Alas, the Dallas Arboretum’s Cool Thursdays Concert Series is going on hiatus for July and August because the temperatures aren’t going to be all that cool. But that certainly doesn’t mean that other activities will wilt away. There will still be cooking demonstrations at A Tasteful Place, the flowing water features like The Nancy Clements Seay Magnolia Glade, the ZimSculpt artists Passmore Mupindiko and Brighton Layson making artwork masterpieces and munchkins frolicking at the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.
To make the impatiens, lobelias, begonias, salvia, marigolds, zinnias, caladiums, lantana, cannas, vinca, pentas and Crape Myrtle Allee even more attractive for guests to enjoy on the 66-acre grounds, August Dollar Days is returning. During the month admissions will sliced into two — $2 for the general admission and $2 for Rory Meyers Adventure Garden that’s usually $10-$15 and $3, respectively. Parking that is normally $10-$15 will be just $5. However, Arboretum members enjoy the perk of getting in free, and that includes the parking.
And to add to the bargain days, in addition to the $5 parking (for non-members), Dollar Days food specials will be available, including $1 for sodas, juice and frozen pops, $2 for root beer floats and hot dogs and $4 for brownie sundaes.
As Dallas Arboretum Board Chair Jim Ryan put it, “Summer at the Arboretum is a great time to visit as the garden is lush and actually cooks in the shade. It’s an affordable time to bring the family as there’s something for everyone from looking at plants for inspiration to exploring the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Plus the Children’s Adventure Garden has plenty of water misters and water features that children and adults enjoy during the summer.”
One caveat: Advanced timed tickets are required and can be made online or by calling 214.515.6615.