The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix offers beautiful scenic views during the day, but it also has a special mystique at night. During Flashlight Nights this summer, guests can walk the garden’s paths and enjoy activities and entertainment.
Flashlight Nights will be held on Saturdays through Sept. 3.
Dana Terrazas, director of marketing and communications for the garden, says the event is meant for people of all ages.
“What originally started as something we thought of as a family activity, we’ve seen evolve into a fun date night and all-ages experience,” Terrazas says. “We are excited to see that it continues to be popular, and we keep adding new and different elements to it.”
Each year, the series attracts returning guests, who sometimes come out multiple times during a season, and new visitors who are just discovering the garden.
“It might be their entry point to the garden. They realize it would be fun to come back and check out the garden during the daytime,” Terrazas says.
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What to expect at Desert Botanical Garden’s Flashlight Nights
Flashlight Nights offer visitors a chance to be outdoors during the summer at a time of the day when it’s a little cooler.
“You’ve been locked in the air conditioning for your whole day. It’s fun to get outside and enjoy something different,’ Terrazas says. “Sometimes with the monsoons, it cools down in the evening. You’re not too warm out there. I think people really like getting out and walking around.”
Visitors have a chance to explore the garden‘s flora and fauna. Sometimes they will encounter toads, quail, roadrunners or lizards. Activities include a free children’s book station and chances to paint a bracelet or necklace with