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Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
480-941-1225
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Ranked #2 of 94 Attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
Owner description: Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Owner description: Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities

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Winnipeg, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We spent a wonderful sunny day at the Gardens. Beside the landscape of cacti and other plants, there are wonderful opportunities to bird and watch for other wildlife. Watch for the hummingbirds around the red flowering bushes and the small yellow flowering bushes (a tip from a docent). My husband was able to capture some feeding. We did have a... More 

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Lewisville, North Carolina
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We arrived at dusk in order to see the Luminari displays. We walked in and... no displays. After a short walk in the dark (there were some nice Xmas lights) we returned to the gate and asked why no lights. Only on certain nights. BE SURE TO CHECK THE DATES FOR DISPLAYS. We asked for a refund and were denied.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The plants in the Garden were beautiful and the guided tour was worth doing. The Day of the Dead art exhibit was extra-ordinary! This was one of the highlights to our trip to Phoenix.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Lovely visit especially when they have special exhibits. We always try to check the events calendar first. Dis de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) was amazing, the Chocolate and Chillies festival and of course the butterfly exhibit. What a wonderful way to spend your day in the Phoenix area.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Cool place if you're at all interested in cactus! And, after a couple days hanging out in the Sonora Desert north of Tucson, my wife and I had developed somewhat of a fascination. Maybe a half-hour drive from the Phoenix airport, the Botanical Garden sounded like a good place to explore for a while before heading back to winter. We... More 

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Seattle
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79 reviews 79 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I visited on a day in December when the weather was cool and comfortable. The variety of desert plants is amazing: so many different kinds of cactus and other desert plants in all kinds of shapes and forms. A variety of paths offer different themes of plants and desert life from wildflowers to butterflies to Native Americans and the early... More 

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Oregon City, Oregon
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We had a few hours to kill before out flight home and chose to visit the Desert Botanical Garden, which was close to the airport. So glad we did! The reviews were very high, and these reviewers are not wrong. The garden was decorated for the holidays, and we were sorry that we were not there during night hours to... More 

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phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

A 500 acre wonderland of desert flora and fauna. Guided tours and special exhibits, like Chihuly, during the year. A patio cafe and an indoor restaurant. Lumineria display at Christmas time. A peaceful stroll through the life of the desert. Giant cacti, galore!

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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373 reviews 373 reviews
90 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

beautiful .... reasonably priced; especially nice for the December nightly luminaries.... we go ever year (we're from the Midwest originally and this is a treat)

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Goodyear, Arizona
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32 reviews 32 reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We recently moved to the valley and took advantage of the Desert Botanical Garden's free 2nd tuesday of the month. What a great deal! My kids are younger and I wasn't sure if it would keep their interest all day, which is why I didn't want to pay full price. Well, I was wrong. They had a wonderful time and... More 

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