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The Dallas Arboretum is More than Just Flowers

A special thank you to the Dallas Arboretum, Restaurant DeGolyer and the Dallas CVB for this complimentary experience.

During our recent trip to Dallas, we had the opportunity to visit several gems and one of those was the Dallas Arboretum.  With accolades from Southern Living, MSNBC and Frommer’s, you can rest assured that this is one place you want to visit while you are in the area.

We spent the entire morning and part of the afternoon touring the 66-acre gardens of the Dallas Arboretum.  As we were walking along as a family, taking in everything around us, it occurred to me that everything around us was appealing to four of our five senses.  The sights of the flowers, the sounds of nature around us, the scents coming from the trees, flowers and plants, we could touch and feel exotic flowers such as the Rabbit Ears.  It was stimulating even to the smallest member of our family.  I can say that the Dallas Arboretum gave us more than I had expected.  {If you are wanting to stimulate that other sense — taste — check out Restaurant DeGolyer.}

This is going to be a photo rich post because I can’t possibly put in to words just how stunningly beautiful the Dallas Arboretum truly is.  I hope you enjoy looking at the photos just as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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dallas arboretum

bumble bee on a flower

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dallas arboretum

dallas arboretum

dallas arboretum

dallas arboretum

dallas arboretum

Are you tired of flowers yet? I sure hope not because I took so many pictures of so many beautiful flowers that I just have to share some more of them with you!

dallas arboretum

dallas arboretum

dallas arboretum

dallas arboretum

dallas arboretum

I could go on and on because I got so many awesome shots of all the beautiful flowers at the Dallas Arboretum.  But I have to show you something else.  My children loved it!  They looked at the flowers. They smelled the flowers. They touched the flowers.  They had just as much fun as their father and I did.

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dallas arboretum

smelling a flower

There is an area of the Dallas Arboretum dedicated solely to children and learning about what life was like for the early settlers.

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We truly had a wonderful time exploring the Dallas Arboretum.  I now understand why more than 700,000 people from 50 countries visited last year alone!

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, I highly recommend dining at the on-site restaurant, Restaurant DeGolyer.  

restaurant degolyer at the dallas arboretum

Restaurant DeGolyer is an upscale dining establishment nestled in the center of the Arboretum property that offers a menu selection created by James Sparks, the Executive Chef of Gil’s Catering.  They offer a variety of hot and cold options and we found the selection suitable for our taste buds.

You can watch this little video we did after our experience at the restaurant.  As always, it’s raw and unedited, just like us!

After you enjoy your meal, you can’t pass up dessert y’all.  You must get the chocolate cake! Layers and layers of chocolate and it was decadently delicious!

restaurant degolyer chocolate cake

Our experience at the Dallas Arboretum and the photos we captured will be memories I hold with me forever.  I learned that my children remember the small things, more than they remember the big things.

What is your favorite thing to do with your family?

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    I’m from Texas and I LOVE visiting places where there are lots of beautiful flowers! Your photos are beautiful! Great job and I’m glad to know there’s a new place to visit!

  2. 2
    Mamat o 5 Blessings says:

    the gardens look relaxing to walk around and the food looks yummy!

  3. 3

    Man those flowers are pretty and the food looks awesome ! We have an arboretum where we live but it doesn’t offer nearly as much as yours!

  4. 4

    This looks totally beautiful! I love places like this because it is a great place to teach my children about the environment.

  5. 5

    What beautiful pictures. I was really blown away when I saw the chocolate cake!

  6. 6

    Those flowers are beautiful! I love the shot with the bee!

  7. 7

    I don’t think I could ever tire of looking at such beautiful flowers!

  8. 8

    This looks awesome. I’d love to check it out!

  9. 9

    Wow what beautiful photos! We aren’t too far away from Dallas, I’ll have to check this place out.

  10. 10

    What a gorgeous place to visit! I bet the kids had a great time there, and the food looks delicious!

  11. 11

    Stunning shots Crystal. What a beautiful place. I’m drooling over that chocolate cake. Even with my healthy lifestyle now I wouldn’t be able to say no to that!

  12. 12

    What a beautiful experience!

  13. 13

    You took some beautiful pics!

  14. 14

    That place looks absolutely stunning!

  15. 15

    I love to travel with my family — beautiful photos!

  16. 16

    Beautiful photos of all the flowers. We like to going bowling.

  17. 17

    GORGEOUS photos! Seriously beautiful — I love going to places like the arboretum!

  18. 19

    I would love to take pictures there! So pretty!

  19. 20

    Your pics are simply breathtaking!

  20. 22

    Your photos look amazing! I wish I could take photos like these, maybe one day!

  21. 24

    Wow it’s so pretty there, and that chocolate cake…oh my!

  22. 25

    we have a local arboretum that we have yet to visit your’s looks beautiful

  23. 26

    I love the pic of your son stopping to smell the flowers. I love arboretums, and I’ve never been to one that had its own restaurant. Nice!

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