Butterflies in the Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s big glass conservatory is home to their annual Butterflies in the Garden each Spring! It’s such an amazing exhibit, with butterfly releases daily! The warm conservatory houses beautiful plants which bloom year-round, too!


Know Before You Go 

The event runs from February 25th – April 10th

After years of long lines, they are now selling timed entries online.

Although the event is indoors and temperature controlled, I do think the butterflies are more active on sunny days.


Butterflies in the garden is held indoors, in the temperature controlled Conservatory.  The building is made of glass, and houses tropical plants year round.

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There is something about watching 100’s of butterflies just fluttering about that is SO relaxing. There are places to just sit down and relax, or you can walk around looking at the butterflies.

Here’s a tip, I believe the butterflies are more likely to come near or land on you if you’re wearing bright colors.


We were given a “butterfly map”, as my son calls it. It gives you the names of several of the butterflies found in the conservatory.


A Clipper from Asia.



There are some amazing plants in the conservatory, as well.  These crazy stalks look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book!


A beautiful Black Mormon!


This Blue Morph is my favorite of the butterflies in the exhibit!  These large butterflies flitted all around the garden, landing on those who moved slowly or not at all.


A garden volunteer showed us the “Pupae Castle”, where the chrysalis are kept until the butterflies emerge.  They are then released into the garden.

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My Mommy Tips: 

  • Make a potty stop before you go inside the conservatory.
  • Dress for warm and humid, because it is.  Drink plenty of water before going inside.
  • Know your children’s limits.  They will stamp your hand and allow for a later reentry.  When my younger kids needed a break, we went out to the gardens for a bit to run around, and then came back inside to find the last couple of butterflies on our list.

Many of the plants are just beginning to bloom, and it’s beautiful!


Interactive displays along the Texas Native Forest Boardwalk were entertaining and informative.  


A series of connected pipes, the Whisper Tubes were fun for all of us!


Playing a life-size version of “Whack-a-Mole”.


A tree full of saucer magnolia blooms! The beautiful prelude to spring!

More Things To Do in Fort Worth


The new Dream Park is located in Fort Worth’s Trinity Park, right across the street from the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens!

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has terrific, hands-on exhibits for kids of all ages!


The Woodshed Smokehouse on the Trinity River is one of our favorites!


The Hampton Inn Fort Worth Downtown is only 3 miles away, and offers a great indoor play pool for the kids!

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth

Click HERE to visit their website.

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