River Legacy Living Science Center
River Legacy Living Science Center (703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., 817/860-6752, www.riverlegacy.org, Tues.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., admission free, donations accepted), $3 adults, $2 children under 19) is a popular family destination featuring interactive exhibits with a focus on regional flora and fauna. Visitors experience the North Texas natural environment through the center’s terrariums, aquariums, and a simulated raft ride of the Trinity River.
Also on grounds is a 950-acre nature park with educational and recreational activities and hiking and biking trails along the banks of the Trinity River. The park is home to a bizarre fungus known as the Devil’s Cigar that breaks open with a hiss to issue “smoke” (a cloud of spores).
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition