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“Go when they do the tulips”

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Ranked #1 of 245 things to do in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A nationally acclaimed 66 acre display garden features breathtaking floral displays all year long. Nestled on the shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum was named "One of the Most Breathtaking Gardens in the World" by Architectural Digest. Dallas Blooms festival boasts of over 500,000 spring blooming bulbs, 3,000 azaleas and hundreds of Cherry Blooms-February-April. Summer in the garden includes an outdoor concert series on Thursday evenings and numerous water features with breathtaking floral displays. Autumn at the Arboretum-September-November features a nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring over 90,000 pumpkins/gourds/squash and named one of America's Best Pumpkin festivals by Fodor's Travel. The 8 acre Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden was designed to connect children with nature. Education is a central focus the gardens mission, which teach life and Earth science with 17 indoor/outdoor galleries and 150 interactive activities - Where science and fun become one. Open seven days a week and Wednesday nights until 8pm from March-October. Seasonal weekday discounts are available. The garden is closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 18 June 2014

This place looks amazing all the time but it looks the best when they cover the place in tulips. It's well maintained and just a beautiful place to spend a few hours and have a picnic/ read a book

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

The Dallas Arboretum is a must-see if you have any interest in gardening, nature, or photography. I've been a member here for 4 years, and have taken all of my out-of-town visitors here... it never fails to impress. There is something for everyone, especially with the new children's garden.

Recommendations on areas to visit with kids:
Keep in mind that if you are not a member, the children's garden is an extra cost. Just take a right after the entrance to the garden to get you there (#79 on the garden's map, online). Check out the tours and events before you arrive- there is often puppet shows and nature exploration events available. Kids can also have a lot of fun at the "Toad Corners"- a water feature with large concrete frog statues that spit out columns of water. It's # 31 on the map, through the Crepe Myrtle alley (another must see!) Just behind the Magnolia Glade (#22 on the map), is a small hilly area with a meandering shallow stream. I often see kids playing here and families having picnics. There is shade in this area as well. The Lakeside exhibit area (#47 on the map) is a straight walk back from the entrance.

Good places for photography:
Well, there are certainly a lot to choose from! Some of my favorites: one is the newer "Red Maple Rill," #24 on the map. There is a lovely bridge, and the Japanese maples here are beautiful. The bridge is shady in the afternoon, which is nice. The Crepe Myrtle alley makes for a great picture- if you can get everyone else out of the way! The Water Walls (#34) make a great backdrop! I personally like all the little areas near the A Woman's Garden (#35)- there are cute sunken gardens in this area with nice shade and pretty backdrops for photography. I also like the Fern Dell (#26)- but please make sure you bring some bug spray if you want to walk around back in here- skeeters everywhere but some nice shade!

Overall:
There are spots everywhere in the garden to sit and relax in the shade, or have a picnic in the sun. Benches are prevalent here. Plan on spending more time here in the mornings- it gets very busy in the afternoons, especially on the weekends. Saturdays are ALWAYS filled with bridal parties, so some of my favorite areas to sit and relax are busy during the afternoons. You will see people being proposed to and lots of families getting photos done at the garden. The parking lot can hold a lot of cars, but expect a longer walk to the entrance or even a shuttle bus on holiday weekends. Bring a book, bring a picnic, and try to catch one of the summer concert series here, you won't regret it. It's easy to spend the whole day here if you bring your own food, wear some comfy shoes, and don't forget your sunscreen/hat!

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We went to the Dallas Arborteum because I have visited Texas since I was a kid and we usually just hang around in the pool. Since it was a little too chilly, and I wanted to get outside and have my kids experience something a little different, everyone joined me for a trip to the arborteum. This place was awesome. Really neat fountains, super cool peacock made of hedges and flowers. And the kid's part of the arborteum was INCREDIBLE. We could have stayed there all day. We played at the park a little, splash pad area, but my preschooler was psyched about the huge tree you could climb and hang out on the rope canopy and she enjoyed making solar, wind, and hydroelectric energy with some of the activities they had there. She also enjoyed the tornado booth. We could have stayed at the kid's part all day. She was entertained the entire time. It was a really great place and I would love to go back next time we head to Texas. Highly recommended place for a family with small kids. It's a beautiful place to walk around and they had plenty to do for kids.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Whether looking for a day with your family exploring the gardens and new kids park OR enjoying a cool thursday concert, the Arboretum is a must see when in Dallas

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Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

I loved this place. There were so many different types of flora. We took a tour of the house in the middle of where the family who owned it used to live. The tour is for free and runs every half hour. It is definitely a must see. Donations are accepted to further improve the residence.

Do not go to the lunch bar at the entrance theres a much better one nearby to the house.

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