The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
For families planning a staycation or visitors coming to Dallas for spring break, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has something for everyone. Encounter 100 varieties of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials. The entire family will enjoy getting to experience what Southern Living boasts as one of the “South’s Best Botanical Gardens.”
Dallas Blooms: Peace, Love and Flower Power
Through April 9
As the largest floral festival in the Southwest, Dallas Blooms explodes with color from more than 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms throughout the gardens. The festival is sponsored by IBERIABANK. Dallas Blooms features unique weekends that highlight a different 1960s theme and incorporate headlines, music, TV, fads and fashion.
Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Children’s activities include face painting, a petting zoo and Kindermusik, located in the Pecan Grove.
Arboretum After Hours: Every Wednesday (excluding March 22)
Hours are extended until 8 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Pack a picnic dinner, bring a favorite book and have a mid-week escape from a busy schedule. Buy one get one free general admission is available at the ticket booth only, with a limit of one purchase per person.
Retro Crafts: March 15-April 5, 12 – 2 p.m.
Retro Crafts bring back memories of peace rallies, flower power and the generation that believed love could cure all the worlds’ ills. Kids and kids-at-heart can enjoy these crafts while hearing tales of another time in the Ann Stuart Courtyard on Wednesdays.
Vintage Garden of Games: March 11-12, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The garden transforms into the Candy Land board game where stops like Molasses Swamp, Gum Drop Mountains, and Peppermint Stick Forest are incorporated into the Arboretum maps. It’s a scavenger hunt of treats and games throughout the gardens.
Fashion Forward Weekend: March 18-19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The 1960s has its own special place in history regarding fashion, such as bell bottoms, parachute pants, tie die and flower crowns. Activities in the garden include flower wreath making, paper doll dressing and henna tattoos in the Val Late Garden. Guests can also view period fashions in the DeGolyer House.
Spring Festival Tea: February 27-April 7, Monday-Friday
Seatings at Restaurant DeGolyer by Gil’s Elegant Catering are available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The price ranges from $49 to $59 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.515.6511 or online at http://www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/dining/seated-teas. The seated tea is for those ages 13 years and older.
Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden
Weekday Educational Programs: March 6-10 & 12-16
Program topics each day of the week will represent a different letter of STEAM: Science Mondays, Technology Tuesdays, Engineering Wednesdays, Art Thursdays, and Mathematics Fridays.
Go Green in the Children’s Adventure Garden: March 17-19, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day means GOING GREEN! Join others for a chlorophyll of fun with programs focused on what makes the garden green, ways people can keep the environment green, a green-inspired lab and much more.
Arboretum Discounted Tickets: Save $1 on each regular price ticket when you purchase them in-store at local Tom Thumb locations.
BOGO Wednesdays: Through April 5 (excludes March 15):
Buy one get one free general admission, is available at the ticket booth only, with a limit of one purchase per person.
Group Discounts: 15 or more are available with advance registration by calling 214.515.6520.
C.C. Young Senior Thursdays: $11 general garden admission plus 20 percent discount at the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Valid for visitors age 65+ during festivals. Discounted Senior Thursday tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth only.
Discounted Parking: Pre-purchased online parking is $8. Regular parking is $15.
For more information about the Dallas Arboretum, call 214.515.6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.
About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $15 or $8, if purchased in advance online.