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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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Tucson Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 282 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 young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Parsonsfield, Maine
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“great place”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

When of the best done zoos I've been to in a long time....blended in really well and felt very natural! Everyone was friendly and helpful! GO,GO, GO

Visited November 2012
Thank Eric B
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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140 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Very special place”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

The desert museum is a very special place and a model for what can be done. It crosses the line between being a museum, a garden and a zoo blending into a teaching experience.

There are so many exhibits, displays and special events that we filled 4 hours quickly and didn't have the time to see everything. Go early and put aside a whole morning to enjoy all the events.

The hummingbird display was very special and allowed us to see the calm, relaxed birds up close.

Visited September 2013
Thank nthirion
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Wilsonville, Oregon
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Captures the area beautfully!”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Beautiful well-though out grounds; benches & water w/paved paths. The whole family can enjoy a long walk or short one. Must see: hummingbird/butterfly area and the snake house!! Large gift shop & small café to refresh yourself. Beautiful art museum!

Visited September 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Love this place”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Wish I lived closer and could visit more often. I hear they have a new aquarium too. Highly recommend the restaurant also, many food choices. Bathrooms even have sunscreen available for visitors.

Visited August 2013
Thank beach l
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New York City, New York
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45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great place to spend a few hours”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

We learned a lot about animal and plant life in the desert. Being from the East Cost, an interesting experience for the family. Docents very, very helpful with answering questions posed by our teens. Try to plan your visit to be there early in the day or evenings as the animals seek shade as the temps rise. We also did the drive through the Sonora Desert Monument. Awesome cacti to see there as well.

Visited August 2013
Thank LMR1995
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