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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

A peaceful green space with gorgeous displays of plant life offers a relaxing change from busy downtown Dallas. 

Sitting on 66 acres (26 hectares) by the water at White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is not just a pristine environment. It is a center built to promote the art and enjoyment of horticulture. 

The attractions and activities here vary depending on the time of year. During the warmer months, it's worth the 15-minute drive from downtown Dallas just to walk amongst the native and foreign plant life and enjoy respite from the Texas heat. 

Fall is an excellent time to visit too, when the flame-red Japanese maple trees of the Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill burst with autumnal color. If you are visiting later in the year, during November and December there is often a daily high tea, which for a set price combines entry to the gardens with a sit-down menu at the DeGolyer Garden Café. The menu includes sandwiches, desserts and a variety of teas. 

An attraction that you can catch year-round is the former home of Everette L. DeGolyer, the original owner of the land that became the gardens. A pioneering geophysicist in the Texas oil industry, he had the 21,000-square-foot (1,951-square-meter), one-story mansion constructed in the 1930s for his wife and their four children. He long planned to create a public garden on the estate, and his ideas were the inspiration for what later became the botanical gardens. The home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a startling piece of architecture in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. You can take a tour of the home and accompanying gardens. Tours run daily, every half hour, and are included in the cost of admission to the gardens. 

One of the key functions of the gardens is to educate. The whole family can take classes, which cover a variety of topics. Learn how to garden with native plants and grasses, paint, make a scarf or grow herbs. For a less structured day, however, simply show up and wander.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days. There is paid parking on site. Alternatively, you can park at the YMCA parking lot and catch a shuttle bus from there to the gardens. The DART bus has a stop close to the arboretum entrance.


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Verandah

Verandah

7130 Gaston, Dallas, TX
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lakewood Hills, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from White Rock Lake and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. White Rock Lake Park is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

    Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas East ¥8,566
    Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas East

    Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas East

    8605 E R L Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Buckner Terrace - Everglade Park, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from White Rock Lake and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Cotton Bowl and Starplex Pavilion are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Stay Express Inn Dallas - Fair Park / Downtown ¥5,482
      Stay Express Inn Dallas - Fair Park / Downtown

      Stay Express Inn Dallas - Fair Park / Downtown

      8303 East R L Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Buckner Terrace - Everglade Park, this motel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from White Rock Lake. Cotton Bowl and Starplex Pavilion are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dallas Fair Park ¥8,555
        Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dallas Fair Park

        Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dallas Fair Park

        8703 E. RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Buckner Terrace - Everglade Park, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from White Rock Lake. Cotton Bowl and Starplex Pavilion are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Downtown Suites Dallas ¥8,470
          Downtown Suites Dallas

          Downtown Suites Dallas

          3422 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX
             
            1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Dallas, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cotton Bowl, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and Starplex Pavilion. White Rock Lake and Fair Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Motel 6 Dallas, TX - Fair Park ¥5,359
            Motel 6 Dallas, TX - Fair Park

            Motel 6 Dallas, TX - Fair Park

            8510 E Rl Thornton Blvd, Dallas, TX
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Buckner Terrace - Everglade Park, this motel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and within 9 mi (15 km) of Cotton Bowl and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Sixth Floor Museum and Reunion Tower are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Super 8 Dallas East Near Fair Park Downtown ¥5,467
              Super 8 Dallas East Near Fair Park Downtown

              Super 8 Dallas East Near Fair Park Downtown

              8901 East RL Thornton Fwy, Hwy 30 And RL Thornton Frwy, Dallas, TX
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this motel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from White Rock Lake and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Cotton Bowl and Starplex Pavilion are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Welcome Inn
                Welcome Inn

                Welcome Inn

                3243 Merrifield Avenue, Dallas, TX
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Dallas, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cotton Bowl, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and Starplex Pavilion. White Rock Lake and Fair Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).