Family Adventure Garden
Included with general admission and Membership
ROLL – EXPLORE – CLIMB – DISCOVER – SPLASH
Play outside and get the wiggles out! Experience 15 fun spaces that encourage unstructured play and exploration. Run up and roll down Tumble Hill, find your way through the kid-friendly Muhly Maze, and trek through Thunder Ridge and listen for a clap of thunder.
Here are some ideas on what to bring:
- Pack a picnic or grab a healthy snack at the Gift Shop.
- Bring a refillable water bottle. The Garden has new water refill stations.
- Bring a towel if you want to dry off after splashing in No Name Creek. (Open seasonally.)
- Sunscreen and hats are great, too!
Parents and caregivers will find plenty of places within the Family Adventure Garden for resting, picnicking, and socializing with friends. We’ll see you at the Garden!
It’s fun to splash and play in No Name Creek, but did you know that the Family Adventure Garden also has a story to tell? Download a FREE Family Adventure Exploration Guide (English and Spanish text) and discover tips on how to engage in nature play while learning about our region’s water story.
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Tumble Hill, Watering Hole, and Acequia Tank
Green grass beckons children to climb to the top of Tumble Hill and race to the bottom. The Watering Hole is a beautiful courtyard with prickly pear cactus, native grasses, and colorful seating with string lights overhead. Discover the story of water and see how recycled water is harvested and then channeled to an elevated Acequia Tank.
Prickly Pear Pavilion and Muhly Maze
A green roof full of native cactus is planted atop Prickly Pear Pavilion, the signature structure of the Family Adventure Garden. Stroller parking, family restrooms, and water refill stations are conveniently located for a quick break before exploring Muhly Maze.
Dry Rock Creek, Cypress Spring,and Retama Recharge
Follow a winding dry creek bed through the Family Adventure Garden. Get a glimpse of how our region’s landscape captures water in the Retama Recharge, stores it beneath the soil, and reappears in Cypress Spring.
Secret Garden, Backyard Explore, and The Field
A magnificent live oak tree takes center stage in the Backyard. The Field’s natural lawn welcomes crawlers and toddlers alike for unstructured play, group games, and quiet time. The Secret Garden’s sand play area encourages creativity and development of fine motor skills.
Limestone Ledge, Thunder Ridge, and Greehey Family Foundation No Name Creek
Children will delight in hearing a clap of thunder in Thunder Ridge and then seeing a stream of water begin to fill the Greehey Family Foundation “No Name Creek.” On warm days, families are invited to dip their feet and splash in the creek to cool off while exploring the bluffs of Limestone Ledge.
Thistle Theater, Huisache Way, Bluestem Bluff, Prickly Pear Peak and Pecan Grove
Stroll along Huisache Way and stop by the Thistle Theater stage to catch a puppet show or play. Walk up the path of Bluestem Bluff to discover wildflowers, native grasses, woody trees, and shrubs that grow on a limestone hillside. There are many ways to get to the top of Prickly Pear Peak; a rock stair scramble or an ADA path.