Celebrate Spring Break at the Most Beautiful Place in Dallas

Dallas Arboretum Spring Break

Staycation Events at the Dallas Arboretum

Are you and your family planning a staycation for spring break? If so, the  Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has several exciting activities planned from March 14 to 20 during the height of Dallas Blooms.

At the largest floral festival in the Southwest, Dallas Blooms features more than 500,000 spring-blooming flowers, along with a “World Music” celebration each day, and events at A Tasteful Place and the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Guests are encouraged to check the website and social media to plan their visits.

 “There’s something for everyone to experience during Dallas Blooms, which ushers in spring in Dallas. The ‘Sounds of Spring’ theme is perfect for traveling the world through music during spring break week. Visit the various gardens, and be sure to take in the 100 varieties of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials.” –  Dallas Arboretum Board Chairman Alan Walne

Celebrating Spring with World Music

Dallas Arboretum ConcertSpring Break Activities in the Main Garden:
World Music: March 14-20
*All activities listed for each day below are free with paid garden admission

Each day celebrates music from a different region or country in the world. The journey begins in Latin America and the Caribbean with two great bands performing live on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

You can participate in a conga line or join the Limbo contest. Other stops include Germany, France, and Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day and Mexico during the equinox. The final stop for “World Music” week is Africa where guests can enjoy learning about Window to The Wild’s majestic African birds in their flight show at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.

Dallas Blooms features 6 majestic topiaries throughout the garden, each depicting a different musical instrument, including a harp, bass, guitar and saxophone, as well as two topiary musicians. One musician is playing the violin, the other is playing the piano.

Saturday, March 14 – Latin America
Top Ten Records DJ livens the crowd with Latin music in the Entry Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Havana NRG takes the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn from 2 to 4 p.m. to play all the Latin hits. Guests can join in on the conga line to conclude the festivities.

Sunday, March 15 – Caribbean
Chef Lisa Roark from El Centro College’s nationally recognized Hospitality and Culinary Institute teaches attendees how to make healthy recipes inspired by Caribbean ingredients at A Tasteful Place from 1 to 2 p.m. Head to the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn to listen to upbeat island music by Sweet Steel from 2 to 4 p.m. Bar & Garden also joins in at A Tasteful Place to demonstrate how to prepare island-inspired drinks from 3 to 4 p.m.

Monday, March 16 – Germany
Bring the whole family for Mommy and Me Monday in Pecan Grove, then enjoy the El Centro College Cooks series demonstration at 11 a.m. in A Tasteful Place. Paul Salvie performs authentic German music with his accordion from noon to 2 p.m. at Café on the Green.

Tuesday, March 17 – Ireland
Commemorate St. Patrick’s Day with friends and family by taking a trip to the Emerald Isle. Start the day with Tiny Tot Tuesday activities in Pecan Grove, then learn how to make a St. Patrick’s Day-inspired floral arrangement with Enflowerment at A Tasteful Place at 11 a.m. Listen to a performance by Celtic singer, Misty Posey at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn from noon to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18 – France
Come out for a day in the garden highlighting France. The chefs at Vestal’s demonstrate how to make French macarons at 11 a.m. in A Tasteful Place. Checkered Past Winery brings their delicious wines for guests 21 and older to sample during Wine Down Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Three Sisters Overlook at A Tasteful Place. Be sure to check out the French mime performing on the Paseo de Flores, just like in the streets of France, from noon to 2 p.m.

Thursday, March 19 – Mexico
Travel around the world in Texas by attending the “Places I’ve Seen” presentation from 1 to 2 p.m. led by Jessica Serna, blogger for My Curly Adventures, as she highlights all of the diverse adventures that can be experienced in the great state of Texas. Enjoy live entertainment and listen to authentic Mexican music at noon.

Friday, March 20 – Africa
Guests can journey to Africa as the final stop for spring break music week in the garden. Window to The Wild brings their majestic African birds to the garden for a spectacular flight show on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn at 10:30 a.m.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Around the World in One Week: Spring Break Edition, March 15-20
While school is out, bring the kids out for a week full of exploration. Journey around the world in one week with a new plant lab every day. Guests are invited on March 17th for a special spring animal adventure with the Dallas Zoo.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
Dallas Arboretum logoThe Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens 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 $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two. On-site parking is $15 or $10, if purchased in advance online.

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Spend Spring Break at the Most Beautiful Place in Dallas

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.