Attraction in Tucson, AZ
The moderate climate makes Tucson a great place to visit any time of year! Inside and closely surrounding Tucson are several great attractions including the Sonoran Desert Museum, Tombstone, Tubac, Biosphere II, and Old Tucson Studios. Be sure to indulge in Tucson’s outdoor activities, including desert hiking, horseback riding trails, bird-watching tours, Colossal Cave, snow skiing at Mt. Lemmon, biking, and the jogging and walking paths throughout the city. Below we have highlighted some of the best attractions and activities Tucson has to offer. Please use the links to the left and save on your hotel and car rental reservations. Our reservations service is easy and secure.
Sonoran Desert Museum
One of Southern Arizona’s most popular attractions. This museum exhibits the living, outdoor world found in the Sonoran Desert Region. This is a mostly outdoor museum located about 14 miles west of downtown. There are demonstrations taking place every day to help people understand the relationships between plants, animals, and the environment of the Sonoran Desert Region. There are over 300 different kinds of living animals and over 1300 kinds of plants. – Tucson / 520-883-1380
Old Tucson Studios
Another very popular attraction in Southern Arizona. In 1939 this town was built for the movie “Arizona” and now years later there have been over 300 productions shot here and more coming. In 1995 the town was mostly “lost” due to a fire, but has since been rebuilt and more exciting than ever. You can enjoy life in a frontier town. You can watch stunts, trick riding, and you might even get a part in a Western film shoot or Saloon musical. There are rides for the kids and great food. – Tucson / 520-883-0100
San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad
Starting out in Benson, Arizona you will take a 4 hour round trip train ride through the Old West. With the expert narration, you will hear stories about Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, Geronimo, and the Clanton brothers. You will see parts of the Old West that can only be accessible by train. Travel through the once-powerful silver mills and pass the ruins of the historic ghost town of Fairbanks, Arizona. You’ll also travel to Charleston, Arizona very close to the famous town of Tombstone. Southwestern Railroad is located only minutes from Tucson. – Benson / 520-586-2266
Developed by the American Museum of Natural History and the Environmental Defense Fund the Biosphere II demonstrates how our actions and natural forces are changing our planet and its environment. At one time scientists lived inside the Biosphere for an extended period of time as part of the project. This is a 32 part exhibit that at one time you could only tour the outside, now you can tour a portion of the project from the inside. The Biosphere II offers a full-service restaurant and overnight accommodations. Located 40 minutes north of Tucson. – Oracle / 800-828-2462
Set in the beautiful Coronado National Forest, Sabino Canyon offers a 45 minute round trip narrated tour on a shuttle bus through the Sabino Canyon. You will see some of the most beautiful scenery that Tucson has to offer. The shuttle bus stops at different points of the canyon where you can get off and hike for a while, then you can pick up the shuttle bus on the way back. Sabino Canyon is open 365 days a year. Moonlight rides three nights a month are available by reservation April – December. – Tucson / 520-749-2861
Pima Air & Space Museum
There are over 200 examples of vintage and current aircraft, from the first Wright flyer (an exact full-scale replica) to what some say was the ultimate flying machine, the famous SR-71 Blackbird. You will see helicopters, homebuilds, ultralights, soaring planes, and hang gliders. In 1991 the Museum also included many space artifacts and exhibits, such as the X-15 and the Mercury Space Capsule, and much more. – Tucson / 520-574-9658
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
A 20-minute drive south of Tucson, you’ll find the only regularly scheduled, public tours of a modern, working copper mine in all of “The Copper State.” Open Tuesday through Saturday, this award-winning exhibit center offers visitors an inside look at the industry. The Company Store gift shop offers a beautiful variety of copper fountains and home décor along with copper and silver jewelry. Located on the southwest corner of I-19 and Pima Mine Road (Exit 80). Free admission; One-hour mine tours are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for kids 5-12 years, and free for kids 0-4 years. www.mineraldiscovery.com, [email protected] – Tucson / 520-625-7513.
Kitt Peak Observatory
Located on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, high above the Sonoran Desert is the home of the world’s largest collection of optical telescopes. The National Optical Astronomy Observatories, under contract with the National Science Foundation, oversees site operations on Kitt Peak. Learn the history of optical astronomy and how Kitt Peak has had a shaping astronomical impact for the last 38 years. Located about 1 hour southwest of Tucson. – Tucson / 520-318-8726
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
The Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO) is dedicated to the conservation of the birds of southeastern Arizona, their habitats, and the diversity of species that share those habitats through research, monitoring and public education. Founded in 1996 by Tom Wood and Sheri Williamson, former managers of The Nature Conservancy’s Ramsey Canyon Preserve, SABO was created to address the growing needs for educational activities, eco-tourism development and conservation-oriented research on both public and private lands in southeastern Arizona. – Bisbee | www.sabo.org |
Tombstone is one of the most famous towns in Arizona. Know as “The town that was too tough too die” you can experience it for yourself. Just 1 hour – 15 minutes southeast of Tucson. Experience the old west up close, visit the OK Corral and check out the world’s largest rose bush. Fun for the whole family. – Tombstone
Tohono Chul Park
As you walk down the winding nature trail through our various gardens; tour through the Exhibit Hall in a renovated historic home; enjoy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea in the Tea Room and shop in the Greenhouse and Museum Shops; you begin to understand why the desert is so cherished in Tucson. Tohono Chul Park exists to increase visitors’ appreciation of the Sonoran Desert, its history and its culture. Come and experience the desert in a whole new way. Tours daily, hours vary, donation requested. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ, 85704, (520)575-8468, FAX (520)797-1213, www.tohonochulpark.org, [email protected], April Bourie, Marketing and Communications Director.
Before being discovered in 1879 this natural wonder was used for centuries by prehistoric peoples. Since its discovery, it has been the object of interest by train robbers, outlaws, and even a President of the University of Arizona. People starting taking tours through the caves in 1923, before it had been improved. Then Civilian Conservation Corps came in and constructed the walkways, buildings, and wiring in the 1930s. Since that time they have improved it even more and now thousands of people have taken tours through the caves. Tours of given daily, year-round and there is never more than a 30-minute wait. – Tucson / 520-647-7275
Davis Montham Air Force Base
Take a tour through the base and see hundreds of planes that were once flown and now rest in the desert. Some say that they could get them all in the air in a matter of weeks. Many refer to this as the “Airplane Graveyard” because, well that’s exactly what it looks like. The base also has an 18 hole golf course, shopping center, and restaurant. – Tucson