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Carefree Desert Gardens

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Carefree Desert Gardens is a perfect spot to go if driving, like we did, from a Scottsdale AZ. Lots... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Waterloo, Canada
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Lovely Public Garden

Stroll around and enjoy the lovely local plants , waterfall, and babbling stream. An added bonus... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Janet F
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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An amazing oasis in the desert, the Carefree Desert Gardens is one of only two public botanical gardens in the Greater Phoenix area, located along pedestrian-friendly Easy Street in downtown Carefree. The Gardens are FREE to access*, and are open...more
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101 Easy St, Carefree, AZ 85377-9600
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Carefree Desert Gardens is a perfect spot to go if driving, like we did, from a Scottsdale AZ. Lots of shops and restaurants.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stroll around and enjoy the lovely local plants , waterfall, and babbling stream. An added bonus, was a play area for the granddaughters and clean restrooms, There are also cute shops and restaurants all around,

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Janet F
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Located on Easy Street shopping plaza, the four-acre Carefree Desert Gardens botanical garden of Carefree, Arizona, is a bit less awe-inspiring than I had expected, but still a wonderful place for a visit, especially for families with children - the playground is fun and the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank TerahRose
Reviewed January 25, 2019

My wife, daughter, and I drove up to Carefree to visit the so called botanical gardens there. The gardens were disappointing. The information we were given was that there was a botanical garden here, but there wasn't. It was a garden and it was free,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cwillini
Reviewed January 12, 2019

We have been to the gardens for special events (Enchanted Pumpkins in October – must see!) but this time we just went to enjoy the gardens at the request of some visitors. It’s not far from our house so it has that going for it,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Diane W
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

In the small town center of Carefree, surrounded by shops, restaurants, and other storefronts is this desert garden. Essentially it is a public park, perfectly organized and manicured, filled with beautiful desert plants, and other amenities. Features in addition to the desert plants include covered...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

very cool place plus everything else surrounding it is a good visit too . it is a destination city for sure

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Nice that it is in the centre of town and free, but it is a little small and not well signed. Not sure what a lot of the plants are specifically, but it is well-maintained and may be more attractive as plants come into bloom.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Peter M
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Beautiful public desert garden in "downtown" Carefree complete with native plants, sculptures and fountains. A real oasis in the desert. Congrats Carefree for creating a very special place for all to enjoy.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jaybeeFL
Reviewed October 28, 2018

This was a very special desert garden; small in size, but with great variety and nice layout. At least one plant was mislabeled, which was a bit disturbing. But all in all a wonderful experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Anne T
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Linda M
March 4, 2018|
Response from Barb H | Reviewed this property |
You just walk around here it is totally free! You’ll love it. Restaurants here too. They are truly just gardens to walk around.