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“Chihuly exhibit” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
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Ranked #1 of 229 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 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Charleston, South Carolina
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3 reviews
“Chihuly exhibit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

Loved exhibit and gardens, gift shop was great. The park on the lake was breathtaking. The staff even offered to take family pix of us together

Visited December 2012
Thank Charlotte E
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Anchorage, Alaska
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Very Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

Need to go back during the "growing season." December find the place a bit brown, even though there is still lots to see, and much of it is green and some flowers are still blooming. And yes, we had 3 to 4 inches of snow on Christmas. ...go figure. Why is it every time I visit Texas in winter it snows? 3 times....
Be prepared for crowds at the Arboretum and a fee to get in if you're not a "yearly member."
The gardens are worth seeing.

Visited December 2012
Thank Steven W
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Coppell, Texas
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Gorgeous Flower areas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

The grounds are outstanding. The flowers are only a part of these gardens. The different areas with bridges and waterfalls and fountains are just as special to look at as much as the beautiful plants

Visited September 2012
Thank Karla M
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Dallas, Texas
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A lovely oasis in the middle of Dallas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

The Dallas Arboretum is a nice place to spend a day. The grounds are beautiful and well-maintained. You may bring in food and have a picnic. We came around Halloween and the place was packed. Even so, it was still very pleasant and there's enough room for everybody. I look forward to going again.

Visited October 2012
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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“Spectacular Gardens! Serenity at its Best!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

This marked our first visit to the Arboretum, and we loved it! I can only imagine how much more spectacular it becomes in full bloom!

Parking was painless-easy to find, guides to show you empty spots, nothing too far out. Not sure if this is the norm, but we were pretty pleased.

Upon entering you pay for admission and for parking, which was also quite easy.
We grabbed a map, which is admittedly not very helpful, but we noticed the place is laid out such that it's fairly easy to find your way around.

The grounds are very well kept, with markers nearby to acquaint you with the various trees, flowers, etc. We went to see the Chihuly exhibit, which was very pretty.

A major plus: we read online you can bring in food, drinks, adult bevs, etc which really impressed me, as I feel like most places like this try to force you to eat at their shops. We stopped first at Jimmy's (my fav Italian joint for GREAT sandwiches) and brought those with us. Upon entering, there were free tables to eat at, though you could also bring a blanket and camp out anywhere you'd like.

I can't wait to visit again-I already have another trip planned to try their Tea Service! $47/person-I'll be sure to update and let you know if it's as great as this first visit!
And, I also would love to go back for a concert-what a great time that would be.

Visited December 2012
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