Dallas Blooms is a spring event that runs at the Dallas Arboretum from February 24 to April 8, when the entire garden is an explosion of color from half a million blooming bulbs. This 66-acre floral paradise in Dallas has been mentioned in multiple magazines and travel websites; TripAdvisor users even chose this botanical garden as the number one entertainment spot in the Dallas. Visit for the flowers or daily family-friendly activities, eat at the restaurant inside the garden or bring your own for a picnic. Entrance to the garden is $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 2 to 12 and free for kids under 2.
Japanese believe in Mono no Aware, which translates to transient or bittersweet beauty–meaning if the garden was always blooming, it would never be special. When the cherry blossom are in bloom, visitors venture out in masses to look at the Sakuras and have a picnic beneath them. The best place to see these transitory blooms are in the Japanese Garden in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The Garden consists of 7.5 acres filled with cherry trees, Japanese maples, magnolias, bamboo and koi ponds. While most of the garden is free to wander, entrance to the Japanese garden is $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for kids ages 4 to 12 and free for kids under 3.
Set on a farm just a 45-minute drive from Dallas, visiting the Texas Tulips is like a mini getaway to the tulip fields of Holland. For a $5 entrance fee per person and $2.50 a stem, you get to pick the tulips you want and can arrange them in a cute basket. When you’re finished picking, the staff carefully wraps them in gel for you to take home and enjoy. The best time to go is from late February to early April. Texas Tulips has brought the joy of Holland in the springtime right here to Texas.
The Bluebonnet Trail is the longest trail in the city of Plano where you can see patches of bluebonnets from mid-March to mid-April. Used by cyclists, joggers and walkers, the 8.3 mile-long trail is mostly fully paved and runs parallel to Spring Creek Parkway. The best part about this gem is that it passes through many parks along the way including Archgate Park, Carpenter Park, Lone Star Park, Jack Carter Park, Blue Ridge Park, Wagon Wheel Park, High Point Park and ends when you get to the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. For an ideal photo op, stop to view the patch on hill at Oak Point Park near the parking lot.
In April you can see sides of the highways and trails around the DFW-area dotted with beautiful bluebonnets, but the best place to see them are in Ennis, the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.” From April 1 to 30, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving bluebonnet trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. These trails are the oldest such trails known in the state, and tens of thousands of visitors make the short drive to Ennis to view this wonderful wildflower show. The bluebonnets typically peak around the third week of April, just in time for the Bluebonnet Trails Festival: April 20-22.