Activities & Resources
Desert Botanical Garden050in Phoenix, AZ 85008
about Desert Botanical Garden:
Even die-hard couch potatoes enjoy exploring the Garden's 50 acres of lush Sonoran landscaping and attendant wildlife. Over 10,000 plants flourish here, including 139 rare and endangered plant species from around the world.
Guided tours are available to all guests, including daily bird watching walks. Customized tours are also available for school and adult groups.
During winter and spring months, kids can visit Target Kids' Corner for face painting, crafts, and more, and families can become Desert Detectives by picking up a free game sheet at the admissions counter.
Stroller and umbrella rentals are available, as are inexpensive trail guide booklets - a must for those wishing to explore independently.
The Desert Discovery Trail is paved, easy to navigate, and leads to all the other trailheads and facilities. Don't miss the Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail, a 1/3-mile adventure featuring an Apache wikiup, a Pima household, and interactive exhibits. During cooler seasons, kids can stop at trailside Discovery Stations to see, smell, touch, and taste desert plants.
Workshops, classes, and seminars are offered monthly. Photography, art, crafts, and all things horticultural are just a few of the topics covered in the age-specific classes. Check our event calendar or the Garden's website for current offerings.
Kids can also find an assortment of desert-themed books, games, and toys at The Garden Shop, located in the Exit Courtyard. The shop offers a full array of plants, souvenirs, gifts, and home items. If you forgot the sunscreen or camera, you can grab those here, too!
The Fabulous Food Patio Cafe is located on Ullman Terrace and provides Garden visitors a lovely spot to relax and enjoy iced tea or bistro-style fare (seasonal hours apply). Kids under 12 can choose a peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese sandwich, with chips, from the children's menu. Vending machines are also available.
Family-oriented memberships are available; check the website for details and prices.