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“Best small outdoor museum/zoo ever”

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Ranked #1 of 306 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 January 30, 2013

The setting and attention to detail is what sets this place apart. You can see desert plants and animals here in their natural habitats and learn about the reasons for these unusual species. It's a class operation from start to finish. Worth every penny and all your time.

Thank Carol S
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Yes what a place to visit. I have been there three times. and the best time is in April. The animals, road runners, prarie dogs, are in a seculed area, and the hummingbirds have their own place too. but the rest is free to roam, snakes, spiders, owls, eagles, out in the open desert. it is not dangerous, because I think they are more scared of us humans.

Thank katlady999
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

This is a place my husband & I enjoy going to several times a year. You can fly through it in a couple hrs or spend many hrs learning so much! Since animals are a part of the adventure here, morning is the best time to visit & in the summer, the only time to go! The presentations are always very informative & interesting, usually given by very educated docents. Whatever you do, don’t miss the hummingbird exhibit. The views are worth the trip, too. We’ve been there a couple times when we watched storms rolling through the valley. What an incredible experience.

Thank BanD2008
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Bring your comfortable shoes, water, hat, and sunscreen because you are not going to whiz thru in 30 minutes. Volunteer guides are courteous and informed not only on animals but Tucson as well.

2  Thank Bill R
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Highlights were the hummingbird exhibit and the bird aviary which captivated adults and children alike. Lots of interesting exhibits and opportunities to see native animals, plants and reptiles from Arizona in a superb setting.

While efforts have been made to provide a natural and interesting environment most animals lacked space to run and explore. The Great Heron enclosure was particularly sad. Having said that, it was a joy to see the mountain lions and ocelots.

Highly recommended!

Thank DebandBill
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