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Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Address: 2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
Phone Number: +1 520-326-9686
07:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 06:30 - 16:30

Named by Reader’s Digest as the Best Secret Garden in America, Tucson...

Named by Reader’s Digest as the Best Secret Garden in America, 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. Experience an outdoor Garden Railway, botanically-inspired gift shops, year-round tours, art exhibits and lunch at Café Botánica. Closed Thanksgiving, the second Sunday in October,Dec. 24 & 25, Jan. 1, July 4.

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Luminaria Nights

We decided to take in the Luminaria Lights to enhance our holiday spirit. It did not disappoint! At first blush, it appeared to be awfully crowded with a parking lot closed and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Bainbridge Island, WA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was a very pleasant garden. The butterfly exhibit was enchanting. We didn't realize there were so many types of cacti. One of the main reasons we went was to see some of Frida Kahlo's art. THERE WASN'T ANY. This was very disappointing and we felt bordering on false advertising. So if you are going to see Frida's art, this... More 

Thank HalRandy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We decided to take in the Luminaria Lights to enhance our holiday spirit. It did not disappoint! At first blush, it appeared to be awfully crowded with a parking lot closed and the secondary lot a short walk away; however, once on site, the attendees were sparse. While the orchestra warmed up, we started our own little tour through the... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tucson Botanical Gardens are a must see when you are there. It can get a little hot in the summer so take water. Wear a hat/cap. Enjoy your strolls thru the gardens. Just amazing. Tucson is a beautiful place to be.

Thank SusieRussell
Irving, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a hidden gem! We loved the butterfly garden. Numerous butterflies in their natural habitat. They will land on you and provide plenty of opportunities for photos. So many different kinds of cacti and other dessert native plants to see. We stopped for a light snack and beverage at the peaceful garden outdoor restaurant. November was perfect weather for this... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this garden shows off the wide variety of cactus the world offers. more than just what is indigenous to the tucson area. there is a cafe in the interior. allow about an hour to enjoy the easy walkways throughout this garden. it is a 10 minute drive from downtown tucson.

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Frisco, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived for the 4:30 and later entrance fee. Wandered around the gardens for two and a half hours enjoying the serenity and sunset. Loved seeing and learning about the plants of Arizona. The botanical gardens are well worth your time and money.

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Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Asked several "locals" where this garden was. People who were born and bred in Tucson didn't know where the garden was. If you are interested in plants , birds and butterflies-- GO! We loved it. I am really into all this place had to offer , my husband less so. He really enjoyed it. Small but really good value for... More 

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Moab, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thought the cactus garden was wonderful! I never knew there were that many different types. I loved the butterfly area, but it was very stuffy inside and you can't stay in long. The whole garden itself is really small and only took 30 minutes. The price seemed pretty steep for what was there to do. Fun to visit once,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the garden hoping to see some amazing plants and landscaping, but sadly we were disappointed. The gardens are nice but very small. The displays were very average - Not that well kept The display of cactus was much smaller than I expected. The external butterfly display was my favorite, but sadly the internal butterfly display was already... More 

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Michelle C, General Manager at Tucson Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

I am so sorry you were disappointed. Our Indoor Tropical Butterfly has been named the best in the country, so we encourage everyone to check the website for opening and closing times, as they are different than general garden admission hours. I only wish that our docents could have given you a personal tour where you would have truly marveled... More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were very disappointed in the small size of the botanical gardens... The Frida Kahlo Exhibit was nicely done but very small. The video about Frida was very difficult to hear...unable to sit on the benches & watch the video due to the distance from the seating to the monitor. The docent, who guided our Thursday tour, was not well... More 

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