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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Reopens on June 1st

Dallas Arboretum flowers

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will reopen on Monday, June 1st with timed ticketing. Timed ticketing will help visitors and employees to minimize physical contact and adhere to social distancing guidelines while enjoying the beauty of the Arboretum. 

Dallas Arboretum Tickets

Advance online ticket reservations will be required for entrance by members and non-members alike. Tickets can be reserved for up to 7 days in advance. No tickets will be sold at the gate. To reserve your e-tickets, visit the website or call 214.515.6615. 

Other specific operating rules during this time include:

  • Reservations are for 4-hour blocks. Colored wristbands will be given to guests upon entering the garden, indicating the exit time. 
  • The Arboretum will assign all guests a parking location to allow for social distancing at the gates and in the parking lots.
  • Groups are limited to no more than 5 people.
  • Please be patient and maintain a 6-foot distance from individuals outside of your party.

Gift certificates or other promotional tickets may be redeemed by calling the office number listed above to reserve your time to visit

The Arboretum will begin the reopening with a maximum of 1,000 people in the garden at any one time during a four-hour block. Visitors are must follow the City of Dallas’s policy and guidelines for wearing face coverings and practice social distancing.  

Every person over the age of 2 should consider wearing some form of covering over their nose and mouth such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief when within 6 feet of another person.

Only two sets of restrooms are open. The restrooms will be limited to 25% of their capacity and you will need to wear a mask. 

Mary Brinegar, Dallas Arboretum President, and CEO, said, “Our top priority is the health and safety of our guests and employees, and these new plans and procedures make that possible. Requiring time-specific tickets to be purchased online minimizes physical contact and helps us determine the right number of visitors at any one time. We have also created a one-way, one-mile path around the garden to make it easier for our visitors to enjoy our beautiful grounds while social distancing.” 

The Dallas Arboretum encourages visitors to bring their own food and beverages as there is minimal food service available and to carry out any personal trash when exiting the garden. Water fountains are not operable. There is a refillable water filtration system at the main information booth and vending machines with water and Gatorade only will be available near our Camp House in the middle of the garden.There are no trams operating. Wagon rentals are not available. 

Maps may be picked up at the Information Booth at each entrance. All buildings are closed including the Hoffman Family Gift Store, A Tasteful Place Test Pavilion, the DeGolyer House and the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.  

Members can still get in from 7:00-9:00 a.m. for morning walks with an advance reservation. Although members get in free with their current membership, they do need to reserve a time block online and in advance. 

For more information about garden procedures during this time, please read the Know Before You Go FAQ

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: The Arboretum is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. Open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through the end of June, then 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in July and August. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 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. 

Start the New Year with $5 Admission to the Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum Dining Terrace

Kick-off the new year and beat the winter blues by spending a lovely day outdoors at the Dallas Arboretum. During the entire month of January, general admission will be $5.oo! You can purchase your tickets online in advance.

After the holidays, we all need some motivation to get moving, and there is not a more peaceful or beautiful place to come out and walk at the Dallas Arboretum. We encourage people to see the winter plantings and our horticulture staff prepare for the upcoming Dallas Blooms festival.” –   Dave Forehand, Dallas Arboretum’s vice president of gardens

*The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is closed for preventative maintenance until February 28. 


Friendship Tea at the Arboretum

You and your family will also enjoy an elegant, 3-course Friendship Tea served January 4 to March 1 for guests 13 and older. Teas are available Monday through Friday with seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Prices are $49 per person or $59 with champagne and include parking and admission to the garden. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.515.6511 or purchased online at www.dallasarboretum.org

Winter Activities for A Tasteful Place: Free activities are included with paid garden admission

Seasonal Tastings, Every Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Try three free different samples featuring a hero vegetable, fruit or herb form the garden.

 El Centro College Cooks, Every Monday, 11 a.m.-Noon Participate in this popular cooking demonstration, taught by Chef Lisa Roark from El Centro College’s nationally recognized Hospitality and Culinary Institute. Two new recipes are demonstrated each month.

Seasonal Tastings and Demonstration Cooking with Chef Isabel Snetsinger, Every Wednesday, through February 19, 1-2 p.m. Chef Isabel Snetsinger demonstrates how to prepare her weekly samples given out at A Tasteful Place.

National Day Celebration Series

Join us throughout the winter with this series that highlights national days where guests can watch a cooking demonstration with samples. Enjoy unique and tasty products also available for purchase.

January 30 Croissant Day: Des Patisseries *11 a.m.-noon
January 31 Hot Chocolate Day: Hive Coffee *sale only, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
February 5 Nutella Day: My French Recipe *11 a.m.-noon

Super Bowl Spread Class, Presented by Chef Jayson Jones
January 24, 6-8 p.m., $90
Join Chef Jayson Jones to learn to create the ultimate Super Bowl spread with five different recipes featuring smoky chili and loaded queso dip. This interactive class is the best way to prep a game day menu while sipping on beer and wine. Learn all the tips to create a “touchdown” spread. 

Butter Croissant & Chocolate Croissant Class, Presented by My French Recipe 
February 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $80
Be transported to France and learn all the secrets to succeed with croissant dough from My French Recipe. Make puff pastry from scratch, learn to shape delicious butter croissants, chocolate croissants, and strawberry rolls. Leave the class with a recipe booklet and perfect pastries to enjoy, or share with loved ones.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. From January 2 to 31, general garden admission is $5. (The Dallas Arboretum is closed January 1). The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will be closed January 1 to February 28 for preventative maintenance. On-site parking is $15, or $10 if purchased in advance online beginning January 2. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.