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Tucson Botanical Gardens
Open today: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Small, but mighty

These gardens are definitely smaller than the big cities but they did not disappoint. They’re full... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lstart
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Tucson, Arizona
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Nice activity

Very well maintained and a lovely way to spend the day. Some work was being done on one end but... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mabel1996
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Ona, West Virginia
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Reviewed July 2, 2019

This is the first time we have gone here. We took our 9 year old grandson to see the butterflies, which unfortunately will not be open until October. We didn't realize this and just wandered the rest of the garden. It's okay if you really like cactus and other plants, but in comparison to other botanical locations was kind of dull. One highlight, tho, was a miniature train and town. That was amazing to see, and the detail in the entire village, station, etc. is up in a category all by itself.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank levym829
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Tucson B, Manager at Tucson Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2019

We love our miniature train exhibit too! Typically children love our to visit our chicken coop. Tulip and her two new chicks love visitors! While enjoying the chirp of the chickens, many children love to play in the outdoor puppet theater, then wander over to the children's garden where they can make welcome noise with natural musical instruments, pretend to prepare healthy food in our outdoor kitchen, then choose a nature book from our outdoor library and cozy up on our cushy reading nook.

October 1st the tropical butterflies will return, so we hope to see you then! In the meantime, don't miss the Orchid mantis exhibit in the greenhouse - kids (and adults) LOVE trying to spot them in the aquarium - which is fun! They look exactly like flowers or bark of a tree.

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Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

The gardens were pretty and the staff was very helpful and friendly. The butterfly exhibit was beautiful.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed June 12, 2019

The best bit about these gardens is the small butterfly house. They have some nice cacti and plants but it is quite a small place and to be honest we later walked around a garden centre and it was just as good in some ways. What is there is done well but it is just very small place.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Linda H
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Tucson B, Public Relations Manager at Tucson Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2019

Thank you very much for your feedback, Linda. We understand we fell short of your expectations due to the size of our Gardens at 5.5 acres. We understand completely and agree with your sentiments. We're disappointed we're not larger as well and we're working on that. With more support from the community and garden appreciators such as yourself, we'll be able to grow our space over time.

We hope you come back and visit us again in the Spring, Fall or Winter. The blooms we have during those times are amazing and it feels even nicer in a space our size.

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Reviewed June 11, 2019

Some friends and I enjoyed a few hours rambling around the lovely gardens. I particularly enjoyed the Barrio garden. Learned what not to plant locally after exploring the herb garden, LOL. We were buzzed by hummingbirds periodically, always a thrill. Plenty of parking. Really fantastic gift shop, and a great restaurant on-site. Not terribly far from the airport, so it's a good morning activity if you are driving guests to an afternoon flight. We missed the tour, but I picked up a brochure on the history of the property, which I enjoyed reading. There were lots of volunteers doing their thing: nice to see.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 8, 2019

Butterfly Magic is only open during certain times of the year. Be sure to check the website first. For me that was worth the price of admission otherwise I think it would be overpriced. The rest was nice, but it was hot and no water in site. Not even bottled water at the gift shop. Sadly it's not a nice part of town so a crazy homeless guy was scaring the girls in the gift shop that day. In addition to the beautiful plants and flowers I saw a lot of cool lizards. This is why it makes me mad that they allow dogs during the summer (which are prohibited the rest of the year). It's already hot and no one needs to be dragging their dog there. Especially no one needs to be smelling/stepping in hot piles of dog crap on the paths and the lizards and other wildlife don't need to be harassed by dogs. Stupid idea.

Date of experience: June 2019
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