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Desert Botanical Garden

Home to a unique collection of more than 50,000 plant displays, including the spectacular towering Sagauro cacti, the Desert Botanical Garden has been attracting visitors since 1939. Located in Papago Park near Papago Golf Course within close proximity of Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport, this interesting attraction offers a wide array of activities for the whole family. Enjoy everything from exhibitions, classes, and tours to horticultural programs and concerts. Top off your visit by checking out the souvenirs in the Garden Shop. Desert Botanic Garden covers 140 acres, so it's important that you wear comfortable walking shoes.


Hours & Prices


  • October - April: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • May - September: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


  • Adults: $22.00
  • Children under 3: Free
  • Seniors (60+): $20.00
  • Children (3-12): $10.00
  • Student (13-18 & college with ID): $12.00
Garden admission is free the second Tuesday of every month from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Events & Activities

  • Dogs' Day in the Garden
  • Music in the Garden
  • Romance in the Garden
  • Corks & Cactus
  • Tours
  • Exhibitions
  • Concert Series
  • Garden Shop


Are There Are Any Special Things To Do At Desert Botanic Garden?

Daily and weekly things to do abound and they're included in the price of admission. Talks in the Garden last about 30 minutes and cover such interesting topics as Sonoran Desert plants and ecosystems. For those interested in the area's fine feathered friends, Birds in the Garden is both educational and entertaining. You'll be able to keep your little ones busy with age-appropriate activities. At the admission entrance booths, you can pick up either the Desert Detectives Bingo activity sheet, which is for children three to eight, or the Cacti Quest Scavenger Hunt activity sheet.

Is There A Place To Buy Souvenirs?

You can find souvenirs and just about everything else in the Garden Shop, including books, clothes, jewelry, music, DVDs, toys, and games. Part of all proceeds goes to maintain Desert Botanical Garden as well as to support horticultural programs and environmental education.