Taking your kiddos to the playground is one thing, treating them to a dose of nature’s playground is a next-level experience they’ll want again and again. The following botanical gardens across the country are not only bursting with rare blooms and exotic trees, they’re also centers for learning about everything from saving the bees to fishing to fairies. And as it turns out, there’s plenty of fun for mom and dad, too. Click through the gallery to find out 18 sweet spots for budding botanists.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden–Dallas, Tx

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is like the floral version of Disneyland. With seasonal festivals, extraordinary botanical displays and the Rory Meyers Children's Garden, six acres of adventure offering up 150 different activities, this Southern botanic spectacle makes for a perfect day out. Walk under waterfalls, scamper like a squirrel, learn to read a sundial and more. 

Online: dallasarboretum.org

photo: Gabby Cullen

 

 

 

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— Amber Guetebier, Christal Yuen & Gabby Cullen