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“A respite in the city”

Tucson Botanical Gardens
Ranked #16 of 280 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.
Tucson, Arizona
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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A respite in the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

TBG is a remarkable area that is maintained in a manner that dates back decades, maybe longer. To say it's verdant is an understatement. It's beautiful in appearance and spirit. People come to TBG and for a little while can leave their cares behind. Food is served. Don't miss the hummingbirds and butterflies in season and the bats at night. TBG has programs among its many other events (including weddings and prom nights). No visit to Tucson is complete without seeing the Gardens.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank Bob_Jacobson
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Green Valley AZ
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188 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“The Gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

Well kept and knowledgeable personel. Plants are marked a nice outing!

Thank Charles W
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Red Deer, Canada
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Canadians enjoyed TBG”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2012

An oasis in the city, very well run, welcoming and engaging, and very educational.

Visited March 2011
Thank kc0llier
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Decorah, Iowa
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277 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Great at certain times of the year”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

The butterfly exhibit alone is worth the price of admission. The outdoor train is also lots of fun. Some times of the year are better than others in terms of "what's blooming" but there is always something to see. Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2011
2 Thank koolbill
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Wonderful peaceful desert botanical gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

It's a walking desert botanical garden, great education along the trails, beautiful gift shop. The Butterfly Magic exhibit was magical and such an amazing experience, a must see! The only thing we were disappointed with was the cafe, needs a total update and expansion, it was really just like a small deli, not charming at all.

Visited December 2011
3 Thank CinziaChiara
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