Each Spring, Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden attracts thousands of visitors! And rightly so! This world-class Arboretum showcases breath-taking color and blooms, and Spring is simply amazing! Plan a visit with your sweetie or with your friends. This highlight of Spring is a not-to-be-missed Dallas Attraction for kids and parents as well!
I think it’s safe to say that Winter is officially in our rear-view mirror in Dallas. And nothing says Welcome Spring quite like Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
The Dallas Arboretum is included as a top place to visit, in my Dallas City Guide. But don’t just take my word for it! Dallas Blooms is the Southwest’s largest floral festival and is one of the top 10 floral festivals in USA Today’s 10Best. Fodor’s Travel has named Dallas Blooms one of “America’s Best Spring Flower Festivals,” and this event ushers in springtime in Dallas.
Dallas Blooms features more than 500,000 Spring blooming bulbs including tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris, hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring annuals and perennials. The festival features the MOST TULIPS OUTSIDE HOLLAND in a public garden.
During one visually stunning week, there are about 150 cherry trees, including Yoshino, Okame and Kwanzon cherry trees, that burst with blossoms in pink and white, reminding everyone that spring has sprung. The finale of this spring celebration is the mass flowering of the garden’s collection of 3,000 azaleas that bloom during April.
Dallas Blooms features the theme, “Sounds of Spring,” features six musical topiaries throughout the garden. Live music on the weekends, themed music weeks and special events round out the festival.
A warm winter means the flowers are at their peak NOW! So don’t delay!
Dallas Attractions for Kids
Many families are looking for local entertainment during Spring Break, and Dallas Blooms is the PERFECT outing! Here’s some things families need to know:
- Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays, 10:00-2:00: Bring a picnic with the kiddos, and enjoy children’s activities in Pecan Grove, including face painting by A Fresh Perspective, Country Critters Petting Zoo and Kindermusik at noon. Moms can also enjoy an outdoor stroller workout with Fit4Mom White Rock Dallas on Mondays at 11 and Tuesdays at 10am.
- Musical Scavenger Hunt Thursdays: Pick up a scavenger hunt every Thursday at the information booth, and follow along as you stroll through the garden. This is a great way to engage children or a group of friends while strolling through the garden.
- Kelley Family Days: Through a generous gift from the William G. Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered to all members and guests paying garden admission on the days listed below. Eliminating the additional admission price to the Children’s Adventure Garden on these days offers a chance for guests and families to experience the amazing benefits the Children’s Adventure Garden has to offer and why it has received such acclaim. There’s no other garden like it in the world! Come and see why your adventure starts here – where nature and fun become one. March 20, 21, 22.
- Around The World in One Week: While school is out, bring the kids out for a week full of exploration. We journey around the world in one week with a new plant lab every day. Don’t miss out on a special spring animal adventure when the Dallas Zoo visits us on March 17 at 11:15am!. March 15-20
Dallas Blooms Activities for Adults
Besides simply enjoying a day surrounded by gorgeous Spring Color, there’s plenty for adults to enjoy!
- Spring Tea: Seatings available Monday – Friday at 11am and 2pm.
- Wine Down Wednesday: Checkered Past Winery brings a variety of their delicious wines for guests 21 and older to sample. This a great opportunity to sip and learn from this local vintner. 12:00-3:00
The DeGolyer House
Y’all know how much I love touring historic homes, and The DeGolyer House at the Dallas Arboretum is gorgeous! The home of Everette DeGolyer (1886-1956) and Nell Goodrich DeGolyer (1887-1972) was designed to look 100 years old when it was built in 1939.
Mr. DeGolyer was a geologist who ushered the oil industry into the age of technology with the use of the seismograph to find oil. Both Mr. and Mrs. DeGolyer were very active in the city of Dallas.
Their 21,000-square-foot home is Latin Colonial Revival style with 13 rooms, seven baths, five fireplaces, seven chimneys and a 1,750-square-foot library. When the DeGolyers originally purchased the property, called “Rancho Encinal” because of the many live oak trees, it was being used as a 44-acre dairy farm.
The DeGolyer House is on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Texas Register of Historic Places. The house was recently renovated to re-create the look of the 1940s.
There’s so much to do at The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens! Click here for all the prices, times and details! Make plans now to get outside, and enjoy one of the most anticipated and popular events, Dallas Blooms!
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