Desert Botanical Garden

desert botanicalJust in time for Mother’s Day, the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix Arizona makes for the perfect pit stop or sun-filled family outing. (Or maybe I’m just suffering from a severe case of sun-envy here in Oregon!) But what makes Desert Botanical so great (in all seasons, but especially spring)? The new blooms, of course! In springtime, this 50 acre garden is positively alive with color, making for a beautiful contrast with its desert surroundings. What’s more, this Friday marks National Public Garden’s Day, during which entrance to Desert Botanical will be free of charge. No matter when you go, there are exhibits to explore, photography to admire, plenty of outdoor areas to play in and paths to walk, making for a great respite from the car or from the day’s usual grind.

Note: If you do go on Mother’s Day, get there in time for the Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch! It’s spendy, but Mom’s worth it, right?

Distance from the interstate: Ten minutes.

Admission fee: Adults: $15 Children: $5

Hours: 7am to 8pm, daily

Food services: None. Pack a picnic!


Directions:The garden is located at 1201 N. Galvin, Phoenix, AZ. From I-10, take exit 147A to merge onto AZ-202 Loop E, then take exit 4 toward Van Buren St. Merge onto N. 52nd, then turn left onto E Van Buren St. Turn left onto N. Galvin Pkwy.


About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.




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