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Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Address: 2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
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07:30 - 16:30
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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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Not as big or nice as the desert museum, but the butterflies are worth a visit!

Unfortunately, there was a private event and we were unable to see all of the Frida Kahlo exhibit (why we stopped) but we enjoyed the sunny day, the butterflies, and the few cacti... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Salt Lake City, Utah

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Portland, Maine
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were completely underwhelmed by the Tucson Botanical Garden. The butterfly exhibit was closed which did not result in a discounted ticket. The Frida Kahlon exhibit was mediocre at best. What we were really hoping for was a diversity of plant exhibits and garden layouts. Another disappointment. We did see a couple of good birds but nothing unusual Save your... More 

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

I am so sorry that you did not enjoy your visit. It looks like you may have arrived very late in the day, close to closing. The Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion has separate hours, so we encourage visitors to check our website for hours. It takes a lot of care and feeding to manage over 500 tropical butterflies, a... More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unfortunately, there was a private event and we were unable to see all of the Frida Kahlo exhibit (why we stopped) but we enjoyed the sunny day, the butterflies, and the few cacti in bloom.

Thank Joelynwrites
Reston, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Butterflies are a delight although plants well labeled and nicely laid out. Kahlo exhibit a little hard to follow--few of her actual pictures...just garden and photographs. Loved Octavio Paz poetry. Struggled to get friends wheel chair on to various surfaces and through some doors ...but fairly accessible.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went to view the various SW shrubs and cactus, and came away enamoured by the amazing butterfly house with 200 butterflies flying around you at one time. The two staff members in the enclosure were very knowledgeable about the various varieties of butterflies, and we learned a lot by just asking. The gift shop has some fun things for... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We are native Tucsonians now, and this was our first visit. We would really only take visitors who had small kids or who had a very special interest in cactus types here. It is heavily tourist infested, expensive for what it offers, and really meant for the desert plant specialist or someone who is just installing a garden or wants... More 

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Michigan Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on March 5 in the morning. We were there shortly after it opened. I think 9am. My first time there. It is not a huge place. But the space they have it wonderfully layout. They pack a lot great dessert life into a relatively small space. High lights for me were seeing all the humming birds around. Also... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with family and enjoyed walking around just looking and taking pictures. Especially liked the live butterfly enclosure. And glad that the poisonous frogs were in a terrarium,

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was excited to spend a day with my hubby exploring the Tucson Botanical Garden after reading all the wonderful reviews. I found it to be very disappointing. First, there is very minimal parking. We had to park at Fry's and walk to the gardens. Not a big deal as we have no issues walking, but we saw several older... More 

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

Thank you so much for your comments. You are right - this was the former home of the Porter Family - a 5 1/2 property which includes 17 different display gardens, an indoor tropical butterfly and orchid pavilion, a cafe, two gift shops, an outdoor garden railway, chicken coop and cafe that serves food that is fresh, locally sourced and... More 

Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see while in Tucson, this is a very special and unique botanical garden, featuring a large variety of cacti. It's great to visit in the springtime when the cactus are in bloom. There is also a butterfly garden there as well!

Thank CA C
Massillon, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful display of plants as you leisurely wind through the paths. My highlight was our lunch at the Botanical Gardens Cafe. The menu was based on the featured exhibit of Freda Kahlo and was magnificent! We had the corn pudding which may sound unimpressive but from the first bite the flavor was unbelievably delicious, sweet creamy and unique. The... More 

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