Día de Muertos Altar on Display at Springs Preserve
Celebrating life and culture
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 Nov. 1-2 and 5-8.
“Although we’re not able to host our Día de Muertos celebration this year as we have in the past, we believe it’s important to continue remembering the spirit of this event that means so much for the community,” said Springs Preserve Manager Bruno Bowles.
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 at SpringsPreserve.org. 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.
Follow the Springs Preserve on Facebook at Springpreservelatino where you can participate in our virtual altars by sharing a photo of your altar. For more information and updates visit SpringsPreserve.org