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Ranked #1 of 122 attractions in Tucson
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Category: ; Natural History Museums; Gardens; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden reflects the diverse flora and fauna of the... more » 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. « less
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Ranked #2 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: ; Military Museums; Science Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Be amazed at one of the world's largest aircraft collections: including 2+ hangars of World War II planes, supersonic... more » Owner description: Be amazed at one of the world's largest aircraft collections: including 2+ hangars of World War II planes, supersonic spyplanes, the world's smallest bi-plane, plus many other unique private, military and commercial air & spacecraft documenting the evolution of flight. Friendly docents augment your visit. Only Pima Air & Space offers the bus tour of the "Boneyard"/AMARG (M-F only, no holidays) plus offers its own tram tour of the museum's 80 acres of one-of-a kind planes daily (additional fees). You can actually touch "aviation history" including "Freedom One" (that flew the American 444-days-in-Iran hostages home), presidential crafts, planes that launched astronauts, delivered life-saving food/fuel, etc. and others with wingspans the length of a football field... Ogle helicopters, MiGs, an Oscar, a rare German buzz bomb, a moon rock and much more. 300 aircraft, 80 acres, 5 indoor air-cooled hangars. Just plane awesome! « less
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Ranked #3 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Scenic Drives; Landmarks
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Ranked #4 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Canyons; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Located in the Catalina Mountains and part of the Coronado National Forest, this beautiful canyon offers outdoor recreation... more » Owner description: Located in the Catalina Mountains and part of the Coronado National Forest, this beautiful canyon offers outdoor recreation including hiking, swimming, biking and picnicking. For an overview of the area, take the narrated shuttle bus tour. « less
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Ranked #5 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Missions; Cultural
Owner description: Built in the 1700s, this recently restored white adobe church, representing a wonderful example of Spanish colonial... more » Owner description: Built in the 1700s, this recently restored white adobe church, representing a wonderful example of Spanish colonial architecture, is beautiful inside and out, with colorful frescoes, sculptures and carvings. « less
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Ranked #6 of 122 attractions in Tucson
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Ranked #7 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: For more than 40 years, the home of the late collector Tom Hubbard has been the center of Franklin Automobile history.... more » Owner description: For more than 40 years, the home of the late collector Tom Hubbard has been the center of Franklin Automobile history. Featuring more than 20 antique and classic Franklin automobiles, as well as a collection of prehistoric artifacts collected by archaeologist Alice Carpenter, the museum is located in a quiet subdivision in the center of Tucson. Open publicly – Mid-October through Memorial Day weekend – Wednesday through Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm. Private tours available year-round; phone or e-mail for arrangements. Large groups are requested to call ahead. « less
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Ranked #8 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Cultivate your appreciation for the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty and the impression it makes on everyone who explores our... more » Owner description: Cultivate your appreciation for the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty and the impression it makes on everyone who explores our “Desert Corner”. Here, the seasons inspire wondrous events both in nature and culturally; Tohono Chul celebrates every opening, whether for an internationally known artist or an exquisite cactus flower. Wander the natural desert gardens—escape the noise of everyday. Engage in our sincere passion to evolve “The Desert Corner” as an integral crossroads of nature, art and culture. « less
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Ranked #9 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: State Parks; Outdoors

Catalina State Park has something for: 1.  The kids (they love it when the water is running) 2.  Birders 3.  Equestrians 4.  Pic-nickers 5.  Serious Rock-climbers 6.  Hikers of... more »

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Ranked #10 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Canyons; Outdoors
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Ranked #11 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Museums
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Ranked #12 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Educational Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #13 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Forests; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Parks; Outdoors
A 20,000-acre desert natural preserve that accommodates many outdoor activities.
