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Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
520-326-9686
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Ranked #19 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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Chico, CA
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151 reviews 151 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Really surprised by the quality and extend of this lovely place. Great butterfly exhibit and many nice places to sit, reflect, and drink in the great floral landscaping--and I'm not a big plant person. Highly recommended as one of the top couple of Tucson attractions.

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Redford, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Way too many staged potted plants. For what you got to see very pricey. Butterfly exhibit very sparse. Guess if I hadn't been to much better ones this one would have been seemed better. Not going to recommend to friends too many other places to visit in tucson.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The butterfly exhibit is the star of these gardens. The opportunity to see 50 live species of butterflies in a contained environment is unique and rewarding. Combined with the air plants within the butterfly exhibit it is a very creative and interesting attraction set in the middle of Tucson in an old estate. We enjoyed it very much. Please be... More

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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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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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
17 helpful votes 17 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
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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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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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