Coming to the Garden with Children
Check the calendar before you visit for events, festivals, exhibitions and classes
Visit the Information Booth located at the main entrance for maps, free wheelchair rentals (on a first-come, first-served basis), $10 wagon rentals (not permitted in the Children's Garden), scavenger hunts and much more.
The Gift Store is located in the Ginsburg Family Plaza near the main entrance and contains gifts and items you may need for your garden visit. You can also purchase mementos to commemorate your trip to the Arboretum.
Test your Arboretum knowledge with this fun and educational tree scavenger hunt. Download the PDF and print it from home, or pick up a copy from the Information Booth. This fun activity for kids will not only entertain, but will also serve as a great guide through the gardens. Answers available here.
The Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace is located in the Ginsburg Family Plaza just past the main entrance. Seasonal soup offerings, hot and cold sandwiches, as well as delicious fresh salads are available for purchase. Enjoy a freshly made lunch on the Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace or order it to-go for a picnic in the garden.
Proceed through the Ginsburg Family Plaza to the Paseo de Flores, the main garden pathway. Along The Paseo, visitors can stop for a photo opportunity at the Magnolia Glade, the Crape Myrtle Allee, the Toad Corners Fountain, the Shadow Garden and the Pecan Grove.
The DeGolyer Estate is the first house to the left of the Paseo de Flores. Attached to the Estate is Restaurant DeGolyer. This exceptional venue, nestled in the center of our 66-acre garden, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Feel free to bring your own food and drink to enjoy in your favorite part of the Garden.
Past the DeGolyer Estate, on the left of the Paseo, are over 200 Red Maples in the Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill. Follow the paths (which are ADA-compliant) toward White Rock Lake to where the Rill ends with a feature pond. Stop by the Canopy Café, located at the top of the Red Maple Rill, for quick snacks, drinks and ice cream. This dining option is open during festivals.
The Paseo continues to Fogelson Fountain in front of the Alexander Camp House. This house serves as an administrative building upstairs and is available for rentals downstairs. Although the interior of this building is not available for touring, visitors may walk around the outside of the Camp House towards the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn. Kids can run, play and roll on the grass hill.
The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is just beyond the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn. Admission to this garden is $3 in addition to general garden admission. Advance reservations are strongly recommended for the Children’s Garden. The Children's Garden Cafe by Two Sister's Catering is open weekdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekends, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering healthier dining options, including a children's menu.
The Children's Adventure Garden Café by Two Sisters is open weekdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekends, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering healthier dining options, including a children's menu.
- Best for Families 2013, Best Spot for Open Space and Fresh Air - Dallas Child Magazine
- Reader’s Pick: Best Outing With the Kids - Dallas Observer 2011
- 181 Places to See & Things to Do Before You’re 5 Feet Tall - Dallas Child,
- Best Place to Entertain the Family - Neighbors Choice Awards 2010