06:30 AM until 09:00 AM
LocationDallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden View map
8525 Garland Road,
Dallas, TX, 75251
- Website: https://www.dallasarboretum.org/event/groundhog-day/
- Line/Box Office Phone: 214/515-6615
- Cost: $5 entrance, $10 parking if pre-purchased, $15 parking at the gate. Tickets must be pre-purchased online or by calling.
- Ages: All ages
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden hosts its third annual Groundhog Day celebration on Tuesday, February 2, 6:30–9am, in A Tasteful Place, which overlooks White Rock Lake and the Dallas skyline. Those interested in joining the festivities and shadow-watching are welcome to attend the event for free with paid garden admission, which is $5 from now until Feb. 19. Masks are required for the duration of one’s visit.
Guests are invited and encouraged to wear any type of hat (Texas-style for Groundhog Day) for a hat contest. Materials are provided on site, and attendees are welcome to further embellish their hats. At the end of the event, a hat contest winner is selected and receives a prize.
According to folklore, if a groundhog comes out of hiding and sees her shadow, she is scared and runs back inside, meaning six more weeks of winter. If she doesn't see her shadow, spring arrives early, which for the Arboretum would be just in time for Dallas Blooms. Themed “America the Beautiful,” Dallas Blooms, presented by IBERIABANK/First Horizon, opens on February 20 and runs through April 11, 2021.
For Groundhog Day, guests are encouraged to come as early as 6:30am, where there are breakfast and beverages items available for sale and a free hot chocolate for each guest. The program begins at 7:15am in time for sunrise at 7:21am when the Arboretum officials release Arboretum Annie to see if she sees her shadow.
After that, visitors are welcome to take selfies with the famous groundhog until 8:30am, make groundhog crafts, visit the science activity tables conducted by Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden staff, and at 9:30am watch the iconic movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray.