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Butterfly Magic

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October 1 through October 31, 2013
Tucson Botanical Gardens


Butterfly Magic!
Southern Arizona’s ONLY live tropical Butterfly exhibit
October 1, 2013 – April 30, 2014

As the nights begin to cool the tropical greenhouse at Tucson Botanical heats up in preparation of one of Tucson’s favorite annual events – Butterfly Magic. Fly into the tropical greenhouse and take off on an exotic butterfly adventure that spans eleven countries; let some of the most beautiful and sometimes even rare butterflies of the world surround you.  Join the millions of people worldwide who already have a winged obsession.

About the butterflies
All of the butterflies in the Gardens’ exhibit are hatched from eggs and live as caterpillars in butterfly farms in tropical parts of the world. When the caterpillars change into the pupae or resting stage, they are carefully counted, labeled and packed. In the pupae stage of the butterfly life cycle, no food is required so they can survive the two or three day trip to Tucson. Once they arrive at the Gardens they are housed in a climate controlled environment which allows them to emerge naturally from their pupae. They are then transferred to the Greenhouse where they are released to fly free in a beautiful tropical environment.

With support from Cox Communications, AdVision Outdoor, Dex, Arizona Daily Star, Smith Family Foundation, Dex, Tucson Weekly, Madden Media, Alphagraphics, and Yellowbook 360.

Hours & admission
Exhibit hours: Open daily 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Open seven days a week, October 1st-April 30th, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Day.

Garden hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Open seven days a week, year round, except July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Day.

Garden admission:  
Oct. to Apr. $13 Adults | $12 Student/Senior/Military | $7.50 Children 4-12
May to Sept. $8 Adults | $7 Student/Senior/Military | $4 Children 4-12
Children 3 and under and Members are always free!
About the Gardens
Tucson Botanical Gardens, designated as America’s Best Secret Garden by Reader’s Digest, is an urban oasis in the heart of Tucson featuring a five and a half acre collection of seventeen specialty gardens. It is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. For more information, call (520) 326-9686, Ext. 10, email or visit

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2150 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
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