Desert Botanical Garden

Phoenix, AZ

Where are we going?

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Pkwy
AZ 85008


What is there to do?

If you have always wanted to go to the desert, now might be your chance!

The Desert Botanical Gardens have over 140 acres, as well as over 50,000 plants on display for you to enjoy!  You can feel like you are basking in the desert sun, admiring all the large, prickly cacti, their beautiful flowers, and all the beautiful flora that you can often find in those stunning landscapes.

There are so many wonders found in the Sonoran Desert.  Do you think you could spot the prickly pears, or the agaves?  Perhaps you have always loved the desert wildflowers or saguaros...perhaps you will learn what a saguaros is when you get there! 

They also have fascinating exhibitions, festival and seasonal events across the year - like the Great Pumpkin Festival, or live music that you can enjoy in the landscaped gardens!  

Kids, if you really want to enjoy nature you can join one of their kids camps and programs!  You will have so many unique opportunities to experience the incredible desert but importantly, within a safe environment!

They make sure they integrate science, art, literature, and music into all of their programs, with the very enthusiastic staff doing their best to make it a super fun learning experience.  Some of the youth programs include the science-based enrichment program for preschoolers, a great enrichment program for home schoolers, and a summer camp for kids of all ages to really enjoy a fun hands-on experience. 

If you want to really spend time as a family, make sure you look into their family programs, like the very cool nocturnal insect hunt! They also have baby and teen specific programs too - so get out and enjoy desert life!  (Not to be mixed up with dessert, but if you're good you might get that afterwards!) 

How much does it cost?

Adults: $22 (over 19)

Children: $10 (Ages 3 - 12), $12 (Ages 13 - 18)

Discount: Seniors $20 (over 60)

Free Under: 3

Family Deals: Garden admission is free the second Tuesday of every month, from 1-8 p.m.


When can we go?

October - April: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. | May - September: 7 a.m. - 8.p.m


Any top tips?

Make sure you bring comfortable shoes because a lot of the paths are unpaved and you're going to the desert so bring hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and drink plenty of water! Don't be a cactus!

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