There’s something for everyone at Texas Discovery Gardens. Passionate about beautiful butterflies? We have them. Curious about beneficial bugs and snakes? We’re crawling with them. Interested in native plants and eco-friendly gardening? We’ve got organic covered.

The State Fair of Texas

State Fair admission and parking applies for all visits to Texas Discovery Gardens.

September 29 – October 22 from 10 am to 6:30 pm

Enjoy extended hours and half priced admission during the State Fair of Texas! Last tickets sold daily at 6 pm. ($4/adults, $3/ages 60+ and $2/ages 3-11)

Daily Events

Monarch Tagging 10:30 am and 3 pm on our front lawn free

Learn how citizen scientists capture, tag and release monarchs to help biologists track their migration. A few participants get to help our entomologist tag and release monarchs!

Butterfly Basics!  11 am inside the Butterfly House

After the Fair, this will be our new Toddler Talk time, where we have a 10 minute talk geared toward young children!

Butterfly Release 12 pm inside the Butterfly House

Critter Encounter  2 pm in the lobby

A new program where families get to meet different spiders, insects and snakes in our collection up close.


Silent Dialogues: Ceramics by Du Chau

Ikebana Exhibit: Kiku Matsuri

The Japanese art of floral arranging, by the Dallas Ikebana International Chapter.

Ask a Garden Guru Information Booth

With the Dallas County Master Gardeners and North Texas Master Naturalists

Special Events

Snake Feeding  2:30 pm Thursdays

NOLA Snoballs Throughout the Fair


Bettye Slaven, Janet Smith and Marilyn Waisanen will be honored October 26, 2017 with the 34th annual Flora Award at Texas Discovery Gardens for their years of service to the Dallas community.

It is our honor to celebrate Bettye, Janet, and Marilyn, and to thank them for their time spent as Board members and volunteers at Texas Discovery Gardens. Between them, they have spearheaded the renovation of our Native Butterfly Habitat, inception of our Seasonal Garden Adoption program, creation of our Demonstration Gardens, beautification of our Grand Hall, and tradition of our Commemorative Bench over the past decade. The terrific trio has also devoted their time to countless deserving organizations in the area including Swiss Avenue Historic District Association, Children’s Medical Center Auxiliary, Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, The Stewpot, Interfaith Housing Coalition, Salvation Army, Junior League of Dallas, and Dallas Women’s Foundation.

Honorary Chairs for the 2017 Flora Award are Bob and Myrna Schlegel, with Kathryn Febbroriello, Angela Shank and Amelia Valz serving as co-chairs.

Ongoing Events


Toddler Talks

Daily at 11 am. Little ones can learn about butterflies and other bugs and be home for nap time during this new short program! Free with admission. 

Butterfly release

Everyday at noon we release newly emerged butterflies into our tropical Butterfly House. Our entomology team shares butterfly knowledge and answers your questions! Free with admission. 

Critter Encounter

Meet interesting arthropods every day at 2pm! This new short program is designed to be an afternoon addition to our ongoing programs. Free with admission. 


First Saturday of every month at 11 am. Join entomologist John Watts for a guided tour of the Butterfly House. Free with admission. 


Second Saturdays, March through September, at 11 am. Get out in the garden on this family friendly guided walk! Free with admission.


Beat the Monday Blues and enjoy a craft in our lobby every Monday from 10 am - noon. Free with admission.