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Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
+1 520-326-9686
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Garden Magic

Visited the Gardens, on Mother's Day with family. Spent the most peaceful time, strolling the... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2016
Tucson, Arizona

The web site and brochures made this place sound much larger than it actually is. My main reason... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2016
Patty D
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
+1 520-326-9686

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Reviewed 15 May 2016

Visited the Gardens, on Mother's Day with family. Spent the most peaceful time, strolling the paths, surrounded by exotic plants and trees. The highlight of our adventure, was the butterfly exhibit. (Got a picture with one, when it landed on my shoulder.) A hidden gem,...More

Thank lindalp5
Reviewed 15 May 2016

The web site and brochures made this place sound much larger than it actually is. My main reason for going was to see the butterfly exhibit. That was nice, but it's so hot and humid in there we didn't stay long. We got there at...More

Thank Patty D
Reviewed 10 May 2016

Beautiful, very educational and a pleasant place to go for a nice walk and view all the native plants and flowers. Visit the butterfly pavilion. Have been twice now.

Thank Hall1957
Reviewed 9 May 2016

I was surprised, not only by the size, but by the cost of this Garden. I had senior and discount tickets, but without them the fee would have been $13. I live in St. Louis and we have a wonderful Botanical Garden that costs $8....More

Thank 993wesg
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Whether you want to learn about southern Arizona gardening; commune with butterflies from all over the world as they actually land on you; read or journal in a serene, special setting; take a lovely walk on a cool summer morning; take an afternoon class on...More

Thank Chris G
Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

We were first taken to these gardens by my UCLA roommate of some years ago. A Tucsonite, Tom told stories about the gardens which led to an actual morning spent wandering. Beautiful, weird, translucent even threatening it was such a vision and spot education. The...More

Thank Louie M
Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

I spent a lovely morning in the Tucson botanical gardens today on my last day in Tucson. Planting are lovely and every area had plants in bloom, benches to sit and relax. The butterfly house was fascinating and also full of both butterflies and plants...More

1  Thank Byrdiegyrl
Reviewed 28 April 2016

This is a great place for seeing the gardens, they have a butterfly exhibit from Oct-May, and it is wonderful. Seeing the flowers, trees, birds and butterflies was very good. A good way to spend time with everyone in a couple of hours. Great place...More

Thank AZwonder
Reviewed 25 April 2016

I went with my garden club to explore the Iris Garden which was in full bloom. Gorgeous display! We will return for the Butterfly Garden and probably stay for their lovely lunch. They have a train display which was new to us and a large...More

Thank grand old girl b
Reviewed 24 April 2016

Very nice place to wander through. The butterfly exhibit was probably the most fun feature for us, my wife loved it! It took us about 3 hours to wander the entire place, and we stopped and ate at the café on the grounds and had...More

1  Thank Larry P
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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
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
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.