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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Address: 2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
Phone Number: 520 883 2702
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Ranked #2 of 133 Activities in Tucson
Type: Natural History Museums, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Museums, Outdoor Activities, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Viewing foliage, Birdwatching
Owner description: This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden reflects the diverse...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Natural History Museums, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Museums, Outdoor Activities, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Viewing foliage, Birdwatching
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden reflects the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert, featuring wildlife like coyotes, bears and mountain lions in their natural settings and aviaries, one for hummingbirds and the other for varied desert birds.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Conifer, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

My cousin recommended this place, and I'm sure glad. We spent an amazing day touring the grounds, watching the free flying raptor demonstrations, and seeing the various desert animals on exhibit. Many volunteer stag were available to answer questions and provide interesting information. They also offer various free toys, which were great. Beautiful scenery, fascinating animals, a lot of signs... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

An excellent adventure. Fit for solo naturalist observation and meditation of educational family outings. If you are in Tucson, don't miss it — 30 minutes drive. Visitors shop is first class and restaurant is very good.

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Washington, DC
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit, this desert "museum" is a botanical garden, nature preserve, and natural history museum all combined. Nature trails take visitors past a vast assortment of desert plants, while exhibits along the way provide a glimpse of the local wildlife, too. Highlights include a bobcat den, a bighorn sheep herd, a river otter pool, a beaver den, a... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Very friendly & helpful staff! Enjoyed the exhibits, except for the wild cats - pens are too small & the ocelot is showing signs of neurotic behaviour often seen in animals held in areas too small. Specifically weaving back & forth in one place.

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Peoria, Arizona
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13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We spend over 4 hours walking around this museum-botanical gardens-zoo. There are numerous well prepared sights and demonstrations. Enjoyed the entire visit. Make sure you bring water, sun screen and hats as it is all outdoors. Great place to visit!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

What a great way to spend the afternoon. Saw my first ever roadrunner. Enjoyed walking in the desert, seeing unique flowers and the zoo type exhibits are well done. The bird area was amazing. Had a decent lunch at the cafe. just fast food notched up, but good.

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Chicago, Illinois
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This "museum" is rated at the top for a reason! There are many reviews about this location but until you've visited, it's hard to really "see" what it's all about. First, the Sonora Desert is absolutely beautiful, breathtaking and one of the most scenic places I have visited. The staff and volunteers are second to none and make sure every... More 

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Chelan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Went to visit the museum in January 2015 and it is a very nice museum set in a desert setting. A decent display of animals (not huge) and also at 10 and 2 every day they have a free flight hawk demonstration. Definitely something worth seeing. Some nice walking paths. Worth the drive from Tucson to see!! A little expensive... More 

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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Some how, I seem to get so caught up in my every day stuff, that I forget just how beautiful the desert and nature all around me really is. Just about 10 miles West of Tucson, this museum will bring you back quickly to appreciate the amazing Sonoran Desert. Plan to spend a good portion of the day in fact... More 

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Tallinn, Estonia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I read the reviews here before going, so I had my hopes up high to say the least. I was very disappointed. There weren't many animals there, I'd say about 15 different animals, maybe? I definitely wasn't impressed by the aviary either, with the only exception being the hummingbird exhibit, which was nice, but nothing spectacular. Even the animals they... More 

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