Ready to Play in the Dark? Come out for a Night Tour at Desert Botanical Garden

Twice a week, every Thursday and Saturday night, join the staff at Desert Botanical Garden, for Flashlight Tours starting at 7 p.m. during the months of May through August. Flashlight Tours are a sensory adventure…you’ll see, hear and feel the desert evening with its nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Did you know certain flowers bloom at night? They like the nightlife. Certain plants and animals flourish when the weather is cooler. Animals become more active, so visitors can get lucky and spot them. Flashlight tours are perfect for families and are ideal for a summer date, as well.

Desert Botanical Garden guides feature interactive stations with animals such as the desert tortoise, scorpion and gecko. A just-hatched king snake (endearingly named Prince) was found in the garden and will be on display. A laboratory-controlled environment allows visitors to see the critters close up.

This world-renowned garden has 20,000 specimens. Many of the plants were selected to help save endangered plants.

Things to Bring to the Desert Botanical Garden

1. Flashlight, if you have one…otherwise, Desert Botanical Garden will provide.

2. Water bottle

3. Comfy walking shoes

4. A light jacket

If You Go:

When: 7-9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays during May, June, July and August.

Where: Desert Botanical Garden  1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix.

Admission Fee: $15 for adults, $13.50 for seniors (60+), $7.50 for students (13-18 and college with ID), $5 for kids (3-12), kids 2 and younger and members get in free.

Contact: 480-941-1225

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