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“A must-do!” 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
Washington, DC
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“A must-do!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Visiting the Desert Museum has to be part of your Tucson itinerary! The combination of beautiful natural setting, nice walking through cacti, live animals, hummingbirds, and good gift shop makes this a first rate way to spend an afternoon. Also, the drive there along Gates Pass Road through the mountains is spectacular.

Visited November 2013
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“One of my favorite places in Tucson; a must see for visitors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

It's a zoo, it's a museum, it's a botanical garden and more all rolled into one. Any and all aspects of the Sonoran Desert are covered from the native peoples, history, urban sprawl, and of course the native flora and fauna. My husband isn't a fan of museums or zoos or gardens, but somehow he loves this place. It's beautiful with a gorgeous setting and there's always something new to learn and appreciate with each visit. It's also near Old Tucson Studios and Saquaro National Park West. It's easy to spend an entire day and not get bored. Some folks spread out their visit over a course of a few day. My favorite things are a recreation of Southern AZ caves, the safari looking overlook structure, the prairie dogs (too cute!), big cats, desert otter, animal demonstrations and that gorgeous view. I visit 2 times a year for over 15 years and never tire of it. A must see for visitors! Be sure to use sunblock and bring a hat n sunglasses...the sun's brightness can be intense even in winter.

Visited August 2013
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Falls Church, Virginia
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“Top-Rate attraction, no matter the temps!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Even if your mobility is pretty limited, there's something for everyone to see and experience on this terrific and up-close tour of the Tucson-area desert. Whoever put this place together certainly had families and realism in mind, and you feel you're very much a welcomed guest in getting a peak behind the scenes at some pretty terrific desert wildlife and plant life. The aquariums are just right in comparison to the property theme, and you come away with a far deeper appreciation for this special place in our nation and the globe. We brought home a little cactus plant from the gift shop that was very well-prepared to survive the trip home in its own little box! You're never more than a few steps from a drinking fountain or restroom, parking is plentiful and well-marked, and they even have SPF-30 next to the sinks in the restrooms! Come spend an afternoon (or evening, if stargazing on special events) and bring the family! I'm glad we did!

Visited November 2013
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Excellent Intro to the Area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This is an excellent introduction to the southwest desert. Set in a large area of desert parkland and next to Saguaro national Park, the Sonora Desert Museum has a wealth of local plant life and a great selection of indigenous animal life. Enclosures are, for the most part, large and engaging for the inhabitants. An especial treat is the Raptor Free Flight experience - go to it if you can, you won't regret it!!

Visited November 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Worth the time, general introduction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Find someone who can tell you about what's out there in the sky islands if you are not familiar with this region. It will improve your appreciation for the area. The bird show with raptors was excellent.

Visited November 2013
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