Our first stop was the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park for the butterfly Fluttery release event. The website listed the last butterfly release at 12:30. I knew that if we hit ANY traffic in Dallas we would not make it on time. So, I opted NOT to tell my kids about the butterfly release - Just in case we missed it. Which we did not. They were pleasantly surprised.
We made it EXACTLY on time to see the butterflys released from there cage. A small amount of butterflies. I was a tiny bit disappointed because in my mind I imagined a large Texas sized swarm of butterflies. However, It was still amazing to see them released and follow the slow moving ones around the garden before they took flight to Mexico for the winter. The kids enjoyed some close encounters with the butterflies. However, I was irritated that so many of the parents were allowing their kids to TOUCH the butterflies.
On our trek back to the car we stopped off at a nearby pumpkin patch to drool over pumpkins and take more photos. Because you can never have too many pumpkin photos.
Then we jumped on the tractor pulled hayride for a short bumpy ride around the garden.
My kids favorite part was actually walking around the garden. They were able to pick cotton, okra, and marvel at the growing fruits and vegetables. They were amazed by the cotton and I came to the conclusion that they spend a little too much time inside. I did not realize that they knew so little about where some foods came from.