Achieve your New Year’s goals with a 1-mile walk through the Dallas Arboretum
For most of us, January’s arrival usually means making some attempts to live healthier or to save more money. If this sounds like you, then the Dallas Arboretum is where you need to be. With discounted prices for all of January —admission is $5 and parking is $8 when purchased online—and some incredibly beautiful walking routes, the Arboretum is here to support your New Year’s goals this month!
Our One-Mile Fitness Trail
is the traditional walk through the Dallas Arboretum gardens. On this walk, you’ll see the Martha Brooks Camelia Garden, the Alex Camp House, the Jonsson Color Garden, the Fogelson Fountain and much more—it’s an ideal way to see natural beauty of the Arboretum, while getting in your daily exercise.
For those who want a break from tradition (or a shorter walk), this second walking route based around A Woman’s Garden—part of the historic DeGolyer garden—is just under a half-mile.
1. Walk to the statue of the Woman looking at the infinity pond.
2. Turn left and go down the stairs for a nice walk through the Buddleia trees. This will take you to the poetry garden, which is reminiscent of a formal English rose garden. Walk up the stairs and back around the pools to the Portal to Phase II.
3. The Portal is where the garden transitions from formal to natural. Here you’ll see a winding creek to your left and a natural lawn and plantings to your right.
4. Walk across the bridge, and come to the grotto, which features shade and small waterfalls in the Koi ponds.
5. Continue past the Koi ponds and up the Bride’s walk. You’ll reach an elegant gazebo with views of the lake—the perfect opportunity for a picturesque rest.
6. From there, you’ll see the historic Sunken Garden of the DeGolyer Mansion, with its long, easy steps to the bottom, as well as a fountain and statue.
7. Up the opposite stairs, turn right back into A Woman’s Garden and reach the Pulpit, a heart-shaped viewing area overlooking Phase II with views of the lake.
8. Continue on the path to the staircase back to Phase I, and take in the views over the infinity pool to the lake. This is an excellent photo opportunity.
9. Back on the main lawn turn right at the first set of steps for a glimpse of a living sculpture: an Aeolian Wind harp, which plays music with the wind.
10. And now you’re back where you started! Pat yourself on the back for taking one more step toward your goals—or begin another loop around the trail!