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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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+1 520-883-2702
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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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Who knew the desert had so much to see!

When I found out that I would be going to this museum as part of a pre-planned group activity I was a bit disappointed. I was especially dismayed when I saw that 4 hours had been... read more

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Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

When I found out that I would be going to this museum as part of a pre-planned group activity I was a bit disappointed. I was especially dismayed when I saw that 4 hours had been set aside for this "field trip". What a surprise to find that it was barely enough time to do all the things available at... More 

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Austin, TX, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good driving tour in length and what you see. did not have time to get out and take some for the walks. would be good to do that. Beautiful views. Visitor center has a good short information talk and interesting displays. Worth a visit if you have not seen or know much about Saguaro catus and other desert plants.

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Valencia, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can see here a wide range of fauna and flora from the area, including saguaro and pipe organ cactus in a nice wild environment. Cougar, coyote, lynx, colibries, owls, rattlesnakes... Excellent experience!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was destin to learn about the Tucson area when I moved to the state from a vastly different part of the united states. Everything about Arizona is so different than where I came from. If you are interested in seeing all types of Arizona native plants, animals, critters and what-knots then this is the place to go! I love... More 

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My original plan for coming here was to photograph the many plant species in this park, and I did some of that. But the attraction that really took my attention was the Raptor Free Flight, which I just happened to stumble upon in the morning and then came back to see again in the afternoon. At each session the trainers... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

More zoo than gardens. Lots of cactus, lovely aviary for hummingbirds. Nice docents throughout. Worth the drive!

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is really a place that's for all ages and not to be missed. Nicely arranged and beautiful no matter which direction you look. All exhibits are natural to Arizona and extremely well cared for.

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scottsdale, az
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

from the animals (all injured or orphaned) to the live rapture shows (10:30 & 2), and the exhibits, a great place. AZ residents $15. spend 4-5 hrs there easily. At the restaurant i got a briskit sandwich that could have fed 2 and the meal was $10. all around a great family or couples place.

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Sahuarita, AZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is more like a Desert Zoo. ;) You walk through the desert, on trails, and see different animals in exhibits and habitats. They do have a few shows where they have hawks flying around. They do have some indoor art type galleries. Come prepared with water and walking shoes and don't forget your sunscreen! Lots of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place for adults and kids. Afterwards Check out King Canyon trail or Signal Hill for some petroglyphs and/or a picnic.

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