A few weeks ago, during the Family Travel Association Summit in Tucson, I had the chance to visit the Tucson Botanical Garden as one of my networking activities. It’s a beautiful place to visit, and would be great for families to check out as well. Please note that as an attendee of the Family Travel Association Summit, my admission to the gardens was complimentary. All opinions are my own.
Visiting the Tucson Botanical Gardens
The Tucson Botanical Gardens currently offers two special exhibits along with several gardens. It doesn’t take too long to visit, and would be a great morning or afternoon excursion. In the warmer months, I’d recommend visiting in the morning, before it gets too hot to enjoy.
The gardens include the following:
Aloe Alley – a quiet area with aloe plants.
Backyard Bird Garden – this garden features plants that attract birds. If traveling without small kids, it would be great to just spend time here, observing the birds.
Butterfly Garden – like the bird garden, the butterfly garden features plants that attract butterflies. I saw several while I walked through the garden.
Cactus and Succulent Garden – I love cacti and succulents, so I especially enjoyed visiting the cactus and succulent garden. It’s where you’ll find a variety of cacti and succulents from a variety of locations, including Africa and South America.
Children’s Discovery Garden – this small garden is great for kids. It’s located in the front of the gardens, and shows kids the lifecycle of a plant.
Thomville Garden Railway – I loved watching the railway. It’s a small train display, and can be started by pressing a button. Young children will likely find this to be their favorite part of the gardens.
In addition to these gardens, there are also two special exhibits.
Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life will be at the Tucson Botanical Gardens from now through May 31, 2017. Designed by the New York Botanical Gardens, it shows the plants, colors, and structures that helped influence Kahlo. It’s a beautiful exhibit, and definitely worth seeing.
In addition, from October through May, the butterfly greenhouse houses Butterfly Magic. It includes numerous butterflies, a chrysalis exhibit, and a dart frog terrarium. Admission to the butterfly greenhouse is included in your gardens admission, so if you are there when it’s open, don’t miss it.