Coming to the Garden with Children

Check the calendar before you visit for events, festivals, exhibitions and classes

Information-BoothVisit the Information Booth located at the main entrance for maps, free wheelchair rentals (on a first-come, first-served basis), $10 wagon rentals (not permitted in the Children's Adventure Garden), scavenger hunts and much more.

Tree-Scavenger-HuntTest your Arboretum knowledge with this fun and educational tree scavenger hunt. Download the PDF and print it from home, or pick up a copy from the Information Booth. This fun activity for kids will not only entertain, but will also serve as a great guide through the gardens. Answers available here.

Try our Statue scavenger hunt, too. Answers available here.

Lula-MaeThe Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace is located in the Ginsburg Family Plaza just past the main entrance. Seasonal soup offerings, hot and cold sandwiches, as well as delicious fresh salads are available for purchase. Enjoy a freshly made lunch on the Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace or order it to-go for a picnic in the garden. Or bring your own food and drink and enjoy a meal in any of our gardens.

Japanese-Cherries-and-tulips-along-the-PaseoProceed through the Ginsburg Family Plaza to the Paseo de Flores, the main garden pathway. Along The Paseo, visitors can stop for a photo opportunity at the Magnolia Glade, the Crape Myrtle Allee, the Toad Corners Fountain, the Shadow Garden and the Pecan Grove.

Cascades-in-the-Red-Maple-RillPast the DeGolyer House, on the left of the Paseo, are over 200 Red Maples in the Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill. Follow the paths (which are ADA-compliant) toward White Rock Lake to where the Rill ends with a feature pond. Stop by the Canopy Café, located at the top of the Red Maple Rill, for quick snacks, drinks and ice cream. This dining option is open during festivals.

Pure-Energy-Tower-and-Energy-Learning-Gallery_webThe Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is just beyond the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn. Admission to this garden is $3 in addition to general garden admission. The Children's Garden Cafe by Two Sister's Catering is open weekdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekends, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering healthier dining options, including a children's menu.

1-Childrens-Garden-Cascade-WaterfallThe Children's Adventure Garden Café by Two Sisters is open weekdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekends, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering healthier dining options, including a children's menu.


  • 10 Best Botanical Gardens for Families, 2015
  • One Perfect Day: Dallas - Qantas Airlines, 2015
  • 10 Fun Things to Do Dallas - Southern Bride, 2015
  • Best for Families - Dallas Child Magazine, 2014
  • 2014 Certificate of Excellence - TripAdvisor

Dallas Arboretum
and Botanical Garden

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Administrative Office Open Monday Through Friday, 8:30am - 5pm