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5 Things to Do at Autumn at the Arboretum This Year

Get into the fall spirit at Autumn at the Arboretum!

Devon Yarbrough
Posted on Oct 2, 2018

Cooler temps are on the way and fall is here at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. With 90,000 pumpkins and gourds, a variety of activities, more than 100,000 fall blooming plants, holiday treats and more, Autumn at the Arboretum will get everyone excited for the fall season.


Explore "The Adventures in Neverland"

These pumpkin-decorated houses and displays bring to life the beloved story of Peter Pan, and also the joy of the autumn season. Take a stroll into the Darling House, see the Lost Boys' Village or visit Tinker Bell's house for a fun photo.  Also make sure to look up at the different displays to find characters from the movie, such as John Darling and Captain Hook. And stick around to watch the daily showing of Walt Disney's Peter Pan Movie from 11 a.m-3:30 p.m. at the Virginia and Algur Meadows Orientation Theater to make the experience even better!

Plan for various activities

Autumn at the Arboretum has plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy. Venture through the maze, see live music every weekend from 2 - 4 p.m. or sing karaoke. Also make sure to visit during Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 6-8, where there will be a plethora of events, from face painting and a petting zoo to cooking demonstrations.  For more events check the Dallas Arboretum calendar here.

Go trick-or-treating

Don't miss the Dallas Arboretum's annual Halloween festivities. From Oct. 27-31, the garden will be decorated to celebrate the spooky holiday. Not only will there be trick or treating throughout the garden, there will also be live appearances from Adventures in Neverland characters. Come in costume and take pictures with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook all weekend long! Find more about Halloween activities here.

Purchase the perfect pumpkin

The fall season isn't complete without pumpkins, and as one of the biggest pumpkin villages in Texas, it's easy to find your perfect pumpkin – big or small – at the Arboretum. Whether you want to carve it out for a scary jack-o-lantern, make it into a Thanksgiving dish or display it for decoration, the amount of pumpkins and gourds to select are endless.

Try a new dining experience

Eat some traditional German cuisine including different varieties of sausages and beers for a mini-Oktoberfest celebration. This menu is offered daily from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Café on the Green. Or indulge in a three-course high tea experience with Harvest Tea service, which is offered weekdays from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.