Where else can you walk through pumpkins houses, pretend you’re a fairy tale character, and run through a field of flowers all in the same day? We recently had an amazing time exploring The Pumpkin Village at the Dallas Arboretum!
With our picnic basket packed, and our camera battery charged, we headed off to the Arboretum. We arrived just after they opened at 9 a.m., and picked up a map at the front gate. Every time we visit the Arboretum, I’m amazed at how large the grounds are. With little ones in tow, I knew we’d only be able to explore a fraction of it, so we turned to the right to explore the north half of the gardens where we’d find the sought-after pumpkin house and hay maze!
Just a few minutes later, we spied the field of orange… At first, my kids just stared in awe at the thousands of pumpkins all around. There was a pumpkin house, a pumpkin mountain, piles of pumpkins, rows of pumpkins, and pumpkins of every shape, size, and color. Though we visit the Arboretum during the fall every year, I don’t think they remembered just how amazing it is. It took just a few seconds before they dashed off to play in the pumpkins.
This is an excellent place for photo opportunities and they have so nicely accomodated with hay bales and pumpkins set up. We took our traditional “sitting in the pumpkins” photos, and enjoyed watching the other parents trying to get their kids to cooperate too. Thank goodness for the age of digital photography! All of the parents gave each other knowing smiles as the kids squirmed away to do what they do best – play!
As lunch time rolled around, we found a great spot for a family picnic in the shade. I really appreciate the fact that the Arboretum allows you to bring in your own lunch. This makes visits with small kids that much easier.
We ended our visit with full tummies, great memories, and children who were sure to take good naps that afternoon. It was the perfect fall adventure at Autumn at the Arboretum!
- Wednesdays are BOGO Free Admission 9am – 5pm through Nov 25.
- Pick up a scavenger hunt brochure at the Information Desk to participate in the interactive scavenger hunt in the pumpkin patch.
- Definitely bring your camera and pack a lunch! There are tables and plenty of grassy areas that are perfect for a picnic blanket.
- Don’t forget your sunscreen – even in the cooler weather.
- Before you go, check out their website. They have many events that vary throughout the autumn.
- The bathrooms near the front entrance are very small and a challenge if you have a stroller in tow. Head to the restrooms near the concert hill for much easier access!
Autumn at the Arboretum is going on daily through November 27. Check our Events Calendar to see what exciting events are happening the day you plan to attend. The Family Fun Week-end is coming up October 26 & 27, and their infamous Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tots Tuesdays.
P.S. Stay tuned – we’ve also been to visit the new Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and will keep you posted. It’s something to see!
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