Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson

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#1 of 226 in Museums in Arizona
A combination zoo, botanic garden, and natural history museum, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum features over 3 km (2 mi) of walking paths crisscrossing nearly 9 hectares (21 acres) of desert landscapes. Home to more than 230 animal species and 1,200 varieties of plants, the museum focuses on the interpretation and presentation of the natural history and diverse plant and animal life of the Sonoran Desert. Often called "the lushest desert on earth," this region shelters a range of habitats benefiting from the desert's bi-seasonal rainfall. The museum gardens display the varied ecosystems of cacti, agaves, grasslands, and yucca, while the zoo area features wildlife ranging from coyotes, bears, and mountain lions to hummingbirds and rattlesnakes. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tucson using our trip planner.
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  • One of the premiere destinations of Tucson. A "must do" in Tucson. I've been do many times, and it just keeps on getting better and better. Wildlife, animals of the desert. I can't get enough of this ...  more »
  • Go and see it. Great trails. Great sunset on a Sat night... but get there before 5 to see the trails and aviaries as they shut them before 7. Good shops and food lovely animals . Although the pair of ...  more »
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  • Awesome 'museum' and my favorite kind. Mostly outside, so be prepared for the heat and bring cold water with you. If you are active definitely do the desert loop trail that gets you out into the natural desert. Otherwise, the paved trails are lovely and the paths and easy to manage. The park is laid out in a natural loop which makes it easy to hit everything just by following the path
  • Very nice desert museum. We were interested in cacti having just arrived in the South West and this place was very interesting. The birds of prey demonstration was exciting with hawks flying close overhead! Bought some items in the museum shop and found an aquarium with local fish there also. Nice snack bar. Worth your time.
  • Such a cool place, and the new giant, indoor kids' jungle gym and exploratory room was so impressive. I wish it were closer, but the drive means better views and that the animals get some peace. Very cool place. Even the cafeteria was good. It's an all outdoors place, besides the amazing cave, so be mindful of the weather.
  • This is a must see venue when visiting Tucson. It can be a bit pricey for a family, however the educational value for children of all ages is worth the price. The grounds and facilities are very well maintained and the staff are fantastic. Some of the animal enclosures could be larger. All in all a great experience. Enjoy!
  • Cover yourself with sunblock and wear light clothing, both in weight and color. It's going to be HOT! But it's worth it. Lots of good things to see around the nature loop trail and multiple exhibits around the trails. Some of them are underground, in the shade, and air conditioned. They also provided sunblock in the restrooms and they have COLD water fountains around the trails. The wild cats exhibit was my and my daughter's favorite. They have plenty of gift shops and places to eat and an indoor museum, which we did not get a chance to see.

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