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“Spring is best”

Desert Botanical Garden
Ranked #2 of 234 things to do in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Since moving to Phoenix 6 years ago we always make sure to visit the Botanical Gardens twice a year - at least. Be prepared to do a lot of walking - the more walking, the more exploring! The butterfly and hummingbird gardens are always fun. Take your time to see what will come along. We love the different art displays that come along here and there. We had the awesome opportunity to see the Chihuly glass exhibit a few years ago and that's the best of the best! Best times to go in the year are the early Spring and late fall/winter. It's just too hot here otherwise.

Thank Harvickfans
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

When I visited the DBG the Chihuly glass installations were carefully placed throughout the gardens. Playing "find the Chihuly" added interest to something that might otherwise have gotten a little redundant. The timed ticket entry and going in the morning kept it from feeling too crowded, after lunch the gardens seemed to be so full it would be hard to take pictures. The cafe was a delicious and very scenic place for lunch. There isn't much shade so this place is best visited earlier or later in the day, or in the winter. Free parking. Located in Papago Park near the Zoo.

1  Thank DeniseMW
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

I am spoiled in that I have the Chicago Botanic Garden in "my backyard" but this was a great experience seeing desert fauna and beautiful art all together. Back home there is still snow on the ground but here it was sunny and 90. What more could you want.

1  Thank Michelle S
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We've been here twice in the daytime and once at night. It has been fun and different and educational every time. It didn't hurt that the flamboyant Chihuly glassworks extravaganza was occurring at the time. There are sights and experiences for just about every taste. Food and snacks are available in several locations; standard museum fare - tasty and a bit overpriced but still worth trying. I can see how people become hooked on the place and return again and again.

Thank FredReno_NV
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

I was blown away by this botanical garden. The showing of local plants was really amazing. I was in awe of some of the cacti! We were there when the Chihuly installation was there. The glass sculptures really accented the plants. We also got to partake in a "butterfly opening" at the butterfly pavilion; whenever they receive a new shipment of butterflies they have guest assist in opening their packages! It was so much fun to open the little packages and have the butterflies fly out.

A great experience!

Thank Kate P
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