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Ranked #14 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Reid Park Zoo is a hidden gem, nestled in the center of Tucson, and is the perfect place to enjoy time outside while... more » Owner description: Reid Park Zoo is a hidden gem, nestled in the center of Tucson, and is the perfect place to enjoy time outside while discovering the wonders of wildlife. « less
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Ranked #15 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Museums
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Ranked #16 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: Named by Reader’s Digest as the Best Secret Garden in America, Tucson Botanical Gardens is an “Oasis in the Heart of Tucson.... more » Owner description: Named by Reader’s Digest as the Best Secret Garden in America, Tucson Botanical Gardens is an “Oasis in the Heart of Tucson. Featuring seventeen residentially-scaled specialty gardens, including a Barrio Garden, Zen Garden and a Cactus & Succulent Garden landscaped with unusual rocks from the Harrison Yocum collection. Tropical Butterflies from around the world are featured in the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion October-April. Experience an outdoor Garden Railway, botanically-inspired gift shops, year-round tours, art exhibits and lunch at Café Botánica. Closed Thanksgiving, the second Sunday in October,Dec. 24 & 25, Jan. 1, July 4. « less
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Ranked #17 of 122 attractions in Tucson
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Ranked #18 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Geologic Formations; Outdoors
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Ranked #19 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Specialty Museums; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Old Tucson is Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! Please note: Old Tucson is closed for the season and will... more » Owner description: Old Tucson is Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! Please note: Old Tucson is closed for the season and will re-open on October 4, 2014. In addition to the old movie sets and memorabilia of its rich Western film history, Old Tucson is now the premier attraction in the Southwest to experience what life in the Old West was really like. Heritage Square contains 12 new movie quality sets and 3 new streets in the "town square." The design of the new building sets was led by Gene Rudolf a credited Art Director for many movies including Young Guns II, The Great Gatsby, The Right Stuff, and many more. Recent additions are the Native American Village and Living History Program. Just a stroll down the street is an adventure as you learn about the perils of cross-country travel via stagecoach, the demands of life as a sheriff in a Wild West town, and other topics discussed throughout the town. Old Tucson Living History programs are designed to be entertaining yet educational. Our goal is to create the atmosphere of a western town circa 1853 to 1912 that lets guests step back in time. Old Tucson has adopted a new logo to represent its expanded focus on Old West history, heritage, and culture in addition to its storied film history and world-famous entertainment. This broadening of scope is represented by the iconic wagon wheel, symbolic of the great westward movement of settlers to the southwest in the 1800s by wagon train. The seven spokes of the wheel represent the strong cultural and historic groups that made significant contributions to Tucson's rich heritage: Native Americans, Spanish Colonials, Mexicans, Western Cowboys, Ranchers, Chinese, and African-Americans. The seven spokes join at the wheel's hub (the location of the Old Tucson name), representing the synergistic joining of cultures and heritages at Old Tucson for a living western experience found nowhere else. Moving us toward the future, the wagon wheel reminds us to honor and celebrate our history, heritage, and diverse cultures. Old Tucson - Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! « less
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Ranked #20 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Natural History Museums; Museums
Owner description: The oldest anthropological museum in the region, the Arizona State Museum has been collecting and interpreting the cultures... more » Owner description: The oldest anthropological museum in the region, the Arizona State Museum has been collecting and interpreting the cultures of the Southwest since 1893. « less
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Ranked #21 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Natural History Museums; Museums
Owner description: Highlights the diversity of animals world wide. Explains the role of science-based wildlife management for sustainable-use... more » Owner description: Highlights the diversity of animals world wide. Explains the role of science-based wildlife management for sustainable-use conservation, with emphasis on the role of hunting in biologically responsible wildlife management. Animals are displayed both by taxonomic group and in realistic dioramas which highlight the habitats in which the animals live. The museum has many touchable specimens on display. Insects including butterflies, moths and beetles are featured, as well as mammals, birds and some reptiles.All exhibits are indoors and the facility is air-conditioned. Wildlife movies run hourly from 10 am until 4 pm. « less
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Ranked #22 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #23 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Children's Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Children's Museum Tucson provides fun, play based, interactive, hands-on learning experience for children and their... more » Owner description: The Children's Museum Tucson provides fun, play based, interactive, hands-on learning experience for children and their families. Come play in our Public Safety gallery, Electri-City, Dino World or our health and wellness exhibit. For kids four and under, there is the Enchanted Forest Wee Play space just for them. The Museum is open 7 days a week during the summer months. « less
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Ranked #24 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Science Museums; Museums
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Ranked #25 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Performances; Theaters & Stadiums
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Ranked #26 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Art Museums; Specialty Shops; Museums
Owner description: Blending the traditional with the inventive, the Tucson Museum of Art presents original and traveling exhibitions with a... more » Owner description: Blending the traditional with the inventive, the Tucson Museum of Art presents original and traveling exhibitions with a focus on Art of the American West, Art of Latin America, Modern and Contemporary art, and Asian art. Located in downtown, the Museum also includes a historic block that provides visitors with a unique look into Tucson’s past. « less
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Ranked #27 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Canyons; Outdoors
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Ranked #28 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: Tucson’s premier art collection. Seven centuries of art - one museum. Home to the spectacular, 26 surviving panels of the... more » Owner description: Tucson’s premier art collection. Seven centuries of art - one museum. Home to the spectacular, 26 surviving panels of the Altarpiece of Ciudad Rodrigo, acknowledged by scholars as the finest 15th century Castilian altarpiece outside of Spain. Dynamic, changing exhibitions, check website. Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12 - 4 pm. Closed: Mondays and University holidays. Admission: Adults - $5 / children, students with ID, UA faculty and staff – free. « less
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Ranked #29 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Cultural
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Ranked #30 of 122 attractions in Tucson
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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