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“Truly a living desert - watch out for rattlesnakes!”

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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Tucson Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 300 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, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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4 attraction reviews
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“Truly a living desert - watch out for rattlesnakes!”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Incredibly interesting museum, a delight to walk through and be "in" the environment along with the animals you're seeing. Some (like the bee exhibit) depend on local wild bees to be around for you to see as you read the information about them - great that the grounds are so "natural" that a few of the animals could be wild and non-confined. The hummingbirds were nesting and a few babies were out, so so precious. Bring a camera with a good zoom/sports lens! We stumbled upon the cave at the last minute as we were walking out, wish we would have had more time to explore there. One word of caution - watch (and listen!) for rattlesnakes! We stumbled upon a very irritated rattler, poised and ready to strike, right next to the walking path. It truly is a living desert, keep your eyes and ears open.

Visited March 2013
Thank MegMcRam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Don't miss this!”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

The hummingbird house is amazing! One of the coolest things I have ever experienced. Great zoo type atmosphere. We enjoyed the bobcat, beavers, otters, and prairie dogs the most. The food court had a variety of choices and was good.

Visited March 2013
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Deserts 101”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Great "crash course" in desert! We saw lots of animals, witnessed raptor flights, talked to knowledgeable volunteers. The hummingbird aviary was incredible. Lots of space in and outdoors, so crowds were never overwhelming.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Denise R
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“Not impressed.”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

This was not at all worth the drive to get here or the few bucks we paid to get in. The boys 8 & 9 were bored out of their minds. We saw very few animals. Would not recommend

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“Very informative”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Very neat outdoor museum. Very informative. If you want to know about the desert go to the museum. Nice videos for everyone to watch. Cactus everywhere.

Visited March 2013
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