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Segway Tour of Tempe Town Lake in Arizona
"Just a short drive east from downtown Phoenix your Segway tour begins at the Tempe Center for the Arts a top attraction of Tempe Town Lake. Tempe Town Lake is actually a reservoir and engineering marvel that helps protect the city of Tempe from flooding and provides endless water sports fun for both residents and visitors. Your guide will take you offering 5 miles (8 km) of paths circling Town Lake used for bicycling jogging or roller skating. You'll also be able to see amazing views of the Papago Buttes rock formations and the beautiful surrounding desert landscape.As part of your Segway experience you'll start with a 30-minute training session to get yourself familiar with the controls and operations of your Segway."""
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Segway Tour of Old Town Scottsdale
"Make your way to the Soleri Bridge to begin your leisurely and informative tour of Old Town Scottsdale. Get acquainted with your chariot for the day the Segway which is easy to learn to use and check out the bridge which features 64-foot-high steel pylons that give off a captivating light. The bridge was designed by Italian architect Paolo Soleri and is meant to demonstrate the importance of solar features. Cruise along the lively waterfront area known for its public art installations then dip deeper into the Arts District
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Scottsdale Fashion Square Shopping Package
"Scottsdale - where shopping is a top attraction for national and international visitors. Scottsdale Fashion Square offers the very best in every category. Top brands beckon at every turn – Barneys New York Neiman Marcus Nordstrom Macy’s and Dillard’s anchor retailers such as Louis Vuitton CH Carolina Herrera Crate & Barrel H&M
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Desert Botanical Garden Tips (26)

Take a stroll and be amazed

We visited the Botanical garden in December and what a treat that was. We took a tour that lasted about an hour and was very informative. Our tour guide then told us about another tour that we could go on that talked all about the edible plants and uses of the desert plants. At the end of the tour we were able to taste the items that were talked about during the tour. Being from the east coast and really not knowing much about the desert enviornment it was a really exciting end to the tour. Give yourself a few hours in this garden!
Very much worth the admission charge.

Jan 30, 2008

Desert Botanical Garden-Phoenix

When traveling to Phoenix, make it part of your plan to visit the Desert Botanical Garden. Inside you'll find a huge collection of plants from around the Southwest that are rare, threatened or endangered species.

If you visit in the Spring, you'll also find a gorgeous display of blooms, for the desert comes alive at that time of the year!

The botanical garden spreads over 50 acres, includes splashes of garden art and:

Desert Discovery Trail-desert plants from around the world

Native People and How they Live-see examples of their homes and gardens

Wildflower Trail-features colorful butterfly and hummingbird gardens

Sonoran Desert Trail-1/4 focusing on plants and animals that grow in this area

The Desert House

After an hour or so of walking we were grateful to see a patio cafe! It serves beverages and snacks, breakfast or lunch and you can relax beneath umbrella tables.

A great gift shop offered garden-themed gifts, books, home and garden decor, gourmet foods, wine and unique desert plants. I bought some floral scented soaps--can't wait to use them! It's open daily from 9am-5pm.

Hours are 7am-8pm from May-Sept.; 8 am-8pm from Oct.-April. The botanical garden is closed on July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25. Admission is $10 adults; $9 seniors;$5 students with ID; $4 children 3-12 and under 2 is free.

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May 01, 2007

Desert Botanical Garden

This garden serves as a comprehensive introduction to the desert landscape and all its glory. This 50 acre garden which is located near Papago Park, is home to thousands of species of desert plants and succulents. With map in hand, we explored the trails and learned not only about desert plants but also about the desert dwellers, specifically the native people of the Sonoran Desert and how they lived.

The Garden was teaming with school kids on an educational field trip. We went into the butterfly pavillion with one of the groups. I had fun watching them go gaga over the butterflies. In this age of video games and chat rooms, however, this kind of interaction between youngin and Mother Nature is a rare sight.

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Jan 16, 2007

Fantastic Desert Gardens!

I absolutely loved the botanical gardens. I really enjoyed the wide variety of cacti, aloe plants, and every other imaginable desert plant that grow in this region. The park is quite large with many trails. The plants are signed so you can identify them. I would highly recommend a trip to the botanical gardens if you are visiting the Phoenix area. Way cool.

