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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Address: 2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
Phone Number: 520 883 2702
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Viewing foliage, Birdwatching
Description: This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden...
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.
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Give yourself plenty of time for this gem!

This is way more than just a museum! It is a large and well run desert zoo, botanical habitat, museum, and cafe. There are winding paths through various types of desert vegetation... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This is way more than just a museum! It is a large and well run desert zoo, botanical habitat, museum, and cafe. There are winding paths through various types of desert vegetation as well as outdoor habitats and indoor viewing windows for live animals. Many plants have signs identifying them along with other informational signage. It's a bit pricey, but... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The Sonoran desert is alive with plants and animals. If you have the time and energy, spend a day walking (and sitting) in a wild part of the desert. But if you don’t have the time to walk in the wild desert come to the museum. Feel the brush of raptor wings on your hair, the tickle of hummingbird wings... More 

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

we got there kind of late but still had a wonderful experience. The weather was perfect and the air was so clean. The exhibits were well kept and the museum had a nice view as well.

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We went there for a few hours in the morning and thoroughly enjoyed the various walks provided throughout the property. There are several volunteer 'docents' who explain in wonderful detail various plants and animals found in the desert. They provide many 'hand-on' experiences for children of all ages. It is a great place to visit for a half day or... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Different strokes for different folks. This place is a planned, easy to walk, stuffed to the gills zoo and botanic garden. Good for folks with limited time or mobility issues. But I'd rather see my Arizona cacti in a natural setting in a national or state park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The best part is to watch the birds fly. They do it twice a day from October to April. If you are interested in botany, you will love this place. Lots of animals and reptiles too.

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Winnipeg
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Beautiful area where we saw lots of animals, plants and great vistas. could have spent much longer but we arrived later in the day. Many good paved walking paths that are wide. Lots of benches to sit and enjoy the pleasant surroundings.

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Laytonsville, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent place to learn about life in the Sonoran Desert. Take time to enjoy the ride over Gates Pass Road and be sure to include the raptor free flight exhibit (10 am and 2 pm).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

If you want to know the history of the Sonoran desert this is the place. Very educational for adults and kids. The price is very reasonable at $19.95 per adult ($15.95 if your a resident of AZ or Sonora). Will definitely be back with grandkids.

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Yes, if you travel to Tucson and you want to experience an outdoor museum this is the place to be. The drive alone is pretty impressive. Allows you to imagine the pioneer days, Cowboy and Indians. On the way out you will pass Old Tucson.... the place where you can enjoy a day filled with music and scenes out of... More 

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