The Dallas Arboretum Presents Fairy Tale Castles

Let your imagination take you away to a magical land as you and your children explore the Fairy Tale Castles at the Dallas Arboretum.

These mystical castles are based on classic children’s fairy tales such as Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk.

The castles were designed by 7 local architects and built by local construction groups.   The event is sponsored by Lambert’s and Moore Tree Care.

She Is Dallas info: The Fairy Tale Castles exhibit will be on display from March 5 – December 31, 2011.   It is free with garden admission.   The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road in Dallas.   They are open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day).   Admission is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors, $8.00 for children (3-12), and free for children under 3.   Onsite self parking is $7.00.   For more information, please call them at 214-515-6500 or visit their website.   The Dallas Arboretum is also on Facebook.

The Dallas Arboretum produces incredible exhibits that are enchanting for children and adults alike. Keep reading   for a look at one of their previous exhibits, Storybook Playhouses.

I love the Dallas Arboretum.

My kids love the Dallas Arboretum.

Through December 31 the Dallas Arboretum is featuring a collection of Storybook Playhouses.   They are nestled along flower bordered trails, under leafy shade trees and in breath-takingly beautiful surroundings.

My boys took the trail map we were given at the entrance SERIOUSLY.   We explored all 15 of the amazing houses.   Here is what we saw:

Dallas Arboretum's Storybook Playhouses book

Each playhouse is inspired by a children’s book.   At each stop there is a large book display that tells the story behind the house.   Many of the houses were from stories that we had read, but there were a few surprises – books that I didn’t knnow!

15 of the Dallas Arboretum Storybook Playhouses pictured here

Starting at the top, left to right:

  1. Temerok
  2. The Little Prince
  3. The Owl and the Pussycat
  4. City Green
  5. Eragon
  6. Treasure Island
  7. One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish
  8. Alice in Wonderland
  9. James and the Giant Peach
  10. Peter Pan
  11. Thumbelina
  12. Hope for the Flowers
  13. The Lorax
  14. The Bamboo Cutter’s Daughter – was closed this day so we didn’t see it so here is a pretty sunflower.
  15. Hansel and Gretel
  16. Another house that I have pictures of but can’t identify.

There was a clear favorite among my boys.   It was the City Green House:

City Green playhouse at Dallas Arboretum

They ran for a 1/2 hour through the two houses, the connecting garden and through the swinging gate.

Pure kid bliss.

There is no doubt that we will be back to visit this again.   We didn’t even make it to our favorite area, The Texas Village because we were having so much fun on the other side of the Arboretum.


  1. On the way home that day, Reese was upset because we didn’t visit Texas Village, and on our way to leave the Arboretum Luke broke down in tears because THAT is his favorite part too! 🙂 Guess we should have planned for a open-close approach to see it all!

  2. Holly- is there a day or time you recommend going to the arboretum? I’d like to take the pumpkin when its on the quieter side!

  3. The great thing is that it is so large, it hardly ever seems crowded. We usually try to go during the week. The Dallas Arboretum is obviously busier on days that are better weather!

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