Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A nationally acclaimed 66 acre display garden features breathtaking floral displays all year long. Nestled on the shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum was named "One of the Most Breathtaking Gardens in the World" by Architectural Digest. Dallas Blooms festival boasts of over 500,000 spring blooming bulbs, 3,000 azaleas and hundreds of Cherry Blooms-February-April. Summer in the garden includes an outdoor concert series on Thursday evenings and numerous water features with breathtaking floral displays. Autumn at the Arboretum-September-November features a nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring over 90,000 pumpkins/gourds/squash and named one of America's Best Pumpkin festivals by Fodor's Travel. The 8 acre Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden was designed to connect children with nature. Education is a central focus the gardens mission, which teach life and Earth science with 17 indoor/outdoor galleries and 150 interactive activities - Where science and fun become one. Open seven days a week and Wednesday nights until 8pm from March-October. Seasonal weekday discounts are available. The garden is closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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  • Tanner L
    130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breath Taking Views!
    Beautiful scenery! We sure did enjoy our time at the botanical gardens in Dallas. It was a nice place to walk around and enjoy the beautiful views. There was a lot of shade and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the flowers/plants!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Tasmin B.
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see!
    Such a beautiful place! Very expansive and immaculate grounds filled with color, history, and stunning views. Got to participate in a tour of the familial home of the Dallas DeGolyer Estate which was breathtaking and educational. Definitely recommend visiting, but come prepared for the Texas heat!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • BlondeAdventurer1
    London, United Kingdom334 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful seclusion and peaceful spot for nature in the city
    As a solo travel who wanted to get out of the city and away from people for a bit and enjoy some nature, the gardens were perfect. You can get an Uber there no problem they drop you at gate one and this month the entry is only $5, so it’s really good value. Of course with the weather warning you can’t expect anything other than the sturdiest summer plants and they are being tended to well, with gardeners hard at work. Due to the heat not many visitors were there so most of the time I had each area practically to myself it would only see a couple of other people. There are heaps of shady spots, perfect to take a picnic or book. There’s also a little cafe near gate one where you can get drinks and food. The waterfalls were beautiful and loved the wildlife too - squirrels and a variety of birds and butterflies. I’d been in two minds as to whether to go but was so glad I did. Getting an Uber back to downtown is no problem, they pick up from gate 3, you might just have to wait 10 mins.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 14, 2023
  • BusinessPr0fessi0nal
    Houston, Texas383 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Way way beyond my expectations
    I have been all over the world and this by far was the nicest garden I’ve ever been in. Keep in mind it was 100° plus the way this garden is manicured is quite remarkable. I was speechless when I found out that this is run and bought by the city of Dallas! Since we live in Texas, it was nice to see which plants thrive in the extreme heat! And unforgettable experience. Also, we had a lovely tour of the original beautiful colonial Mexican ranch style house. This was the highlight of our trip and we will definitely be back in different seasons. Also, it was so organized with purchasing of parking and the tickets in advance.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Christina A
    Telford, Pennsylvania35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a few hours!
    This is a place not to be missed for any level of garden or nature enthusiast. While it was hot during our visit, everything is well cared for and manicured beautifully. There was so much to see around every corner! Three things in particular were memorable: the water features and fish, the cafe on the patio (that peach smoothie!) and the many beautiful young ladies on the grounds having quinceanera photos taken.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Mojo Sellers
    Midland, Texas164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect Tween Outing/ Chaperoned Day Date
    +picnics allowed +water bottles/canteens- I took a half gallon size and drank it all. +plenty of cool down areas +live music +lots of color & beauty left from the scorching summer season to admire 14 year old children loved this experience. There is a kiddy for younger guests that was popular on this hot day. DA offers plenty of cool off fountains and shaded play areas. Even in the heat of the 2:00 sun- shady spots and sitting areas provided cool down. The Coy pond was a perfect cool off spot for the teenagers. Young daters took to this area as well. The grassy knoll is also a perfect hangout for the teen girls & their charcuteries. The tram took this hot momma back to base, and the sprite teenagers walked the entire park. A great three hour excursion & break from tik toking.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • zakkers
