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“Always nice to visit”

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Ranked #1 of 307 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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed June 14, 2013

We love to visit this museum. Although, this time we were unlucky as the mountain lions were gone (retirement). Also, it was very warm so many animals were hiding from the sun, which means we did not see many animals. What we think is great that there are many water fountains where you can fill up your water bottle. Also, in the rest rooms they provide free sun cream which is great as it was really sunny.

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Go at night. It is fun and not as hot. We had a great time. At the time they had and astronomer there with a giant telescope and so we could see the rings of Saturn. They also had a man there who had taken hundreds of photos of lightning in the desert. That was incredible! The prices were also pretty reasonable. We would definitely go back!

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Who knows how long we'd have to look in the desert before finding all the flora and fauna we saw here. This was an amazing introduction to our recent SW road trip. Many thanks to our AZ friends for taking us here. Even as seniors, we thoroughly enjoyed the interactive parts of the Museum. The prairie dogs and blooming cacti might have been my favorites, but being able to look at the great expanse of the desert was a real treat. We'll definitely return and recommend this to other travelers who have a few hours to stroll and enjoy.

1  Thank grollett
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Was a great place to spend a couple of hours despite the 100 degree heat. Had a wide variety of plant and wildlife. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in the desert ecosystem. Tip: on most of the signs to the museum it is only identified as "Desert Museum", rather than "Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum" but its the same thing. Would recommend going when it is cooler though!

1  Thank jparkerc
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

When most people think of the Arizona desert, they tend to think of sand and sagebrush and saguaro cactus, but the truth is that the high Sonora desert is more of a forest than a wasteland. True, the trees are short and few, but there are so many other plants and animals that the desert here is alive in ways that other more stereotypical deserts are not.
This is what makes the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum so interesting-- it really fits perfectly into its environment. There are many animals in admittedly natural-looking cages, but I find that somewhat sad, so my interests are more in the other aspects of the museum, particularly in the many different species of plants, and the evidence of ancient human habitation.
It's a short drive from Tucson to the museum, and is well worth the trip. The museum is extremely well laid-out, the docents are knowledgeable and there is an amazing array of animals and plants, from mountain lions and coyotes to organ-pipe cactus and jojoba bushes.

1  Thank Soggiorno
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