When the deep heat of summer really hit, we became hard-pressed to convince ourselves to do anything but spend almost every afternoon at the pool. This made for grand summer memories, even though Mark was essentially immobile for quite a bit of it due to his car accident.
The hours in the water paid off – Miles can swim without any assistance or floatie support and Violet is comfortable and can at least lift her head out of the water when she face plants into an area deeper than 3 inches.
The immobility this summer though meant that we didn’t spend as much time exploring new local spot as we would have liked. Now that the weather is cooler, the pool is closing, and Mark is more mobile, maybe weekends will hold more exploring.
A few weeks ago though, in a completely unplanned turn of events, we were forced to spend what ended up being 7+ hours in Fort Worth waiting for some paperwork to process. As we scrambled to figure out how to keep two wiggly toddlers occupied for a bit before an attempt at car naps, the Fort Worth Water Gardens popped up in a Google search of the area.
I was shocked to discover that we had been missing out on such a gem – Mark grew up in the area and had no idea it even existed.
The Water Gardens consist of three water formations surrounded by slabs and steps that create this visual of mountains, forests, and deserts. Because the whole area is set below the street level, even though the park is located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, it feels like you’ve magically fallen into some sort of alternative world. You can’t hear any traffic – just the sound of rushing water and the kind of silence that normally I’ve only experienced outside the city in nature.
No swimming or wading is allowed, but Miles and Violet dashed around dipping hands and toes in.
Miles and I hiked down the stone steps to the bottom of the Active Water display and soaked in the sight and sound of water pouring down all around us.
If I had a novel and a notebook instead of two busy toddlers, I would have spent more time at the Aerated Water display, but my two little guys quickly became bored with the fountains because they weren’t able to touch anything in this area.
We spent the most time in the Quiet Water area, which was enormous enough to give my little ones a sense of freedom while they wandered around touching the wet “canyon” walls and splashing their toes in the artificial streams.
If you are in the DFW area and want a unique backdrop for engagement photos, family photos, or just a fun outing, I highly encourage you to check out this hidden gem!