*Last entry is an hour before closing


*Last entry is an hour before closing

Admission FAQs

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden thanks you for your questions and wants to ease your concerns with open dialog and transparency. If you have any additional questions, please email us. For more information on the Strategic Plan, please click here

General admission is $12* for adults, $10* for seniors (65+) and $6* for children (ages 6-15). Children five and younger will be admitted for free.

*Reflects online ticket pricing. Prices increase when purchasing onsite. 

Peak Pricing onsite: Adults $15, Child 6-15 $9, Seniors $13. Off-Peak Pricing onsite: Adults $14, Child 6-15 $8, Seniors $12. 

No, general admission gives you access to the entire Garden.

*Some exclusions may apply for special events and exhibits.

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden began charging admission fees to non-members on July 19, 2019. 

A community-based, independent task force determined that a multifaceted approach (including bonds, philanthropy and increased generated revenue) was needed to sustain the Garden. With an estimated annual operating shortfall of $1.2 million and estimated deferred maintenance needs of $17 million, an admission fee was the only option that generated enough revenue to meet the long-term needs of the Garden.
  • Lone Star Card Discounts: Individuals with SNAP/WIC receive discounted family membership ($30) and, through the Museums4All program, complimentary admission (adults and children under 15 free, same household, general admission only. Not applicable for special events).
  • MusePass: Free family passes are available to check out in all City of Fort Worth public libraries with your valid Fort Worth Library card. Other municipal library cards are not accepted.
  • Blue Star Program: Free admission between Armed Forces Day (May 18, 2024) and Labor Day (September 2, 2024) for active military personnel (with military ID) plus up to five family members.
    Veterans receive complimentary admission (with military ID) throughout the year. Does not apply to family members.
  • Family Community Pass Program: 5,000 admission passes distributed annually through nonprofits to provide to their clients, ensuring transportation is also available.
  • Free after-hour family and cultural events quarterly.
  • Children under age 18 with FWISD school ID: Free admission from 3 to 6 pm every school day, Fort Worth ISD only. (not valid on summer vacation or school holidays/breaks)
  • All teachers can receive free general admission to the Garden (other family members or guests excluded). Teachers must show their school-issued ID from a public or private school to enter. This benefit is not available to non-teaching ISD staff.
  • Free Admission Days—The FWBG offers quarterly free admission days. The Garden is a place where all are welcome, and free admission days allow anyone to make emotional souvenirs and have a relaxing experience.

First day of National Public Gardens week – Friday, May 10
Juneteenth – Wednesday, June 19
Hispanic Heritage Month – Saturday, September 14  and Sunday, October 27 (afternoon only – 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
Veteran’s Day – Monday, November 11
FWBG 90th Birthday – Wednesday, December 18

Typically, there is not a charge for parking at the Garden, but space is limited especially for special events and on weekends. However, during our holiday Lightscape event, there is a parking fee.

Accessible parking is available in the main parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis.
Overflow parking is available on a case-by-case basis in the Weekend Lot (3408 West Freeway Fort Worth, TX 76107).

The Garden is also served by Trinity River ZIPZONE. This is an on-demand ride service that provides easy access to locations within specific geographic boundaries. The Garden is located with the Southside ZIPZONE, which includes the Cultural District, Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University. Guests who show proof of riding Trinity Metro public transportation to get to the Garden are eligible for a $2 admission discount. Learn more from Trinity Metro.

Group discounts are available for general admission tickets. 20 or more tickets purchased in one transaction received $2 off each ticket type. This is available both online and in-person transactions.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden honors discounts on our website only. Incorrect pricing and promotions by other entities, such as third-party sites, will not be accepted. Tickets purchased through third-party entities are not valid and will not be accepted

Please note: One discount per guest, not to be combined with any other offers, excluding parking discounts and promotions.

Only service animals are permitted in the Garden – please leave all other animals at home. Animals are not allowed to stay in unattended vehicles.

We do have special days on the weekends periodically through the year where we allow Dogs to attend the garden with their humans. Keep an eye out on our calendar for the next Dog Days in the Garden event. 

Dogs are not allowed in the Rainforest Conservatory.

Managing hundreds of thousands of visitors in cars while charging admission would be logistically challenging. More importantly, botanic gardens are designed and intended for walking so that visitors can interact up-close with other living things. Guests who walk can also experience the Garden’s 23 theme gardens that would otherwise be missed if driving directly only to the Rose Ramp or Japanese Garden. Eliminating cars from the Garden makes for a safer, quieter, more relaxing and altogether better experience for everyone. For those who need assistance, a free tram is available. 

Entry points to the Garden need to be staffed at all times to collect admission fees. Our schedule also allows private events to be held after hours, thus improving the guest experience for our regular visitors.

A park is a recreational area with picnic grounds and playing fields. A botanic garden is a living horticultural museum of plants used for education, conservation and display.

No. Members receive unlimited access to the Garden during regular business hours. Click here to learn more or become a member.

