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Desert Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden
Camelback East, Phoenix
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    Desi P.
    "Beautiful Walk...The Butterfly Exhibit was cool."(10 Tips)
    Jacqueline H.
    "Second Tuesday of every month get free admission from 1p-8p!"(6 Tips)
    The Wall Street Journal
    "Home to an assortment of succulents and cacti"(4 Tips)
    Jon H.
    "Beautiful plants and scenery to check out."(5 Tips)
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  • Ashley Q.heart icon on user image
    Ashley QuaileJune 11, 2016
    This place is amazing! We saw a lot of wildlife and beautiful desert plants from all over the world. The grounds are petty large too! The butterfly exhibit is not open currently as they are remodeling
  • Ref L.heart icon on user image
    Ref LMay 17, 2015
    It's pretty amazing. The abundance of desert Cactus and flowers. It's organized well and looks amazing. Top that off with all the wonderful smells of the leaves and flowers. A must visit.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 22, 2015
    Rarely do we think of “botanical” and “desert” in the same phrase. For more than 70 years, the Desert Botanical Garden has shown the world the unique beauty of dry terrain. Read more
  • Brett S.heart icon on user image
    Brett SalisburyJuly 6, 2014
    The Luminarias exhibit featuring Chihuly is a fantastic exhibit and one worth seeing at night during the special late night showings.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BellAugust 19, 2019
    What a fantastic way to see the desert landscape. They have rotating exhibits as well as really cool events on their calendar. Check out their website before you visit. Consider going @ 7a in summer.
  • KEheart icon on user image
    KEApril 16, 2022
    Beautiful, especially in the spring - desert blooms! Visit the butterfly pavilion, it opens @ 9:30am (time your visit around this to avoid lines.) Make a res online, go early, bring sun protection.
  • Ted S.heart icon on user image
    Ted SadlowskiDecember 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything...desert loop trail gives you a great view of downtown Phoenix...friendly and very helpful staff...Gertrudes has some excellent beer and wines to finish off your visit
  • Laura G A.heart icon on user image
    Laura G AdamsJune 7, 2016
    Fun to go to anytime of the year, but little known fact is that the second Tuesday of every month is free admission!
  • Eric V.heart icon on user image
    Eric VaughnAugust 11, 2017
    The Sonoran life loop is the best for grabbing that saguaro photo. If you can put up with the heat, you can avoid the crowd.
  • Desiree G.
    Desiree GastonAugust 6, 2018
    If you love the desert or just love nature, a visit to the botanical garden is a must. Fun for all ages, take a trip and do the Flashlight Tour!
  • Meghan N.
    Meghan NorrisNovember 12, 2018
    Take a journey down numerous trails and experience the desert close up in its natural form. The garden opens everyday at 8am, but be sure to check their website for their list of upcoming events.
  • Angela M.
    Angela MitchellNovember 17, 2013
    If you're new to the valley, this is a great way to see what AZ has to offer in botany. Go during the day to see it, but visit it at night during the holidays for Luminaries-fun place to walk around.
  • Cathy H.heart icon on user image
    Cathy HammelMarch 22, 2016
    Great place to experience natural flora and fauna of Arizona. Awesome trails to for walking, cute gift shop, and good views of the mountains.
  • Jennifer H.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer HayeFebruary 12, 2013
    I had the best experiences at the Desert Botanical Garden! You can take a walk through the garden, or have a nice lunch at the Patio Cafe, which has great food! The Butterfly Exhibit is a must-see!
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SheltonAugust 5, 2013
    This place is beautiful, a must see. It may cost a little to get in just to see some desert flowers, but it is worth it. The colors and the exhibits, but go at night, the flashlight tour, Great.
  • Kimberly Q.
    Kimberly QuinonezNovember 16, 2013
    Gorgeous and magical at sunset. Enjoy & experience the beauty of the desert at this wonderful place. There is a great restaurant to grab dinner and a wonder gift shop to take a little piece with you.
  • Lindsay W.
    Lindsay WalkerNovember 15, 2013
    The butterfly exhibit is borderline magical -definitely go. The gardens are really well-maintained, especially when I went during the Chihuly exhibit. I'm not a huge fan of the desert but I enjoy it.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SwartzAugust 4, 2013
    Be prepared to walk a little, but there are some beautiful plants and desert life, stuff u don't see in the city areas. Evening/dusk is perfect, especially once it's a little cooler. Worth a trip.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HNovember 18, 2013
    One of the most unique places in the Tempe/Scottsdale area. You don't realize all the unique plant life in the desert until you visit. Some of the attractions are seasonal, Spring is best.
  • Richard R.heart icon on user image
    Richard RevillaJanuary 22, 2013
    Great Place to spend the afternoon and really watch the desert come alive. Bring your camera and an imagination. Careful in the summer where the temperatures can be in the 100. Bring water.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonSeptember 19, 2012
    After enjoying a stroll round the Desert Garden, unlock your creativity with a class inspired by the magical surroundings. Take your pick from watercolours, oils, photography or jewellery making.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Home to an assortment of succulents and cacti so extravagantly formed, a visit feels like a stroll through the pages of a Dr. Seuss book. Read more
  • eric b.heart icon on user image
    eric bornemannDecember 27, 2020
    A wonderful place to check out when in town. Beautiful plants and landscaping. Neat if crowded during the holiday lights.
