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Desert Botanical Garden

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What a beautiful garden!

This is a great place to experience the natural wonders of Arizona in one location. So many... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Great visit to a beautiful garden, kids especially the butterfly garden

Beautiful garden. The kids especially enjoyed the butterfly garden, seeing rabbits and lizards, and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.
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1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008-3490
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great place to experience the natural wonders of Arizona in one location. So many different kinds of cacti with nice walking trails between them. Be sure to bring your camera.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful garden. The kids especially enjoyed the butterfly garden, seeing rabbits and lizards, and playing in the fountain and Native American dwellings. We also saw a great horned owl. Tickets aren’t cheap but it was a nice place to visit.

Thank lalalani
Reviewed 6 days ago

We came early on a cool fall day, so the weather was perfect. The variety of exhibits is pretty extensive, things are well organized and nicely described. The butterfly house was very interesting as well. We also bought tickets to come back at night to...More

Thank Gene R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Superb job creating this huge garden. So much to see and learn about desert plants and desert life The wildflower trail was our favorite but the butterfly building and other sections were fun. Lots of great photography opportunities. Plan to spend way more time than...More

Thank Rick R
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went here when we were visiting family in Mesa in October. It had cooled down by then to around 75 degrees and was perfect timing. If you go the second Tuesday of the month then the admission is FREE. The normal price is 24.95...More

Thank Melody S
Reviewed 6 days ago

When you live in a rainforest as we do, the variety of cactus, succulents and flora will amaze you. The gardens are divided into different areas all joined by a network of trails. Along the trails are benches with different vistas for one to view....More

Thank Citytour2011
Reviewed 6 days ago

When the weather is nice like it is now, this is a great afternoon out, it is laid out really well, they have a butterfly exhibit which I wasn't aware of. If you like plants and nature very nice relaxing place to visit and a...More

Thank jgoddardaz
Reviewed 6 days ago

Went there for a chihuly exhibit some time ago. Dude does some amazing sculptures with integrated lighting. Have been to the gardens many times, and always marvel at the flora and various artistic exhibits as well.

Thank Dennis K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gardens include a series of trails that include countless cacti, butterflies and more. There are also some tranquil fountains and areas with seating surrounded by nature’s beauty. We visited on a Sunday where there were docents who were very helpful. We found the exhibits...More

Thank Leslie C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a favorite "must do" when my female relatives visit. The gardens are amazing and the butterfly pavilion is always a favorite. The gift shop was closed during our most recent visit because they were in the process of enlarging it, but it showcases...More

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October 10, 2018|
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Response from CarynInArizona | Reviewed this property |
The paths are wide and easy to traverse with a wheelchair and I believe I’ve seen wheelchairs available for use/rent near the front gate. But you could call to be sure. It’s worth it
Jessica R
September 21, 2018|
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Response from Bugsey829 | Reviewed this property |
In the Garden, but not the restaurant.
Mel A
August 13, 2018|
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Response from Susan P | Reviewed this property |
No, discount for disabled. It's $24.95 general admission and $12.95 for youth 3-17. The Culture Pass is a good discount. Depending on the level of disability, keep in mind that some of the paths are unpaved and uneven.