommend trekking to the observation tower for a bird’s-eye view of the park.
Bluebonnet Trails // Ennis
Where 204 W. Knox St.
What you’ll see If you’re looking for a sea of blue, visit Ennis Bluebonnet Trails. During April (most likely the second and third weeks of the month; check the website for updates on the status of the blooms), journey down 40 miles of mapped driving trails nestled in bluebonnet and wildflower fields. They’re believed to be the oldest such trails in the state. This year’s Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival—featuring arts and crafts, food, live music and children’s activities, in addition to the beautiful flowers—is set for April 16–18.
Admission There is no charge to drive the trails. The festival is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and Fort Worth Botanic Garden // Fort Worth
Where BRIT at 1700 University Drive; Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
What you’ll see Plan a two-stop adventure with your family at BRIT and Fort Worth Botanic Garden. A wonderland for plant lovers, the BRIT features a wide array of wildflowers (including bluebonnets) throughout the campus. As the oldest garden of its kind in Texas, Fort Worth Botanic Garden covers 111 acres, with 22 gardens displaying regional fauna and flora. Visitors can also view some nonlocal beauties, such as more than 1,600 species of begonia and orchids. Admission The BRIT is free; $12 for visitors of all ages at the Botanical Garden.
Cedar Hill State Park // Cedar Hill
Where 1570 West FM 1382
What you’ll see Two ecosystems intersect to provide a unique array of plants across this park’s 1,200 acres. The landscape includes brown-eyed Susan, American basket-flower, Barbara’s buttons and bluebonnets. For a perfect nature walk, we suggest stopping at the Penn Farm Agricultural History Center and the rolling hills near the park’s entrance on North Spine Road.
Admission $7 for adults (day use); children under 12 are free.
Coppell Nature Park // Coppell
Where 367 Freeport Parkway
What you’ll see Located within Wagon Wheel Park in west Coppell, the 66-acre park offers a natural habitat for an array of wildlife and flora. Throughout spring months, spot Texas Indian paintbrushes, bluebonnets, partridge peas, nodding thistles, firewheels and much more along the hiking trails. Make a stop at the Biodiversity Education Center and butterfly garden to round out your visit.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden // Dallas
Where 8525 Garland Road
What you’ll see Dubbed one of “The Best Places to See Stunning Spring Blooms Across the South,” by Southern Living, the Arboretum is nothing short of showstopping. The picture-perfect Dallas Blooms display features over 500,000 blossoms, wine and beer pairings, live music, children’s activities and more. Expect over 100 varieties of spring bulbs, thousands of azaleas and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees as your family explores the grounds. While the Dallas Blooms exhibit wraps up April 11, there’s still plenty of horticultural beauty on the garden grounds. Over the course of the year, you’ll enjoy seasonal and perennial flowers and plants, Japanese maples, a lily pond, spacious lawns and much more. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden offers a variety of life and earth sciences programs and other family-friendly activities.
Admission $17 for adults; $14 for seniors; $12 for children ages 2–12; children under 2 are free.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge // Fort Worth
Where 9601 Fossil Ridge Road
What you’ll see The center provides more than 20 miles of hikes over 3,621 acres, making it one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the country. It’s home to many wildflowers native to Texas, like white rosinweed, Engelmann’s sage and milkweed, among others. Hiking trails range in difficulty, so there’s a trail for everyone. Do note that taking photos or walking in the wildflower patches is not permitted. (Selfies on the trail are OK!)
Admission $6 for adults; $3 for seniors; $2 for children ages 3–12; children under 3 are free.
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary // McKinney
Where 1 Nature Place
What you’ll see The natural wonders at the Heard are endless, and they include bright blooms throughout the sanctuary. You’ll view Indian paintbrush, milkweeds, Texas Dutchman’s pipe and more wildflowers. Be sure to stop by the Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden when it opens at the end of May. And for an unusual spring flower, travel down to the Wood Duck Trail and find the Green Dragon along the stream beds.
Admission $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and children age 3 and up; children 2 and under are free.
The Rose Gardens of Farmers Branch // Farmers Branch
Where Start at Gussie Field Watterworth Park, 2610 Valley View Lane; or the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane
What you’ll see Wake up and smell the roses in Farmers Branch. Take in the beauty at four large gardens, with more than 1,500 rose bushes. The butterfly garden and a bird sanctuary are perfect stops along the trail.
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