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Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Address: 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone Number: 15203269686
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Named by Reader’s Digest as the Best Secret Garden in America, Tucson...

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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What a surprise day

Went on see the gardens and found instead many of the Laos cafes having a stag in food..got to sample all kinds of delicious hinge and see the gardens!,

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Cece S

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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went on see the gardens and found instead many of the Laos cafes having a stag in food..got to sample all kinds of delicious hinge and see the gardens!,

Thank Cece S
Tucson, Arizona
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For visitors and locals. Bring your out of town guests here, during most months of the year. Well marked with botanical names. plenty of shade when its a bit warm. Lots of events always going on, check their online calendar.

Thank Jamie Gringo G
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not a large area, but didn't have a nice flow and mix of areas/plantings to see. The butterfly room was really fun! Great way to spend an hour or so, or more if you want to sit and relax a bit.

Thank JoeFromBucksCounty
Richmond, Canada
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36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a lovely little garden. Lots of room style gardens with lots of areas to sit and observe the birds. Fountains galore also. The big hit for me was the butterfly room. I could have stayed in there forever!! They were flying everywhere, every kind of color imaginable!! In another building you could observe the chrysalis through a window as... More 

Thank Wings298
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked through with the family. It was an enjoyable and informative visit. It's fairly small and doesn't blow you away, but on the other hand, it's an enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours. Cannot honestly say that we will return, but perhaps...

Thank Vladimir1968
North Bend, Oregon
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161 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

and memorial benches - beautiful artwork. a lovely garden to stroll through, even though it's desert plants/cactii. they're fascinating. nice little gift shop, too

Thank johnelrog
Tucson, Arizona
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210 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed walking around the gardens this past weekend and going to the butterfly exhibit. We had lunch at the Gardens Café. While the food was fresh, it was very bland, no flavor, no herbs, nothing. If you do eat here, choose an outside table. The waiter and waitress going through the indoor dining area and slamming the door... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A little pricey for the size, its very small but cute. I thought the cactus exhibit was the best. The butterfly room is cool too, though incredibly small and extremely hot.

Thank swimrhannah
Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a nice place to see different desert fauna. Nice butterfly area. We strolled around the gardens and at the Zen garden sat and enjoyed the sunshine.

Thank LadyDiSLC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't have enough time to spend but saw the butterfly exhibit and took lots of great photos. Had a good visit, and will go back next time we are in the area.

Thank Gregory H

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