Opened in 1939 to conserve and showcase the ecology of the desert, these 150 acres contain more than 4,000 different species of cacti, succulents, trees, and flowers. A stroll along the 0.5-mile-long "Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert" trail is a fascinating lesson in environmental adaptations; children enjoy playing the self-guiding game "Desert Detective." Specialized tours are available at an extra cost; check online for times and prices. The Desert Botanical
Garden stays open late, to 8 pm year-round, and it's particularly lovely when lighted by the setting sun or by moonlight. You can plan for a cool, late visit after a full day of activities.
Jan 30, 2003
Beautiful well layed out garden path winding through a wide variety of clearly labeled cactus. Wonderful little gift shop. Plenty of places to take photos. If you go to Phoenix and love cactus you must stop and visit. The price is right and it is well worth it.