Desert Botanical Garden

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Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden
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Key Info

1201 North Galvin Parkway

Price & Hours

$24.95 for adults; $12.95 for kids 3-17; free for kids 3 and younger
7 or 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Details

Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The desert may seem like the last place you'd expect to find flora. Yet the Desert Botanical Garden is home to thousands of species of cacti, trees and flowers from all around the world. The garden's brightly colored plants sharply contrast the Sonoran Desert's cinnamon-red buttes, and numerous hiking trails like the Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert and the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop trails allow you to experience the region's natural wonders the way early settlers once did. The Desert Botanical Garden also hosts numerous events, including culinary demonstrations and outdoor concert series.

Recent visitors said the garden is fascinating and highly recommended seeking out the special exhibits when available. Several reviewers suggested visiting after the sun sets to see the garden illuminated, while others appreciated the groomed paths and well-marked signs. However, some travelers bemoaned the entrance rates and were disappointed the zoo and the garden do not offer a combined admission since they sit less than 2 miles from one another.

The garden, which sits about 4 miles south of downtown Scottsdale, welcomes visitors daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. October through April and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. May through September. Admission costs $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids 3 to 17. Children younger than 3 enjoy free admission. On-site facilities include a garden shop and a restaurant. For more information about special events, tours and activities check out the Desert Botanical Garden website.

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