Searching for the ideal summer vacation in Phoenix but not sure where to start? Seeing that it is located on the upper edge of the Sonoran Desert, there are heaps of outdoor adventures to be had in Phoenix this summer.
But, above all, the one place you surely won’t want to miss seeing is Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden. If you’re wondering, there are other things in the desert other than sand and tumbleweeds.
You don’t have to have a green thumb to want to visit this garden, as it is equipped with family activities, concerts, seasonal exhibits, and cafes. The desert itself offers its visitors a delightful and extensive collection of the world’s best arid plants and wildflowers. Whether you’re a rookie iPhone picture taker or a pro wildlife photographer, I can promise you there will be many picturesque moments in the Sonoran Desert.
Whether you’re a rookie iPhone picture taker or a pro wildlife photographer, I can promise you there will be many picturesque moments in the Sonoran Desert.
The Desert Botanical Garden has over 50,000 desert plants on display throughout five different outdoor trails that portray what life is like in the desert for humans, animals, and plants alike.
Experience the garden in a whole new light, or in a lack of it. Flashlight Tours are nighttime excursions that allow you to feel, see and hear how the desert performs a night. Bring your own flashlight and guide yourself through the trails and capture what different activities and learning experiences the desert have to offer.
For those art enthusiasts, the garden also offers several art exhibitions, including the Larry Kornegay and Jun Kaneko Sculpture Exhibit. The colorful and daring artwork illustrates the desert’s beauty, allowing guests to view the art as they travel throughout the garden.
One of the most memorable aspects of visiting the garden is by far dining at Gertrude’s. The restaurant, with an ever-changing menu, offers fresh ingredients straight from the farm and pasture to your plate. The menu showcases local cuisine and ingredients from farmers and artisans in the area. Stop by for a quick brunch or a nice sit-down dinner at sunset.
General Admission into the garden costs $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for youths. The garden is open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Don’t feel like paying? The garden admission is free the second Tuesday of every month–nice!