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- Sonora Desert Museum is so much more than a museum! It's a botanical garden, aquarium, zoo, enrichment center and gallery! It's got big animals, fish, rodents, reptiles and birds! The plant life is extraordinary and it's all labeled throughout so you can learn more about native plants without guessing! It's a complete program from start to finish and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of every hour we spent there! We took the opportunity to participate in the Avian Experience with an amazing team and two stunningly gorgeous owls! I highly recommend spending a day in Tucson at this amazing discovery!Written November 27, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- My husband being a retired pilot and aircraft enthusiasts we had to stop at this. Wonderful exhibits. We did take the tram tour and the guide did great job with highlight narration of the aircraft.Written November 29, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Make sure you book online prior to going for the tour on the Tram. Very positive experience and well worth the timeWritten November 19, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Yesterday, Friday 8/11, was an overcast and rainy day, but we had made plans to meet our daughter and son-in-law on top of Mount Lemmon for lunch. Usually, we drive up, when it is 115 + degrees in Tucson, so this was more of an unusual experience.
We have been many times, but each time, the drive takes our breath away. it is so gorgeous, and to think that it is so close to the City. Driving up the mountain, it was drizzly, and then, it turned to heavier rain, just as we reached Summerhaven. There was an Arts and Crafts Fair going on, and people were huddled under their tents. We had not known about it, but were so disappointed that it was raining too hard to stop, and check out their wares.
However, did stop at the General Store for their heavenly fudge. No trip up that mountain is complete without buying some fudge. Even though it was raining, there were still people walking dogs, and picnicking under a large umbrella. When we left our home, the car thermometer showed 97 degrees outside. At the top of the Mountain, it showed 60 degrees, and we were happy that we had come prepared.
There are many pull outs on both sides of the road. Yesterday, it being foggy/hazy and rainy, the views were not as great as usual, however, the rock stacks were, as always, simply amazing.Written August 12, 2023
- A must-see if you're in Tucson. This first mission in Arizona features a late 1700s Spanish church, the interior adorned as richly as churches you find in Spain from the same period. The mission itself is on the Tohono Odham reservation and there is a nice gift shop and beverage plaza and outdoor marketplace nearby. Admission is free.Written November 25, 2023
- Saguaro NP is a single-feature national park separated into two units. There are young saguaros, old saguaros, dead saguaros, saguaros with unusual “arms,” etc. But that’s about it. As the saguaros apparently have a limited range, it makes sense to have a park to protect them. But Saguaro NP lacks the variety I associate with the flagship park units. There are different kinds of cacti besides saguaros. And the Eastern unit has younger saguaro with more shrubs, while the western has the older “classic appearance” saguaros with the arms. But if you drive the park roads, do one hike in each unit and see the petroglyphs on the short trail in the western unit, you’ve pretty much visited this Park. There are also a lot of interesting animals in this Park, but they all hide - I saw little more than a rabbit and a squirrel - even though there were plentiful signs of them (burrows, scat).
It is an easy Park to visit as it is just outside Tucson, but the two units are on opposite sides of the city, so it will take most of a day to see both Park units.Written November 12, 2023
- Liked the walk and plant life, especially the riparian area. Quality gift shop and friendly docents. Worth an hour or so if it’s not too hot.Written November 22, 2023
- Absolutely beautiful. A must do if you are in the area. And huge Lou’s it is free. Drive up park your car and watch the sunset. Beautiful houses on the drive up. Saw javalina. Drive slow. Winding road and you may see wildlifeWritten October 24, 2023
- Nice trails. Enjoyed the Bridle Trail this morning. Nice camp grounds and picnic areas. Friendly park rangers. Trails available for all levels of walking.Written August 12, 2023
- What an outstanding show. Robin Hood was a combination of Weird Al Yankovic meets Mel Brooks. I would definitely go again.Written May 27, 2023
- I had no expectation before arriving here. I found a fascinating museum of the works of an artist who worked in multiple media. Laid out in many rooms; a nice walking tour. There is also a chapel built by the artist on the site as are the graves of he and his wife.Written October 7, 2023
- We were pleasantly surprised with how beautiful the gardens were. We loved to take our own time and really enjoy all the gardens. The butterfly room is a must see!Written November 2, 2023
- This is definitely a place you will want to spend at least 1 to 2 hours minimum just walking around and taking in everything. Amazing art work!Written November 2, 2023
- Great mid-size zoo. Very clean, good variety of interesting animals, easily walkable, great areas for younger kids. Good place to kill a couple hours. Would recommend getting there earlyish as it got more crowded around 12-1PMWritten November 5, 2023
- Went to Tucson to see birds with a guide during the "monsoon" season. She was taken ill just when we arrived so we were on our own. After a day at the desert museum for orientation and acclimation we headed to Madera Canyon. Enjoyed sightings at the feeders at the Santa Rita Lodge. Owner Steve was quite hospitable providing suggestions and even a map for us to explore further up the canyon. Numerous deer, a flock of huge wild turkeys and various new (to us) birds made for a interesting morning. Would not hesitate to visit Madera Canyon if ever in the Tucson area again.Written July 24, 2023
Frequently Asked Questions about Tucson
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- Fine Wineing - A Wine Tasting Experience in the vineyards of the Desert!
- Custom Private Tucson Day Tour from Phoenix
- Self-Guided Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway Driving Tour
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