Summer at the Arboretum

Celebrate the beauty and excitement of summer with daily Children's Garden activities and August Dollar Days 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! Scroll down for more details

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, lobelia and zinnias. As the temperatures warm, caladiums, lantana, pride of Barbados, variegated tapioca, elephant ears and coleus will be added to the gardens.


Family Activities

Children's Garden Activities

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! Weekly activities are available:


Wednesday, July 30

11:30 a.m. - Walk on the Wild Side (Walk on the Wild Side)

2:30 p.m. - Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and the Plates (Exploration Center OmniGlobe Theater)

11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. - How Sweet Is it? (Exploration Center Plant Lab)


Thursday, July 31

10:30 a.m. - Storytime (Petroglyphs Pergola)

2:30 p.m. - Pangaea (Exploration Center OmniGlobe Theater)

11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. - How Sweet Is it? (Exploration Center Plant Lab)


Friday, August 1

10:30 a.m. - Animal Adaptations (Habitats)

11:30 a.m. - Wetlands Wonders (Texas Native Wetlands)

12:30 p.m. - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Compost (Living Cycles)

2:30 p.m. - The Quest for Life in the Solar System (Exploration Center OmniGlobe Theater)

11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. - How Sweet Is it? (Exploration Center Plant Lab)


Saturday, August 2

10 a.m. - Storytime (Petroglyphs Pergola)

Noon - Wetlands Wonders (Texas Native Wetlands)

1:30 p.m. - Pollination Station (The Moody Oasis)

2:30 p.m. - Tour Our Solar System (Exploration Center OmniGlobe Theater)

11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. - How Sweet Is it? (Exploration Center Plant Lab)


Sunday, August 3

10:30 a.m. - You Are What You Eat (Incredible Edible Garden)

11:30 a.m. - Wetlands Wonders (Texas Native Wetlands)

1:30 p.m. - Walk on the Wild Side (Walk on the Wild Side)

2:30 p.m. - Tour Our Solar System (Exploration Center OmniGlobe Theater)

11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. - How Sweet Is it? (Exploration Center Plant Lab)

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 September 1 | 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.


Summer Discounts

August Dollar Days, presented by Time Warner Cable

August 1 – 31 | $1 General Garden Admission | $1 Children's Garden Admission | available on site only

The dog days of summer bring Dollar Days to the Dallas Arboretum. All visitors can take advantage of $1 general garden admission and $1 Children's Garden admission for the entire month of August (available on site at the Ticket Booth only). Also available are $1 hot dogs, $1 small sodas and $1 smoothies. 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 8-acre Children’s Adventure Garden. For just $2 per person guests can experience the entire garden and enjoy 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 (available on site at the Ticket Booth only). Admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is free with paid general garden admission. 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