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Desert Botanical Garden

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Address: 1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone Number: +1 480-941-1225
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Activities: Viewing foliage
Description: Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to...
Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.
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Magical place - could come here every day!

This is one of the most wonderful places I have ever been in. The garden has many huge and beautiful cacti with many paths to wander. For someone from the East Coast, this place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most wonderful places I have ever been in. The garden has many huge and beautiful cacti with many paths to wander. For someone from the East Coast, this place is simply mystical. Some of the cacti look like they come straight from a Dr. Seuss book - others are breathtakingly beautiful. My sister and I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

Just left. A bit expensive, but you get to see everything in 1 location. Very helpful volunteers. Could use a few more shady retreats.

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Fremont, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

There is a wide variety of desert plants all in one place here. The entrance fee is slightly high, but you get a very good look at diverse desert life. They also had a butterfly exhibit(for an extra fee) that was enjoyable. Overall, an interesting place to visit. The tour guide was very informative and helpful.

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Arizona
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Take your time, if you want to see, learn about the different, beautiful, plants this area has to offer. Sections are well indicated, There is also a little coffee/soda shop. We like to go at least once a year. We seem to observe different things at different times. Not recommended for the middle of summer. Too Hot. Therefore, avoid at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

We were amazed by all the life that lives in the desert. The area was set up well and we learned a lot.

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Cactus just beginning to bloom were spectacular. Many unique varieties to see. This garden is unlike anything I've ever seen.

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Pearl City, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Liked that there was a variety of plants, cactus, and herbs to view. Loved the herb garden. Entry was $20/person. Lots of free parking. Disliked that there was an additional fee if we wanted to view the butterflies. We would have appreciated more working water fountains along the trails - be sure to take water and a hat as it... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

THE ONLY reason this place gets four stars not five is the fact you cannot smoke here. This is a big park and it is not unreasonable to have ONE out of the way from other visitors area for people to smoke. It is not easy to enjoy a beautiful place like this if you are jonesing for a smoke.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

The variety of cacti is incredible; definitely worth a visit if you've never seen desert flora before. Very nicely maintained short trails. Can complete viewing the entire place in ~ 3 hours. I visited in the evening, but it is likely to be very very hot in the summer. Best time would be during spring/fall in the evening 5-8 ish.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

It's great if you want to pay to see plants and cactus but it was waste of time for my wife and I. You see desert plants all over Arizona. If you are visiting Phoenix and want something to do then make the short drive to Sedona, AZ and check out the Canyons and take a tour.

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