River Legacy Park and Living Science Center, Arlington

River Legacy Park and Living Science Center in Arlington sits along the Trinity River and offers some terrific opportunities for families to get together to learn, play, relax and just have a great time!



Know Before You Go

River Legacy Living Science Center is FREE, with the exception of special events.

The center is open 6 days a week, closed Sunday.

Free Parking.


River Legacy Living Science Center

The 12,000 square foot nature center houses interactive exhibits and native animals such as snakes and turtles.

The classrooms at the center offer a NAEYC nature preschool, as well as summer camps and classes, and workshops for adults and educators.  My children have all attended various classes at the center, including the Junior Naturalist for 4-6th graders.  For more information on their upcoming classes, click HERE.

Find unique gifts at the Acorns Gift Shop



 Hiking and Biking Trails

There are 8 miles of paved hike and bike trails around River Legacy.  The River Trail is one of our favorites.  It runs along a portion of the Trinity River, with places to stop and look down at the river below.  The trail runs almost 9 miles, with 5 miles being inside the park.  Unfortunately, there is not any access along the trail to the river except at the kayak put in and take out, which is a shame since there are plenty of sandy areas to play and explore along the river.


March, 2017

During our most recent visit, we found a neat little Fairy Garden along the trail.  I’m not sure how long it has been there, or who did it, but it’s worth a walk just to see it.  I would think it fun to even add something to it, as long as you were being respectful!

The DORBA mountain bike trail is over 10 miles, and offers both a blue course, and a red one for more skilled riders.  Helmets are required.  Click HERE for more information on the mountain bike trails.


 River Legacy Paddling Trail 

The Put-in for the River Legacy Paddling Trail is located outside of the main park, at 3020 N. Collins St.  This section of the park is linked by the trail system.  There is plenty of parking and picnic tables, but no restrooms at this section of the park.

The Paddling Trail goes upriver on the Trinity for 2 miles, or 8 miles if you are willing to portage around a small dam.

You can also paddle down river.  There are several small riffles.

For more information on the Paddling Trail, click HERE.

At this time, there is not a rental or shuttle service.  River Legacy does offer occasional guided tours, and provide kayaks and PDFs.  Click HERE to visit the River Legacy calendar for upcoming dates.


6. Geocaching 

River Legacy is a terrific place to learn to geocache, as there are so many, over 30, hidden in the park!

Click HERE to visit Geocaching.com and get started!

Special Events

One of the fun FUNdraisers each year for River Legacy is the Cardboard Boat Regatta in April!  For more information, click HERE


After Dark in the Park is an annual event at River Legacy Living Science Center each October!  This fun, not spooky, Halloween-themed event offers guest a view of the Living Science Center at night, as well as games, storytelling, learning exhibits and, our family favorite, the hayrides!

Tickets are sold at the gate and for a discount at the center.

Come in costume!

They serve concession-stand type food, drinks and sweets.

Click HERE for more informaton.

Things to do in Arlington 


The Viridian offers a sailing center, yoga and paddleboard classes.  Click HERE for more information.

Whew, there’s a lot to do in Arlington, for a complete list, click HERE.


I love big patios, and the Southern Recipe Grill at  2715 N Collins St has a nice one!

River Legacy Park and Living Science Center

701 N W Green Oak Blvd, Arlington

Click HERE to visit their website

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