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Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
+1 520-326-9686
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A surprise in the middle of a busy area

Whether you want to learn about southern Arizona gardening; commune with butterflies from all over... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2016
Chris G
Tucson, Arizona
Another lovely world

We were first taken to these gardens by my UCLA roommate of some years ago. A Tucsonite, Tom told... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2016
Louie M
Palm Desert
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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: 06:30 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
+1 520-326-9686

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Reviewed 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
Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

We were first taken to these gardens by my UCLA roommate of some years ago. A Tucsonite, Tom told stories about the gardens which led to an actual morning spent wandering. Beautiful, weird, translucent even threatening it was such a vision and spot education. The...More

Thank Louie M
Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

I spent a lovely morning in the Tucson botanical gardens today on my last day in Tucson. Planting are lovely and every area had plants in bloom, benches to sit and relax. The butterfly house was fascinating and also full of both butterflies and plants...More

1  Thank Byrdiegyrl
Reviewed 27 April 2016

This is a great place for seeing the gardens, they have a butterfly exhibit from Oct-May, and it is wonderful. Seeing the flowers, trees, birds and butterflies was very good. A good way to spend time with everyone in a couple of hours. Great place...More

Thank AZwonder
Reviewed 25 April 2016

I went with my garden club to explore the Iris Garden which was in full bloom. Gorgeous display! We will return for the Butterfly Garden and probably stay for their lovely lunch. They have a train display which was new to us and a large...More

Thank grand old girl b
Reviewed 24 April 2016

Very nice place to wander through. The butterfly exhibit was probably the most fun feature for us, my wife loved it! It took us about 3 hours to wander the entire place, and we stopped and ate at the café on the grounds and had...More

1  Thank Larry P
Reviewed 23 April 2016

Big attraction at the gardens is the seasonal display of Coste Rican butterflies. Our time inside the avairy was enhanced by the delight of a group first-graders and I would suggest that time also be taken to view the collection of orchids that share the...More

Thank garjon47
Reviewed 19 April 2016

What a great place. My kids 16/18 usually are not keen on these types of places but they loved it.The butterfly exhibit (seasonal) was great-watching the little guys flying around. The plants are truly amazing. It easy to walk around and the cafe and gift...More

Thank HistoryBuff478
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Whether you are a visitor, Tucsonian or new resident, Tucson Botanical Gardens is both aesthetically pleasing and educational. This tranquil oasis and hidden gem located the heart of the city include five acres of speciality gardens. As a former Scottsdale resident, I drove down to...More

Thank Leandra L
Reviewed 17 April 2016

These gardens are beautiful. Plan to spend about 90 minutes to see everything in it's entirety. The butterfly exhibit was so interesting and it almost made you feel like you were inside a fairy tale. The plants are labeled so you can read and learn...More

Thank K3868
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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.