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    The Arboretum is on a lake, a short drive from downtown Dallas. There is a separate children’s area with an additional admission fee. The garden currently has a pumpkin town, and there are displays for the 12 days of Christmas erected, with only a few on view. A portion of the garden is closed for renovation, but the rest has meandering trails, different atmospheres and scenic vistas. A must visit place, if only for the calming beauty.

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    Our family went for the first time today. It’s August dollar day month..gotta go cheap when it’s 5 people. It’s beautiful, I’ll give it that. However, that’s where it ends. There is no clear direction as to where there is to eat. You get a lousy map that doesn’t have the new Children’s area on it. There was no vending to be found along the walk ways, not even for water. It’s AUGUST!!! At least sell water in multiple locations. The Cafe on the left when you enter is very slow at taking orders and the line was long so be prepared to wait a while..watch out for those that will cut in front of you. It’s 9 bucks for a sandwich. 3 bucks for a drink…and that’s the cheap place. The staff tries to direct you to the restaurant in the middle…which is expensive and offers very little for kids to choose from. There is a Cafe that is geared more for kids at the other end of the park. There are NO signs telling you where to go and this place is full of different paths to choose from. They have several spots to take a tram, but were only using the ones at opposite ends. Again, it’s AUGUST and in my opinion, if you aren’t going to have places to buy water, then you need to run more trams than just two. The staff knows nothing about where to eat or where things are located. You can take an ice chest with your own food and drink. If we ever go back, we will be sure and go that route. Just DO NOT come here hoping to get good food or very good service. It’s nice to look at and the Children’s area is pretty fun for the kids. Other than that, I’m not impressed.

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    It’s a pretty place with nothing to do but look at colourful flowers and such. If someone there sees you trying to take a picture of yourself, they’ll most likely step in to help by taking the photo for you, which is cool. However, this place loses some points because the parking is absolutely terrible. I’m driving down the road trying to find a way in and there’s just these guys signaling people out with a sign that says the parking lot is full. There were 3 different entrances, all with the exact same problem. How was I to get in? I already paid for the admission and parking online, and I wasn’t about to let everything, including our plans for the day, go to waste. So, I drive into an entrance and the guy tells me there’s no parking available. There’s an off-site parking lot in a galaxy far, far away, but he tells me it’s probably full, too, and that I shouldn’t bother. He offers me another option to pay $18 (I think) for valet parking. See, they have parking available, but they won’t let you use it unless they have one of their goons park your vehicle for you. What about the parking I paid for online? Well, no refunds, too bad. Seeing as it was our only option (besides simply leaving), we went with it. It’s a nice place, but do NOT pay for the parking online. I did so because there was a discount, but it’s not worth it obviously since it counts for squat. Also, you should probably avoid driving there unless you want to pay for valet parking. Get someone to drop you off instead.

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    Beautiful! So hard to take a bad picture here. The children’s garden is amazing, but the energy section is hard to get in. Always filled with kids. I’ve had wedding and maternity pics here. Great concerts. Best membership to have in Dallas!

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    We love the new Children’s Garden, It’s an amazing place for kids. We spent 4 hours there and barely saw everything just in the Children’s Garden. With 60 more acres of gardens, the entire arboretum is much to big to get through in a day. Or even two days.Good things: – Air conditioned bathrooms and new cafe, making a nice respite from the summer heat.- Splash pads and several water-play areas (bring swim suits for kids) also help with hot summer days.Not-so-great things: – golf carts drive people to and fro *constantly* on the main paths of the arboretum. We were almost run into several times, and it doesn’t seem safe for little ones on the path outside of the Children’s Garden.