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Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
+1 520-326-9686
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Beautiful Gardens and LOVED the butterflies!

This is a must do in Tucson! Don't miss the butterfly house it was the highlight of our visit! The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great stop to make when visiting

Tucson Botanical Gardens are a great stop for visitors and locals alike. Check out their calendar... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 07:30 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
+1 520-326-9686

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must do in Tucson! Don't miss the butterfly house it was the highlight of our visit! The cafe serves delicious freshly made meals that are exceptional.

Thank loreel260
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tucson Botanical Gardens are a great stop for visitors and locals alike. Check out their calendar - have a lot of special events. Especially fun is their luminaria night in December. The butterfly exhibit in the spring is great fun too. Kids love it with...More

Thank U5122OTjanicem
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A great stop for education about the flora and fauna in the desert. In addition to abundant desert plants the Gardens also has interesting special events from time to time.

Thank tucsonsherwood
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Absolutely beautiful gardens: native plants displayed in a beautiful setting. Not too large of a property and easily navigated. Nice place to take Mom for an outing.

Thank Debra C
Reviewed 15 May 2017

This is a garden out of a story book. It is beautiful. Lots of trees and benches to sit on and take in the beauty. to read the story on how this was someones place and yard makes it even more special. I would definitely...More

Thank Janelle H
Reviewed 11 May 2017

There is a lot to see here, and they've managed to fit quite a lot into a relatively small plot. The Frida Kahlo exhibition was very interesting, too; as was the Butterfly House. Lovely café and up-market gift shop.

Thank PeteWM
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Lovely park with lots to love - many types of cactus (saw the baseball cactus for the first time), aviary, sculptures and mosaics, model railroad which runs whenever you push the button (little ones love it). Good for an hour visit or most of the...More

Thank Sherry G G
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

I was so very pleasantly surprised by my visit here. It is amazing how much is packed into the area space! There are garden areas of all types, from zen to succulent, even a tree that grows sweet peas. I never knew pea pods of...More

Thank Elizabeth W
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Unlike the sprawling Desert Botanical Gardens of PHX, this is more compact and has a feeling of a private garden - Tucson style. Lots of shaded areas as well. We went for the Butterfly and Frida exhibits which were both well done. A definite 2...More

Thank craigr22
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

You don't expect to be in a place like the Tucson Botanical Gardens in the heart of the city and yet, that is exactly what it is. A beautiful, educational and recreational garden where you can browse around, spend a lot of time and learn...More

Thank junaidadil
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Is the butterfly exhibit included in the garden entrance fee
5 May 2017|
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Response from Michelle C | Property representative |
Yes, your admission fee admits you into the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion. NOTE: Please check the website for Pavilion hours as the Butterfly exhibit has its own separate hours.
Pat M
You advertise Frida Kahlo artwork at the Botanical Gardens. Is there any? There is a review this month that there is none. I'm visiting early January. PM Canada
7 December 2016|
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Response from Michelle C | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. I'm so sorry, but we do not have any original paintings of Frida Kahlo. In Frida's short life she wasn't able to produce a large body of work, and most of her originals are in private collections... More
Kindly advise if the gardens are wheelchair accessible.
31 October 2016|
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Response from Tucson B | Property representative |
Hi Gail, Yes, it is. We have paved and gravel paths in the garden. Hope to see you here soon.