Ultimate Guide to Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens Guide

Originally founded in 1964, Tucson Botanical Gardens is a five-and-a-half-acre collection of 20 pocket gardens located on the historic Porter property in the heart of Tucson, Arizona. Recognized as #4 in USA Today’s 10Best Botanical Gardens Readers’ Choice Awards for 2023, the Gardens showcase native plants of the Sonoran Desert as well as many non-native plants. TBG is also home to Butterfly Magic, the only tropical butterfly exhibit in Southwest Arizona, local and international art exhibits, community classes, and events such as LightsUp!, a Festival of Illumination. Breakfast and lunch, as well as event services for groups, weddings, and social gatherings, are available at the Gardens.


Where is Tucson Botanical Gardens located?

Tucson Botanical Gardens is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way (near Grant) in Central Tucson.

What are the hours?

Tucson Botanical Gardens is open 7 days a week, year round - except 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Day.

Hours are seasonal so be sure to check the TBG website for the current hours. 

Why would I visit Tucson Botanical Gardens?

  • To view plant specimens from all over the world
  • To experience a tropical butterfly exhibit featuring hundreds of butterflies and beautiful blooming orchids
  • To enjoy a wonderful breakfast or lunch in a serene outdoor setting
  • To appreciate special art exhibits and galleries
  • To attend a wedding or other special event

How much does it cost?

  • Adults: $19
  • Students (ages 13-17), Seniors, Military: $15
  • Children (ages 4-12): $12
  • Children (3 and under): Free
  • Members: 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 visit the garden once is approximately $63. The cost of a family membership is $70 - which offers you free admission to the gardens for two adults and up to four children under the age of 18 for the entire year!


  • Individual: $50
  • Dual: $60 (2 adults)
  • Family: $70 (2 adults and 4 children)

*Students, Seniors, & Military receive a $5 discount on the above memberships.

Premium Memberships are also available:

Cholla - $100
Agave - $250
Ocotillo - $500
Saguaro - $1000

What should I wear?

Wear sunglasses, a hat, and lightweight/breathable clothing. Bring along a sweatshirt or jacket if you’re visiting in the winter.

What should I bring with me?

Sun safety is encouraged. Prepare for a perfect day at the gardens with a hat, drinking water, snacks, and sunscreen.

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?

You may see hummingbirds, cardinals, quail, butterflies, olive trees, dwarf citrus trees, bearded iris, wildflowers, and cacti at Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Are dogs permitted at Tucson Botanical Gardens?

Tucson Botanical Gardens only allows service dogs with the exception of the summer months, June through September. During ONLY those months, TBG hosts the “Dog Days of Summer” where people are invited to bring their dogs to the Gardens. You can even purchase your dog a membership for the months of June through September and they will receive a cute dog tag.


Is outside food allowed? Are picnic tables available?

Yes. There is a small area in the Children's Discovery Garden with kid-sized tables.

What dining venues are available on-site?

You can find Porter’s Patio Café by Charly’s BBQ & Grill food truck by heading towards the Herb Garden and then following the signs.

What restaurants are located NEAR Tucson Botanical Gardens?

The gardens are centrally located so there are plentiful dining options nearby. Our top picks within a 2-mile radius include:

  • Feast, 3719 E. Speedway (1.1 miles away) - lunch, dinner, menu changes monthly
  • First Watch Crossroads, 4775 E. Grant Rd (1.4 miles away) - breakfast, brunch, lunch
  • Zayna Mediterranean, 1138 N. Belvedere Ave (1.6 miles away) - salad, gyros, falafel


What ages would be best suited for a visit to Tucson Botanical Gardens?

All ages! Toddlers through adults will enjoy meandering the gardens.

Should I bring a stroller?

The Tucson Botanical Gardens grounds, buildings, and most trails are stroller-accessible and wheelchair-accessible. A stroller is a good idea for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

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 Edna's Eatery?



Can I have my wedding at Tucson Botanical Gardens?

Yes. Tucson Botanical Gardens can accommodate both weddings and receptions. 

Catering is provided exclusively by Westward Look Resort, but you may bring in your own wedding cake.


Is Tucson Botanical Gardens on social media?

Yes! You may follow Tucson Botanical Gardens on Facebook and Instagram.

What else do I need to know before I go to Tucson Botanical Gardens?

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


That just about covers it. Have a great time!

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