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“Not as good as I expected”

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
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$49.00*
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Dallas CityPASS
Ranked #2 of 256 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 November 14, 2012

The Arboretum is blessed with large grounds, allowing them to do many garden rooms. There are water features, and recently a Chihuly exhibit. I attended during their Fall Festival, and honestly, I was disappointed.

The transitions between garden rooms is good, but the rooms themselves were often unimpressive. The water rooms and sunken or shaded rooms were the best, with many plants looking like an untidy backyard rather than a carefully tended or planned arboretum. The "local plants" area was extremely disappointing, as was the "pioneer area."

There is a wonderful hillside above a small stage, facing over White Rock Lake. This was great.The acoustics were good and the view is wonderful.

I was unimpressed by the Chihuly exhibit. The pieces are very large and te design and coloration is typical of Chihuly, but there is nothing particularly new. My local conservatory has had a standing Chihuly exhibit for several years that seemed far more impressive. The Arboretum chose size over quantity. Sometimes bigger just isn't better.

It was ok, but for the cost ($15 entry fee plus $18 parking) I didn't feel like I got my money's worth

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

My daughter and I visited the Arboretum & Gardens at her suggestion. This is a fantastic recreational activity for any age. Long meandering paths with every kind of Texas plant imaginable, beautiful vista of downtown Dallas skyline in the distance. Overlooks a large lake with sailboats. Has children's activities and a small gift shop. I'd love to come back to this place in the spring with more of the flowers are in bloom. This would be a fabulous venue for a wedding or wedding reception.

Thank WarmBeachLover13
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

The seasons are in full bloom each year at the Arborium. There is always something special going on and added with interest. Much of the time, there are added events that prove wonderful and unexpected. And, all the food places serve great options on any budget.

Thank Angels4U
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

The signage to find this place from the freeway is not so great, but it's worth the effort. You can get discounted admission on certain afternoons, so that's a plus. The lake views are lovely and the fern dell very peaceful. The pumpkin patch and decorations were fantastic, and the Chihuly pieces (only until Dec. 31, 2012) were fun. Someone in charge of planting really loves purple, so if you are a purple person, the fall plantings will be a hit with you.

Thank thirdsunrise
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

This is not to be missed. Although I went when there was a Chihuly exhibition and that really made the Dallas Arboretum a must see, I think it is a very special place in Dallas. Great date place.
the Restaurant Golyer is a perfect place for lunch. Derrel, our server was very gracious and a delight.

Thank Fattycrab
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