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“Awesome flora and butterflies”

Tucson Botanical Gardens
Ranked #15 of 287 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Named one of the Top 10 Gardens in to visit in North America in 2017 by the Canada Garden Tourism Council and One of the Best Secret Garden in America by Reader's Digest, 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. Special annual seasonal exhibits. Experience an outdoor Garden Railway, botanically-inspired gift shops, year-round tours, art exhibits and lunch at Cafe Botanica. Closed Thanksgiving, the Dec. 24 & 25, Jan. 1, the first Saturday in February and July 4.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Awesome flora and butterflies”
Reviewed December 27, 2011

This is a peaceful respite with plenty of opportunities to learn more about southwestern flora. Cacti galore. Butterflies by the bundle. Abundant parking. Kids will love the train; chefs will love the kitchen garden.

Visited December 2011
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Papaikou, Hawaii
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“Relaxing meditation for appreciating the flora of this desert.”
Reviewed December 18, 2011

Always quiet and peaceful, and the shops have interesting gifts to pick up for yourself or others. Somehow the plants look much more appealing in the settings offered here.

Visited December 2011
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“Luminaria Nights-Beautiful but Disorganized”
Reviewed December 3, 2011

4 of us attended luminaria nights on Friday night. First, only
handicapped can park so we had to turn around and so did everyone else ex handicapped. It had rained during the day and when I called early in the day and asked if it were cancelled was told to call back at 4:30 (too late for a 5:30 event). I did call at 4, no one answered and when told to call the gift shop if no one answers, no one answered there EITHER.

This is a beautiful garden and hundreds of luminaries are lit to light your path but still was a bit dark esp with someone in our party who had breathing and walking difficulties.

There were some musicians playing, some good, some bad; some kids only the parents or grandparents would love- (sorry kids).

It was so overcrowded and such a mob scene I wouldn't really recommend it. I would like to come back during a nice day
and see all the various gardens

Visited December 2011
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“I attended a class there and we toured the place afterward...”
Reviewed November 25, 2011

My teen girl is really into native sustainability and wild edible plants in the Sonoran desert so we went for a class and got to tour the place afterwards... not only are all the native plants amazing but there were hummingbirds, butterflies and all kinds of little birds. It was like a little bit of eden, so peaceful and beautiful and hidden away right in the middle of it all.

Visited October 2011
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“Excellent for people with limited time.”
Reviewed September 21, 2011

I enjoyed the small, tranquil feeling of this botanical. Loved all the orchids!

Thank Ymgonza
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