An individual membership is $60 per year. A family membership begins at $95 per year and covers two adults plus all children (18 years and younger). Other member levels with more admission benefits are available.

Click here to learn more or become a member.

No, Garden admission is included with the registration fee for the program. 

FWBG | BRIT volunteers do not have to pay to enter the Garden on the days they are volunteering.

If you are coming to the Garden to use it as a photo backdrop we ask that you pay the photography fee. You can find out more by clicking here

Manual wheelchairs are available free to our guests on a first-come, first-served basis. These mobility aids are not available by reservation.

Electric scooters may be rented for $30 per day, with no in/out privileges. This rental fee is not eligible for a member discount. Scooter maximum carrying capacity is 400 pounds per person. Scooters are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not available by reservation.

To rent an electric scooter, please bring your valid photo ID with you for your visit. We will provide you with a liability form to fill out for your visit and will return your ID when you are ready to return the scooter to the Admission Desk. 

Thank you for making the Garden part of your entertainment plans! We look forward to having you visit us soon.

No, there is no charge to attend private meetings or events held in Garden Center facilities.  Admission is only charged when leaving the building to visit the Garden.

No, guest admission cost is included in the rental fee.

Students on free and reduced lunches and classes from Title I schools may be eligible for free or reduced admission. FWISD classes also receive special discounts. We offer several options for school groups including professionally-led science lessons in the Garden. Contact the education department for more information at

Membership makes it easy to visit benches in memory of friends or family members as often as you’d like. Special arrangements for free family visits on a limited basis can also be arranged by contacting the Garden Operation's office.

The FWBG launched a tiered pricing program in January 2023 like many other botanic gardens currently do. The admission fees remained flat for online/kiosk tickets to encourage advanced ticket purchases. When purchasing tickets in person, there is a higher fee for the personalized attention that you receive during higher-attended days.

As of August 6, 2021, picnics are allowed with certain guidelines. Click here for more information. 

To protect our plants, active sports and games are not permitted at the Botanic Garden. Prohibited games and activities include, but are not limited to: kites, Frisbees and other plastic discs, egg hunts, roller skating, footballs, baseballs and soccer balls. Balloons are also prohibited.

For the 2021 CFW fiscal year, funding for the Garden's operating budget can be broken down as follows:
  • 45 percent through public support from the City of Fort Worth,
  • 32 percent from general admission fees,
  • 10 percent from retail sales in gift shops and special events,
  • 6 percent from rental fees for garden facilities,
  • 6 percent from memberships, and
  • 1 percent from donations and foundations.

Generated revenues are showing strong growth each year, and the number of memberships has increased exponentially since the program was launched in 2020.  While philanthropic support of operational expenses still lags behind comparable peer institutions, major upcoming events like Butterflies in the Garden are beginning to bring in substantial support from sponsorships. Also, membership drives philanthropy, and donated operational gifts should begin to grow with that program.

The City of Fort Worth has legal obligations and limits on how it can move money from one project to another. Money for these high-profile projects was awarded for specific purposes from a variety of federal, state and local sources. Many of these dollars are not under the control of the City of Fort Worth. When the city does contribute, funds must, by law, be used for the purpose designated. 

Bond funding would help the Garden initially to fund specific improvements, but it would not solve the yearly problem of funding Garden operations. Bond funds cannot be used for operations and maintenance, only new construction.

FWBG | BRIT receives significant funding from private donors, and we are grateful for that support. But donors are understandably hesitant to put money into operations that cannot sustain themselves. Large donations might help in the short term or with specific projects, but the problem of long-term sustainability would remain. In fact, donors are more likely to contribute to an organization with multiple funding streams that can demonstrate fiscal stability.

More than 1,000 volunteers yearly contribute tens of thousands hours to FWBG | BRIT. However, highly specialized subject matter experts, including our master horticulturists, must work with volunteers to maintain and improve the Garden.

The percentage of city contributions to the total funding for the garden in Fiscal Year 2021 was 45 percent. That number will go down in Fiscal Year 2022. We carefully track this figure, because the management agreement between BRIT and the City requires that we reduce the percentage of total garden funding from the city annually.

The actual amount of the Garden's budget from City funding in Fiscal Year 2021 as a percentage of total property tax revenues was .0056 percent, or just over five thousandths of one percent. For 2021, the Garden received $3.40 per resident of Fort Worth, or $10.21 for an average family of three. 

Although City support will remain a critical part of our total funding package, the Garden was never able to achieve operationally sustainability based on city funding alone.  Furthermore, admission fees and memberships shift the funding of the bulk of Garden operations and improvements to those individuals who use and enjoy the Garden the most. 

A membership program alone could not create a consistent $1.2 million dollar revenue stream to make the Garden sustainable.

Events and rentals have never provided enough income to meet the Garden's operating budget. 

The Garden presents unique challenges that make city management difficult. Non-profit/private management will allow for more flexibility in responding to Garden needs.