Summer at the Arboretum

Celebrate the beauty and excitement of summer with us June 1 through August 31

Join us for outstanding floral displays, exciting activities, amazing discounts and fun for the whole family this summer at the Dallas Arboretum. Don't miss $1 general garden admission during the entire month of August and free admission to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden on Labor Day!

As always, the Arboretum will display an incredible selection of seasonal plantings. During Summer at the Arboretum, the beds will be bursting with ageratum, impatiens, petunias, cleome, begonias, salvia, marigolds and zinnias. As the temperatures warm, caladiums, sunpatiens, lantana, pride of Barbados, variegated tapioca, elephant ears and coleus will be added to the gardens.

Family Activities

Family Fun Fridays

June 6 – July 25

Plan your family’s summertime adventures right here at the Arboretum on Fridays in June and July. Bring the whole gang out to experience the new internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden featuring the wonders of life and earth science combined with hands-on fun for all ages!

Additional kid-friendly activities will include face painting, petting zoo animals and music for the little ones. Visitors are welcome to picnic on the grounds, but if you’d rather not pack a lunch, we encourage you to try the Children’s Adventure Garden Café by Two Sisters. The Café, which is open until 4 p.m. daily, has seating both indoors and out and offers a variety of tasty choices including chicken salad sandwiches, potato chip crusted chicken tenders, pizza, quesadillas, hummus, fresh fruit, salads, crust-less PB&J and more.

Bird House Exhibit

Through December 31 | The Lakeside Exhibit Area

Visitors can explore the themed houses and learn about the adaptations and lifestyles of various species.

Peacock Topiaries

Through December 31 | Jonsson Color Garden

The beloved peacock topiaries return to spread their colorful petal tails. The head of each bird incorporates real peacock feathers, and tails will be replanted each season. The body of the two, 13-foot-tall peacocks is Liriope with 11,000 plants total.

Fourth of July Celebration

Cool Thursdays Concert

Thursday, July 3 | Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn

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You won’t want to miss this last concert in our spring/summer Cool Thursdays Concerts Series. Enjoy a colorful summer sunset, views of White Rock Lake, and the lush rolling lawn while listening to the patriotic songs of the Dallas Wind Symphony. The evening promises to be a true night to remember. The Cool Thursdays Concert Series will resume in the fall on September 4 with Emerald City, Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band. More information

Military and General Admission Discounts

Friday, July 4 – Sunday, July 7

Continuing the celebration of our nation’s independence, retired members of our esteemed armed services will receive free admission on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. General garden admission for non-military guests will be just $5 on those days. Visitors can also enjoy patriotic music and flags throughout the garden. What says Fourth of July better than outdoor family fun and good old American summertime fare?

August Discounts

August Dollar Days

August 1 – 31 | $1 General Garden Admission

The dog days of summer bring Dollar Days to the Dallas Arboretum. All visitors can take advantage of $1 general garden admission for the entire month of August! As always, members receive free general garden admission and free year-round parking, so be sure and spread the word about this great discount to your friends and neighbors. This is a perfect opportunity for new Arboretum visitors to bring the kids out to experience our eight-acre Children’s Adventure Garden. For just an additional $3 per person guests can enjoy a wonderful summer day and a great deal!

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend Discounts

Friday, August 29 – Monday, September 1

Plan to give the summer a well-deserved send-off by celebrating Labor Day at the Arboretum. Take advantage of the last of August Dollar Days through Sunday and enjoy $5 general garden admission on Labor Day (Monday, September 1). Admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is also free for all visitors on Monday! Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the Arboretum with one of the best deals of the season. As always, our valued members always receive free general garden admission and parking.

Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden features 17 exciting indoor and outdoor galleries designed with established state and national standards in mind. Both fun and educational, children of all ages are invited to take in the beauty of nature and enjoy the ultimate outdoor adventure!

Unless otherwise specifically noted, admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden requires an additional fee of $3 for all non-members. Members, be sure to look at our Levels and Benefits page to find out if your membership level includes admission to the Children’s Garden. Although reservations are not required, they are strongly encouraged. It’s well worth the effort!

Admission & Tickets

Dallas Arboretum
and Botanical Garden

Open Daily 9am - 5pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Administrative Office Open Monday Through Friday, 8:30am - 5pm