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The Dallas Arboretum reinvents itself every season, and while each has its own merits, autumn is my personal favorite. Spectacular shades of orange and yellow brighten the grounds, with mums standing out among the garden's 150,000 blooms. The arboretum also offers the best pumpkin patch around — there are more than 90,000 pumpkins and gourds in the gardens — with a pumpkin village that is a great spot for photo-ops.

Welcome the change of seasons at the Arboretum's Autumn Festival named one of "America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals" by Fodor’s Travel and "One of the World’s 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens" by Architectural Digest.

This year’s Pumpkin Village will highlight the Art of the Pumpkin, Sept. 17 to Nov. 23, featuring over 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash beautifully displayed by the talented horticulture team, supported by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments.

Cinderella’s carriage returns with thousands of pumpkins, hay bales and cornstalks artfully arranged throughout Pecan Grove, creating a popular photo opportunity for visitors.

The gardens are bursting with over 150,000 fall blooming flowers like zinnias, impatiens, salvia and coleus which respond to cooler nights with blazing bursts of color. A myriad of activities take place throughout the garden on weekdays and weekends during the festival.

General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12, and free for children two and under. Additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $15; pre-purchased online parking is $8.

BOGO Wednesdays: On Wednesdays, get "buy one, get one free" admission for general admission only. Limit one per customer. Discount also valid during Nature Nights. Available at Ticket Booth only.

Nature Nights: On Wednesdays, the garden extends its hours to 8:00 p.m. for families and friends to enjoy a weeknight out. The regular Wednesday "buy one, get one free" discount applies, and Dessert truck Big D Kona Ice will be there each week there's clear weather.
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