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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Address: 2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
Phone Number: 15208832702
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7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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Great place to return to, even after 25 years! We made the mistake of going in the heat of the day this time, so many of the animals were hiding away. However, the humming birds... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great place to return to, even after 25 years! We made the mistake of going in the heat of the day this time, so many of the animals were hiding away. However, the humming birds, bear and variety of flora made up for this. Lovely day and great welcome from all staff.

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Annandale, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Excellent place to see the desert animals. Walk along short trails with trail guides and learn as you go. We really enjoyed the visit.

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League City, Texas
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very interesting museum! Enjoyed so much seeing the wide variety of animals in the desert setting. I particularly wanted to see the Bighorn sheep, and the big male was majestic high on the rocks. Several smaller sheep were feeding below. All of the habitat areas were wonderful and informative, and we encountered a lizard or two on the path as... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Wow, do NOT miss this amazing place! Beautiful setting, habitats, and trails. The winding walkways through beautiful desert plants led to a feeling of seclusion which is not often experienced in a popular tourist place. Arrive early (definitely recommend being there when the doors open) to see the animals up and about. Look for coupons in tourist magazines. Do not... More 

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

It is a very nice museum. But don't forget to take a hat and a bottle of water with you. It is a one of the Top 10 Museums in the country and the #1 Tucson attraction. Unlike most museums, about 85% of the experience is outdoors!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Love to take my granddaughter there to enjoy the animals! They have programs for the evenings in the summer so you can see the animals when it cools down an they are out to play and eat. Take a look at the snakes and scorpions.

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Mason City, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is Tucson's best outdoor attraction. It is not really a museum, more a cross between a zoo and a botanical garden. It is exceptionally well designed for foot and wheelchair access. Lots of interesting animals and exhibits. They have a huge walk- thru general aviary and also a separate hummingbird aviary. Cacti and vegetation have small signs naming each... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is a place that you need to see and experience while visiting Tucson Arizona. The exhibits explain about desert animals, desert life. This museum is a truly wonderful experience for ever one. Your children will really love it. Wear walking shoes and bring your sunscreen if coming in the summer. Do not forget your camera.... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Having just spent a couple of hours in the Desert Museum, it's clear why it achieves such high recognition. The layout lends itself to visiting so many different habitats all within a cleverly designed walkable loop. Fascinating insights from the volunteer wardens of the behaviours of the various animals, even on some of those animals we couldn't see due to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth the stop. Beautiful grounds and exhibits. A great place to take children and anyone visiting who hasn't experienced the desert. Doesn't feel like a museum.

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