Carrie is a stay-at-home-mom to two children, Jack (3) and Claire (1). Previously an account manager for a local insurance firm, she now spends the days wrangling small children and wondering how the house got so messy, and considers the day a success if everyone is dressed by noon. She also likes horses, books, iced tea and lip gloss. She blogs about learning to be a Stay-at-Home-Mom at Carrie Elle.

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August Discounts at the Dallas Arboretum

Have you been to the Dallas Arboretum yet to see the amazing Chihuly exhibit?  If not, now’s your chance to see it – at a great price!

Admission to the Arboretum is greatly discounted for the month of August.  Tickets for daytime admission are just $5 – and Chihuly Nights (Wednesday and Thursday from 6-10 PM, with free parking) tickets are buy one, get one.

Yes, it’s hot (really, really hot, actually) outside.  But there are some benefits to braving the heat and visiting the Arboretum in August.

First of all, it’s cheaper.  $5/ticket is a great deal (admission is normally $9-15).  Secondly, the Arboretum has amazing food at the Restaurant DeGolyer, which is indoors (and air-conditioned).  Seriously…totally worth the price of admission (especially right now!).  And finally, the crowds are minimal.  Way minimal.  We actually visited the Arboretum for the first time ever in August of 2009, and there was hardly anyone there.  Sure, it was HOT, but we took a ton of water and meandered through the mostly-empty gardens until we had seen most of it (imagine my surprise when we went back a few months later to see the pumpkins and it was packed!).

The Arboretum (a few years ago) in August. We practically had the place to ourselves.

The Arboretum opens at 9:00 AM, so you can get there while the weather is still manageable.

So pack up the sunscreen and the water bottles (and bathing suits, maybe? – the kids love the frog fountains) and enjoy an inexpensive morning at the Dallas Arboretum.

You can find out more about the current discounts available here.

Looking for something else to do outdoors with the kids?  How about a Pajama Breakfast Picnic?  And if you hurry, you can still make it to Ham Orchards for some delicious peaches before they close for the Fall.

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