Tucson Botanical Gardens
Native desert plants, animals and fauna!
Recommended by: Jerry Harris
Dad and I went to the gardens in the fall, when the Butterfly Magic exhibit was open - it was so cool - they land all over you. I got some awesome photos. We brought a picnic lunch with us and sat under a huge tree, but you can also eat at the Gardens Café. Birds are everywhere and tried to land near my sandwich.
This five and a half acre urban oasis in the desert is a great place to visit year round. Designated as America's Best Secret Garden by Reader's Digest, the shaded well-groomed paths and cacti and succulent displays take you out of the city and put you into a relaxed state of mind. Guided garden tours are a great way to learn about native southwest plant, birds and butterflies. Also offered are composting exhibits and worm displays - Jacob loved that one!
Every Tuesday during the summer months you can bring your favorite furry friend to the Gardens (there is a small admission charge to bring your leashed dog in). There is a fun miniature train set that runs daily and many events, such as plant sales and Flights of Fancy with artist created birdhouses, held throughout the year. Five day long summer camp is offered for kids from Kindergarten through sixth grade, where they will learn about gardening and botany. Don't miss the Porter Hall Gallery, where you'll see a rotating display of desert-themed art work.
If you're planning a summer visit to the gardens please note that the Garden Café and Butterfly Magic exhibit are not open during that time.
2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
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