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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Address: 2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
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08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum, botanical garden and...

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.

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Really enjoyed taking pictures, and learning more about the desert environment there. Honestly it was 88 while we were there and we weren't heat stressed at all.

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Clive, Iowa
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed taking pictures, and learning more about the desert environment there. Honestly it was 88 while we were there and we weren't heat stressed at all.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Plan for a whole day. Guides are terrific. All exhibits were well done and fascinating. Lovely walking trails mostly outside.

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Topeka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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This was our 2nd visit. It is close to West Saguaro National Park but a long drive from Tucson. We got there around 10 am and had to park a long way from the entrance. There are many water fountains around the park and benches to rest for old folks like us plus two restaurants. One was more expensive and... More 

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Great way to learn about this unique area of our country. Very well laid out to get around and see all the exhibits. We took three hours (adults); allow longer for kids who want to get hands on. Wonderful to see so many animals in their natural habitats. Staff were abundant and helpful.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I suppose that if you are not going to actually go hiking in the desert, that this museum is a good thing to do. It is family friendly, and they do a good job of providing lots of shade which is certainly needed. However - we have been to many places with similar types of exhibits, and this was mediocre.... More 

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This is certainly worth the drive to the west outside of Tucson to see this remarkable zoo and desert area. My best advice is to go early in the morning when it opens to best see the animals and to avoid the heat/crowd. Don't miss the hummingbird exhibit. I was lucky enough to be there to catch them nesting and... More 

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Visited on a perfect day in early April. Not too hot, ideal for walking around this lovely museum. Really enjoyed the hummingbird zone, beautiful little creatures they are!! Bit lively, so make sure you've got a fast shutter :) Reptile zone, very wicked! Some nasty little buggers safely housed away in there! On the whole I am not a fan... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Best in the morning to avoid the desert heat, this was a fascinating insight into the desert animals and plants. Not too large and easy to get around, the workers were exceptionally helpful in sharing insights and engaging the children. Caves and underground exhibits are a welcome change from the heat, and our children loved seeing coatis, river otters, big... More 

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This place is hard to describe ... museum, zoo, nature center. But it is a more-than-worthwhile stop to learn about the desert and Arizona itself. Our family really enjoyed our visit and had it not gotten so hot, we would have stayed longer. Fun and educational. And beautiful.

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Wonderful variety including everything from hummingbirds to javelinas. Spectacular views of the city and desert landscape.

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