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“A true sanctuary”

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
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Ranked #2 of 253 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 November 29, 2013

One of the most beautiful places any time of the year. Be sure to go to relax, enhance your sense of peacefulness and just let nature nurture you

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Reviewed November 29, 2013

I have watched the gardens expand and mature over the past 30 years, and I am proud to say it has become a truly beautiful and interesting place. A lakeside retreat with rolling hills, historic mansion, high tea, or other bites, and on occasion outdoor music, as well as the varied and beautiful gardens. Really something for everyone. The most recent addition is an interactive and educational children's garden. Not to be missed on a beautiful day, bring a picnic, your sweetie, your family, or friend and enjoy this beautiful place, only 15 to 20 minutes from downtown. Check out the website for scheduled performances or special activities.

Thank ZGTO
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Actually, my mother who has travelled the world and seen most botanical gardens and arboretums, told me this was one of the best. It is fabulous in all seasons, especially spring. They do a fabulous job and it is a beautiful location overlooking White Rock Lake. A must see for visitors to Dallas.

Thank lizzzy03
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

It was an overcast, cool day in Dallas, not the day you would normally visit these gardens. However, we were not disappointed. The entrance fee and parking are a bit high, but it was all worth it. As other reviewers have said, there is a lot of walking. But there is a golf cart type shuttle to take you to the far right of the gardens and the entrance to the Childrens' Garden. We were the only ones on the cart and the driver was awesome. He gave us a personal tour, somewhat off the beaten path, with names of plants/flowers/trees and insight into the historic side of the place. It costs $3 extra to see the kids' adventure garden, but worth every cent...and we didn't have kids with us. The multi-million $ area opened this Sept. and is a wonderland of agricultural, environmental and scientific activities that get children (and grandparents like us) involved. From the maze and elaborate sand box to the water and plant hands-on activities, we had great fun. After leaving we walked back to the entrance by way of the frog fountain, several historic buildings and a very cool Holloween/Thanksgiving exhibit featuring pumpkins by the thousands...two walk-thru pumpkin houses, elaborate garden designs and small pumpkin artwork running up the trees. Very creative and work-intensive. Since summer is over and the weather is sketchy, a visit here, being all outside, might be a challenge. However, it is well worth the trip and the views of the lake and Dallas are great.
Also, Wednesday is 2 for 1 admission day.

Thank LarryR86
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Prepare by setting aside a full day, you will need it. This attraction stretches on for miles and has something for everyone. The new children's garden is a fun yet highly educational full day event in itself. The remaining gardens feature every type of landscape architecture. Lots of places and things to eat. Wear comfy shoes.

Thank angel040574
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