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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 #19 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
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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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233 reviews 233 reviews
72 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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49 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 helpful votes
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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Lake Isabella
11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The butterfly exhibit was very cool to walk through. If I am Tucson again I would visit here again just for this exhibit. The staff was very informative and helpful. The downside to this botanical garden is that it seemed smaller than some I have been to in other cities.

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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We visited the gardens in November but although many plants weren't in bloom, the garden was still very beautiful. Nicely laid out with different themes. A MUST is the butterfly enclosure. Absolutely magical. The butterflies are beautiful! Make sure to have your camera ready.

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I visited this garden about 5 years ago and loved it! I was really looking forward to seeing some specific items again on this visit. I was very disappointed to find all of the items I was looking forward to seeing are no longer at the garden. The garden had been previously decorated with bright paint colors and pots, they... More 

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Michelle C, Owner at Tucson Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

We are so sorry that you had a less than positive experience on your recent visit. I understand your frustration in not being able to find the plants you wanted to see. We have actually added quite a few new plants and some major specimens to our cactus and succulent collection, but recently, we reorganized the collection by geographic location... More 

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70 reviews 70 reviews
27 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We visited on their celebration of the Day of the Dead. My family was a bit skeptical having read better reviews about Tohono Chul, but from a Midwesterner's viewpoint, THIS is the place you want to see. There is shade, beautiful themed gardens, lovely romantic lights and more. We had such a nice time strolling the gardens, hearing the Mariachi... More 

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