Originally founded in 1964, the Tucson Botanical Gardens is a historic property in mid-town Tucson.
Enter the iron gates and you’ll find a small oasis of vegetation – including an herb garden, cactus and succulent garden, backyard bird garden, children’s discovery garden, and more.
Because the mission of the garden is to “promote responsible and appropriate use of plants and water in a desert environment through education and demonstration,” don’t expect to find lush roses in bloom and tunnels of green. The plants on-property are those suited well for desert living.
Where is Tucson Botanical Gardens located?
In Central Tucson.
The address is: 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson.
What are the hours?
8:30am to 4:30pm. Open seven days a week, year round, except 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Day.
SUMMER HOURS – 7:30am to 4:30pm on weekdays; 6:30am to 4:30pm on Saturdays & Sundays.
Why would I visit Tucson Botanical Gardens?
- To take pictures of Southern Arizona plantlife
- To have lunch 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?
Oct. to Apr. $13 Adults | $12 Student/Senior/Military | $7.50 Children 4-12
May to Sept. $9 Adults | $8 Student/Senior/Military | $5 Children 4-12
Children 3 and under and Members are always free!
Can I purchase a membership to Tucson Botanical Gardens?
Yes. There are a variety of membership options available. Depending on the number of times you plan to visit and/or the number of children in your family, a membership can definitely be the most affordable option.
For example, the cost for a family of four to attend the garden once is $41. The cost of a family membership is $60 – which offers you free admission to the gardens for two adults and all children under 18 for the entire year!MEMBER BENEFITS include:
• Free admission year round
• Complimentary guest passes based on membership level • 10% discount in the Gift Shop and at plant sales
• Monthly Gift Shop coupons and specials
• 10% discount at select local retailers and service providers
• Discounts on lectures, classes, and events
• Subscription to membership newsletter
• Subscription to e-bulletin
- Students/Senior $40
- Garden Friend $50
- Family $60
- Cholla $100
- Agave $250
- Ocotillo $500
- Saguaro $1000
What should I wear?
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, snacks, and a camera are recommended.
Are bathrooms available?
What is the best season for visiting Tucson Botanical Gardens?
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 Tucson Botanical Gardens?
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays tend to be most crowded; Tuesdays tend to be least crowded.
What is the best time of day to visit Tucson Botanical Gardens?
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?
Hummingbirds, cardinals, quail, butterflies, olive trees, dwarf citrus trees, bearded iris, wildflowers, lots of varieties of cactus.
Is outside food allowed? Are picnic tables available?
Yes. There is a small area in the Children’s Discovery Garden with kid-sized tables…plus a few shaded tables outside Café Botanica.
What dining venues are available on-site?
Café Botanica is inspired by the culinary traditions of the Sonoran desert and high-desert of Northern New Mexico. Owner Kristine Jensen and her team are committed to using local, sustainable ingredients and gleaning from the Gardens when possible. “All of the dishes served at Café Botanica are home-made from scratch, and prepared with love and imagination.”
The lunch menu features soups, salads, and sandwiches with an average entree price of $9-$11. A breakfast menu is coming soon!
Hours for Cafe Botanica are 9:00am to 4:00pm seven days a week.
What restaurants are located NEAR Tucson Botanical Gardens?
Quite a few!
Our top picks within a 2-mile radius include:
- eegee’s, 3806 E. Grant Rd. (0.2 miles away) – sub sandwiches, french fries (with ranch dressing!), slushy-style drinks
- Fronimo’s Greek Cafe, 3242 E. Speedway Blvd. (1.2 miles away) – gyros, sandwiches, greek salads
- Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, 4900 E. Speedway Blvd. (1.5 miles away) – pizza, salads, pasta, pizza cookie
- Baggin’s Gourmet Sandwiches, 2741 E. Speedway Blvd. (1.6 miles away) – sandwiches, salads
- Claim Jumper, 3761 E. Broadway Blvd. (1.9 miles away) – burgers, salads, seafood, sandwiches, big portions, kid’s menu, complimentary baby plates
BABIES & KIDS
What ages would be best suited for a visit to Tucson Botanical Gardens?
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 walking through the butterfly exhibit.
Should I bring a stroller?
The Tucson Botanical Gardens grounds, buildings, and most trails are stroller-accessible and wheelchair-accessible.
Complimentary wheelchairs, walkers, and canes 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?
Is there a kids menu available at either of the restaurants?
Can I have my wedding at Tucson Botanical Gardens?
Yes. Tucson Botanical Gardens can accommodate both weddings and receptions. See rates.
Catering is provided exclusively by Gallery of Food, but you may bring in your own wedding cake.
Is Tucson Botanical Gardens on Facebook and Twitter?
- Tucson Botanical Gardens on Facebook
- Tucson Botanical Gardens on Twitter
What else do I need to know before I go to Tucson Botanical Gardens?
That just about covers it. Have a great time! Feel free to leave any additional questions in the comments and we’ll respond ASAP.