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Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
520-326-9686
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Ranked #18 of 176 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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Salt Lake City, Utah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I was looking for something to do while visiting my college-student daughter, and found the botanical garden on the map. It was such a lovely surprise - a cool and shady "oasis" in the hot desert. I was lucky enough to catch the end of the butterfly exhibit - nothing like having a 6-inch electric blue butterfly land right in... More

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tucson,AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a delightful old garden with cultural twists that give you insight into the Spanish/American feel of Tucson neighborhoods. Admission is charged and plan on a couple of hours.

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WHITEWATER
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We totally agree with others who have reviewed all the good things there are to see at these gardens. We also appreciated the docents, who were most informative as we wandered through the gardens. It was very helpful that they have free wheel chair rental, too. We also want to comment on the fine café in the gardens, which specializes... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Great place to visit. Enjoyed walking round. Worth the walk to see all the different species. Not to far out of town.

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Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful, delightful, colorful place. The Butterfly exhibit was excellent with species from different countries. The frogs added to the excitement of the exhibit. Very informative about "Alien Species " of weeds and plants that are not native to AZ. Wonderful examples of gardening, compost, chickens, rain harvesting, etc. The working train was a delight. Examples of Venus fly trap and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Found this place from "things to do in Tucson" on Trip Advisor. What a nice surprise! The gardens are very charming. We visited in April and saw some very beautiful cactus flowers. It was a Saturday afternoon, but it was not crowded except at the butterfly house. Next time I will bring a book and read it in one of... More

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Cobourg, Canada
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Although we are frequent visitors to Tucson, we have never visited the botanical gardens but decided to do so this time due to the butterfly exhibit. It is wonderful! There was no pressure to "move on" and so we were able to wait quietly to watch and photograph some wonderful species. It was a very calming experience. The rest of... More

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

A visit here is always accompanied by a sigh of relaxation. It is like stepping away from busy Tucson into a fascinating world of color, texture and shade. Butterflies abound in their own house. Gravel walkways draw you through beautiful spaces highlighting the multitude of ways one can enjoy Sonoran plants. Many learning opportunities or you can just enjoy the... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We love the Gardens and became members last year. We always enjoyed stoping at the cafe for lunch,good sandwiches and salads at a good price and were sorry to see it close. When the Cafe Botanica opened we were happy to give it a try, but were sadly disapointed. I had the taco plate and my mother had the beef... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here especially visiting the butterfly house where they also had some colourful frogs. It is a pleasant wander around the gardens seeing, experiencing and learning about the plant life. The gardens are well organized and cared for. I was amazed to see so many "wildflowers" in a desert setting. There are lots of benches where... More

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