The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is offering discounted admission, family-friendly concessions, and special activities during the month of August. Find out everything you need to know before you go to August Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum.
My family loves going to the Dallas Arboretum. We don’t go as often as we’d like since it’s a bit of a drive. When we do go over there, I do a bit of planning and check out everything coming up. We usually make a full day of it so that we can get the most out of our adventure.
If you’ve never been, August is a great time to go! Yes, it’s crazy-hot outside this time of year, but there’s a ton of stuff going on.
The Dallas Arboretum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (and late on Wed until 8 p.m.).
August Dollar Days
Every day during the month of August, the garden offers $1 general admission (for kids and adults). Parking is only $5 per vehicle and the extra fee for the Rory Meyer’s Children’s Garden is also just $1 per person.
Altogether, that’s a pretty big discount off of the regular cost. Note that the discounted tickets can only be purchased at the gate, not online.
During Dollar Days, the garden also offers family-friendly food. Enjoy $1 sodas, juice, and frozen pops; $2 root beer floats and hot dogs; and $4 brownie sundaes.
Children’s Adventure Garden
There are tons of special weekday activities scheduled in the children’s garden for August. The 2017 theme is STEAM.
- Science Mondays
- Technology Tuesdays
- Engineering Wednesdays
- Arts Thursdays
- Math Fridays
Each daily theme includes special activities like story time, hands-on science experiments, and educational lessons based on the exhibits in the children’s garden. See the full schedule here.
More Dallas Arboretum activities
In the main garden, there are also lots of fun things to see and do (besides the gorgeous plants, of course).
Note: The market out exhibits and events below are from 2016. See the current schedule here for events planned during the 2017 Dollar Days at the Arboretum. There are lots of new things at the Arboretum every season.
Alfa Romeo FIAT of Dallas, who is sponsoring this year’s Dollar Days, hosts a day full of summer games and nature activities on August 13, 2016.
- Pecan Grove, 9-11 a.m.
outdoor games, bubbles, and a scavenger hunt
- Rosine Hall, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
leaf rubbings, puzzles, face painting, and more
Delbert the Dragon
See the whimsical dragon statue in the Pecan Grove created by Gary Lee Price. The friendly-looking dragon is reading a book and surrounded by other statues of kids reading nearby. Be sure to look closely to find all the hidden surprises in the statue. The display is up until November 27, 2016.
If you love art and history, walk around the arboretum to see six more statues created by Gary Lee Price. The life-sized sculptures include Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Claude Monet, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain and the Wright Brothers.
This is the beginning of the series, with a total of 10 men and 10 women as the goal. The next phase of the project might include Ruby Bridges, Sacajawea, Amelia Earhart, and Mother Theresa.
I couldn’t talk about the Dallas Arboretum without mentioning Pokemon Go. Besides being a great place to walk around outdoors, the garden also has three gyms and over 30 Pokestops.
If you go during August Dollar Days, be sure to dress comfortably and bring a water bottle. I always want my family to look nice so I can take photos, but my feet are miserable walking around in nice shoes! If you bring a refillable water bottle, you can fill it with ice cold water at a few water fountains across the garden.