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“Dallas Arboretum---8th Wonder Of The World!”

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
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Ranked #1 of 229 things to do in Dallas
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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 rated in 2015 by Fodor's Travel as one of America's Best Spring Flower Festivals. Dallas Blooms festival boasts of over 500,000 spring blooming bulbs, 3,000 azaleas and hundreds of Cherry Blooms-February-April. Summer in garden includes an outdoor concert series on Thursday evenings and breathtaking colors at every turn. Autumn at the Arboretum-September-November features a nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring over 65,000 pumpkins/gourds/squash and named one of America's Best Pumpkin festival in 2014 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. Seasonal weekday discounts are available. The garden is closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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Dallas, Texas
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“Dallas Arboretum---8th Wonder Of The World!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

As a child I traveled all over the world with my family. I saw many "star" attractions & famous gardens, but I must say that the Dallas Arboretum was the most beautiful & spectacular site I have ever seen! Every season there is a different theme! The flowers, plants, trees & the Chihuly exhibit were all beautiful! In some interesting Dallas Arboretum trivia I heard that former President Clinton's brother, Roger got married here, some time ago!

Visited October 2012
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Middleboro, Massachusetts
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“Chihuly exhibit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

We visited the Dallas Arboretum while visiting Dallas and knew the Chiuhly exhibit would be there. It was a beautiful day and really nice to walk around and look at all of the landscaping and glass work together. It is not easy to get to if you don't have rental car but other than that it is worth the trip.

Visited November 2012
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Austin, Texas, United States
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“Chihuly Exhibit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

This was a magnificent display of Chihuly's glass work, the colors are bright and each cluster looks great scattered thru the arboretum. still on location thru December, so mark your calendars.

Visited October 2012
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“Not as good as I expected”
3 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited November 2012
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“Lovely Retreat”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited November 2012
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