Although many deserts lack basic amenities such as running water and WiFi cactus spots, some come equipped with every luxury one might expect from a five-star ecosystem. Enjoy a visit to a sandy suite with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get two general-admission adult tickets (a $14 value) to Tohono Chul Park, located on Paseo del Norte. This Groupon is not valid for special events.
Tohono Chul Park is an oasis of botanical gardens where guests can learn about the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. With a double dose of general admission, two friends or inseparable enemies get a whole day to enjoy debating philosophy with saguaros and jackrabbits while wandering along scenic trails, exploring beautiful gardens, and viewing art exhibits that represent the Southwest’s nature and culture. Discover closely guarded ecological secrets during tours such as the Walk in the Park, pal around with non-poisonous snakes and lizards in the Reptile Ramble, or release an inner child from your knapsack while listening to traditional tales during Stories in the Garden for Children.
Tohono Chul Park, which has received numerous awards for botanical excellence, houses a huge collection of night-blooming cereus, amongst other colorful blossoms. The park also features its own geocache for GPS-equipped treasure hunters. Check the park’s calendar for scheduling information, and prepare for a delightful stroll through the desert that won’t end with you desperately invoking Jack Frost while reciting the entire screenplay for Lawrence of Arabia.
Tohono Chul Park has received a great deal of awards including being named one of the World's Ten Great Botanical Gardens by Travel + Leisure magazine and a featured in the Tucson Lifestyle Best of the City 2010. It is Frommer's Highly Recommended, and has received four-star average ratings from six Yelpers, multiple TripAdvisors, and nine Citysearchers. Five Yahoo! Locals give it a five-star average: