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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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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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Learn all about the desert!

Plants, animals, insects, fish, amphibians and reptiles: they have it all. We spent six hours there, leaving exhausted but much more educated about the vast Sonoran desert.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Plants, animals, insects, fish, amphibians and reptiles: they have it all. We spent six hours there, leaving exhausted but much more educated about the vast Sonoran desert.

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There is a lot of area to cover and lots of walking. We found it very interesting. The day we went it was quite warm They have plenty of places you can sit down at and rest for a bit. They also have several bathrooms and snack bars.

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Port Townsend, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved the walk on the paths here. Many of the cacti in bloom. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because of the reptile exhibit. I would hope they were "catch and release" but probably not.

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Thank terri58687
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We saw animals living in their environment, and birds incl birds of prey, hummingbirds, and an unexpected aquarium. The kids even fed sting-ray! We walked through areas with so many flowering cactus, plants and trees, in all colors. The gift shops offered unique gifts and the food at the restaurants was delicious. Great place to spend the day, have fun... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

April is such a wonderful time to visit the SDM. The weather is perfect. The animals are active, and the flowers are blooming everywhere. Make sure to take some time to go down the little paths on the side of the main routes. There are blossoms everywhere. Some we had never seen before. PS remember water and sunscreen.

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Some big cats, some bears, and my wife's favorite, the tarantula. Also some looks at startlingly well camouflaged rattlers. The place is good. The food isn't. Plan ahead.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A wonderful introduction to the flora and fauna of the Southwestern desert. Don't miss the "Birds of Prey" flights or the "Up close and Almost Personal" reptile presentation.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My bf and his sister and her family has a lot of fun exploring all the neat things in this park. We were able to pet sting rays for over an hour. The kids loved it! The views were spectacular! Also very educational!

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been to the Desert Museum on a number of occasions, usually with out of town visitors. This totally amazing living museum allows you to experience the desert and all it's inhabitants. From the smallest insect to the large somewhat legendary animals that roam around, you can learn about these amazing species that live among us. While they do have... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The desert museum is known far and wide for it's natural setting and abundant lcal plant life. Lesser known as re the fabulous bird habitat's, especially the hummingbird area. The raptor free flight is a incredible must see,and experience. Even more hidden are the geological Marvel's!The manufactured cave is so we'll done it can fool the experts, The dinsaur exhibit... More 

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