Carefree Desert Gardens

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Carefree Desert Gardens
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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 365 days a year. Situated on four acres, visitors can stroll and enjoy rare and fascinating desert plant specimens on a self-guided walking tour, allowing for a visual and emotional connection with nature. Things to Do - Explore one of the largest working Sundials in the U.S.! - Visit the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, home of a variety of Town events and concerts - Attend a Garden Seminar, held the 2nd Saturday of the month, Jan.–April - Kiwanis Splash Park – OPEN April-Oct., 9 a.m.–7 p.m. - Children's Playground, featuring a Gila Monster slide!
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Victoria P
317 contributions
Mar 2020
Enjoy a short stroll through the Carefree Gardens. The cacti and succulents are well taken care of. Parents with children can sit and watch their children play on the giant Gila Monster slide. During the cooler months, Art shows and Farmers Market happen here. There is also a “Little Free Library” box where adults, children and teens may take free books or recycle their own. Many restaurants, galleries and boutiques in the area.
Written March 19, 2020
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Moira F
Williams Bay, WI98 contributions
Apr 2021 • Solo
We take our dog here often a d walk through. Many local but also unique cacti. Usually there is something going on there. Farmers Market in Friday’s. Hope they made the correct decision with the new inn they are building nearby. Hate to see the charm lost.
Written April 23, 2021
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dnrdavies
Midland,Mi.616 contributions
Mar 2020
We spent a morning walking around this area. Nice plants and sundial. Many shopss and restaurants in the area.
Written October 18, 2020
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ApacheTrout
Carefree, AZ50 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
I wouldn't make a special trip here ( the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is much more extensive and definitely worth a special trip ), but if you are in the area for shopping or dining, this place is worth 15-30 minutes of your time. Some beautiful and unique cactus and succulent specimens, all with appropriate labeling if you are not familiar with arid land plants. Carefree can be proud of this mini-oasis.
Written May 22, 2017
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AnnEdinburgh_11
West Yorkshire, UK131 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
The small town of Carefree has appropriately named streets - Easy Street, Ho Hum Drive and Nonchalent Avenue to name a few. It is a very pleasant place with nice independent shops, but the jewel is the desert garden in the centre of the shopping area. It is beautifully maintained and planted with cacti of all sizes and types, many labelled with their names. Footways meander through the garden and it is clearly a focus for community activities, with an amphitheatre and childrens' play area. There are several very attractive modern sculptures, including water features, as well as one of the world's largest sundials.
Written September 26, 2016
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CactusPatch
Scottsdale, AZ111 contributions
Feb 2021
This is a must stop when in the area. The botanical garden is top notch. The garden includes a play ground, splash pad, the sundial, a couple gas first places, a performance space and restrooms. The walk around the shops can be nice for those that are looking for SW items.
Written February 8, 2021
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ArizonaDF
Scottsdale, AZ16 contributions
Sep 2020
What started out as a charming little desert garden has become rather ridiculous. The arches? All the new memorials? Carefree used to have a couple first class events - Villafane's Free Halloween Festival and The Christmas Festival - both gone and with the relationship irreversibly severed from the Villafane's there is no hope of resurrecting something that truly made Carefree special. Carefree has lost its way in the last few years - such a shame.
Written September 19, 2020
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Rebby2k
New Castle, PA2,342 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
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 picnic tables, public restrooms, fountains, a splash park, a large sundial, children’s playground a couple gas fireplaces with lawn furniture, and a pavilion with stage used for live entertainment.

Parking is available for free all around the gardens. Kid friendly, dog friendly, and a perfect place to just stroll around.
Written January 6, 2019
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Polly H
Gloversville, NY594 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
We were traveling from the east so we really wanted to see a desert botanical garden. The one in Carefree is beautiful, with lovely paved paths, carefully arranged and labeled cacti and other desert plants and trees. There’s a stage where frequently live performances are given, and nice, clean public restrooms. There are comfortable places to sit along the route. By itself, this garden is worth the drive to Carefree.
Written March 17, 2018
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Ann R
Carefree, AZ27 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
This is like a secret garden in the middle of a small town. Musical groups perform here for free. The Halloween and Xmas decorations and programs are wonderful
Written January 22, 2018
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Carefree Desert Gardens is open:
  • Sun - Sat 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM