Lanterns in the Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

I love Lantern Festivals, and I’m so excited that the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is hosting one during the Spring!  It seems most are during the Winter, when it’s freezing!  We visited and enjoyed walking around the gardens after dark, and fell in love with the amazing lanterns and colors!

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden invited us to visit Lanterns in the Garden, and provided complementary tickets.  I was not financially compensated for this post, and as always, all opinions are my own.

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The kids were so excited!


My kids have been arguing for days now, and it was nice to see them getting along!  When you visit, look closely at the lanterns, made with many recycled items!


The running horses are my favorites!  They are just beautiful!


But the horses would be my favorite no matter what!

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We arrived about 6:30, and it was not quite dark.  We stayed until 8:45, so plan at least 2 hours.

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The trail is paved, and easy to walk or push a stroller.

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The lanterns are placed in the grass, and you’re asked to stay on the paved trails.


In case you wanted to stand in the middle of them.

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The boardwalk is lit up with lights, too!

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Of course, the permanent exhibits in the garden are all there, too.

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You never know what’s lurching off the path!


Fun little river otters.

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During Lanterns in the Garden, the garden closes to the public at 5pm.

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The Chinese lanterns are crafted from silk, wire and steel.

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My son enjoyed hitting the gong.

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Visitors can also buy a “wish” for $2, they can drop in the Wishing Well or throw in the Wishing Tree!  I loved the Wishing Tree, which chimed in the wind!

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There are lanterns scattered around the lake, too!

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And sunflowers growing on top of the hill!

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The last lantern is the Phoenix.  At the end, you can choose to ride a shuttle back to the parking lot, or we just turned around and walked back through the lanterns again!

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Know Before You Go:

Parking is FREE.

Bring cash for drinks, snacks and Wishes!  They also sell various glow items.  Save a little money and buy some glow necklaces at the store before you go!

Restrooms are located at the front.  Go before you go out to see the lanterns!



Things to do in Fort Worth


Trinity Park and the Trinity Trails are located right across University.  Take a ride on the Forest Park Miniature Train which runs on weekends, and stops in Trinity Park.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and Nature has plenty of activities for kids and kids at heart!  Click HERE for more information.

 Lanterns in the Gardens at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth

Click HERE to visit their website.

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