Dallas Arboretum

dallas arboretum

Dallas Arboretum

If you’ve ever been to New York City’s Central Park, then you know a big park when you see one. It’s expansive, has tons of people strolling around, and has a relaxing vibe. Well Dallas, Texas has one similar! Just northeast of the city is a large park called the Dallas Arboretum and it is splendid. Unlike Central Park, there is an entry fee but it’s well worth it. This 66 acre place is immaculate and stunning. Today we want to share our favorite things about the Dallas Arboretum.

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The Best of the Dallas Arboretum

When you enter the park and follow the circular trail counterclockwise you’ll begin at the Trial Gardens where there are many different flowers to see up close that they’re experimenting with. We got some up close shots of the tiny, colorful creations.

Next up, don’t miss out on a photo op in front of the Crape Myrtle trees. They so perfectly perform an arch for you to grace them with a model strut underneath them.

dallas arboretum
dallas arboretum

If you continue down the walking path, you’ll pass by benches to relax on and grassy areas to take a nap if you please. It’s prime time people watching time! Another area has gorgeous waterfalls and koi ponds where you can see huge koi fish too!

dallas arboretum
dallas arboretum

If you have children, you can visit the Children’s Adventure Garden which is a separate section of the gardens geared toward the young ones.

Then you’ll come upon the Alex Camp House Lawn with breathtaking views of the Whiterock Lake and the city. This open lawn space is sometimes used for concerts when the weather is nice.

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Past the creek, there’s a woman’s garden with beautiful sculptures. We fell in love with the mosaic tiles in the water fountain here. Don’t they catch your eye?

Towards the end of the trail is the tasty part: The Tasteful Place! This is a newer area of the park where they have tastings of appetizers that use the fresh ingredients straight from their 3.5 acre gardens! We had some fresh salsa and ranch dip with crackers that were mouth watering.

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Special Events at the Dallas Arboretum

In the Autumn, the Dallas Arboretum has their famous Pumpkin Festival. In 2017 they had a Wizard of Oz theme which was adorable. Plus, the Pumpkin patch had a yellow brick road! We saw 90,000 kinds of pumpkins, gourds, and squash. Did you have any idea that many types existed? They are all shapes and sizes. Our favorite was probably the ghost pumpkin which is all white. This is a great area to bring kids because they will be astonished by this pumpkin heaven and will love walking into the pumpkin houses

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Another special event occurs In the Fall. They have live concerts on Thursday nights from 7-9pm (usually April-June and Sept-Oct). They cost $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers.

In the Winter, visit “Holiday at the Arboretum” and see their 12 Days of Christmas Exhibits during the day or at night with 500,000 lights!

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Details About the Dallas Arboretum

Admission is $15 for adults and on Wednesdays it’s BOGO.

Hours are: 9am-5pm

All-in-all we enjoyed the Dallas Arboretum. The highlights were the pumpkin patch, the koi ponds, and the unique plants and flowers we saw! Definitely go here if you’re in Dallas for a few days and be sure to checkout our Dallas Itinerary for ideas on where to go. It's also a great spot to practice your photography skills!

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Hello, we are Zach (@zachdorworth) and Steph (@stephdorworth). We are Mr & Mrs traveling the world one romantic city at a time while perfecting obsessively organized travel.

  • Sounds fun and I am close enough to see it! I love the Crape Myrtle tree arch. Do you know if they have a Wizard of Oz theme every year at the Pumpkin Festival? That is something our kids would really dig. Thanks for the info, especially the BOGO Wednesday’s.

    • admin says:

      Chris, I am pretty sure they have that theme every year because the permanent sidewalk is the yellow brick road. So it appears that way. THanks for reading!

  • The Dallas Arboretum looks beautiful will all of the pumpkins. 66 acres of gardens could take quite a while to visit. I imagine it changes with every season so you will have to visit once in every season.

  • carrie says:

    Arboretums are so much fun to explore! I’m from DC and we also have a huge arboretum, which makes a perfect picnic spot in the spring. It’s great to have a huge green space right in the middle of the city. Those Crape Myrtle trees look really beautiful, and I’d definitely want to time a visit with the pumpkin festival.

  • Kathleen says:

    What a beautiful place. I just sent this link to a friend who just moved to Fort Worth so she can take her kids for an escape. I really love the arched trees and the tiny house at the end of the post. Such a great place.

  • I visited the Dallas Arboretum in the fall and absolutely loved it. It’s such a beautiful spot in the middle of the city. I couldn’t believe how many thousands of pumpkins they had there!

  • sherianne says:

    I haven’t heard of this, it sounds huge! Love the tree canopy and I bet the 12 Days of Christmas is spectacular

  • Paige says:

    Dallas has some beautiful, unexpected spots. I’ve never been to their arboretum, but I’d love to visit the next time I’m in the area! That walking path with the trees stretching overhead is super cute!

  • Amazing park!!! I’m sure I would pass hours and hours there. Love your photo in front of the Crape Myrtle trees. Do you think that they grew like that or man give it a little help? Either way, it looks beautiful!

  • I love visiting city Arboretum’s – they’re starting to pop up throughout Australian cities more and more too. The Dallas Arboretum looks stunning, I love the laneway of Crape Myrtle trees! They’ve done an amazing job of really making it a beautiful space, and it’s super cool that they keep up with seasonal events!! I would love to catch a concert here some time. Really does seem like a cool spot for some photo opps!

  • Alli says:

    I love all those pumpkins! <3 The Tasteful Place sounds amazing! The appetizers made from the ingredients right from the garden must be absolutely delicious!

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