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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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A Botanical Delight

I enjoyed my visit here very much. The facilities were attractive and the shops contained some wonderful books and significant Indian pottery. The restaurant was comfortabl and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Alapaha
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I enjoyed my visit here very much. The facilities were attractive and the shops contained some wonderful books and significant Indian pottery. The restaurant was comfortabl and the food was good, but it was the richness and variety of plant life that made the trip special. I had not realized there were so many kinds of cacti as I saw... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is Tucson's gem. Yes, all the tourists go there -- but that's because it is really phenomenal. Locals are there, too. Those of us who live here visit the Desert Museum once or twice a year just to get a look at the wildlife, and to fantasize about what it must have been like (or still be like) away... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited the day after Christmas, along with half of Tucson. It was a beautiful day and all of the animals were visible in their enclosures. The reptiles and the cave are a big hit with the kids. There are many walking paths. Plan to spend an entire day here when you come.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Desert museum is such a great place to spend with family-kids almost always have fun checking out animals and there are plenty to be seen. There is a great area to grab a bite to eat in between walking in the desert and shopping in the cool little store on the grounds-check it out if you are in town it... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The setting is unique with a zoo interspersed with the natural setting of the Sonoran Desert. We were greeted by a docent as soon as we entered the park who explained what was happening in the park and providing us with a map. Docents all over the park offer very interesting information concerning all aspects of the area: The geography,... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been going for many years when visiting from Wisconsin. The stingray petting they added is very odd for the desert, but it was amazing. We've found that visits just after they open result in the most animals moving around.

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Marshall, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The name of this wonderful adventure is misleading, since it is not at all a traditional "museum". It is a wonderful park (more a park than a museum) where visitors experience life in the desert in a unique way. There are aviaries for humming birds, special areas for butterflies and bees (non-stinging), and living exhibits of reptiles who live in... More 

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Windsor,CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a great experience. The trails and information about desert life were extremely informative. We really enjoyed every moment of the time at the desert museum.

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Thank Victor B
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Overall, it was an interesting visit, nice grounds and paths and informative exhibits, but it was a bit expensive. We went because it was so highly recommended. I think it is definitely a place kids would enjoy, but I enjoyed hiking the trails in the nearby Saguaro National Park a lot more. Waited in the crowd line to see the... More 

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Overland Park, KS, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful place to visit. A real desert experience with the animals, birds, and even an aquarium. We go just to walk and have an iced tea. Great for photographers.

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