    103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous and well kept haven in Dallas
    Wonderful!!! Was a hot day but we found plenty of shade. Pumpkins were out. It was just gorgeous. Went to the children’s area which is more for little kids but my 15 and 10 year olds still enjoyed it. Cafe was excellent. Highly recommend for an outing.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Nancy M
    McKinney, Texas260 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    beautiful grounds, well kept
    It didn't take long to get in. The areas are beautiful and very well kept. The pumpkin patch was well done. They need signs that the pumpkins are not for taking. They also need signs stating this way to this garden as we were lost most of the time. The map is maybe ok. It kept getting more and more crowded. Restrooms could have been cleaner. There is an automatic 3% convenience fee added to your lunch bill.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Dennis B
    Duluth, Georgia666 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Christmas display
    As out of town visitors we discovered this activity. We went in the evening ( bought tickets on line in advance), to see the.Christmas display. It is really well done. There are 12 gazebos each decorated as one of the 12 days on Christmas song. There also is a well done Christmas village. There you can get a beverage incl wine and beer, a few food items, and a few specialty items from vendors. It will get very crowded after thanksgiving up to Christmas; go early if you want to miss the big crowds.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
  • Chloe Thomas
    Russell Springs, Kentucky1,508 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christmas Wonderland!
    Looking to get a taste of Christmas cheer while in the Dallas area! Look no further than the Arboretum and Botanical gardens! This lovely space transforms into a Christmas wonderland for the last half of the year. My mother and I were in town for business and were looking to find something to do for fun. We weren’t sold on going to an arboretum/botanical garden in November but due to the lack of things to do in the area, we gave it a try. To our surprise, the Christmas season was already being celebrated. We walked through the 12 Days of Christmas, each represented in a unique way. We were also able to enjoy the Christmas tree show (even in the daylight) and the Christmas village. Would love to come back here during the spring and see all the beautiful flowers blooming.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 5, 2023
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Chris K
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
What a wonderful way to enjoy the great weather in Dallas by exploring the magnificent gardens and the Degolyer family house at Dallas Arboretum. Shame my photos do not do it justice. Lots of shade and places to sit and enjoy the place even if the sun is beating down. Cafe and gift shop were both good value too. It is definitely worth a visit.
Written June 11, 2024
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Maria C
Olympia, WA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Wonderful gardens, koi ponds, and waterfalls. So much to see and plenty of shaded areas and benches to sit on when you need a rest. There is a tram system for transportation within the park.
Written June 7, 2024
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Paradise631076
Nassau, New Providence Island14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is an amazing nature spot...took tons of photos. Go early and be prepared to spend the day. I didn't know what to expect, but it was certainly exceeded.
Written June 5, 2024
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Henry W
Dallas, TX3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I purchased tickets and parking online, making it quick and easy to enter the gardens. One thing that was kind of annoying was that they weren’t even charging for parking when I got there, but I had already pre-paid for a parking ticket online due to urging to do so on their website.
Written May 31, 2024
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71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
What a beautiful, thoughtfully laid out, relaxing arboretum. It’s filled with gorgeous paths, waterfalls and ponds, lake views, and a wide variety of plants and flowers. It’s 90% wheelchair accessible, with concrete paths throughout. It cost us $58 for two adults, one senior and parking. Lots of places to sit and relax, numerous opportunities to grab a bite to eat, and lovely staff members available for information.
Written May 8, 2024
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Geof J
Germantown, WI492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a beautiful park with a lot of walking trails, peaceful nature and calming landscaping. We visited for a few hours one afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The vertical landscaping installations were fascinating as were the various water features. There are several water walls and other artistic water features that should not be missed. Well worth a visit
Written May 1, 2024
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Jim W.
Atlanta, GA1,299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We visited here from around 3 - 5 p.m. on a Saturday. We had spent the earlier part of the day flying to DFW and checking n early at the hotel, so we were only able to fight the traffic and get to the Arboretum by around 3 p.m. '

