I was excited to hear about “Autumn at the Arboretum” at Dallas Arboretum, but was even more excited to see pictures of its massive pumpkin spread on social media. Apparently we have a “nationally acclaimed pumpkin village” that I obviously had to go see. After several weeks of busy weekends and poor weather, we finally had a chance to check it out!
There were, indeed, lots of pumpkins. I was thrilled to see this sea of orange!
Despite what you see me wearing, it was an extremely warm day for November. I was sweating under all those layers. So the only way for me to even experience a little bit of fall in Texas is by going to autumn-themed activities like this, heh. But my favorite place to experience fall? The midwest! St. Louis’s and Chicago’s fall colors blew me away last year.
So it took me a while to realize that those little houses (like the one shown above) were actual buildings that one might find in a village. So that’s why it’s called Pumpkin Village…d’oh.
Take the Sheriff’s office, for instance:
And the general store:
U.S. Post Office:
Even a goldmine:
Finally, the Blacksmith:
Dang. How cute are they?! One of my favorite displays, though, was this massive pumpkin Texas:
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Actually, it’s funny how before college, I hated living in Texas. All I wanted was to get out…and then when I did for college, I kind of realized that Texas was pretty tight. And it was fun to band together with the other Texas kids in school and talk about how great our
countrystate is. Sometimes I still feel miffed that I’m back, but I’m trying to make the most of it by exploring more of it (like this)!
If you’re curious to know the names of all these different kinds of pumpkins, you can find ’em in the back, along with this equally inquisitive squirrel.
Basically, Pumpkin Village is a ridiculously photogenic place – to be in pics and to take pictures of!
The only qualm I had with the whole thing is that it can be kind of pricey. Not only do you have to pay admission for the arboretum, but there’s also a mandatory parking fee. C’mon guys, throw us a Groupon or something (totally worked for Tacolandia). Have you been to Autumn at the Arboretum?
What are your favorite gardens or parks? Where do you like to celebrate fall?
Thanks for reading!