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Last stop on vacation before heading back to Texas

Our last stop before heading back home from vacation. Glad we did. One of the best gardens Ive ween... read more

Reviewed September 28, 2022
trouthook69
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Belton, Texas
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Adult couple

We visited the Museum of Ancient Life, Ashton Gardens, and the Farm. I recommend the latter 2. The... read more

Reviewed August 1, 2022
Alex .
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed April 26, 2017

you must take your kids and try the glass blowing experience...it satisfies from ages 10 to 50. the movie theaters are nice. the food is great at any of the restaurants. the tulip festival is amazing. the half marathon and 5k at thanksgiving are fun for the whole family.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Eric G
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Reviewed April 26, 2017

What a resource for the community. There is the golf course, really nice. A bit tough for the average golfer but a great experience. The curiosity center, my grandkids love. Dinosaur museum, again my grandkids love and the farmland experience.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank BoBahoravitch
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Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

We've bought a membership two years in a row and it's a great value. My kids love the Museum of Curiosity and other museums. We just went to the Tulip Festival and the "Light of the World" exhibit was wonderful.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Emstar57
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Reviewed April 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Point was meant by its founders to be a "gift" to the community, but as the Ashtons understandably withdrew financial support over the years and encouraged management to make it more self-sustaining, the gardens have become a gift mostly for the wealthy. The nearby movie theaters are first rate, as is the dinosaur museum. But the gardens are another story.

Compare TP to the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St Louis: a huge, world-class garden and it's only $12 per adult. Thanksgiving Point by contrast will set you back $15 per adult ($20 during the tulip festival) and $12 (and $17 during the festival) for kids. That's almost $100 for a family of five. And while the gardens are beautiful (I ought to know, I helped plant them while completing my USU Master Gardener training there), they're not anywhere near as spectacular as most big city botanical gardens. The MBG blows TP out of the water. And various different managers have each left their mark while trying to find ways to make TP profitable--though making it more affordable and trying to boost numbers rather than prices was apparently rejected as a longtime strategy. While I and my fellow master gardeners were working there as volunteers years ago, the manager actually turned off all the drinking fountains during hot weather to force guests to buy their expensive bottled water. I have continued to volunteer there over the years for special events, haven't worked there in a while, so I don't know the current management, but prices are still ridiculously high.

In short, if you can afford it, then this a nice way to spend a day. But if you want more bang for your buck I'd recommend Red Butte Garden and Arboretum in Salt Lake City, which features beautiful indigenous plants rather than water-hungry generics, and only costs $12 for adults and $7 for kids.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed April 22, 2017 via mobile

Fun, fun interesting day out to play. Very fun place for any age to walk around to enjoy the scenery and shops. Excellent variety of shops and little things to see and do.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank rkidman
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