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Tucson Botanical Gardens

Address: 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone Number: 520-326-9686
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Ranked #20 of 162 Attractions in Tucson
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Named by Reader’s Digest as the Best Secret Garden in America, Tucson Botanical Gardens is an...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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.

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Hopkins, MN
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

The botanical gardens are a quiet break from the busy activities you might find at zoos or hiking. It is best visited in the cooler morning and when butterfly exhibit is open. We love to visit often.

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Hanover, Ontario
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Get the Tucson passport for $18.00 at the tourist bureau and you will get a 2 for 1 admission. Cost is $13.00 for one adult so you have already almost gotten your money back. This garden was originally part of a family home owned by a landscape architect. The story adds a nice dimension as you wander through and see... More 

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Kent, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

There wasn't much to see in January (as far as blooms) but the Gardens were small enough to provide an enjoyable stroll, learning about cacti and native plants. The butterfly house was very interesting. There was also an fabulous model railroad exhibit and a separate children's garden, and a coffee shop and nice gift shop.

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Tucson, Arizona
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58 reviews 58 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We are SO lucky to have all the fabulous garden-museums in Tucson. This place is manageable in just a few hours for an in depth walk, or if your time is more limited, it is still very doable and rewarding.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My husband and I went here during a recent trip to tucson to see the garden and the butterfly exhibit. We found the butterfly exhibit's description misleading claiming that there could be up to 300 butterflies present at any given time. We saw maybe 20-30, almost all of which we're perched on branches by heat lamps due to the cold... More 

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

We are so sorry you didn't have a great experience. Depending on the time of day, interior temperature of the butterfly and orchid house, the butterflies may cluster under leaves. That's the beauty of camouflage and the natural world! But I assure you, there are indeed over 300 butterflies in the butterfly exhibit. The winter months in the Sonoran desert... More 

Arlington, VA
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73 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We visited the Botanical Gardens on a very cold and cloudy Jan. 2nd and enjoyed the small but charming space, particularly the excellent cactus gardens and the cozy and warm butterfly exhibit. The butterflies were active and the unexpected tiny poison frogs were delightful. I agree with the reviewer who was disappointed given the lack of colorful flowers outside, particularly... More 

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cherry hill, nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is a nice botanical garden option in Tucson. Convenient location. A bit pricey. When we were there, the exhibit space was being used for botanically themed fabric art. Great exhibit. The butterfly house is a must visit and the volunteers in the house are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Children can have a good time here too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

After reading positive reviews on TripAdvisor we decided to check this attraction out. The butterfly exhibit was closed for the day (with no reduction on the ticket price). The botanical gardens, although nice enough, were nothing spectacular. We felt it was slightly overpriced for the experience we received.

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Tucson, Arizona
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

I enjoyed my visit here. There are many themed displays of plants. I enjoyed the zen garden. It does offer nice shade in the summer a good thing for a visitor. We had a snack at the little house/resturant and thought it uneventful and a bit pricey. The book store and gift shop was good.

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Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We went before things were in bloom so it wasn't very pretty, but the exhibits are interesting and I love the butterfly house.

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