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Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
480-941-1225
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Ranked #2 of 128 Attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums
Activities: Viewing foliage
Description: Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

The botanical gardens are beautiful and very expansive. We saw desert plants from all over the world and really enjoyed strolling through the grounds. Be sure to get a docent led talk if you want to learn a bit Ieper about the plants and history of the gardens. Note: if you are taking public transit, the buses from the metro... More

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

This is an incredible place for anyone with an interest in botany. They have an incredible collection of plants from deserts around the world. Lots of interesting history stuff as well regarding plants and such that grow in the Arizona desert. We spent around 5 hours there, and it wasn't enough. i'd plan on an entire day if you want... More

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Georgia Coast, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

Myself and my 12yo son visited the gardens. We loved it! It was amazing to get right up close to such a huge variety of cactus! We also saw a bunch of native birds and small animals. We got there early (it opened at 8) and spent about 2 hours there. It was getting more crowded and hot by the... More

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Calgary, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

For visitors who do not live near a desert, this is a great place to learn about the flora and how it survives, and thrives. The variety of cacti, trees, and other plants is very impressive. The garden is well laid out, and easy to get around. There are many drinking fountains to keep visitors well hydrated, but I'd advise... More

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Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
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9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

The Desert Botanical Garden is a lovely place to spend a few hours. It has multiple loops with different gardens that have different exhibits and offers up information about the plants and includes some history as well. There is a butterfly exhibit, but there is an additional cost to walk through that. We went in March and it was pretty... More

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Cambridgeshire
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31 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

A fantastic, natural park. Very interesting and enjoyable. We took some beautiful photos and saw hummingbirds, hundreds of cacti and a coyote, who just crossed the path in front of us. Totally unconcerned with our presence.

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Marshall, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

Beautiful desert scenery. Lots to see but the walking can get to be very hot. I'd avoid a hot afternoon. I was however disappointed to pay extra for the butterfly exhibit. Next time I would avoid it.

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Nags Head, NC
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

We had a just a day in Phoenix due to a layover and really enjoyed our visit. We lucked in to a time when the butterfly exhibit had just received a shipment and we participated in releasing some of the monarch butterflies. Very interesting history, and a lot of up-close and interesting plants and cacti. Very hot and dusty...bring water... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

As visitors from the UK, we were very impressed with the attraction. Very helpful staff answered all of our questions. The butterfly exhibition was a delight. Good way to spend a day learning about the specialist context of Arizona.

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Johnson City, New York
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

Nice trails to walk and beautiful scenery! Particularly enjoyed the herb garden flowers and scents! Was disappointed to find the extra charge to enter the butterfly exhibit - felt that it should have been included with the $22 entrance fee. There was also some glass sculptures within the cactus that had been left from an earlier exhibit. The gardens containing... More

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