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Desert Botanical Garden

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Closed Now: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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Thought this would be interesting but it was so much more! Ate at Gertrude’s Restaurant inside the... read more

Reviewed today
Prescott, Arizona
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Excellent experience, truly worth a visit

I went there for the light show at night. The plants were set up with sound and light show on... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008-3490
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Reviewed today via mobile

Thought this would be interesting but it was so much more! Ate at Gertrude’s Restaurant inside the gardens first. It’s a farm to table restaurant and is excellent with a good wine selection. After dinner we walked through the gardens and experienced the nighttime light...More

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Reviewed yesterday

I went there for the light show at night. The plants were set up with sound and light show on special locations and it looked amazing, so delicate and still so strong plants both cactus's and succulents and trees. They are truly amazing plants and...More

Thank Britta A
Reviewed yesterday

We just went to the Gardens for the Electric Desert display. It was really entertaining with lights, lasers and music. You need to be careful walking at night though because the lighting in areas is very sparse and directions were a little inadequate for the...More

Thank Ken K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went to the night lights and it was outstanding. I could have stood watching some of the lights and displays for hours. The gardens are spectacular by day and super awesome by night. Wish I lived closer so I could be a member and visit...More

Thank ozzieamy
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great samples of chili based products and chocolates. We had the chocolate and chili martini-perfect. The garden itself was really nice way to spend an afternoon

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you are looking for fancier food or don’t mind overpriced meals, you might enjoy this place. Otherwise go to the grill on the other side of the gardens. We had the BLT and Pulled Pork. Both were pretty decent, but not worth the price....More

Thank grzzz
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not too many gardens that are not a happy spot for me, but this one was so nice. Spent about 3 hours wandering around about 2/3 of this desert garden. I wanted to save some spots to explore later. Go in the morning and enjoy...More

Thank sue8nana
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

For a cactus fanatic like myself this is cactus heaven. Many species are represented here. Also the butterfly enclosure. Saw beautiful Monarch and Swallow Tail butterflies and many others. The only issue is that parts of the garden were closed due to a number of...More

Thank thewanderer300
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Arrived before sunset and enjoyed the Garden. When the sun went down, the garden came to life. The multiple laser and light shows throughout the garden were great. This is must see when spending time in Phoenix.

Thank F5203WZgregs
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went at night and saw the light show. It was absolutely amazing. My husband was pleasantly surprised how beautiful it was and what a memorable experience. Worth every penny!!!

Thank Cheryl J
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November 5, 2018|
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Response from Lori_Db | Reviewed this property |
They have a restaurant there. You may want to call and ask about picnic area. You can bring your own water. They don't check bags.
October 21, 2018|
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Response from Ronda M | Reviewed this property |
My husband and I went, we thought it was spectacular! We are going to take our grandsons and go again. Enjoy
October 21, 2018|
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Response from Nick G | Reviewed this property |
Mosquitos were not an issue for me! My only advice on when to arrive is that if you don’t show up at the start you aren’t missing much. It took about 40 mins for the full exhibit to be running. It is a great show!