Tucson Botanical Gardens
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Tucson Botanical Gardens is a lovely place to go for a slow stroll in the morning. It is small and manageable. Even in summer it is cool enough in the morning to come early and have a walk. It's smart that the garden has such early hours.
There are many different areas, with unusual plants and cute decor. Kids like the model railroad that they can turn on with a button. There is also a kid's garden with colorful butterfly sculpture. The herb garden has blue and white tiles, and of course, delightful fragrances. The Spanish garden has cute decorations hanging from the trees. Tall saguaro cacti, prickly pear cacti, large barrel cacti, and teddy bear cholla are all a pleasure to behold. Feather cactus looks so furry and interesting. The desert has such beautiful plants.
There is a gift shop that is very nice to browse.
Sauce, a counter-service cafe with modern decor, is a good place to eat, ten minutes from the garden.
Also great in Tucson is the Pima Air and Space Museum, where kids can climb inside the cockpits of planes and helicopters, and direct an air traffic control tower!
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Tucson Botanical Gardens is located 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson AZ 85712, call (520) 326-9686.
Open M-F 7:30-4:30, Sat and Sun 6:30-4:30.
Admission prices vary by time of year. Summer price is $9, whereas Oct-May price is $13. Students and seniors pay $8/$12. Kids enter for $5/$7.50. Children 3 and under enter for free.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.