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“The Very Best Museum For the Sonoran Desert”

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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Tucson Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 287 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, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Kirtland, Ohio
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290 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“The Very Best Museum For the Sonoran Desert”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

If you are in Tuscon you should not miss this museum! It explains the many aspects of the desert habitat. Do not miss the live raptor show at 2pm daily. I believe it is a one of a kind show in the USA.

The Hummingbird House is also very well done. One can view javelinas, mountain lions, snakes, reptiles, and a small aquarium.

There are 3 places to eat here with a range in price. The formal restaurant will cost quite a bit more than the cafeteria syle restaurant.

The gift shop also has a great variety of items from the southwest. The prices tended to be on the high side at the shop, but they help support this fantastic attraction.


Visited January 2013
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“Great wildlife”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

This place was very busy, due to the holidays, but it is a large park and people soon spread out. We saw javelinas, mountain sheep, hummingbirds and prairie dogs (I think they are called something else in AZ) There were lots of trails to follow and good explanations. The restaurant looked lovely, but we just had coffee. The 2 gift shops are nice too. The drive through Tucson Mountain Park is beautiful, especially to northerners who don't know about cactus. They are spectacular. We spent an enjoyable few hours here.

Visited December 2012
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Tucson, AZ
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40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“I did not know that there are seahorses in the Sea of Cortez until I saw some”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

in the new aquarium exhibit at the Desert Museum! The Warden aquarium recently opened in the visitor center at the museum. Entrance to the exhibit is controlled so that there was plenty of time and space to watch the fresh water and salt water creatures move around. Visitors should not miss the raptor free flights--we saw a barn owl and then a cast of Harris hawks. Fascinating!

Visited January 2013
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Lansing, Michigan
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“An excellent desert experience.”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Great exhibits of desert animals, plants, birds, and terrain. Exceptional raptor demonstration with trained, untethered birds of prey. Great views of the Sonora.

Visited January 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“A Gorgeous, Enjoyable Way to Experience and Learn About the Desert Very Close to Other TOP Things to Do”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

We primarily went to see the "Birds of Prey" show which was fantastic and very informative. However, we very much enjoyed walking through the museum for a large portion of our afternoon. The docents are all very knowledgeable and helpful, the setting is beautiful, the exhibits are fun and interesting for ALL ages. When in Tucson, don't miss this!! Also, you will find yourself very close to the west entrance of Saguaro National Park - which has MANY short and beautiful hiking trails including Signal Hill, which has petroglyphs AND an amazing view. Also, stop at Gates Pass to view the sunset at your day's end. It is also close to Ols Tucson, which we did jot stop at, but I hear is very interesting.

Visited January 2013
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