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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 young children, Activities for older 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 young children, Activities for older children
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Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Seven falls is a great hike, just take plenty of water and sunscreen

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Tucson, Arizona, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

If you can, visit on Saturday nights during the summer. Be sure to bring a bottle of water, flashlight, blacklight, and a camera!!!

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Bay View, Michigan
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

From Raptor Flight to Hummingbirds. From Saguaro to desert wildflowers, this is a great day trip when visiting Tucson.Raptor Free Flight exhibits are down during the summer for molting of birds, but from the fall through early April they are a must see show. The blooms begin in mid March and last through early June. Cactus flowers can be brilliant,... More 

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Tucson
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

We had a great time here. I am a Tucosn native and somehow missed this place, confusing it with International Wildlife. I enjoyed this way more. There are live animals, great displays, and really cool shows. Specifically the birds of prey show was a really neat experience. The ice cream cones we got were huge and there are plenty of... More 

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Tucson, Az
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Beautiful fauna and flora exhibits. Uniquely Tucson!

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012 via mobile

Beautiful, interesting, and fun! Well worth the admission. Excellent representation of the flora and fauna of the area. Sometimes you can even see some that aren't on display (hummingbirds! Snakes in trees!). The sit down restaurant on site is also delicious! Be sure to bring water as it can get very hot, also wear very comfortable walking shoes!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Nice half day excursion, family friendly and enjoyable.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

The drive alone to the museum is so beautiful, it is worth it. The museum is outdoors so going as early as possible beats the heat and crowds. I bought a "behind the scenes" tour and loved getting up close and personal with the animals. Don't miss this experience if you are in Tucson.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

If you have the chance to visit on a Saturday night this summer, don't pass it up. All of the exhibits wee open and there were shows and performances too. You certainly don't need children to enjoy the place.

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Tucson, Arizona
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119 reviews 119 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

one of the best nature museums anywhere -- part wildlife preserve, part botanical garden, part aviary. only drawback is the summer weather.

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