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Springs Preserve displaying Día de Muertos altar for holiday

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-01 13:21:31-05

For more than a decade, the Springs Preserve has hosted its Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, a mixture of Latin American customs with cultural activities and displays of altars honoring the lives of friends and loved ones who have passed away.

While this year’s event will not be held due to the COVD-19 pandemic, the Springs Preserve will carry on this beloved tradition. Artist Isaias Urrabazo, a previous Día de Muertos “People’s Choice” altar winner, has created an artistic altar dedicated to the memories of those who have lost their lives to the virus.

The altar will be on display during regular operating hours on Nov. 1-2 and 5-8.

The Springs Preserve is open to a limited number of visitors Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors must purchase timed tickets at $5 for adults and $2.50 for children in advance here.

Once on site, visitors are required to wear face coverings and observe social distancing protocols. Admission provides access to outdoor areas only, including natural areas, trails, animal exhibits, and the Botanical Garden.

In addition, the Springs Preserve’s trackless train ride operates until 3:30 p.m. with limited passenger capacity. Visitors can join garden talks, take in garden tips, and participate in fun science pop ups and the outdoor animal exhibits.

The Divine Cafe is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Monday; reservations are not required to dine at the café.

For more information and updates visit SpringsPreserve.org.