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Desert Botanical Garden

  • 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy. Map It
  • Phoenix
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

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 ½-mile "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.

Sight Information


1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, Arizona, 85008, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $22
  • Daily 8–8

Published 11/18/2015


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