  • Anthony D.heart icon on user image
    Anthony DuranAugust 17, 2016
    A beautiful place that tries to educate the public about the rare and diverse desert life and tries to preserve it rather desertification and build mansions or cookie cutter homes on it. And the art!
  • Nikiheart icon on user image
    NikiDecember 29, 2014
    def worth the price to see the luminarias. absolutely beautiful to walk the paths at night, drink a warm beverage, and listen to the live music.
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BendoraitisFebruary 12, 2013
    The Botanical Garden has great events all year long. Get a Culture Pass at the library and you and 3 guests get in free. Or show them your student ID for a discount. My favorite spot: the herb garden
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    _November 2, 2015
    Huge desert botanical garden! You'll spend a few hours here. Be sure to come here and catch the sunset. It's beautiful here!
  • J A.heart icon on user image
    J AlnidawiJuly 11, 2018
    In addition to the amazing display of native plants, there are beautiful display of wildlife. My favorite were the colorful hummingbirds.
  • Josh A.heart icon on user image
    Josh ANovember 22, 2016
    Awesome place for a hike or just a nice afternoon. Beautiful grounds. Some chihuly glass. Everything is in wonderful condition. Beautiful sunset.
  • Alan L.
    Alan LanaganOctober 29, 2012
    Unbelievable how many flowers thrive in the desert, unexpected gem, be sure to check out the butterfly atrium. Staff of volunteers are truly knowledgeable and friendly.
  • Cleopatra M.
    Cleopatra MyersJanuary 19, 2014
    Great place to visit while visiting AZ. It was so beautiful and peaceful. There was a brief sand storm, but it passed quickly w/no concerns.
  • Sarahheart icon on user image
    SarahMay 17, 2023
    VERY interesting collection of desert plants. A must go when ur in Phoenix!
  • Laughing Squid
    Laughing SquidApril 2, 2012
    This is a really amazing place esp. in the springtime when the Spring Butterfly Exhibit is open. Bring sunscreen and comfy shoes, there's plenty of sun and walking here. Read more
  • Shawn P.heart icon on user image
    Shawn PahlApril 23, 2013
    Become a member if you plan on going more than four times in a year… It's definitely worth the money!!
  • Mike S.heart icon on user image
    Mike SleepMay 18, 2017
    beautiful destination for tourists and locals alike. lots of cool events like Ballet Arizona's "Topia." not to be missed!
  • Kris S.
    Kris SobczakAugust 6, 2014
    Beautiful to just walk around in. Seeing all the different cacti from all around the world is really cool to see. Never knew there were so many different types.
  • Natalieheart icon on user image
    NatalieNovember 2, 2015
    Stunning. During the summer is can get really warm so remember to drink plenty of water.
  • Tempe Tourism
    Tempe TourismFebruary 14, 2011
    The desert comes alive at the Desert Botanical Garden. Walk garden paths and discover all the flora & fauna that makes Arizona unique. Enjoy special exhibits, music concerts, wine tastings and more!
  • JK G.heart icon on user image
    JK GrenceDecember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Coming for Noches de las Luminarias? Arrive as close to opening as you can, and drink it all in as slowly as possible. Dare to put away your camera, and enjoy the moment for what it is.
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYNovember 22, 2010
    This is one of the best places to see desert plants, including cacti and succulents. The collection includes 140 plants that are rare, endangered or threatened. Read more
  • Doug C.
    Doug CaldwellMay 21, 2011
    A desert is not just a desert. More diversity than expected. Easy brick or dirt walking trails. Many shaded spots with water fountains. Hot day in May still many birds & ground animals out.
  • Colin M.heart icon on user image
    Colin MusselmanSeptember 7, 2014
    Best public bathrooms ever. They keep it freezing cold and clean. Stop by for a break to cool off while walking around.
  • mike b.heart icon on user image
    mike b.November 28, 2015
    Absolutely beautiful. Don't miss it if you're in PHX and have a free afternoon!
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonAugust 23, 2013
    Discover the natural beauty of the Sonoran desert with a trip to the nearby Desert Botanical Garden where more than 50,000 arid-land plants live.
  • Glenn M.
    Glenn MeltonOctober 29, 2011
    Beautiful for an early Sunday morning stroll through the best desert botanical garden in the world. Soon it will be time for Christmas at the Garden with thousands of luminarias and live music.
  • Ryan S.heart icon on user image
    Ryan SvobodaJanuary 13, 2017
    While fun during the year, I highly recommend going during the luminaria display. Beautiful!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BoydNovember 11, 2010
    A great place to enjoy the outdoors and view the different exhibits of plant species offered in our desert climate. Check for special tours like nightime flashlight tours or butterfly exhibits.
  • Jacqueline H.heart icon on user image
    Jacqueline HannaFebruary 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Second Tuesday of every month get free admission from 1p-8p! Cost of regular admission is $18 so this is a great deal!
  • Sam G.
    Sam GrundmanMarch 6, 2021
    You will need a reservation to get in, with COVID-19 you know.
  • Jessica T.heart icon on user image
    Jessica TeimanJune 1, 2022
    Desert Botanical Garden at 15 miles to the southeast of Phoenix dentist Desert Sage Family Dental
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