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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
520 883 2702
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Ranked #1 of 122 Attractions in Tucson
Type: Natural History Museums, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos, Specialty Museums, Museums
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 older children, Activities for young children
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Type: Natural History Museums, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Viewing foliage, Birdwatching
Hours:
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 older children, Activities for young children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I've been here several times. Very nice desert animal displays. Great bird aviary. Good for all ages...

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Brooklyn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Located in Saguaro Forest, after a winding (scary) drive, this museum is a real treat. It's got all aspects of the deserts - animals, cacti, history etc. I particularly enjoyed the raptor flight, and found their selection of cacti better than at the botanical gardens. Wear good walking shoes and take your time!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed the museum. Wonderful exhibits and hiking trails. There is a cafe to take a break. Very good place to visit whie in Tucson.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Wear comfy shoes for these exhibits are spread over a large area. In warm water bring bottled water, you will not be able to buy it there (however there are drinking fountains). The museum portrays various systems within the Sonoran desert, so some animals and plants might be more representative of northern Mexico. You can see most of the animals... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We have been members for a number of years and take ourselves out there several times a year. We also take EVERY visitor there, and every one has loved it. It is the true Southern Arizona/Sonora experience from the flora to the fauna. Visitors are always surprised by the how green the area is and how many different plants and... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Perfect place to start your vacation if first visiting Tucson. Gives an amazing view into the fauna and animals that are so different in Arizona for people like me from the midwest. It is a huge place so have good walking shoes. Mostly outdoors which is nice as the weather is always beautiful when I have been. I have been... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

This is my favorite place in the Tucson area. If you time it right you can see the raptors free fly. Also not to be missed is the hummimng bird area. If you allow time & sit quietly they will fly right uo to you. Great for all ages. Not to be missed

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Tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

The Desert Museum is outstanding!! I have been here numerous times, and there is always something new and different to experience! A personal favorite of mine is the Raptor Free Flight program which is seasonal and is offered twice daily. The birds are all so majestic and are awe-inspiring! Each show is different because the birds are in free flight... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This desert museum is a lovely place to bring out-of-town visitors to get a sense of how lush desert landscaping can be when it receives supplemental water and care. It is a relaxing place to take a walk. The terrain is fairly hilly, so it is also possible to get some exercise here. The semi-precious mineral exhibit is very pretty,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A great mix of desert landscaped trails and animal attractions. We really enjoyed seeing the Javelinas and the hummingbirds. The staff was very helpful and informative. It was definitely worth the drive and price of admission. Be aware that the trails cover about 2 miles and there is very little shade.

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