European explorers were so impressed by the natural splendor of the New World that they immediately penned songs such as "America the Beautiful" and "Happy Birthday to You," which was originally written for an oak tree. Find your musical muse with today's Groupon: for $5, you get one admission to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake (up to a $10 value).
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden dazzles nature-lovers and urbanites alike with 66 acres of stunning, plant-based pageantry. The site's display gardens provide gluttonous eyeballs with an all-you-can-eat visual buffet, gorging them on verdant vistas such as the Palmer Fern Dell and the Jonsson Color Garden, home to more than 2,000 types of azaleas. Amble along the Paseo de Flores, the arboretum's main pedestrian artery, or wander peaceful pecan groves, where delicious nuts grow up dreaming of becoming even more delicious pies. A number of aquatic features also dot the landscape, including a reflecting pool in A Woman's Garden, a water curtain in the Lay Ornamental Garden, and multiple fountains, disproving the long-held theory that flowers and water are entirely incompatible.
A frequent recipient of accolades from accolade-senders such as MSN and Southern Living magazine, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is the perfect spot for a romantic stroll or a game of floral charades. Hungry horticulturalists can keep growling stomachs from frightening the foliage by availing themselves of the DeGolyer Garden Café or the Lula Mae Slaughter Terrace Restaurant, or by setting up their own homemade picnic of potato-chip salad and meatball sundaes.
Not valid October 30–31 or November 26–28.
- The blooms were amazing, so many colors! The area was huge lots of grass perfect for having a small picnic with your loved ones! – Gloria S., Yelp
- I would encourage you to visit the Dallas Arboretum, take a picnic lunch and take your shoes off and run your toes through the grass. – Susan L., Insider Pages
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Spread across 66 acres, Dallas Arboretum's 14 themed gardens showcase the broad biodiversity of Texas' unique climate. The gardens' lush plantings and eye-catching vistas have earned the arboretum numerous accolades, including a spot on Travel Channel's list of "Best Botanical Gardens in the US." The arboretum's collection sprouts annual blooms and old growth, including the century-old Japanese maple accenting the Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill. Landscaping work is showcased as well: A Woman's Garden has won national acclaim for its formal terraces, reflecting pools, and flowerbeds.
Amid the greenery, workshop series and concerts draw in more than just botanists. Events such as rock music, wine tastings, and photography classes provide a festive contrast to the peaceful backdrop of towering trees and nearby White Rock Lake.