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Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Address: 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
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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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Beautiful and educational half day outing

Love the Frida Kahlo exhibit! The butterfly room is a hit with everyone. The cactus display is extensive. The gift shop has a nice variety of items. The people who work there are... read more

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love the Frida Kahlo exhibit! The butterfly room is a hit with everyone. The cactus display is extensive. The gift shop has a nice variety of items. The people who work there are very friendly. Can't wait for the irises to bloom.

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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a charming set of garden "rooms" set on 5 acres of land in the heart of Tucson. It would serve as an excellent introduction to desert plants and is appropriate for those with disabilities; wheelchair accessible. We went to see the Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life exhibit which was a brilliant blue focal point and background for lush... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely beautiful place. Went with family including a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old. Everyone was entertained. The butterfly room was a huge hit with everyone in our party aged 80 to 12. We also went during the Freda Khalo exhibit which was amazing. The herb garden it's not to be missed. It's a little out-of-the-way so be sure you see it.... More 

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St. Charles, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The gardens are a beautiful, peaceful spot in Tucson. Small enough to see in a few hours, but large enough to showcase many different environments. There is a children's garden, Barrio Garden, very nice little cafe, and the current Frida Kahlo exhibit is fabulous!

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As this garden is right in town it is worth a stop. Lots of cactus varieties and good small exhibits. The Frieda Kalo exhibit was disappointing however.

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Durango, CO
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lots of cacti, as you might imagine. The butterfly room is the big show! That was pretty cool. It's a small place that can become over crowded early in the day. The school kids take over the facility and prevent the general population from enjoying the gardens. I won't go back.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We go here every time someone visits. It is fun, relaxing and exciting. The train depot and trains are great

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took out of state friends especially to see the replica of Frida Kahlo's garden. I have visited the original in Mexico City and the replica felt and looked just like it. Of course, the gardens and the interactive butterfly exhibit are favorites here in Tucson. Nice walking paths, fun for all ages. And be sure to have brunch or... More 

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Ridgway, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Desert Museum is the perfect primer for one of the (if not THE) most marvelous and diverse deserts in the world. This place will fascinate and delight you. And open up your senses of what you can see when you go exploring. A must.

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Tucson Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was 88 degrees here in Tucson today (2/10), and we decided it was a perfect day to visit the Botanical Gardens. We had never gone on a Friday before, and were very surprised at the many people there. In fact, the parking lot was full, and the sign said to park at Fry's. However, we circled the parking lot... More 

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