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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Address: 2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
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+1 520-883-2702
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum, botanical garden and...

This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum, botanical garden and art gallery reflects the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert, featuring wildlife such as coyotes, bears and mountain lions in their natural settings and two aviaries; one for hummingbirds and the other for varied desert birds.

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I was destin to learn about the Tucson area when I moved to the state from a vastly different part of the united states. Everything about Arizona is so different than where I... read more

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Valencia, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can see here a wide range of fauna and flora from the area, including saguaro and pipe organ cactus in a nice wild environment. Cougar, coyote, lynx, colibries, owls, rattlesnakes... Excellent experience!

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Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was destin to learn about the Tucson area when I moved to the state from a vastly different part of the united states. Everything about Arizona is so different than where I came from. If you are interested in seeing all types of Arizona native plants, animals, critters and what-knots then this is the place to go! I love... More 

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My original plan for coming here was to photograph the many plant species in this park, and I did some of that. But the attraction that really took my attention was the Raptor Free Flight, which I just happened to stumble upon in the morning and then came back to see again in the afternoon. At each session the trainers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

More zoo than gardens. Lots of cactus, lovely aviary for hummingbirds. Nice docents throughout. Worth the drive!

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is really a place that's for all ages and not to be missed. Nicely arranged and beautiful no matter which direction you look. All exhibits are natural to Arizona and extremely well cared for.

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scottsdale, az
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

from the animals (all injured or orphaned) to the live rapture shows (10:30 & 2), and the exhibits, a great place. AZ residents $15. spend 4-5 hrs there easily. At the restaurant i got a briskit sandwich that could have fed 2 and the meal was $10. all around a great family or couples place.

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Sahuarita, AZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is more like a Desert Zoo. ;) You walk through the desert, on trails, and see different animals in exhibits and habitats. They do have a few shows where they have hawks flying around. They do have some indoor art type galleries. Come prepared with water and walking shoes and don't forget your sunscreen! Lots of... More 

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Great place for adults and kids. Afterwards Check out King Canyon trail or Signal Hill for some petroglyphs and/or a picnic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of my favorite places in Tucson. It has been organized and well run for decades now. For those who do not know much about the Sonoran Desert, this museum (more of a zoo actually) is priceless. highly recommend visiting if traveling with kids in Tucson. highlights include the hummingbird aviary, the manta petting area, an a hidden... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place for a family day. Take in the rapture free flight and enjoy the many options. Very knowledgeable staff with nice amenities to view the beauty of the desert at your pace. Birds, vegetation, cactus, animals, snacks, food, gifts, it has it all. Learn all about your pretty surroundings.

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