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“Beautiful Blooms”

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
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Ranked #1 of 251 things to do in Dallas
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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 April 19, 2012

A pleasant place to spend an afternoon. Can be hot like everything else in Dallas.

Thank Roger F
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

While it's not the cheapest place to enjoy a walk, the arboretum offers one of the prettiest walks in Dallas. I've visited the arboretum twice, once in February and once in late May. Both trips offered a nice and relaxing experience. For someone from the Midwest like me, seeing so many flowers in February was a true joy.

There are many varieties of flowers and greenery as well as statues, fountains, and gazebos scattered throughout the gardens.

Children: There are a few areas that are clearly there for the little ones. Toad Corner is a fun place to get wet. If you bring the kids through here, be sure to have a change of clothes, as it's designed to let them play. The Texas Pioneer Adventure area is a kid-sized walk through of pioneer area housing, buildings, etc. Even as adults we have fun walking through it once. Note: I am a kid at heart.

Picnics: It's a great place to enjoy a romantic or a family picnic. You just have to pick your spot of choice. The arboretum allows guests to bring in foods and drinks, so you don't have to sneak anything in. They also have a dining center that looked pretty decent (I didn't try it).

DeGolyer Estate: Right in the middle of the gardens is the original estate of the family that started it all. We walked in to a quiet entrance for a tour all to ourselves led by a charming and informative docent. The tour does not have a cost and run daily on the hour or half hour from 10am-4pm (or whenever you walk in if the docent is not busy).

Events: There was a special fairy tale interactive children's exhibit the second time we visited. The gardens host concerts, though I haven't had the pleasure of good timing yet. I'd love to enjoy an outdoor concert in the beauty of the gardens someday.

Final Verdict: This is a nice place to take visitors, children, or yourself when you want a picturesque outdoor experience.

Note: I would probably visit early in the day during the summer and avoid appallingly hot days, as not all areas have shade...or bring a change of clothes and run through the toad fountains with the kids.

Thank Roggedance
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

We visited today and was beautiful and well kept as usual

Thank Barbara M
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

Spring, of course, is awesome. However, this place is lovely almost all the time. Great for kids, too.

Thank Betty L
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

i loved the flowers and all the nosies and it was fun for the kids to

Thank Josh H
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