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Desert Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden
Camelback East, Phoenix
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  • Lindsay W.
    "The butterfly exhibit is borderline magical -definitely go."(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."(4 Tips)
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  • Connor C.
    Connor Cohen1 week ago
    beautiful destination for tourists and locals alike. lots of cool events like Ballet Arizona's "Topia." not to be missed!
  • Dorit C.
    Dorit CMarch 22
    very good overview of plants living in the vicinity, nice layout
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SvobodaJanuary 13
    While fun during the year, I highly recommend going during the luminaria display. Beautiful!
  • Josh A.
    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.
  • Celebrities N' Bling
    Celebrities N' BlingNovember 1, 2016
    We lived 4 years in Phoenix. We visited many places but this attraction is breathtaking... !!! Fantastic !
  • Anthony D.
    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!
  • Ashley Q.
    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
  • Laura G A.
    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!
  • CJ G.
    CJ GleesonMarch 23, 2016
    Very scenic, great ride
  • Cathy H.
    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.
  • P D.
    P DahlgrenFebruary 19, 2016
    Very relaxing. Great for photography.
  • Natalia M.
    Natalia Morales TomaFebruary 15, 2016
    Check for activities before going ! There is always sth extra to do !
  • Lars L.
    Lars LarsonJanuary 14, 2016
    Fantastic collection of desert plants. Admission is high, though.
  • Ted S.
    Ted SadlowskiDecember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ 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
  • Pammy J.
    Pammy JohnsonDecember 19, 2015
    I went to the luminaries last night and the
  • mike b.
    mike b.November 28, 2015
    Absolutely beautiful. Don't miss it if you're in PHX and have a free afternoon!
  • Natalie
    NatalieNovember 2, 2015
    Stunning. During the summer is can get really warm so remember to drink plenty of water.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongNovember 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!
  • Maria
    MariaJuly 6, 2015
    Relaxing late afternoon walk with a delicious supper at the resturaunt.
  • 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
  • Ref L.
    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.
  • Timothy M.
    Timothy MöhleMay 9, 2015
    Cacti in all shapes and sizes.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FeldbushMay 3, 2015
    Members get in one hour before regular opening on Wednesdays and Sundays!
  • Mon S.
    Mon Sarmiento-rdsMarch 28, 2015
    Different Cactus, love the garden.
  • Mon S.
    Mon Sarmiento-rdsMarch 28, 2015
    Wedding Venue.
  • Nate E.
    Nate EulFebruary 9, 2015
    Read the signs, learn facts.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanJanuary 7, 2015
    Easy to navigate. You learn a lot about desert plants and animals.
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa ScottDecember 30, 2014
    Luminaria was great!
  • Niki
    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.
  • Charlie Allred S.
    Go the 2nd Tuesday of the month when it's free:)
  • Colin M.
    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.
  • 🌵Andrew K.
    A gift to our city. Amazing gardens, Great entertainment and incredible food at Gertrude's!
  • Bob S.
    Bob SouleAugust 12, 2014
    This is a great spot to hold a wedding and reception.
  • Brendan O.
    Brendan O'LearyAugust 9, 2014
    They have water fountains everywhere. Over by the sensory garden there's one of those fancy water bottle filling water fountains.
  • Jon H.
    Jon HernandezAugust 8, 2014
    Beautiful plants and scenery to check out. I recommend visiting at least once!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Brett S.
    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.
  • Holiday B.
    Holiday Baker ManJuly 3, 2014
    Great place. AAA discount available. Bring water if it is hot!
  • Iza
    IzaMarch 30, 2014
    Difficult to get from town by public transportation- you either walk, or need to change buses at zoo. Weird.
  • Theo
    TheoFebruary 2, 2014
    Put your walking shoes on and go in the evening
  • 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.
  • JK G.
    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.
  • Zachary L.
    Zachary LittleNovember 26, 2013
    Free for active military.
  • Taylor G.
    Taylor GreenNovember 18, 2013
    The butterfly exhibit is one of the coolest things at the Gardens.You get to interact with the as they land on you. I think it is only in the spring though
  • N H.
    N HNovember 18, 2013
    They brought back the Chihuly exhibit, it's a must see! Such interesting and beautiful pieces of art.
  • 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.
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GoldsteinNovember 18, 2013
    One of the best date places in Arizona.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie ManningNovember 18, 2013
    Chihuly is back! Even if you aren't a fan of the traditional botanical garden experience you should go to see his work. It is amazing. I recommend a seeing it both during the day and night.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Catie H.
    Catie HahneNovember 14, 2013
    I am excited for the Chihuly exhibit as well as the Las Noches de Las Luminarias for the holidays. It is going to be so beautiful. I saw the Chihuly last time it was there and it was breath taking.
  • Danny I.
