What? Autumn at the Dallas Arboretum– Pumpkin Patch and so much more!
September 23- November 22, 2017 (these dates have been updated for 2017)
Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Non-Member Admission Cost: Adult general garden admission (13-64): $15, Seniors general garden admission (65 & over): $12, Children general garden admission (3-12): $10, 2 & under are Free. Purchase tickets and check for combo ticket discounts here.
If you’re anything like me, the moment September hits (never mind the fact that it is still in the 90s here in Texas) you bust out the scarves and boots and buy anything with the words pumpkin spice. Y’all, I mean… Pumpkin Spice Oreos? OMG- YES! Although my new obsession is actually Twinings Chai Tea, Pumpkin Spice. No lie, it will actually make you cheat on your favorite PSL. But I digress, let’s go to the best dang Pumpkin Patch in the area (perhaps, state??).
I’ve been to several pumpkin patches in my life and this is HANDS DOWN the best. I’m not alone in my thinking because the one-acre pumpkin patch has been dubbed as “the #1 trip to put on your fall bucket list” by Orbitz Travel
Prepare yourself for a plethora of amazing photo opps as this patch has 90,000 stunning pumpkins, squash, gourds and hay bales in every fall color you can dream of. Ranging in sizes from teeny tiny to Texas proud, no detail is missed in this elaborate and breathtaking display. This isn’t your standard orange pumpkins piled together with a few bales of hay. The artistic embellishments and structures are something truly unique and special to the Dallas Arboretum. Seriously, folks, I had to clear space on my phone before I went so I wouldn’t run out of memory with the number of pictures I’d be taking (I took about 100- mostly because my three-year-old son was having too much fun to sit still for a family photo). The Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove features beautiful fall arrangements and flowers and even includes an interactive Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage (for more picture taking of course).
Mommy & Me Mondays or Tiny Tot Tuesdays (now through November 22, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. in the Pecan Grove) has additional activities including a petting zoo, face painting, and Kindermusik!
**Click here for an updated list of all 2017 activities, dates and times.
All this excitement got the kiddos hungry? Grab a quick, ridiculously yummy grilled cheese sandwich at the vendor across from the pumpkins as you listen to some live, outdoor music (on certain days) You can also check out the cafe by the Children’s area. It’s a bit of a walk, but worth it if you want to sit inside or need a high chair. The cafe has many healthy, organic and kid-friendly choices along with microwaves if you bring in your own lunch.
The gorgeous grounds of the Arboretum are vast and the Children’s Area (check out my review here!) is a pretty long walk away for little legs, or for a Mama carrying a tired toddler. If you plan on exploring anything else besides the pumpkin patch with young children (totally worth your time), I would recommend bringing a stroller. Strollers are not allowed in the actual pumpkin patch area but they do have stroller parking at the patch entrance.
If you’re looking to buy your family pumpkins here, you can, but you don’t pick them out of the main patch area. You can buy them in a separate area close to the main entrance. In my family, we go to a different pumpkin patch to actually pick out our pumpkins- this patch is just for the experience (and pictures!!).
Do not forget your camera and those adorable pumpkin smocked dresses for this fun outing! If you go to any pumpkin patch this year, THIS is the one you cannot miss.
Your Out and About Friend,
Now that we’re all in the mood for pumpkin spice, let’s have some fall fun. What is your favorite pumpkin spice food or drink item?
Day and time we visited: Saturday 11-1 PM (2016)
Level of crowds– High
Changing Table: Yes- Family Restroom
Cleanliness of Bathroom: Excellent
Recommended age: All
Food Options: Yes
Allowed to bring in food and beverages? Yes
Stroller friendly– Yes** not allowed in pumpkin patch but has stroller parking
Staff supervision provided: No
Safety concerns- No
Recommend going again? Yes
Type of animals or exhibits: Pumpkin Patch
Additional parks within? Yes, Children’s Adventure Garden ($3 additional fee) and the rest of the Arboretum grounds are open for exploration
Member discounts or deals? Yes- annual membership is available at entry gate or online
Some shade– definitely bring sunscreen or a hat. It’s all outside
Non Field trip days? Mondays
Gift Shop– A must see! Unique items for purchase. Warning- it’s a bit on the pricey side
Discounted tickets can also be purchased at your local Tom Thumb.