Rattlesnake Bridge & Tohono Chul Park – 2 Hidden Gems in Tucson

Rattle Snake Bridge – Tucson, Arizona

Are you looking for the world’s largest rattlesnake? If so you will find it in Tucson, cleverly disguised as a pedestrian bridge over Broadway Road. Its eyes light up and the tail rattles whenever someone walks across. This bridge is 280 feet long and looks like a diamondback rattlesnake with the mouth as one entrance and the tail at the other. The bridge was completed in 2002 and has been a treat for the citizens of the community ever since.

It might be a far cry from San Francisco’s Golden Gate, but Tucson’s Rattlesnake Bridge is part of this desert city’s unique style. Built nearly 20 years ago, Tucson’s Rattlesnake Bridge has earned national and international awards. It’s also a unique example of Art and architecture coming together to create something memorable.

You can also see some great art when you are driving around the city and see the approximately 140 murals on the exterior of restaurants, schools, and shopping centers as well as the tile work on the freeway retaining walls.

Tohono Chul Park

In the midst of the desert, there is an oasis waiting for you at Tohono Chul Park in northeast Tucson. It is a Sonoran desert habitat park with an interesting variety of plants, birds, and butterflies. There 49 acres of beautiful gardens, trails, art galleries in a restored adobe hacienda, a tearoom, a greenhouse, and gift shops that all wait for your visit. You can take a guided tour or just wander around by yourself, you can take a break for tea or watch the birds flying around. It’s a wonderful break from the normal hectic pace whether you are a Tucson resident or a person on an Arizona vacation.

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’s showplace grounds and famous Garden Bistro offer many options for group functions. Whatever the occasion, the wonderful ambiance makes every moment memorable. Park grounds are available for evening rental and can accommodate seating for up to 300. The Garden Bistro is available for evening rental and can accommodate up to 200.


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