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Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
520-326-9686
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Ranked #23 of 178 attractions in Tucson
Type: Gardens
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Norman, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited here early in the morning. The herb garden was beautiful and smelled just as good. There were a number of informational plaques detailing where the plants were from and what they were. Everything was fascinating and well taken care of. The only part that seemed lacking was the exhibit on Indian food crops. There were only three plants... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Wasted close to $60 for about 15 minutes worth of gardens. Stupid and almost no critters. Don't waste your time it's not even partially worth it.

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

I am so sorry that you had a bad experience. We encourage you to come back to visit in October when our indoor tropical butterfly exhibit opens to the public and runs through the end of May each year. Tickets to see the Gardens and the Tropical Butterfly House are $13 for adult - free if you're a member. $9... More

Tucson, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The Tucson Botanical Gardens has displays of plants from various different climates. You will find the usual garden flowering plants in one area, with a few species of herbs. In another area, there are many different kinds of cactus anc succulents. There are demonstration gardens of low water species, and a garden demonstrating food plants grown from local heirloom seeds.... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I went in mid June and the place was still so beautiful. My favorite part was the cactus gardens, and the café! Make sure to eat lunch here...the food was incredible!

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Crown King, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Went in late May, a little warm and the butterflies had been moved out of the heat ? and you could see the heat beginning to affect the site; so go in cooler times. An impressive set of plant types in various layouts; my wife and I enjoyed it. The place has areas that feel like more upkeep and maintenance... More

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Tucson, AZ
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3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is where I go when I want to enjoy beautiful vegetation in a peaceful, mostly shaded environment. The gift shop is special too--a great place to find unique jewelry at an affordable price, along with books, kitchen gifts, children's toys and much more. I recommend it for everyone, including families with children.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We went to this park to see the butterflies. The staff was knowlegable - price was fair. We enjoyed the park - walked around and saw everything. There is a gift shop as well.

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Tucson, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

TBG is a delighful mid-town urban oasis. Lovely facility with much to offer. My regret is that I do not make time to get there more often. There are galleries, gardens, education on planting and gardening successfully in the Sonoran Desert, interesting history about the area, special events, music and food. Check it out! Consider supporting this lovely gem through... More

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

Thank you Kim! We appreciate your comments and support. We are so proud to provide a place of respite and beauty in the middle of an urban neighborhood and am thrilled to know that you enjoyed your visit. Please come back soon! More

Toronto
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The Botanical Gardens entertains anyone who is interested in the desert landscape and local environment. There is a gift shop, gallery and cafe, available are educational programs, informative events and tours. For an extra fee you can view butterflies in a contained room. It's enjoyable to watch the multi color wings flying about and resting on a plant and occasional... More

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california
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133 reviews 133 reviews
37 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I went here with my 2 kids. My daughter enjoyed it a bit and was interested in reading the signs. It might appeal a little more to someone who actually gardens as a hobby. The butterfly exhibit would've been fun, but it was temporarily shut down.

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