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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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$103.89*
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Tucson Day Tour
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: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed November 11, 2013

The animals, the landscaping, the staff..... we loved it all. It is a place to see for the entire family but don't forget your sunglasses, hat , sunscreen as you will be outside most of the time and it gets hot really quickly. It is best to go early mornings to see the animals as they are more active.

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

More of a zoo than a museum. Great place to see and learn a lot on desert animals and plants. Reasonable price to visit. Would describe it as one of the must do activities for visitors to Tucson. Great docents and hands on displays. Excellent snake displays, mountain lions and raptor shows. Visit into the evening if you get the opportunity - animals are more active at night. A must visit.

Thank Zack M
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

I have been here several times before, but always love coming back when I'm in the Tucson area. The day was perfect (November) as it can be way too hot in the summer months. I was impressed with the new Raptor demonstration. It's done twice a day so make sure you time your visits to be able to see it (I think it was at 11 and 2). Spring is a better time to see the desert in full bloom but there still was a lot to see in the fall and the walking trails are beautiful regardless. There are several enclosed animal/bird exhibits but the majority of your time will be spent outside so dress accordingly and bring water. There is food/drink available on the grounds and they also have a nice gift shop. Our bonus for the day was seeing a coyote wandering the parking lot!

Thank Jereichel
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Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

We have lived in southern Arizona our entire lives and still enjoy an occasional trip to the desert museum. Our favorite time to go is for the summer Saturday nights. They keep the park open later in the evening. You get to see nocturnal activities and the weather is much cooler.

Thank Linzie C
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

I'm (nearly) a native Arizonan, so I should have known better than to go here when temperatures were above 85 degrees. I was only able to stay for a few hours, but they were well spent. There are a couple of enclosed aviaries - one featured hummingbirds, my favorite! The riparian area has the cutest river otter who was very entertaining, There is a great deal more to see and experience. If you are new to the Sonoran Desert, paying for a docent tour is a good investment. Arizona residents and military personnel qualify for reduced admission prices with proof.

Thank Lori_T22
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