The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is the perfect day trip when you can’t agree on what you want to do. Perhaps one of you wants to go to an art museum…the other for a hike…one wants to visit a zoo…or an aquarium. No need to argue, instead, experience everything at this #1 Tuscon attraction.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
The museum that opened in 1952, now hosts over 400,000 a visitors a year. Unlike most museums, you’ll find 85% of the activities are outdoors:
- 2 miles of hiking trails;
- 47 acres of various desert habitats;
- Rich mineral including cave displays;
- Over 1200 types of plants in 16 gardens;
- Over 230 native animal species on display; and
- Even a freshwater aquarium.
We arrived early in the day and though the parking lot appeared about half full, we never felt rushed or crowded during our day-long visit. As you walk along the paths, you often feel as if you are the only person to view the desert landscape.
We found the many volunteer docents on hand make your visit even more special. They are available to help you find your way or to provide more detail on various topics. Oddly enough, one of our favorites required us to guess the animal based on the “poop” they left behind.
Animal Presentations & Desert Gardens
During our visit, we attended the live animal presentation in the Warden Oasis Theater. We also had an opportunity to talk with handlers during the Keeper-Animal interactions. We walked amongst hummingbirds in an aviary and watched raptor’s in flight. We explored desert gardens and underground caves.
So if you family can’t agree on what to do in Tucson, consider the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Two final tips:
- If you are traveling in your motorhome or with a trailer, be sure to follow I-19 to the Ajo Way Exit to Kinney Road.
- Utilize the Tucson Attractions Savings Passport, as a 2 for 1 offer is available for this attraction.