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“Visit during the Chihuly Exhibit”

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
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Ranked #2 of 263 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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed September 18, 2012

The installations of Dale Chihuly's glass art are fantastic. They really bring a new dimension to the Arboretum. I appreciated the docents and their assistance with photos and some comments on the sculptures.

1  Thank Frank W
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Recently in Dallas visiting and decided to go see the Chihuly exhibit. It was great and a must see if you are in Dallas. Amazing glass works. Loved all of them.

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Love this place. They have night concerts where you can bring your own food and wine and enjoy the music and the gardens. You can also bring a picnic lunch during the day. I try to avoid weekends (especially on a pretty day) because it is so hectic (tons of wedding pics) but it is still worth it even on a weekend.

1  Thank jessicadean
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

After seeing the advertisements for the Chihuly Glass Art exhibit, I decide to go check it out. It was a beautiful day and the gardens themselves were wonderful. There are many water features and the views of the lake were so peaceful and relaxing with many benches to rest on and observe the surroundings. The walkways are very easy to use, although I did notice some folks having a bit of trouble getting their stroller up a stair way (no ramp at that particular spot) but they could have gotten around a little further over. There are some cute mini-cottages that bring out the kid in you and a miniature cowboy village for the kids to play in. There were families having picnics on the grounds (the grass was wonderful under foot) as you can bring food and drinks from outside. There was also a snack bar (very expensive) and some restaurants that looked very elegant. There is a gift shop, where I picked up t-shirts for the grandchildren. I spent almost three hours wandering around and plan on taking my 70 year old mother there soon. I highly recommend this attraction.

1  Thank lacota
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

The Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a wonderful destination for people of all ages. We survived 106 degree temperatures and managed to truly enjoy the Dale Chihuly Exhibit throughout the beautiful grounds. We started your visit with an informative screening of a video about the Arboretum and the current display. The volunteers and docents then directed us to the tram where we were treated to a tour and very interesting presentation about the history, current plantings in the garden and a preview of upcoming expansion of the gardens. Situated overlooking White Rock Lake, the Arboretum offers several themed gardens, original homes that were part of the estates which make up the grounds and restaurants which take advantage of the stunning natural beauty and horticultural efforts. As a seed testing garden facility it serves as an ideal location to learn how to use modern techniques including xeriscaping for severe drought conditions. We lingered awhile at the great Gift Shop to pick up a few mementoes of our too-brief visit. We were unable to wait for cooler weather for our trip to the gardens but I encourage anyone who can plan a visit before the Chihuly exhibit ends in early November to do so. While I am not a fan of all of his work, many of his creations are simply stunning and the Arboretum is delightful. Many trails are wheelchair accessible too!

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