During the season (March-October) you can expect to see hundreds of waterlilies in bloom on any given day. Most waterlilies open their flowers by 10:00 in the morning, making late morning to early afternoon the best time to see lots of flowers. Many of the hardy waterlilies begin to close around 4:00 in the afternoon, where most tropical varieties will remain open until sunset. Night blooming tropical waterlily flowers and Victorias are best viewed very early in the morning until about 10:00am when the flowers close.
Sonoran Water Gardens has become an oasis and home to a variety of wildlife and a paradise for bird and reptile enthusiasts. The diversity of wildlife here never fails to amaze us. Many types of birds, including but not limited to red tailed hawks, burrowing owls, Gambel quail, roadrunners, finches, hummingbirds, herons and egrets frequent our gardens. We have identified more than a dozen lizard species at Sonoran Water Gardens; desert iguana, chuckwalla, collard lizard, zebra tailed lizard, whiptail lizard, horned lizard, Gila monster and banded gecko to name a few. Bobcats, jackrabbits, javelinas and coyotes also make frequent stops here.