Dallas Botanic Gardens and Chihuly Nights ($20/person)

It’s not very often I will do anything more than once (not enough time to experience it all), but this is one place I will return to enjoy. They obviously had such a demand for it that they extended its date to the end of December. So if you live anywhere near it or are visiting, don’t miss this attraction.

The lighting in the evenings is spectacular, the walk is asthetically pleasing to the eyes (or “eye” if you’re a cyclops), and it’s very relaxing.

You can picnic in the open field.

Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Gardens website to buy tickets in advance for the Chilhuly Nights (recommended). Parking is free (on those nights).  You can visit anytime, but the Chihuly Nights is the real treat.

They also have a pumpkin patch display (something the kids will enjoy too). Everything is constructed with pumpkins of a wide variety and colors (yes, all are live pumpkins, but I’m not so sure about the ripe smell after this amount of time).

Pumpkin Patch

Okay, I’m going to say it…Dallas Arboretum, even without the Chihuly Nights display, beats the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens any day. I don’t mind the drive passing through the neighboring areas either.


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