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“Learn a little”

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Ranked #2 of 313 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed March 21, 2012

Expect to learn a little when you visit this beautiful museum. The birds and animals of the desert are in full display with a handy keeper to answer any & all questions. They care very well for the creatures in their care and strive to show them in the most natural settings. A truly enjoyable experience for all ages.
And best of all....I bet you learn a little!

Thank scobin
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

We visited here as an alternative to the Phoenix Zoo (which we love!), and we were not disappointed. There are enough animals to satisfy the zoo urge, and the plant life is amazing. The kids had a great time trying to identify different types of cactus. Not to miss: hummingbird aviary and the raptor free flight show. Make sure you arrive early for the raptor free flight—it gets crowded! And hang onto your hat because those birds fly low! Great time!

Thank LSR00
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

From a live rattlesnake that crossed our path 10 feet away, to raptors that flew free yet under control above our heads, this walking outdoor museum blew us away. Specific areas for butterflies, an aviary, hummingbirds, a cacti garden, desert animals and a minerals and caving exploration wing were a nice and thorough touch. Awesome!

Thank brandonk99205
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

I visited with my son, teenager we loved it! great animals very informative staff.
A must visit

Thank trimom1
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

This has something for everyone - a zoo of all the local wildlife, gardens full of local plants, natural history... My favorite part remains the hmingbird enclosure. You get to walk in the enclosure and see the bummers up close. Last trip we saw one sitting on her nest.
And if you hungry, the Ocotillo Cafe is wonderful.

Thank yellowlabmom
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