The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is, hands down, one of the most beautiful display gardens in North America, and that’s not just hometown pride talking. With 66 acres on the shores of White Rock Lake, this nationally recognized garden has changeable displays four times a year, providing breathtaking color for visitors all year long.
This urban oasis attracts roughly a million visitors year-round to its finely manicured grounds. Whether visitors come from afar or from nearby for a weekly respite, they’ll find the gardens resplendent with seasonal plantings. Find more details about all the gardens and pavilions here. In the hotter months, the kids can cool off by splashing under the water streams in the frog fountain.
Some of the biggest events hosted throughout the year—and every season has a new theme—are Autumn at the Arboretum featuring the Pumpkin Village and more Halloween fun; Holiday at the Arboretum featuring a Christmas Village and glass-enclosed gazebos; the Dallas Blooms festival during the spring, when tulips reign supreme; and Summer at the Arboretum.
The arboretum is located east of White Rock Lake, just minutes from downtown Dallas, at 8525 Garland Road. Call 214/515-6540 for any questions about tickets. Visitors are welcome daily between 9am and 5pm. Ticket prices vary slightly by the season but are as low as $5 and is always free for arboretum members.
If you’re coming with your whole family, do not skip the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, located right next door and available for only an additional $3. This elaborate children’s garden connects school children to nature and Earth sciences throughout age-specific galleries. You’ll want to spend the entire day in the the Incredible Edible Garden, the Texas Sky Walk and Exploration Center with OmniGlobe alone.
Photos courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
See below for upcoming seasonal festivals and special events you’ll want to plan for: