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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, Birdwatching, Viewing foliage
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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AZ-SON Desert Museum always a good bet

But only if you have the time and it's not too hot, though there are shady and indoor places, water, food, gift shops. If you are in Tucson in the summer, consider going on a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Had an impressive display of rugs and art work by Sanchez. Had descriptions of how the rugs are made and the spiritual influence behind them.

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Fullerton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I am a California resident. I have been to Tucson twice to visit friends. Both times I've gone to this museum. I love that it is outside with wonderful dirt trails. The animals are in good sized enclosures and NOT cages. It can be hot so go at 730 am when they open. Saw the raptor flight last time which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

But only if you have the time and it's not too hot, though there are shady and indoor places, water, food, gift shops. If you are in Tucson in the summer, consider going on a Saturday night as they stay open until 10 or 11 PM and evenings can be lovely after a hot day. People of any age can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

A walking tour through the desert lands. Lots of walking so take your time. Many water and sun screen stations. A little less than I imagined, but interesting none the less.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most popular places to see when in the Tucson Area.It is in situate and animals are in natural surroundings.Very hot in summer go when it opens.Rest of year the same but not hot as animals tend to sleep midday.Guided tours,docents and interactive rooms are great.Besides animals a whole history of geological info available on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Such a great overview of desert animals and plants. They have water stations and shade canopies throughout, plus sunscreen at restrooms throughout. Well designed. Go in morning though - got hot in afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Toucan see it at any time of day but it is constructed so that you can see the nocturnal animals in action. Everyone will love the bats!

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Elie, Manitoba
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A great museum with some very nice indoor and outdoor displays. We particularly liked the desert walking trail, there was a lot to see and it was very interesting. Hard to believe a desert landscape can be so beautiful.

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Hampton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is a well planned Eco Tour both walking and indoor sights, a most enjoyable day and a Must see if you're in Arizona!!

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Gainesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This museum is great. A pleasant walk through natural displays of desert flora with scenic views of the mountains in the distance, this was one of our favorite stops on our tour of southern Arizona.

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