This was also the weekend before the eclipse, so they apparently had some themed activities (mostly for kids) going on that day. The place was packed, but I can't judge whether it was normal or excess... There are multiple parking lots but the police had some blocked off. We ended up making a U-turn and parking in the 3-level deck just across from the main entrance. I'd probably recommend this as a default, as it was quite large and features a tunnel that goes under the road and connects to the Arboretum, so that was convenient.

When you walk up they have multiple ticket booths. We spoke with a helpful lady who accepted the national gardens pass that my wife had bought for this year - it apparently covered this one. You should ask for a map - we didn't and just relied on sign-maps and following crowds. It would have been helpful to grab a paper map, though.

Near the entrance is a side-path to a children's garden section. This seemed popular, with a splash pad, etc. Our child is in her 20s so we didn't spend much time here.

The general layout is that you progress along a meandering axial path that is segmented into different spaces. There are lawns, floral areas, gardens, groves of trees, occasional fountains, etc.

They have a large café with a patio, though we did not eat there.

There were a number of groups having large picnics on some of the lawns. There was also one area where a jazz combo was performing and people had brought blankets to sit and watch from a large sloped hill. There were also a surprising number of groups taking wedding portraits or in some cases just 'glamour shots'.

You'd probably need multiple visits to do this place justice, but it was a fun and scenic area to relax on a weekend.
Written April 20, 2024
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Larry S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My family recently visited Dallas to view the total solar eclipse which occurred on April 8th 2024. We are from out of state and decided to go to the Arboretum on Sunday the 7th to pass the time while awaiting the eclipse on Monday.
The Arboretum website states: “To ensure that you have a seamless and enjoyable time, the Arboretum kindly requests that all guests purchase timed admission tickets online. This allows the Arboretum to manage parking and crowd levels, ensuring a more enjoyable experience for all.” The Arboretum created an “expectation of service” by allowing tickets to be purchased on their website for specifically timed admissions.
I purchased tickets on the 6th including parking for a 2:15pm timed admission as required through the Arboretum website.
We arrived at the Arboretum at 2:15 to be greeted by a half mile long car queue waiting to enter the parking lot. After forty-five minutes it became clear we weren’t going to be able to enter the parking lot let alone the Arboretum. A staff member standing on the sidewalk explained the parking lot had been closed since that morning and suggested we contact customer service regarding any possible refund. We contacted customer service that day and they suggested we rebook our tickets for a future date. This was not possible as we were leaving Dallas the morning of the 9th. We paid for a service that the Arboretum could not provide.
The Arboretum violated our “expectation of service” by knowingly overselling the capacity of the facility and failing to manage parking and crowd levels as promised.
Now, the Arboretum has a no refund policy which I don’t feel it should apply in this case. We didn’t change our minds and decide not to honor our admission time. The Arboretum oversold and should have known they would not be able to fulfill their commitment. Out-of-town guests visiting for a limited time are out-of-luck.
This is fraud.
Written April 17, 2024
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Hello J5596KDLarrys, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We greatly apologize that we did not deliver the first class service and guest experience that we strive to hard to provide. April 7 was the day before a historic event with many out of town guests, along with hundreds of walks up guests that day. This will often cause longer than normal lines at the entrance and parking challenges. I do hope you will stop by the gardens again if and when you are ever in Dallas again and let us host you as our guests.
Written May 13, 2024
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Rosa C
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This place is filled with beautiful nature scenic spots. The beautiful flowers, plants and trees immediately put you in a calm mood. There were weddings, quince photos, proposals, picnics and families walking around.
Written April 16, 2024
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RobinCD
Sparta, WI59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The gardens were lovely to wander through. I am bummed I missed seeing the tulips due to a storm that had passed through the previous day. If it wasn't for impending rain, I would have wandered more.
Written April 13, 2024
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