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Tips and Itineraries

Itineraries and Tips

The Dallas Arboretum is always beautiful. To help you make the most of your visit and see the very best that we have to offer in any season, we’ve prepared the sample itineraries below. Whether you have one hour or three, are alone or here with all your friends, want to sample the height of spring splendor during Dallas Blooms or get in touch with nature and escape the heat of summer, we have a plan for you.

Some tips for first-time visitors:

  1. Buy your parking ahead of time online to save $6 (for a total of $9 instead of $15). www.dallasarboretum.org/parking
  2. Check out our FAQ for ideas of what to wear and bring depending on the season – but just a heads up: outside food AND drink are welcome, so if you want to host a picnic, go right ahead!
  3. Pick up a map from the Information Booth when you arrive, or pull up our map to help you find your way and highlight any special exhibits or features in the garden.
  4. Plan ahead if you want to visit the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Admission is $3 in addition to the cost of General Admission ($15 for adults, $10 for children aged 2 years and up). You can park in lot three or the garage at the north end of the gardens to have a shorter walk and make your way directly to the children’s adventure garden if you’d prefer.
  5. Be sure to visit the new vegetable and herb garden, A Tasteful Place, for a free snack based on a seasonal vegetable harvested right from our garden, free of charge!

Sample Itineraries

Family Picnic

Best Picnic Spots

Guidelive recently praised the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens as one of the perfect places for a picnic in Dallas/Ft Worth. If you’re heading our way and want to enjoy a beautiful picnic while keeping cool, we’ve got this list of the six best places for a relaxing picnic at the Arboretum.

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Family Day Trip with Children

Kids love the Dallas Arboretum even before they make their way to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The wide open spaces, the chance to escape into nature… it’s a perfect way for a family to relax and reconnect.

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