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Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Address: 2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
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+1 520-326-9686
07:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 06:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Named one of the Top 10 Gardens in to visit in North America in 2017 by the...

Named one of the Top 10 Gardens in to visit in North America in 2017 by the Canada Garden Tourism Council and One of the Best Secret Garden in America by Reader's Digest, Tucson Botanical Gardens is an “Oasis in the Heart of Tucson. Featuring seventeen residentially-scaled specialty gardens, including a Barrio Garden, Zen Garden and a Cactus & Succulent Garden landscaped with unusual rocks from the Harrison Yocum collection. Tropical Butterflies from around the world are featured in the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion October-April. Special annual seasonal exhibits. Experience an outdoor Garden Railway, botanically-inspired gift shops, year-round tours, art exhibits and lunch at Cafe Botanica. Closed Thanksgiving, the Dec. 24 & 25, Jan. 1, the first Saturday in February and July 4.

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Hidden Gem

After exploring so many large places in Tucson this was a nice hidden gem. Lots of shade. A bit pricy at $13.00/person in April.

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Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
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After exploring so many large places in Tucson this was a nice hidden gem. Lots of shade. A bit pricy at $13.00/person in April.

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La Center, Washington
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went early in the day to avoid the heat. Take a hat, sunglasses and water bottle to make your visit more enjoyable. The walking trails through the gardens are flat and easy to maneuver through. There were a few people in wheelchairs so it is wheelchair accessible. You purchase your ticket inside the gift shop where they also provide... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I enjoyed seeing such a variety of plants in a very easily walked area. The irises were in bloom while we were there - a plant I did not expect to find in Tucson! Except for the walk through the desert plants area, most of the paths are shaded, with plenty of spots to sit and admire... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not difficult to follow the trails and the Butterfly Garden A MUST. The restaurant, I remembered reading something about the lady that runs the concession. WAS incredible! My son and I had an empanada with lamb, ceveche and a cake to die for. I still drool when I think about the culinary tastes....

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a surprise! So many gardens in one - on just 5 ½ acres! Entrancing pathways spiral through bewitching cactus groves, herb & zen gardens, and even an outdoor cafe. Tile fountains splash softly as you wander past the many secret shaded spots - some with chairs just for two - so you can sit in semi-seclusion & savor the... More 

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Kent, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We almost missed this place as it wasn't where we would have expected it to be right across the street from a residential area. We were able to get the last non handicapped parking space. The isn't much parking so you should arrive early in the day to be guaranteed a spot, not sure what you would do if there... More 

Thank Decemberborn
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came for the Frida Kahlo Exhibit and the Butterfly House. Both were Great---not to mention the 5 acres of beautiful plants and walk ways. Much history to read about and enjoy, as these grounds started out as a private residence years ago. We ate at the Botanical Cafe too---what fun---artisanal food served in a beautiful, outdoor setting....I would definitely... More 

Thank Teako N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens are lovely. The butterfly exhibit runs from late fall - spring with butterflies from all over the world in a windowed room filled with many different plants. The butterfly exhibit is in a relatively small room, so a party of 20 wouldn't work well unless you split into smaller groups; 5 to 10 would be OK. You walk... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I came to the Botanical Gardens on a Sunday, before the weather gets too hot to do anything outdoors in Tucson. My two year old nephew absolutely loves flowers right now and he was excited to see all the different plants at the Gardens. Butterfly Magic was just wonderful for him. He was scared at first to... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was one of our warmer spring days and everything was in bloom and beautiful! It offers various information and tours of its grounds. We were there for a special occasion & they did a great job. Go early in warmer weather.


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