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Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden, Garden, and Museum · Camelback East
1201 N Galvin Pkwy (Btw McDowell Rd & Van Buren St), Phoenix, AZ 85008, United States
Open until 8:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 8:00 AM–8:00 PM
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    Lindsay W.
    "The butterfly exhibit is borderline magical -definitely go."(9 Tips)
    The Wall Street Journal
    "Home to an assortment of succulents and cacti"(4 Tips)
    Jacqueline H.
    "Second Tuesday of every month get free admission from 1p-8p!"(5 Tips)
    Jon H.
    "Beautiful plants and scenery to check out."(4 Tips)
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  • gardens
  • cacti
  • beautiful plants
  • sunsets
  • tours
  • free admission
  • flowers
  • trails
  • exhibits
  • café
  • outdoor seating
  • discounts
  • good for dates
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  • good for a late night
  • Natalie

    Stunning. During the summer is can get really warm so remember to drink plenty of water.

    Natalie · 3 weeks ago
  • Kelly W.

    Huge desert botanical garden! You'll spend a few hours here. Be sure to come here and catch the sunset. It's beautiful here!

    Kelly Wong · 3 weeks ago
  • Maria

    Relaxing late afternoon walk with a delicious supper at the resturaunt.

    Maria · July 6
  • PureWow

    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

    PureWow · June 22
  • Ref L.

    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.

    Ref L · May 17
  • Timothy M.

    Cacti in all shapes and sizes.

  • Michael F.

    Members get in one hour before regular opening on Wednesdays and Sundays!

  • Mon S.

    Different Cactus, love the garden.

    Mon Sarmiento-rds · March 28
  • Mon S.

    Wedding Venue.

    Mon Sarmiento-rds · March 28
  • Robert H.

    Beautiful scenery for sure.

    Robert House · February 13
  • Nate E.

    Read the signs, learn facts.

    Nate Eul · February 9
  • Jonathan

    Easy to navigate. You learn a lot about desert plants and animals.

    Jonathan · January 7
  • Vanessa S.

    Luminaria was great!

    Vanessa Scott · December 30, 2014
  • Niki

    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.

    Niki · December 29, 2014
  • Charlie Allred S.

    Go the 2nd Tuesday of the month when it's free:)

  • Colin M.

    Best public bathrooms ever. They keep it freezing cold and clean. Stop by for a break to cool off while walking around.

    Colin Musselman · September 7, 2014
  • 🌵Andrew K.

    A gift to our city. Amazing gardens, Great entertainment and incredible food at Gertrude's!

    🌵Andrew Kolikoff🌵 · August 19, 2014
  • Bob S.

    This is a great spot to hold a wedding and reception.

    Bob Soule · August 12, 2014
  • Brendan O.

    They have water fountains everywhere. Over by the sensory garden there's one of those fancy water bottle filling water fountains.

    Brendan O'Leary · August 9, 2014
  • Jon H.

    Beautiful plants and scenery to check out. I recommend visiting at least once!

    Jon Hernandez · August 8, 2014
  • Kris S.

    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.

    Kris Sobczak · August 6, 2014
  • 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

    The Wall Street Journal · August 3, 2014
  • Brett S.

    The Luminarias exhibit featuring Chihuly is a fantastic exhibit and one worth seeing at night during the special late night showings.

    Brett Salisbury · July 6, 2014
  • Holiday B.

    Great place. AAA discount available. Bring water if it is hot!

    Holiday Baker Man · July 3, 2014
  • Iza

    Difficult to get from town by public transportation- you either walk, or need to change buses at zoo. Weird.

    Iza · March 30, 2014
  • Theo

    Put your walking shoes on and go in the evening

    Theo · February 2, 2014
  • Cleopatra M.

    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.

    Cleopatra Myers · January 19, 2014
  • JK G.

    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.

    JK Grence · December 3, 2013
  • Zachary L.

    Free for active military.

    Zachary Little · November 26, 2013
  • Taylor G.

    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

    Taylor Green · November 18, 2013
  • N H.

    They brought back the Chihuly exhibit, it's a must see! Such interesting and beautiful pieces of art.

    N H · November 18, 2013
  • Joshua H.

    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.

    Joshua H · November 18, 2013
  • Jacob G.

    One of the best date places in Arizona.

    Jacob Goldstein · November 18, 2013
  • Stephanie M.

    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.

    Stephanie Manning · November 18, 2013
  • Angela M.

    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.

    Angela Mitchell · November 17, 2013
  • Kimberly Q.

    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.

    Kimberly Quinonez · November 16, 2013
  • Lindsay W.

    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.

    Lindsay Walker · November 15, 2013
  • Catie H.

    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.

    Catie Hahne · November 14, 2013
  • Danny I.

    This place is beautiful. Even when it is hot out there is a lot of shade and the environment grabs your attention.

    Danny Imes · November 12, 2013
  • Ron P.

    Don't forget the sun screen

    Ron Perez · September 29, 2013
  • Sarah F.

    Mesa public library has free passes to the botanical garden, zoo and mist of the museum's in the valley.

    Sarah Ford · September 11, 2013
  • The Ritz-Carlton

    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.

    The Ritz-Carlton · August 23, 2013
  • Mary D.

    Don't do this in the heat of day like we did but do visit because it's spectacular.

    Mary Dreyfus · August 12, 2013
  • Maile C.

    Dusciunt tucjets fir students and children three and under are free

    Maile Canlas · August 5, 2013
  • Tracy S.

    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.

    Tracy Shelton · August 5, 2013
  • Matthew S.

    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.

    Matthew Swartz · August 4, 2013
  • ToryBurch

    Green thumbs love wandering through the rare agave and aloe varieties.

    ToryBurch · June 26, 2013
  • Bonnie K.

    Nice place to go...lots of walking and taking in scenery.

    Bonnie Koppelmann · June 25, 2013
  • Erica M.

    Maybe bring an umbrella for those 104• days

    Erica Martone · June 6, 2013
  • Oscar R.

    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

    Oscar Rojas · June 2, 2013

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