The Arboretum grounds are OPEN DAILY FROM 6AM-10PM


Weekday parking available at the Pavilion parking lot located at 1 Pavilion Way. Additional parking can be found at Woodway City Hall located at 922 Estates Drive.

The Carleen Bright Arboretum extends over 16 acres that are home to lovely botanical gardens. Included is The Pavilion Event Center at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, a private event rental space with floor to ceiling accordion windows that sits overlooking the beautiful grounds. The original white chapel located at the entrance, is the Whitehall Center. It welcomes and entertains local residence and guests as they discover all that Woodway offers. The Carleen Bright Arboretum, known as the “Jewel of Woodway” boasts a certified Monarch Way-station, botanical gardens, fountains, meditation garden, the Todd Willis Nature Trail that winds through native woodlands suitable for all explorers and much more. The Carleen Bright Arboretum is the perfect setting for weddings, picnics, and adventure.

Come enjoy one of the many city-hosted events here at the property!


– Pets are permitted on a leash | Pet waste stations are placed throughout the grounds for your convenience
– Photography is permitted on the grounds with limitations: decorations and outside furniture are not permitted on the grounds.
– The following is not permitted on the grounds: balloons, confetti/streamers/glitter, sparklers/fireworks/open flames, cigarettes/alcohol, outside birdseed, glass bottles
– Reservations of any part of the grounds for a private party is not permitted. The grounds are open to the public and cannot be reserved for private gatherings or ceremonies.
– The Gazebo area is reserved for private rentals and city events and may be closed during operating hours.
Private events/gatherings are not permitted without a rental agreement. Please call us at 254-399-9204 for rental information.

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Massey Grove

Massey Meditation Grove

The Massey Meditation Grove is dedicated in memory of Rondal and Mildred Massey, who were both lifelong residents of Waco. Dedicated by their children, they hope “people will come here and unplug from their devices and reconnect with their own thoughts, perhaps with a higher power, with their aspirations, and that they’ll have a truly spiritual communion with nature right here in The Carleen Bright Arboretum.” The grove features Mexican maple trees, pecan trees, and live oaks.


Hike & Bike Trails

The Todd Willis Nature Trail winds through native woodlands, suitable for explorers, young and old alike. Visitors can enjoy a short walk to the teahouse, where they can enjoy gorgeous views of the active creek below, from the comfort of a wooden gazebo compliments of a Woodway Boy Scout.


The Carleen Bright Arboretum is home to two demonstration gardens, an award winning cactus garden, an impressive herb garden and gorgeous roses. Additionally, the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Texas A&M provides plants and programming and monitors a test plot the property, developing research for the common Rose Rosetta Disease that has plagued the area.

Whitehall Center

The Whitehall Center is a replica of the first church that serviced the Woodway Area. It is nestled between lovely, maintained gardens and accented by beautiful patio area where the community can gather. Stop by and pick up a map of Woodway!

Monarch Butterly Waystation

The Carleen Bright Arboretum is a certified waystation for monarch butterflies, providing milkweeds, nectar sources, and shelter needed to sustain monarch butterflies as they migrate through North America. All of this serves to create, conserve, and protect the habitat for monarch butterflies. Come check out the butterflies!


Arboretum Explorers

Arboretum Explorers

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Friends of the Arboretum

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Contact Us

For more information on any of the locations, please inquire below.

9001 Bosque Blvd
Woodway, TX 76712