Friday, August 5, 2011
Temperatures are high, prices are low at Dallas Arboretum and Trinity River Audubon Center
If you can stand the heat, you can save some cold hard cash in August.
DALLAS Have fun during the record-breaking heat without breaking the bank with $1 admission at Dallas Arboretum and Trinity River Audubon Center from now through August 31. Why are they being so darn nice? Let's see: It's hot. They're outdoors. And saving $11 per adult at the Arboretum or $5 at TRAC might entice some to leave their air-conditioned homes and make impulse purchases at the gift shop.
A family of four can save $36 in admission fees during the Dallas Arboretum's August $1 Days. (The $7 parking fee still applies.) Enjoy beautiful blooms and lush lawns without the worry of how to pay the water bill. The Arboretum's not-so-hot spots include Toad Corners, which has four giant toad statues spitting water, and the Palmer Fern Dell, where the "micro-fine mist system regularly envelops the garden." Or seek shelter from the sun at Fairy Tale Castles, a display of seven structures inspired by children's stories. The Dallas Arboretum is located on White Rock Lake and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Trinity River Audubon Center
Located in the Great Trinity Forest where an illegal dump site once was, TRAC has four miles of nature-viewing trails, a Children's Discovery Garden, and hands-on exhibits about the local environment. The center's LEED-certified, eco-friendly building has even more exhibits -- as well as air conditioning. That hypothetical family of four can save $14 during Dollar Days. Or make it $18 on August 18 during the monthly Free Third Thursday. This month's special activities include a guided hike, an Animal Encounter, and a showing of Rio. TRAC is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays southeast of downtown Dallas on Loop 12. On August 18, the center stays open til 9 p.m.
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