    Danny ImesNovember 12, 2013
    This place is beautiful. Even when it is hot out there is a lot of shade and the environment grabs your attention.
  • Ron P.
    Ron PerezSeptember 29, 2013
    Don't forget the sun screen
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FordSeptember 11, 2013
    Mesa public library has free passes to the botanical garden, zoo and mist of the museum's in the valley.
  • 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.
  • Mary D.
    Mary DreyfusAugust 12, 2013
    Don't do this in the heat of day like we did but do visit because it's spectacular.
  • Maile C.
    Maile CanlasAugust 5, 2013
    Dusciunt tucjets fir students and children three and under are free
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchJune 26, 2013
    Green thumbs love wandering through the rare agave and aloe varieties.
  • Bonnie K.
    Bonnie KoppelmannJune 25, 2013
    Nice place to go...lots of walking and taking in scenery.
  • Erica M.
    Erica MartoneJune 6, 2013
    Maybe bring an umbrella for those 104• days
  • Oscar R.
    Oscar RojasJune 2, 2013
    If you want to experience how the desert are like this is the perfect spot to go without leaving the city. Don't miss it
  • Lacy C.
    Lacy ChurchMay 15, 2013
    Coolest venue for a ballet in the beautiful Az evening.
  • JK G.
    JK GrenceMay 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The second Tuesday of every month is FREE admission starting at 1pm. Go catch an amazing sunset!
  • Jenn A.
    Jenn AragonMay 11, 2013
    Today only free with a coupon printed from the website!!!
  • Shawn P.
    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!!
  • Lizzy A.
    Lizzy ArizonaApril 17, 2013
    Spring time is most brilliant with the colors of the Sonoran Desertgo
  • Matthew O.
    Matthew O'BrienApril 13, 2013
    Concerts on Friday night are the way to go!
  • Desi P.
    Desi PhillipsApril 11, 2013
    Beautiful Walk...The Butterfly Exhibit was cool. A must see if your near by
  • Tempe Tourism
    Tempe TourismApril 3, 2013
    Flashlight Tours are one of our favorite things to do this summer.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah Rocks!March 11, 2013
    Make sure to watch the wildlife outside the cafe, not the restaurant, the cafe
  • Michael A.
    Michael AstemborskiMarch 6, 2013
    The Butterflies are back!
  • Steve C.
    Steve ConnellyFebruary 28, 2013
    Admission price is insane $18 take ur smart phone to desert and google the plant names
  • Jennifer H.
    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!
  • Jacqueline H.
    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!
  • 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
  • Richard R.
    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.
  • Jeanne K.
    Jeanne KwongOctober 30, 2012
    AAA members get a nice discount off admission.
  • 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.
  • Jen K.
    Jen Kendrick❤October 19, 2012
    It was wonderful and very beautiful :)
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreySeptember 21, 2012
    Nice but a little overpriced at $18 per person. 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.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie McCarthyApril 10, 2012
    What a beautiful place to see. Highly recommend. Butterfly exhibit was super cool too.
  • 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
  • Michael A.
    Michael AstemborskiApril 1, 2012
    Butterflies are more active in the afternoon
  • SeeMail
    SeeMailMarch 25, 2012
    Speaking of Cactus ... Explore the wonders of nature at this renowned desert museum.
  • ASU's Tempe Campus
    ASU's Tempe CampusMarch 14, 2012
    View the natural beauty that Arizona has to offer at the Botanical Garden.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AstemborskiMarch 11, 2012
    Butterflies
  • Lance F.
    Lance FiascoMarch 5, 2012
    It's very easy to get lost, especially if not sober.
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesJanuary 27, 2012
    Best of Phoenix 2011 Winner: Best Day of the Dead Festival! Day of the Dead festivities are part of the ticket price so make sure you check out the ofrendas, mercado and more! Read more
  • Joseph Y.
    Joseph YiNovember 26, 2011
    @dbgtweet is their twitter acct
  • 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.
  • CSKcatering
    CSKcateringOctober 26, 2011
    The Wildflower Pavilion is perfect for a wedding ceremony!
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJuly 11, 2011
    Did you know? With over 4,000 species and approximately 17,000 individual plants, the garden is the most prominent cactus collection in the United States and perhaps, the world. Read more
  • Jason K.
    Jason KusnerJuly 2, 2011
    it is hot in the summer...bring plenty of water and refill it as you walk the park
  • 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.
  • Jac
    JacMay 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Take advantage of Culture Pass if you can. It is free admission for 4.
  • Alexandre M.
    Um dos lugares mais incríveis que ja vi na vida! Visitar varios desertos coma segurança e infraestrura plenas, praticamente dentro de Phoenix. Atração obrigatória!!!
  • Martina P.
    Martina PapaNovember 9, 2014
    Se andata a Phoenix é assolutamente da visitare! Flora desertica molto varia!
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