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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
06:30 - 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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Centrally located, definitely worth a visit

The volunteers who seem to run place have done a remarkable job of enhancing the experience in recent years. It is compact, but carefully maintained. Very healthy plant life.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Washington state

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The volunteers who seem to run place have done a remarkable job of enhancing the experience in recent years. It is compact, but carefully maintained. Very healthy plant life.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The garden is smaller than most we visited but the butterfly exhibit is one of the best.Will visit again.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 butterflys landing on you. So many interesting kinds.

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 week 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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Lincoln, Ne, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 come back again next time in Tucson.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Chico, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 day.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 any kind grow on trees, I thought they all grow on bushes! This city girl... More 

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