The Dallas Arboretum
Hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day)
Cost: Adults/$10, seniors 65+/$9, children (3-12)/$7 (2 and under/free); on-site parking/$7
The Dallas Arboretum is a botanic garden that features sculptures, sparkling fountains, and two historic mansions.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Area: Fort Worth
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. Open later during Daylight Savings.
Cost: Garden Center & Conservatory: adults/$1, seniors/$.50, children (4-12 yrs.)/$.50, under 4/free (one adult may sponsor up to 5 children).
Japanese Garden: adults/$3 weekdays, $3.50 weekends and holidays, seniors/$.50 off regular admission, children (4-12 yrs.)/$2, under 4/free.
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is a lush 109-acre garden that is home to over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants.
Texas Discovery Gardens
Hours: 10am-5pm Daily. Closed Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Cost: Adults/$4, seniors (60+)/$3, children (3-11)/$2, children under 3/free
Located at historic Fair Park in Dallas, Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round urban oasis filled with natural wonders for visitors of all ages. Ten different themed areas include a butterfly habitat, native wildlife pond, scent garden, shade garden and heirloom garden. The first certified organic public garden in the state, Texas Discovery Gardens features spectacular native and adapted plants grown using sustainable methods that conserve water and protect the environment.
Area: Grapevine/N. Fort Worth
The holiday light displays at the Gaylord make it a great location for family holiday photos. Year round, the 4.5 acre glass atrium has many beautiful locations for photos.
Lakeside Park (also known as Teddy Bear Park)
Area: Highland Park/Dallas
Beautiful Lakeside Park sits on over 14 acres of highly landscaped grounds along Turtle Creek. The walking paths and numerous benches along the way are the perfect place for a leisurely stroll. The whimsical Teddy Bear statues make the perfect setting for family pictures. Watch for the annual azalea blooming during the last weeks of March and the first weeks of April for a bright and colorful scenic backdrop.