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“" A must-see for desert first timers"!”

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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Tucson Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 280 things to do in Tucson
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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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Leesburg, Georgia
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“" A must-see for desert first timers"!”
Reviewed April 11, 2012

Fun, educational and beautiful! The docents were helpful and presentations interesting. Bring water, comfortable shoes and don't miss anything!

Visited April 2012
Thank Monica071
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Whidbey Island, WA
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“A Unique Zoo”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

This is more Zoo/Botanical Garden than Museum. A fantasitc facility with only animals/plants found in the area. Go EARLY to avoid the heat!!

Visited April 2012
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A Beautiful spot”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

A marvellous place to spend a day if you like wildlife, fresh air and good views.Loved the humming bird aviary and the free flying raptor display.
The trails are easy to follow and the staff are all very helpful.Lunch in the main restaurant was excellent, The gift shop had some good quality merchandise.

Visited April 2012
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Vancouver, Washington
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67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great outdoor and indoor museum - could have stayed longer!”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

The value of the entry for my daughter and I far exceeded my expectation. We allotted 3-1/2 hours thinking it was enough. But we had to skip several exhibits including the desert walk (recommended time is 1/2 hour).
We knew to bring water, and were glad there were water fountains located in strategic locations.
If it had been any hotter and sunnier (!) it would have been difficult to stay outside longer. Wear hats and sunscreen. The bathrooms at the museum have sunscreen if you forget and there are some shady spots for breaks.
Don't miss the following exhibits: Burrowing owls and snakes; Life on the Rocks; Cat Canyon; Walk-in Aviary, Cactus Garden; Hummingbirds.

Visited April 2012
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“Great for kids”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

Learn about the desert and its inhabitants. Our kids learned the names of the different cactus and hated the snakes. Girls?! Plus you can make a day of it and visit Old Tucson.

Visited March 2012
Thank ArbyH
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