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Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
+1 520-326-9686
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Beautiful and Relaxing

I was in town visiting friends and family and we decided to spend a few hours at the Gardens. The... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2016
Angela G
Carneys Point, New Jersey
via mobile

A lovely place to stroll and look at beautiful plantings and gardens. I really enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2016
Anne M W W
San Jose, California
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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: 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 23 May 2016 via mobile

I was in town visiting friends and family and we decided to spend a few hours at the Gardens. The Butterfly exhibit was especially interesting and beautiful. This is a great place to enjoy the surroundings at a relaxing pace.

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Reviewed 20 May 2016

A lovely place to stroll and look at beautiful plantings and gardens. I really enjoyed the butterfly pavilion--a must visit and magical space. It is smaller than many botanical gardens, and I was able to enjoy it in about 2 hours. The gift shop had...More

Thank Anne M W W
Reviewed 17 May 2016

The paved paths are well laid out and are organized by themes. Don't miss the aviary! Everything is well marked so you can learn the names of many plants and desert critters. The smaller gift shop is delightful. It has local artisan jewelry, clothes, and...More

Thank mloujohns
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

A variety of beautiful garden settings that show all the varied botanical beauty & rugged majesty that embodies the Tucson area. Everything from desert cacti to butterfly gardens greet you around another turn in the meandering paths that wind through the grounds. Then you walk...More

Thank janisw
Reviewed 16 May 2016

Best way to spend an hour or two in Tucson. Beautiful desert flowers, trees, cactus, butterflies and birds. Very informative and well thought out. Has plenty of shade so you aren't in the sun the whole time. Enjoyed it very much and learned there are...More

Thank sstiver
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 14 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 9 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 8 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 8 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
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4 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
6 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
30 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.