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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
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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gorgeous plants, beautiful property, everything was blooming when I went in spring, butterflies galore. Fabulous for kids too

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Austin, TX

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Austin, TX
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

gorgeous plants, beautiful property, everything was blooming when I went in spring, butterflies galore. Fabulous for kids too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I thought we were going to see Frieda Kahlo's art-turns out it was a lot of history and photos of her. And it could not have been better. The garden is so meandering with little nooks and crannies and small gardens that you never feel like there are lots of people around you. The butterfly exhibit was awesome! The smell,... More 

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New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

TBG is a local favorite with a delightful display of native flora. The big attraction now, ithe Frida Kahlo exhibit, was a bit of a disappointment; there are a number of posters (?) describing the house in Mexico City but not a single painting of Frida's of her garden. The rest of the garden is well worth the price of... More 

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Portland, Maine
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Reston, VA
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank LouisaDavis
Seattle, Washington
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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606 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks 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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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks 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,

Thank kc4ness

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