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“Truly a living desert - watch out for rattlesnakes!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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
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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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“Truly a living desert - watch out for rattlesnakes!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Incredibly interesting museum, a delight to walk through and be "in" the environment along with the animals you're seeing. Some (like the bee exhibit) depend on local wild bees to be around for you to see as you read the information about them - great that the grounds are so "natural" that a few of the animals could be wild and non-confined. The hummingbirds were nesting and a few babies were out, so so precious. Bring a camera with a good zoom/sports lens! We stumbled upon the cave at the last minute as we were walking out, wish we would have had more time to explore there. One word of caution - watch (and listen!) for rattlesnakes! We stumbled upon a very irritated rattler, poised and ready to strike, right next to the walking path. It truly is a living desert, keep your eyes and ears open.

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“Don't miss this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The hummingbird house is amazing! One of the coolest things I have ever experienced. Great zoo type atmosphere. We enjoyed the bobcat, beavers, otters, and prairie dogs the most. The food court had a variety of choices and was good.

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“Deserts 101”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Great "crash course" in desert! We saw lots of animals, witnessed raptor flights, talked to knowledgeable volunteers. The hummingbird aviary was incredible. Lots of space in and outdoors, so crowds were never overwhelming.

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“Not impressed.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

This was not at all worth the drive to get here or the few bucks we paid to get in. The boys 8 & 9 were bored out of their minds. We saw very few animals. Would not recommend

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“Very informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Very neat outdoor museum. Very informative. If you want to know about the desert go to the museum. Nice videos for everyone to watch. Cactus everywhere.

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