This weekend was the absolute perfect weather to be out and about. It’s near the end of October and a nice “cool” 81 degrees in Dallas lol. Gotta love that Texas weather y’all. We decided to take a trip to the Dallas Arboretum and check out the pumpkin patch before they put up all the Christmas decorations. Apparently everyone in the DFW metroplex had the same idea because it was PAAAAAACKED. I was able to get some super cute shots of my nephew, well it’s my bff’s son but were practically sisters so he’s my nephew. He is cuter than a bug’s ear! If you follow me on snapchat you got to see him in all his adorable glory.
The Dallas Arboretum is one of the perfect places to get beautiful pictures. If you have never been here make it a must; seriously one of my favorite places to visit. Hubs and I took turns with my friend and her family taking pictures of each other. You could of course hire a photographer but we were being cheap. Shocker.
October is a great time to go to the Arboretum because here in Dallas there are still a lot of flowers in bloom and green vegetation. Also this is the season for the monarch butterflies migration to Mexico. It’s so sad to see how much their population has declined these last few years. There were still plenty flitting about this weekend and if you’re really interested a lot of communities do monarch releases around this time in hopes of rebuilding their population. The Texas Discovery Garden is one of the most well-known and is just a short distance away from the arboretum. The Discovery Garden also has the best butterfly exhibit in DFW in my opinion and is another great place for pictures. My mom and I did a Segway tour for mother’s day a couple of years ago. It was a blast.
But back to the arboretum….If you have kiddos then check out the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It does cost extra, but it is aaaaamaaazing. Also be prepared to maybe bring an extra set of clothes. There are several water features in the arboretum which are specifically design for the children to play in (although adults have been rumored to be spotted in the midst of these as well).
The arboretum is 66 acres so be prepared to walk A LOT. Bring comfortable shoes and give yourself at the very least 3 hours to wander about, otherwise you will be stressed trying to see everything and probably not get to even half the gardens. You may be worried about parking as is this is Dallas after all. Don’t be. The arboretum has a lovely covered parking garage (also costs mullah).
Another great thing about the arboretum is the massive amount of areas to simply sit and relax. This is a wonderful place to bring a picnic (coolers are allowed). Make sure to check out their website for events in the park. My personal favorite is the Cool Thursday’s concerts. If you’re not big on picnics there is a restaurant inside the arboretum or you may find numerous fabulous restaurants all around the park. We had lunch before going to the park at Good 2 Go Taco. It was delicious. Try the Southpaw, you won’t be sorry. Also during events like Cool Thursdays you will likely find food trucks. I love food trucks.
I hope you enjoyed this little evisit to my favorite place in Dallas. What is your favorite place to spend time in your home town? I would love to know.
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