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Desert Botanical Garden

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This botanical garden provided a very pleasant way to spend our last day in the Phoenix area. We... read more

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Electric Desert-must see!

We saw the electric desert exhibit at night and it was awesome! Lights and music were synced... read more

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Discover the tranquil vibrancy of desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes. Visitors can stroll through five thematic trails to explore the fascinating beauty of the Sonoran Desert, from towering cacti and alluring succulents to...more
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1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008-3490
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Reviewed yesterday

This botanical garden provided a very pleasant way to spend our last day in the Phoenix area. We had a beautiful two hour walk through the well thought out paths and a trails in the gardens. This was a perfect way to experience the desert...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We saw the electric desert exhibit at night and it was awesome! Lights and music were synced up-very unique experience. Highly recommend. Bring your camera!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you are new to the Sonoran desert, this is a great place to start. The docents were very helpful and informative, and, it is worth your while to take a tour with one of the guides. Proceed on your own pace and enjoy.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ronald P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful desert setting with opportunities to learn about desert flora, hike the nearby hole in the rock mountain, and enjoy a unique light show—cactus in color, at dusk and after dark. Birding too is worthwhile in the mornings since the garden is on a main...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank pthatcher2018
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to the Desert Botanical Gardens in late morning. It was warm outside in the gardens, so we didn't linger, but thoroughly enjoyed the walk. The paths are well marked, as are the plants. We went inside the butterfly house - not to be...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Deb K
Reviewed 3 days ago

This garden is a great introduction to the flora of the desert Southwest. Many trails leading to various types of vegetation found in the desert. Self guided tours are easy to follow.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dr_Dan_13
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Spent an hour strolling these gardens, enjoying the unusual landscape. It was beautiful in January - can’t imagine being out there in August.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 133sherrim
Reviewed 3 days ago

My first visit to the Botanical Garden was shortly after moving to the Phoenix area in my efforts to venture out and explore new places. There are guided tours available but I chose to explore the well mapped trails throughout the garden on my own....More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank b0bbied58
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went in the evening and they had lights to music. It was very dark but so cool to see the lights and the music. It was beautiful. We never got to see the gardens in the day time, but will go again when in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mombi
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you wish to know the plants of Arizona, go to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix......Its not only very informative and educational, but beautiful.....we had a night light show, and it was wonderful.....Walking is great, and its easy to get to.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Florence M
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Liza M
January 15, 2019|
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Response from Wilson L | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about AAA but don't get a tour, just stroll through yourself. There is staff everywhere if you have any specific questions.
January 11, 2019|
Response from lljpac | Reviewed this property |
I was there during the day, but would think you could enjoy the walk in around an hour. I walked all the trails and took some photos in about 1 1/2
January 9, 2019|
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Response from Cacliffoj | Reviewed this property |
I would email or call them to confirm whether they have have a place to store things. If they do not, I highly recommend the Musical Instrument Museum and I know they have a place to check luggage.