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“A different sort of park”
Review of Tohono Chul

Tohono Chul
Ranked #6 of 287 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Cultivate your appreciation for the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty and the impression it makes on everyone who explores our “Desert Corner”. Here, the seasons inspire wondrous events both in nature and culturally; Tohono Chul celebrates every opening, whether for an internationally known artist or an exquisite cactus flower. Wander the natural desert gardens—escape the noise of everyday. Engage in our sincere passion to evolve “The Desert Corner” as an integral crossroads of nature, art and culture.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“A different sort of park”
Reviewed 26 February 2007

Tohono Chul is a beautiful desert garden, with hidden surpises (one area grown entirely without water) and lovely places to walk. It displays native plants, links them to local culture and projects which protect and preserve indigenous wild plants. My father and I spent a couple of hours walking the trails and looking at the brilliant art in the small gallery. He is a keen gardener (transplanted from the North) trying to learn how to grow things in the desert. I found him trading stories about Navaho farming with the helpful young woman in the plant store.

4 Thank DesertCabin
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Durham, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“A nice 'outdoor' activity”
Reviewed 10 May 2006

The Tohono Chul Park is a nice outdoor activity that also has some indoor features such as a small art gallery. The walking trails are somewhat reminiscent of the Sonora Desert Museum although there are no caged animals to see. Instead, you get to view wild animals scattering about. We saw about 20 lizards, a few bunny rabbits, and lots of birds. We did not see any snakes though there were warning signs to stay on the trails b/c the rattle snakes were active and we did see one 4 foot long snake skin.

The primary attractions are the plants with beaituful flowers, many saguaros (Including one with a crest), and garden areas. In addition, there is informative signage about the Tohono natives.

If you have visited Tucson before, I would recommend this as a nice excursion. It is much closer to town (which is good and bad--good = a shorter drive, bad = you can see and hear development and traffic). I would rate the Sonora Desert Museum higher but I consider that one of the best attractions that exists anywhere.

4 Thank jsb23nc
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Portland, Oregon
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Don't miss this park!”
Reviewed 1 April 2006

This park was a highlight of our trip. There are extensive theme gardens with more under construction. Our daughter loved the children's garden and wanted to race the little "boats" down the stream all day long.
In addition to the landscaped areas, there are trails that have been kept wild. We saw a lot of birds and one shy rattlesnake as we strolled along. The restaurant was fabulous. It was very reasonably priced with a great variety of delicious sounding dishes.
Including lunch time, we spent 3 hours at this park and loved every minute.

9 Thank toomuchresearch
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“a jewel in a desert city”
Reviewed 13 July 2005

This nonprofit park is well worth a visit. It combines art, culture and nature of the region. The lunch is great too and the prickley pear cactus lemonade is a must! Free Refills! I would definitely go there again. Always ongoing art exhibits and gardens. Great gift shop too.

9 Thank visitingthewest
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“Night Blooming Cerus”
Reviewed 21 May 2001

Incredible to go during the summer when the Night Blooming Cerus literally "pop" open. The smell is delightful, and
the tour of the park finding the night bloomers by their scent is magnificent. If you can, Don't miss the chance to see these glorious treats from the Desert.

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