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May 22, 2006
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desert botanical garden -- do not miss this!

this is a wonderful place to see an astonishing array of desert plants, how beautiful they are, and how ingeniously they are built so as to catch every little drop of water. this is absolutely fascinating; i was afraid i might be bored, but i never even came close to that. the garden is completely outside, open every day from 8 am to 8 pm. admission is $10 for adults, and $4 for kids over 3.

there are drinking fountains, shaded benches, and restrooms along the trails; the restroom enclosures have vending machines with bottled water for $1 or less. you can rent an umbrella for shade at the entrance for $2. allow at least 2 hrs for this adventure.

the desert discovery trail is the main one, it is circular and about a third- or a half-mile long. four loops branch off it; each loop is about a quarter- or a third-mile long and features a different aspect of desert life. all of the trails are manageable for handicap access except the sonoran desert nature trail, which is on an incline. a motorized wheelchair might be able to manage this, though.

there is an arcadia farms restaurant (called the "patio cafe" here) open from 9 am to 4 pm every day. see my phoenix "restaurant" tips for info on this restaurant.

at the end of the trails, a gift shop (open from 9 am to 5 pm) is near the desert wildflower trail. you can go into the gift shop without going thru the main entrance; it also looked to me as if you could reach the wildflower trail by going thru the gift shop instead of thru the main entrance, but i'm not sure about this.

the gift shop sells desert plants as well as souvenirs. i don't know about the reasonableness of the prices for the plants, but the other items in the gift shop were VERY expensive, at least twice what i saw for the same items elsewhere. the only exceptions were postcards for 25 cents, children's books and fuzzy finger puppets for under $10, and
t-shirts for about $20.

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Oct 30, 2005

Desert Botanical Garden

The desert botanical garden is a 145 acre garden in Papago Park features thousands of plant species from Arizona and around the world. It is worth a stop for those with a free day in the Phoenix area, especially if you haven't been to Tucson and visited the Sonora Desert Museum. The Phoenix botanical garden is one of the largest collections of desert plants and is amazing in its diversity and beauty.

Much like the Tucson Sonora Desert Museum, the botanicl garden has a series of trails which wind around particular areas set aside to showcase particular aspects of desert plant life, i.e., wildflowers, cacti, etc. Walking along the trails in this mostly outdoor attraction, you'll see some great views of the desert and the Superstition Mountains.

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May 03, 2005

Great Garden in Phoenix!

I think it's the best thing to do in Phoenix (except may be NBA Games ;) )
You can take a look of different pictures I did in the Travel Log.
The ticket is 10 Dollars (but yoiu cna find a one dollars reduction in any hotel). If you have to chance to go there during the butterfly exposition : GO SEE IT , it's really nice and only 2 Dollars extra.

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May 01, 2005

Desert Botanical Garden

Although you might think the desert is just cactus, sand, and sagebrush, you might be surprised to know that after it rains the desert comes to life with colorful flowers and lots of beautiful plants.

At the Desert Botanical Garden they collect together over 20,000 desert plants including thousands of species of cactus. The garden really shines in the spring when all the plants are in bloom. There are walking trails and exhibits to educate you on the various plants.

The highlight is the butterfly pavilion, which is open from March to May. What kid wouldn't love to be surrounded by butterflies?

Make a day of it. Be sure to visit the nearby Zoo, Papago Park, and have lunch on Mill Ave in Tempe during your visit.

Sep 03, 2004
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Phoenix Botanical Gardens

Here was saw many of the local flowers and really just were able to enjoy the outdoors and open atmosphere of the gardens.

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Aug 26, 2002

Desert Botanical...

Desert Botanical Garden is your museum if you're a western and plants lover. Also the Heard Museum about cultural History.
Heritage Square and Phoenix Art Museum in Downtown.
And the special Hall of Fame Museum of Firefighting, great!
Don't forget also to visit Phoenix Zoo really beatiful.
Discover some of this museums can be useful to understand better Indian culture. Always interesting!

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Aug 25, 2002

Desert Botanical Garden

Get a closer look at the desert plants.

I especially liked the narrated tour because the guides made it so interesting.

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Dec 04, 2006

Desert Botantical Garden

Interesting display of plants native to Arizona as well as other parts of the world. Paved walkways throughout the gardens will accomodate strollers and wheelchairs

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May 27, 2004

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Getting to Desert Botanical Garden


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