The flashlight tours at the Desert Botanical Garden are a favorite destination during the summer months. Every year, and every week there are different actvities and exhibits that capture the delight and imagination of visitors - from young kids to adults. Docents and Volunteers at the garden have stories to tell about the creatures that can be found at the Garden, and wild, in Nature in our Sonoran Desert. This desert tortoise was one of the first to welcome us in the garden on the day of our visit.
During flashlight tours, we and the kids can also experience setting up a tent, crawling inside it, building a camp-fire, and roasting delicious s'mores. The spacious field, the stars, the sounds of the night desert - it's all within 15-20 minutes drive from a home in Tempe or neighboring areas of Scottsdale, Phoenix or Mesa.
As we stroll along the Garden's trails, we sometimes see the rare night blooming cactus - the Queen of the Night. It blooms only once a year, and at night only. I was able to see one in bloom a few years ago, and have saved the photo - it caught me unprepared camerawise, but still with some imagination, we can see the white flower among the sprawling branches.
It's fun to stop by the creativity stations - painting with mesquite on clay pendants, painting with glowings crayons and painting with light (the link will also show some more photos of light creations).
There are several discovery stations, as well as a telescope to see the night sky, sometimes Mars can be visible. My favorite love to tour the garden on the nights when there is full Moon, too.
If you follow my blog, this is probably not the first time you are reading about Desert Botanical Gardens, and the flashlight tours. Here is the link to the previous blog post about the flashlight tours in published in 2017. If you like what you are reading, please subscribe to it.
This post is a participation in the Summer Fun Contest - Show-Off Your Town!
Flashlight tours at the Desert Botanical Garden:
DATE: Saturday nights | June 1 - August 31 | 7 – 9:30 p.m.
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
PRICE: $14.95 adult | $9.95 child | Garden members and children 3 years and younger are admitted free