Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Autumn Adventure with Famous Explorers at the Dallas Arboretum

We visited the Dallas Arboretum yesterday.  It was a little cool but we bundled up and had a great time.



In addition to seeing the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, we also had a chance to see the Autumn at the Arboretum and the Adventures of Great Explorers exhibits before they are gone for good.


Autumn at the Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum has the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village - cute little houses made of pumpkins and gourds!


The kids loved running through the little houses.  They each claimed their own house.  Rachel and Love Love claimed this pumpkin house.



I claim the beautiful gourd house for myself.  I love all of the different colors and unique shapes and textures on the walls.


I found many great pumpkin recipes along the wall of one pumpkin home.   I can't wait to try them!


Of course, Rachel loved finding Cinderella's carriage.  The horses were sculpted out of straw!  But I was too busy getting these two cuties in the picture and forgot to get the horses in there too.


Look at these two cute little pumpkins I found!




Autumn at the Arboretum is here until tomorrow, November 27th and is included with your admission price.


Adventures of Great Explorers

We then wandered around to find the exhibits of great explorers such as Lewis and Clark, James Cook, and Admiral Byrd.  The kids again claimed their own little houses and pretended to be the explorers traveling around the world as they ran back and forth between the exhibits.



Did you know that the Fountain of Youth can be found right here in Dallas?  It's right here in the Ponce de Leon exhibit!


The kids especially loved seeing tributes to explorers that we have recently studied in school such as this one for the travels of Marco Polo or the Hernan Cortes Aztec exhibit which even has a slide!



The Adventures of Great Explorers exhibit will be open through December 31st and is included with general admission.



The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  They are open daily 9am – 5pm and closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission prices: Adult - main garden and children's garden $18, main garden only $15; senior age 65+ - main garden and children's garden $15, main garden only $12; children ages 3-12 - main garden and children's garden $13, main garden only $10; children age 2 and under free.  Parking is $10 onsite or $5 at Gaston/Garland lot. For more information about the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, please check out the Dallas Arboretum website (be sure to watch the video tour at the top of the page!)

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