Things to do in Tucson and the Sonora Desert

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    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    45 reviews

    You will not want to miss a full day at this fabulous out of doors museum. Plan for all day: watch the Raptor shows; don't miss the Hummingbird feature; or the Avian enclosure. Bring your binoculars and enjoy as much as possible. Wear a hat, and good pair of walking shoes and summer clothing.

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    Sabino Canyon

    33 reviews

    As a 2nd generation Tucson native I rank sabino canyon recreation area #1 on my " to do list" as it has multiple treasures located within as part of the Catalina mountain range. Take ample water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, etc. & let the fun begin. You can take the tram in to the heart & soul of the canyon & ...

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  • 3

    Mount Lemmon

    33 reviews

    Located just 45-minutes to 1-hour to the summit . This is such an amazing place & a very quick scenic drive up the mountain. Don't second guess this 1/2 day trip or make it a full day if you like, it's nice to have choices.

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    Catalina State Park

    31 reviews

    In this beautiful desert park, located within the Coronado National Forest less than 20 miles north of Tucson, is a self-guided, signed trail leading through Romero Ruin that includes a prehistoric Hohokam village with a ballcourt as well as the historic Romero Ranch. With over 5,500 acres, Catalina State Park is home to over 150 bird species, more than 5,000 ...

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    Saguaro National Park

    30 reviews

    This is a truly unique place on the planet. Nowhere else on earth do these majestic Saguaro's live. Some like to call the park "Saguaro forest" for it is the most dense Saguaro environment you will see anywhere. I love to take 1st time Sonoran Desert visitor there in addition to the Desert Museum, which is adjacent.

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    Tucson Botanical Gardens

    24 reviews

    A leisurely stroll through this beautiful garden consisting of predominantly native plants gives one a true appreciation of desert vegetation. The gardens are situated in mid-town Tucson, a mere 20 minute drive away and are a must-see for anyone who appreciates beautiful and unique gardens. Be sure to look for the butterfly exhibits in the early spring.

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  • 7

    Pima Air and Space Museum

    22 reviews

    This place was great!! You can go up to all the planes and touch them. It was awesome. There were also some fun simulators. I would definitely recommend a trip here.

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    Tucson Museum of Art

    19 reviews

    Worth the drive downtown, and when you're done, you can go to Mi Nidito on 4th Avenue for delicious and authentic Mexican food. My favorite Mexican restaurant in all of Tucson.

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  • 9

    University Of Arizona

    17 reviews

    The University of Arizona is a public research university located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. UA was the first university in the state of Arizona, founded in 1885. The university includes the University of Arizona College of Medicine, which operates a medical center in Tucson, and a separate 4-year M.D. college in downtown Phoenix…

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  • 10

    San Xavier del Bac Mission

    21 reviews

    One of the most Historical Missions in history. The mission itself has a life all it's own, and the stories to back it up.

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  • 11

    La Encantada

    12 reviews

    Upscale shopping at its best! From Tiffanys to Crate and Barrell to wonderful restraunts to AJ fine foods grocery, La Encantada is the place to find anything you are looking for.

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  • 12

    Santa Catalina Mountains

    12 reviews

    Right in your back yard! Will provide gorgeous sunsets.

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  • 13

    Kitt Peak National Observatory

    11 reviews

    We are located on the same mountain range as Kitt Peak. It is the world's largest observatory. You can take day tours or arrange for a night tour. It is located at the top of the mountain and is worth the trip!

  • 14

    Old Tucson Studios

    11 reviews

    Fun with the family- an old western town where movies used to be made.

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  • 15

    Tohono Chul Park

    10 reviews

    Beautiful desert scenery, and a fantastic Tea Room for lunch, weddings, and parties.

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  • 16

    Tucson Children's Museum

    8 reviews

    A great discovery place for children.

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  • 17

    Loft Cinema

    7 reviews

    Great low cost movies, films, documentaries.

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  • 18

    Reid Park Zoo

    7 reviews

    Fun for younger children !

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  • 19

    Sentinel Peak

    6 reviews

    Fun for a hike. :) great views of the city

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