It is a fall family rite of passage. You know, it’s off to the pumpkin patch we go! The eye is captured by various shades and sizes of orange. The kids start to squeal with delight. “Mommy I want this one” will be repeated many times during the ultimate pumpkin selection.

Why not upgrade this experience with a visit to the Pumpkin Village at the “Autumn at the Arboretum” event? Named as one of the best Fall Festivals by Country Living in 2015. This celebration offers 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash in 52 varieties.

A giant Texas mosaic consisting of apple gourds, pie pumpkins, and mini white pumpkins is a highlight of this 10th year celebration.

There is a western village built with giant pumpkins featuring walk-in stores. This experience will send any child into a three dimensional “play” they won’t soon forget.

Little girls will delight at the white vintage style carriage and cornhusk horses. Their imagination will transport them to another time and place. Parents will love the photo opts that abound every where. Many parents dress children in costume for the ultimate photos. But sometimes the best show is just watching parents cajoling the smallest ones to smile for the camera.

Pumpkin Village at the Dallas Arboretum


Daily, September 19 – November 25
9 a.m.-5 p.m.


General garden admission: Free
On-site self parking or parking garage: Free

Adult general garden admission (13-64): $15
Seniors general garden admission (65 & over): $12
Children general garden admission (3-12): $10
Children general garden admission (2 & under): Free
On-site self parking or parking garage: $15
Discounted daytime parking: $8 (online only)

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Rebecca Silvestri

Rebecca Silvestri is the vice president of Sales & Marketing. She is also the wife of Philip Silvestri, publisher of Local Profile. In a previous life, Rebecca was a math teacher in London and the...