Autumn at the Dallas Arboretum 

Pumpkin carriage at the Dallas Arboretum

ROCKWALL, TX – October 8, 2020 — With so many 2020 events canceled due to Covid, it warmed my heart like a cup of hot cocoa to learn that Autumn at the Arboretum would still be welcoming visitors this year. To celebrate their 15th anniversary creating elaborate pumpkin villages, The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden dubbed this year’s theme “The Art of the Pumpkin.” Here’s what to expect when you visit one of the most beloved Dallas fall traditions.

Dallas Arboretum pumpkins

The Art of the Pumpkin Tickets

To help with safe social distancing, the Arboretum asks that guests sign up for 4-hour time slots when they purchase tickets on the website. This ensures that the garden never reaches its maximum capacity, which is better for your health AND your pictures! Reduced crowds help keep everyone safer from germs and keep other visitors out of your photo backgrounds. Time slots begin at 9:00 a.m. and stop at 1:00 p.m. since the Arboretum closes at 5:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $17, plus $10 for parking. Members get free admission and free parking.

Julie and Austin Wells at the Dallas Arboretum
Julie and Austin Wells in front of the pumpkin house at the Dallas Arboretum Art of the Pumpkin exhibit

The 2020 Pumpkin Village

Some of the highlights of this year’s pumpkin village are a Cinderella carriage with two corn husk horses, multicolor pumpkin houses with a variety of gourds, and an aqua pumpkin river that snakes underneath a bridge. The whole exhibit utilizes over 90,000 pumpkins and it looks like a fall wonderland.

Dallas Arboretum pumpkins

Autumn at the Arboretum

After you’ve marveled at The Art of the Pumpkin, enjoy over 150,000 fall flowers across the rest of the garden! There are waterfalls, reflecting pools, and woodlands along the edge of White Rock Lake. You can take in all the fall colors across a one-way trail that will bring you back to the front of the garden.

Dallas Arboretum pumpkins

Covid Safety Measures

Once you arrive at the Arboretum, you’ll be presented with a paper wristband that indicates your time window. Then you can explore the whole garden and take as many pictures as you want until your time window is up. There are hand sanitizer stations throughout the garden, and signs frequently remind guests to wear masks when they are standing in line or walking near others. Within The Art of the Pumpkin exhibit, guests typically wear masks until it is their turn to take a picture since this area is the most crowded.

Julie Wells in front of the pumpkin carriage at the Dallas Arboretum

Tips for Visiting the Dallas Arboretum

  • Bring your own pocket-sized hand sanitizer so you won’t have to wait until you can find a station if you need to get rid of some germs.
  • Try to go on a weekday if you can, because crowds are the lowest.
  • Wear shoes that won’t hurt your feet after a couple miles of walking.
  • Make sure you don’t walk the wrong way on the trail through the garden. The idea is to keep traffic flowing in the same direction so people won’t pass each other when they aren’t wearing masks.

To purchase tickets for Autumn at the Arboretum, visit their website. If you’re looking for more fall fun in Dallas this year, check out my Dallas Fall Bucket List for 2020 on!

By Julie Anne Wells.

Julie Anne Wells of Live Love Local
Julie cultivated a love for writing, photography, and all things local during her years as a journalist at Blue Ribbon News. After she went on to pursue a career in marketing, she began her own passion project: a blog called Live Love Local. She shares places to love and spotlights small businesses from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and beyond, and she loves opportunities to get back to her roots and write about Rockwall again too. Julie is married to our editor Austin Wells, and they met while working together at our office. Follow along with their adventures in DFW @livelovelocalblog on Instagram.