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“A Must See in Tucson” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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$103.89*
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Tucson Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 278 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
New Jersey
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46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A Must See in Tucson”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

The best time to visit this place is early, as soon as they open, as it gets extremely hot by the afternoon. If you're there by 9, you can tour the entire museum and be leaving by the time it's unbearably hot. It's a real treat to see the different animals in a natural habitat, and its a really nice walk and exercise. I also liked the aviary, and a bird sat right on my husband's shoulder : ) It's a very cool place to visit, and there's something for everyone!

Visited November 2011
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Long time fan!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

The Desert Museum is a wonderful place for families, tourists, nature-lovers, and newcomers to the Sonoran Desert.

Visited August 2012
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Victoria BC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

A great intro to the area and the flora and fauna of the desert. Wear a hat and sunscreen as much of it is outdoors

Visited September 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Favorite in Tucson”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

I've lost track of the countless times we've visited the Desert Museum. It is one of our favorite places to visit & take our from-out-of-town visitors. It doesn't seem like a zoo/museum even though it essentially is. It definitely gives one a better appreciation & understanding of desert inhabitants and the desert landscape. Early morning is when the animals are most active. Or, if you get the chance to visit during Summer Saturday Evenings, the animals are also very active late in the evening (be sure to bring a flashlight if you go at this time). Every exhibit is pretty awesome! We always make sure to take a 10 minute break half way through the exhibit to get prickly pear lemonade at Phoebe's Coffee Bar. It is SO refreshing after being under the sun. We will definitely be going back again & again to the desert museum!

Visited September 2012
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West Babylon, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

A must see in Tucson! Forgot my sunscreen of all things only to find they have it on tap in the restrooms! Nice touch!

Visited July 2012
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