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The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum

The recently opened Children’s Adventure Garden in the Dallas Arboretum is one of Dallas’ newest attractions, but it is also one of the best. Unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, this children’s garden is more like an outdoor science museum with a special focus on botany. There is so much more here than just plants, and it gives a wide overview of Life and Earth Sciences to children.

Dallas Arboretum for Kids

Overlooking the Children’s Adventure Garden

We had only planned a few hours at the garden before heading off to other adventures. The kids were having none of that. Once they arrived, they never wanted to leave. So we scratched our original plans and spent the day at the Children’s Adventure Garden. We didn’t even make it into the rest of the Dallas Arboretum!  There was so much to do in the children’s area, we ran out of time before we could make it over!

I highly recommend spending the day exploring with your children at the Children’s Adventure Garden. Kids learn so much with hands on exhibits, and this garden is full of them. There is ample space and activities that encourage them to run and play, and then refocusing their attention on the fun learning activity the arrive at next.

Tip : Bring a lunch.  We hadn’t planned to be here that long, and the kids weren’t very thrilled with the cafe food available.

Dallas Arboretum Children's Adventure Garden

There aren’t many places in Dallas you can walk behind a waterfall, but you can in The Cascades

Children's Adventure Garden Dallas Arboretum

Beautiful aquatic plants

Dallas Arboretum Children's Adventure Gardens

Look closely and you’ll see pollinators like this butterfly

Children's Adventure Garden Dallas Arboretum

We also found this bee buzzing about

Dallas Arboretum Children's Garden

There are so many things to touch and interact with

Dallas Arboretum Children's Adventure Garden

The workers were fantastic with the kids

Children's Adventure Garden Dallas Arboretum

There were walk-up labs on the day we visited

Children's Garden Dallas Arboretum Lab

See that white stuff? Claire isolated a strand of strawberry DNA

Waterfall Dallas Arboretum Children's Garden

Water flows all through the Children’s Adventure Garden

Dallas Arboretum Children's Garden

The Earth Cycles section was unexpected, but absolutely a great educational area

Dallas Arboretum Children's Garden

Even the Solar System makes an appearance

Children's Adventure Garden Dallas Arboretum

Luke can’t stop himself from getting into interesting places

Children's Adventure Garden Dallas Arboretum

And he was a little sad the snakes weren’t real. I wasn’t

Dallas Arboretum Children's Adventure Garden

Learning about how food grows in the Incredible Edible Garden

Dallas Arboretum Children's Adventure Garden

It was an amazing day!

Where is the Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum?

Website : The Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden

Disclosure : We were guests of the Dallas Arboretum on this visit to the Children’s Garden.

  1. Wandering Educators 18 February, 2014

    WHAT a cool place! I’d like to climb into that egg, too. 😉

  2. Jessica 18 February, 2014

    I am really hoping to take the kids next week! I love this place!

  3. Kiks 19 February, 2014

    Wow. Great photos and what an amazing place for kids 🙂

  4. LondonPlanters.co.uk 6 March, 2014

    What a place to visit. It seems that garden is filled with natural trees, flowers and beauty. I specially like the aquatic garden area. Thanks for sharing the information and for the collection of photos. I should have to check out this place during my visit to Dallas.