Twenty Hours in Dallas | Dallas Aquarium + Arboretum, Too! (But Mostly Aquarium)

Three weeks ago, my boys and I took a whirlwind trip to Dallas!

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This was only my second time in Dallas in my entire life. While I’ve driven through the (massive!) city several times to get to Houston, Austin, and Galveston, I hadn’t set foot in Dallas since I was, like, six years old. And when I set foot in it a second time? My life came full circle because, this time, my six year old set foot in Dallas right beside me. This makes me way more weepy than it should. Ha!

We stayed at The Westin in Dallas and had the best view of the city. We arrived fairly late to the hotel – I forgot Henry’s EpiPen and we had to turn around to get it when we were about thirty minutes out of Fayetteville (eek!) – and, when we piled into our room, we pulled the curtains back on the enormous window and let the boys fall asleep while looking out at the city. It was magic and totally one of those memories I want to hold onto in, like, thirty-eight years when my kids are middle aged men.

And when we woke up? We headed straight to the Dallas World Aquarium!

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Henry LOVES water and ocean life and, when he grows up, he wants to be a whale or a shark or or an octopus or a Marine Biologist (way to dream big, right?!) and, being his mom, I hope he becomes a Marine Biologist because I have so many photographs of him in aquariums that it’s ridiculous… and those photographs may also a running decorating theme throughout our house.

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^^ Ah! Those jellyfish!! I love taking photographs in aquariums – photographing a wedding in an aquarium is Number One on my list of wedding photography bucket list (closely followed by a wedding in an old library and an elopement in Venice, obviously) – and jellyfish are one of my very favorite animals to photograph whenever we visit an aquarium. They’re stunning. ^^

Remember how I mentioned that Henry loves aquariums and sea animals? Max LOVES (yes! all caps!) drawing and sketching and, while we were at the aquarium, he sat his cute little body down at every exhibit to study the animals so that he could draw them in his sketchpad and it was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen in my entire life. That kid, y’all. He’s a total ray of sunshine.

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After the aquarium, we headed to the Dallas Arboretum!

I am a big fan of Botanical Gardens and the Dallas Arboretum did not disappoint. It was so gorgeous and, before my Senior Session with Emly, I had the best time running around with my sweet fam. The Children’s Garden was amazing – we seriously could have stayed there all day – and, since we spent most all of our time in the Kid’s Adventure Garden, I’ve made Andrew promise to take me back and spend the whole day exploring the rest of the Arboretum. It was so gorgeous!

Thanks so much for the fun day, Dallas! We are totally coming back to you soon!

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