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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, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
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, Specialty Museums, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
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 older children, Activities for young children
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Sahuarita, Arizona
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

You know a place is good if locals keep coming back. This is just one of those places. Something for every member of the family - animals in natural enclosures, raptor free flight (not in the summer). The fantastic desert ecology explained and presented. Gems. Otters. Programs. Hummingbirds and butterflies. All in an ideal location, with mountains in the back... More 

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This is one of the top 5 attractions that I recommend to visitors to Arizona. The wildlife is native to the Sonoran Desert. The backdrop is a natural setting with rocks and desert. You can be only feet from a mountain lion seeing it sleeping on a ledge through a one-way glass. I thought the coyotes were unenclosed as we... More 

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I have visited many times, often with our visiting family. This place is a true gem in the desert. We always discover something new, something we obviously had missed during previous visits. It is a bit of San Diego zoo - Saguaro Natl. Park blend. Allow at least 4 to 5 hours. The wildlife enclosures, if you... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

On our first day of sightseeing we opted to visit the Sonora Desert Museum. As soon as we arrived at the front of the entrance we were greeted by the staff. Everyone was so nice and eager to tell us about the museum. I wouldn't really say this is a museum but more of an animal and nature preserve. We... More 

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Arkport, New York
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91 reviews 91 reviews
35 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This was my third or forth visit. I'm never disappointed. It was the coldest day I ever visited and I was just barely warm enough to walk around. Very windy. In the past, just the opposite experience WEATHERwise. So, dress appropriately! The raptor demonstration was great.

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Buffalo, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Such a good day here. The exhibits are informative without being cheesy, and there is so much to see and places to walk. Took a 1.5 hour guided tour which gave us great insight into desert life. Had a salad at the cafe that was delicious, too! This place is called a museum but is more like a trail system,... More 

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Box Elder, South Dakota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

If the natural area holds interest for you be sure and spend time here. They have beautiful pathways and information signs posted so you get the most out of what your seeing. Short of just heading out across the desert, here is a place to view old Arizona before man took over, just highly recommended !

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Warner Robins, GA
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158 reviews 158 reviews
52 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We spent about 7 hours walking the various trails. The temperature was in the upper 50s to mid 60s, so it was delightful in the sun. We took a brief introductory tour from one of the volunteers and then when back to see things as our pace. We really enjoyed the two aviaries and went back just before leaving and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

If you only have a day in Tucson, spend it at the Desert Museum! Wear comfortable shoes and a hat. Called a museum, this is really a zoo, botanical garden, aquarium and geology experience featuring everything from the Sonora Desert. I turned a corner and was face-to-face (through a window) with a mountain lion! The animal enclosures are incredibly life-like.... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This might be one of the coolest places I have ever been. Everyone is extreamily knowledgable, and wiling to answer any questions. Ask someone what they were doing before they were here, most are retirees who picked it up as a hobby, making it even cooler. The live shows are amazing. The only downside is that their black bear had... More 

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