The Dallas Arboretum’s 8-acre Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden has reopened to the public. Families can explore the garden’s exhibits and features like the Walk on the Wild Side discovery trail and the Amazing Secret Garden. Hundreds of exhibits are spread across a dozen themed areas. Spend time in the treetops on an elevated skywalk, trek a 500-foot trail through a woodland habitat that includes an adventure bridge, explore a cave’s stalactites and stalagmites and wend your way through a caterpillar maze. Check out two giant kaleidoscopes, 16-foot-tall plant models, fossils, a hedge maze and more at this garden that was designed with state and national curriculum standards for life and earth sciences in mind. The children’s garden also offers daily programs and activities.
And don’t forget it’s pumpkin time. Through Nov. 1, Autumn at the Arboretum features thousands of colorful, fall-blooming flowers and spectacular displays in Pumpkin Village with more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds from Floydada, the Pumpkin Capital of Texas. Stroll the gardens, navigate a hay bale maze, take photos in front of the 20-foot-tall pumpkin houses and thump away until you find the perfect gourd to take home from the pumpkin patch.
With the safety of visitors and staff in mind, COVID-19 rules will be in effect, including social distancing and the wearing of face masks for ages 5 and older at all times except when eating and drinking. Safety measures in the children’s garden include limiting entry to ages 5 and older and requiring children to wear provided disposable gloves while in the garden.
The Dallas Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Admission is $17 for adults, $14 for ages 65 and older, $12 for ages 2-12, free for children under 2. Parking is $10. Additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Under the arboretum’s COVID-19 protocols, tickets and parking must be purchased in advance; see the website for details. dallasarboretum.org.