The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge offers over 20 miles of hiking trails and a variety of educational programs. The wilderness area at the Nature Center is a diverse area with forests, prairies and wetlands. Guided hikes are available to help you discover and learn about everything from insects to wildflowers to geological formations. Canoe tours of the West Fork of the Trinity River are also available to children (over 5) and parents.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge Outdoor Family Fun
The undisturbed prairie of Tandy Hills Park shines in the springtime with it's show of wildflowers. This is despite the urban location in a residential neighborhood next to I-30 and 5 minutes from Downtown. Several trails take you further into this undeveloped area that gives us a peek into the natural history of Fort Worth. A playground anchors the park and makes a perfect picnic spot.
Trinity Park and it's trail system provide miles and miles of scenic trails along the river for family bike rides. If you don't have a bike you can always rent a bike from the Fort Worth B-cyle bicycle sharing program.
Near Trinity Park you'll find the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. This area provides a peaceful retreat in the middle of the city with its many acres of flowers and green space that include a tranquil Japanese garden.
A visit to Burgers Lake will help you and your family beat the summer heat. Burgers Lake is a one-acre spring fed lake nestled in the middle of 30 acres with an abundance of shady trees. Plenty of tables and grills make picnicking easy.
Another way to cool off in Fort Worth is to navigate the waters near Panther Island Pavilion by kayak, canoe or stand-up paddle board where rentals are available from Backwoods Paddlesports. Don't miss Lake Worth, celebrating 100 years in Fort Worth this year and located just 10-minutes from downtown Fort Worth, you can find standup paddle boarding, the perfect family activity where lessons and rentals are available through Lakeside Paddle.
If outdoor water parks are more your family's game, check out the newest addition to the Hawaiin Falls Water Park family in White Settlement, just west of Fort Worth.