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Guide to Tohono Chul Park

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Tohono Chul Park is a 49-acre oasis on the northwest side of Tucson "where nature, art, and culture connect."

Named one of the World’s Great Botanical Gardens by Travel + Leisure (2008), the "park" is part garden, part desert trails, and part art exhibits. The grounds include three trails (1/4 mile, 1/5 mile, and 1/2 mile), a performance garden, a hummingbird garden, a garden for children, a geology wall, and more.

Also on-site is the Tohono Chul Garden Bistro, a restaurant known for tranquil outdoor dining and flavorful dishes.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Where is Tohono Chul Park located?

Tohono Chul Park is located at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte on the northwest side of Tucson, near Ina & Oracle.

What are the hours?

  • Tohono Chul grounds: 8:00am-5:00pm, daily
  • Tohono Chul Garden Bistro: 8:00am-4:30pm, daily
  • Exhibit House, Museum Shops and Greenhouse: 9:00am-5:00pm, daily
  • Administration: 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday
  • Closed: New Year’s Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Why would I visit Tohono Chul?

  • To take pictures of Southern Arizona plantlife
  • To partake in a picnic with family and friends
  • To go on a leisurely walk in the desert
  • To have brunch, lunch, or afternoon tea in a serene outdoor setting
  • To give your kids somewhere to run around and explore
  • To attend a wedding or other special event

How much does it cost?

  • Member: Free
  • Adult: $13
  • Children (ages 5-12): $3
  • Children (under 5): Free
  • Student with ID: $10
  • Senior (ages 62+): $10
  • Active Military: $10

Can I purchase a membership to Tohono Chul Park?

Yes. There are a variety of membership packages available. Depending on the number of times you plan to visit and/or the number of children/grandchildren in your family, a membership can definitely be the most affordable option.

  • Senior Single: $30/year
  • Individual: $40/year
  • Senior Couple: $45/year
  • Family: $55/year (two adults + all children and grandchildren)

What should I wear?

Good walking shoes (preferably closed-toe), sunglasses, a hat, and lightweight/breathable clothing. Bring along a sweatshirt if you’re visiting in the winter.

What should I bring with me?

Water bottles, sunglasses, snacks, and a camera are recommended.

Are bathrooms available?

Yes.

What is the best season for visiting Tohono Chul?

October thru April are ideal because the temperatures tend to be more moderate than in the summer months. That said, summer visits can also be fun if you watch the weather and plan your visit accordingly.

What are the most and least crowded days of the week to visit Tohono Chul?

Saturdays and Sundays tend to be most crowded; Wednesdays and Thursdays tend to be least crowded.

What is the best time of day to visit Tohono Chul?

Early mornings offer the advantage of being quieter/cooler, but anytime of day can be nice depending on the weather.

What kinds of plants and animals will I see?

Palo verde trees, hummingbirds, butterflies, spiney lizards, cactus.

DINING

Is outside food allowed? Are picnic tables available?

No. That said, you can pick up food "to go" from the Garden Bistro to eat at picnic tables on the property.

What dining venues are available on-site?

Tohono Chul Garden Bistro serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea. "Each dish is plated to look as lovely as the gardens surrounding the Bistro and the flavors are amazing." The menu changes seasonally, and even daily, based on what local, organic fresh ingredients are available.

What restaurants are located NEAR Tohono Chul?

There are plentiful dining options in northwest Tucson. Our top picks within a 1-mile radius include:

  • Wildflower American Cuisine, 7037 N. Oracle Rd. (0.3 miles away) - seasonal menu, gluten-free and vegetarian options
  • Beyond Bread, 421 W. Ina Rd. (0.4 miles away) - breakfast, lunch, sandwiches, soup, salads, pastries
  • eegee's, 7911 N. Oracle Rd. (0.8 miles away) - sub sandwiches, french fries (with ranch dressing!), slushy-style drinks

BABIES & KIDS

What ages would be best suited for a visit to Tohono Chul?

All ages! We spent a morning with our 7-year-old, 4-year-old, and 1-year-old. All three enjoyed meandering through the gardens and calling out the various pieces of art.

Most of the people strolling through the park on our visit were seniors on a tour or with camera in-hand. It's definitely a park that is well-suited for older adults or people with limited mobility who want to enjoy the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

Should I bring a stroller?

The Tohono Chul Park grounds, buildings, and most trails are stroller-accessible and wheelchair-accessible.

Complimentary wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Is there a designated area for nursing moms?

No. That said, there are benches throughout the grounds.

Are changing tables available?

Yes – in the restrooms.

Is there a kids menu available at either of the restaurants?

Yes. The lunch menu has three entree options ($6.95) that come with french fries or fruit - hot dog sliders, cheese quesadillas, or chicken tenders. Breakfast is $4.95/child – French toast sticks with fruit or one egg with bacon & toast.

EVENTS

Can I have my wedding at Tohono Chul Park?

Yes. "Because of the distinctive atmosphere of the demonstration gardens, historic homes and lush environment, [Tohono Chul Park] is a sought after location for weddings, receptions, and large or small gatherings. No matter the time of year, something is always in bloom and the setting is perfect for any activity." For more information, contact Carolyn M. Gallo, Event Sales Consultant, at 520-425-0520 or via email at cgallo@tohonochul.org.

Outside caterers are prohibited, but you may bring in a wedding cake from a licensed baker.

MISCELLANY

Is Tohono Chul Park on Facebook and Twitter?

Yes!

You can also sign up to receive the park's e-newsletter, filled with news about upcoming events and current happenings.

What else do I need to know before I go to Tohono Chul Park?

That just about covers it. Have a great time!

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