Review: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

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Other than receiving a free visit to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, I was not paid for any of the opinions or reviews expressed in this blog. Only locations that score a 4+ on a 1-5 scale make it onto our website.  


Are you looking for the perfect location for family portraits in the DFW Metroplex?  The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is the place to go.  This was my second visit to the Dallas Arboretum and I really loved it!  It was a lovely Saturday this past weekend in Texas.  The temperature was in the mid to high 60’s.  Warm weather for winter, huh?  It was the perfect day to visit the Arboretum.  

Now I will be honest…  When I told my boys we were going to the Arboretum, they said, “What’s that?!”.  The last time we went, my oldest (now nine years old and in fourth grade) was in Pre-K.  I told them it was a place with a lot of trees, flowers and displays.  Cue the groaning and whining and “I don’t want to go”s.  I dragged them to the vehicle and off we went.  We went with their Dad because Lovely Liz was having allergy issues.  

As soon as we walked, they started checking out the wares and begging to go in the gift shop.  We actually avoided the gift shop because I knew I would have to pry their tiny hands off of cute little trinkets and treasures!  We walked to our left and found our way.  Off we went…

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 We first came to some little houses.  Bird houses.  An owl house!  

“Wow, mom!  I didn’t know this place was going to be THIS cool!” – Remy, 7

My kids think I’m really lame and boring, so I love when I find things that excite them!!  It’s not easy to impress a pack of boys, so well done to the Arboretum.  You’re not just a boring garden!  You’re a place to learn and explore.  A place to climb and jump!  

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This bird nest was really cool!

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More cool house!  So many beautiful things to look at!

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I had Charlie on my back, which is why he isn’t in some of these pics.  He was very happy with the view, but once we found water, he wanted to check it out!  If you go to the Dallas Arboretum, you’ll also get to check out The 12 Days of Christmas through January 4th.  There are huge, extravagant displays of each of the 12 days!  

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I never have much luck with posed pictures.  These kids keep me on my toes, for sure!  I got a couple of decent ones out of about a dozen!

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We had to stop and have a discussion about not sticking any parts of our bodies into any water for any reason and obeying all signs and ropes.  This was a struggle, as you can imagine.


There were just SO many beautiful things to see!  Around every corner was something new to look at.

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Sometimes I’m just happy to see all ten little eyes.  Even if they’re not looking back at me!  

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See what I mean about following directions?  “Please don’t climb on the rocks.” is not just a suggestion, guys.  It’s hard when you’re a boy…

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They just can’t help themselves!  I tried my best to keep them on the “climb friendly” things and managed to keep them from falling into the little lakes when they crossed the ropes.  They really had SUCH a great time!  They wanted so badly to just run all over the place and explore ALL of the things on their own.  My structure makes them crazy sometimes.  “Walk.  Don’t run!”  Haha.  Who am I kidding?

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We really had a wonderful time at the Arboretum.  Even though all of the flowers weren’t in full bloom, there were so many things to see and do.  There was certainly no shortage of perfect photo opportunities.  Whether or not I was able to wrangle my children into any Kodak moments is another story!  

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If you’re still wondering if the Dallas Arboretum is a kid-friendly place, check out this list of 50 reasons to visit the Children’s Garden!  

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You will run out of time and energy before you can see or do everything, so this is an awesome thing to put on your holiday wish list!  A membership to the Arboretum would make the perfect gift and family memberships start at only $125!  And who says you can’t see gorgeous blooms in December??

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I can’t wait to come back to the Dallas Arboretum!  There are so many more things to look forward to in every season!  Thank you for allowing us to come out and share your garden with our family!  We had a wonderful time!  

To see more beautiful pictures of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, check them out on Facebook and Instagram!  

Other than receiving a free visit to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, I was not paid for any of the opinions or reviews expressed in this blog. Only locations that score a 4+ on a 1-5 scale make it onto our website.

Photo Credit: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and Charlise Grisham