This summer, visitors to Phoenix can enjoy exploring the Desert Botanical Garden at night with the return of the garden's popular flashlight tours. These self-paced night tours are designed to let you see, hear and feel the desert at night. Ten discovery stations along the garden's main trail are set up to evoke the diversity of desert night life. Kids and families will enjoy learning about the secret nocturnal habits of saguaros, night bloomers, tarantulas, scorpions, lizards, snakes, night birds, bats and other desert plants and creatures.
Explore the desert at night with a flashlight tour at the Desert Botanical Garden — Photo courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden
One of the most popular features of the garden's flashlight tours is the opportunity to get up-close and personal with rare night blooming plants, such as the evocative night-blooming cereus. This remarkable flower is short-lived, with some species blooming only once a year.
Visitors will also catch a glimpse of the garden's active critter population. Most desert creatures are smart enough to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, staying cool in underground burrows and then emerging at night. Nocturnal creatures you are likely to see at the garden include bats, owls, and kangaroo rats.
Flashlight tours at the Desert Botanical Garden are offered Thursdays and Saturdays, May through August. The flashlight tours are strictly a BYOF - or bring your own flashlight - affair.