Blogtober | Autumn at the Arboretum
We went to a PUMPKIN VILLAGE! The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a stunning 66-acre park that sits along White Rock Lake. For the past thirteen years, they have gathered thousands of pumpkins to design an amazing two-month long Fall Festival and Pumpkin Village. The theme this year is The Adventures in Neverland and you’ll see Peter Pan, Wendy, a Pirate Ship, and so much more.
With over 90,000 gourds, this garden is absolutely stunning to see in person. You could say it is gourd-geous!
Keep reading to find out more! xoxo
Things to Know
Autumn in the Arboretum is open from September 22nd to November 21st. If you can’t make it before October is over, no worries - you still have plenty of time!
Weekends are CROWDED. We arrived pretty early and it shocked us to see how crowded the parking lot was. Within in the park, you’ll find a majority of the crowds in the Pumpkin Village and at the Children’s Garden.
If it has rained recently, you can expect mud. We were lucky and wore appropriate-ish shoes, but many people were dressed up and struggled to navigate the very muddy conditions of the village.
It is a big place and you’ll be doing a lot of walking. They have a few tram stops but it is just a six-seater golf cart that picks people up.
Photographers are everywhere! If you’re looking for a perfect spot for a photo op, be prepared to wait your turn.
There is so much more beyond the Pumpkin Village!
General Admission for Adults is $15. Seniors are $12. Children are $10 unless they’re not two yet, in which case, they’re free.
Parking is $15, but if you buy your tickets online, it is only $9.
There is a separate area within the Arboretum called the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Admission is a few dollars more per person. Since we don’t have children, we didn’t go - but, we did walk past and it looks like a great spot to let your clones run wild.
They’re open every day from 9am to 5pm.
There is parking available at the main entrance and at the parking garage across the street.
If you have kiddos, want a super festive photo, or love gardens - this place is absolutely perfect. It is a gorgeous slice of nature that is immaculately cared for and makes you feel as though you’ve travelled to somewhere serene and exotic. We thought it was well worth the price of admission and will absolutely go back again for the 12 Days of Christmas this December.