dallas arboretum

These are pictures from our very first visit to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.   We went with a group of friends who swore that it was going to be kid-friendly.   I was skeptical…flowers and trees don’t hold my boys attention very long.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens – 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218; 214-515-6500

We had only been there a few minutes when my skepticism was overcome with amazement.   The Dallas Arboretum is not only one of the prettiest places I have ever visited, but it was also made for kids.

boy walks toward the playhouse in the Dallas Arboretum

Tucked in between the botanical gardens were little hideaways for the kids to visit.

yellow pansy from the dallas botanical gardens

While the children explored, the moms were busy taking pictures.

You can NOT take a bad picture at the Arboretum!   There is beauty from every angle.

One of the kids favorite areas was the collection of little playhouses surrounding the large picnic area.

kids play in the church playhouse in the picnic area of the arboretum

Inside the church playhouse there were texts written on the walls.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens church playhouse

I kept clicking and clicking.   By the end of our visit I had taken over 400 digital pictures.

rhett walks down the tree tunnel in the dallas botanical gardens

I just couldn’t help myself.

The frog fountains were also a big hit.   On subsequent visits in warmer weather, we found ourselves soaking wet underneath the foursome of spitting frogs.

Dallas Arboretum fountain

The pioneer area has a full size tepee.

looing up to the top of the botanical garden tepee

There is also a covered wagon, a few settlers cabins and a place where you can try out an old fashioned plow.   The kids LOVED attempting to plow the field.   I was impressed at how difficult it was to accomplish and sighed in relief that I wasn’t depending on what I could plow and plant for food.

Dallas Arboretum covered wagon with 2 year old in back

This area of modern structures, water and botanical gardens that overlook the lake was my favorite.

boy walking near water garden

Throughout The Dallas Arboretum the flowers were vibrant…

Botanical Gardens flower

…and begging to be photographed.

You can just SEE them saying please.

Dallas Arboretum

We spent 3 hours which included a picnic lunch that we took along.   The boys would have gladly stayed longer and on some return visits we have spent the entire day.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a really fun day for the kids…don’t be skeptical.


  1. This looks amazingly fun!! I wish I was closer, my kids would LOVE it! I like the frog fountains, my boys would have been right up on that too! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

  2. I love the Dallas Arboretum but we haven’t been in a while. We enjoy the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens also!

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  5. Love the Dallas Arboretum! It’s where our wedding was 🙂 We’re having family pics done there next month when we come home to visit – can’t wait!!

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