Family Activities & Tours at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

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Daily tours & Family activities

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Happiness Tour

Now – December 31, 2024
Daily | Self-guided tour 

Welcome to Desert Botanical Garden! This Happiness Tour guides you to six tranquil locations in the Garden where you can experience the natural beauty and peace of the Sonoran Desert.

CELEBRATING 85 YEARS OF THE GARDEN:
Herbarium Tours

July 10 – August 23, 2024
Select Dates | 9 a.m.

In celebration of the Garden’s 85th anniversary, step behind the scenes of the Garden’s herbarium filled with a rich collection of dried pressed plant specimens that span both place and time.

CELEBRATING 85 YEARS OF THE GARDEN:
Great Milkweed Grow out Tour

July 24 – August 16, 2024
Select Dates | 9 a.m.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of our plant and insect ecology program! Learn about and experience firsthand our research with butterflies and their hostplants, and visit our onsite propagation area to see how we grow plants for pollinator conservation around the state.

Garden Activities in Phoenix

Get to know the Garden Discovery Stations

RETURNING FALL 2024 

Stop by one of our many Discovery Stationsand participate in hands-on activities with volunteers to learn about the animals and plants of the Sonoran Desert. 

Cactus Keepers Activity Book

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

In honor of the Garden’s 85th anniversary, the Garden created a new interactive and family-friendly guide- Cactus Keepers. Guests can use the guide on the trails to learn about the Garden’s history, plants and wildlife. In it, Poppy, our resident desert tortoise, takes kids on an adventure around the Garden. Families can pick up a copy at the Cactus Clubhouse or Visitor Center.

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