Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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  • 2021 N Kinney Rd

    Tucson, AZ 85743

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  • 520-883-1380

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What a gem in the middle of the desert. Just the drive to it is worth the price of admission. Bring a hat and a good pair of walking shoes and you will be in for a day of fun. I really enjoyed the otter, could have watched him play all

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What a gem in the middle of the desert. Just the drive to it is worth the price of admission. Bring a hat and a good pair of walking shoes and you will be in for a day of fun. I really enjoyed the otter, could have watched him play all

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I am an amateur photographer and was thrilled to have the big cats perform so willingly for me on my last visit. I was able to get some exquisite shots of two of the big cats. The male performed for me for nearly 20 minutes & I will send along the pics. Wonderful experience!!

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I am an amateur photographer and was thrilled to have the big cats perform so willingly for me on my last visit. I was able to get some exquisite shots of two of the big cats. The male performed for me for nearly 20 minutes & I will send along the pics. Wonderful experience!!

Pros: So much to see and Photograph

Cons: Hot in Summer

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The Desert Museum is a great place to take the entire family. Numerous animals to see and many places to see animals in their own habitat. Be prepared to walk a lot though. The entire trail will take you at least a couple of hours.

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The Desert Museum is a great place to take the entire family. Numerous animals to see and many places to see animals in their own habitat. Be prepared to walk a lot though. The entire trail will take you at least a couple of hours.

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This is a fun place to go for adults and children. They have lots of animals that are unique to the southwest. I love the wild cats display. It will be hot out most of the year, so bring water and a hat. I went here for my biology class at the University of Arizona and I thought it was fun, interesting, and educational.

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This is a fun place to go for adults and children. They have lots of animals that are unique to the southwest. I love the wild cats display. It will be hot out most of the year, so bring water and a hat. I went here for my biology class at the University of Arizona and I thought it was fun, interesting, and educational.

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I love the Desert Museum! This is a great place to take your kids, to go on a date, to take a class on a fieldtrip, etc. It's an awesome place to learn more about the animals who live here in Arizona. The facilities are very clean and the staff are incredibly knowledgable.

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I love the Desert Museum! This is a great place to take your kids, to go on a date, to take a class on a fieldtrip, etc. It's an awesome place to learn more about the animals who live here in Arizona. The facilities are very clean and the staff are incredibly knowledgable.

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We recently visited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (September 2005) and had a great time. It was quite a drive from where we live, but it was worth the drive. If you're traveling between now and the 30th of September, be forewarned that you must take alternative routes due to Gates Pass closing.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was a combination of a zoo and a desert garden. As we walked along the trails, we were greeted by beautiful panoramic views and bugs/animals. Our pictures consisted of cacti to beavers. We were hoping to see rattlesnakes and coyotes, but didn't have any luck in finding them.

Along the trail is a building where you can view works of art. In this same building, you
can also make crafts (drawings, headbands, origami, etc) for the little ones. It is also air conditioned so it's a nice place to take a break.

Water fountains are located all over the museum. The great thing about it is it's surprisingly cold! Just in case you're not aware, this museum is outdoors! Also, be prepared for the road that leads you to the museum... it's like riding a roller coaster!

It was a great learning experience and a great exercise! It was also inexpensive to visit... just go early; we missed out on the gift shop.

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We recently visited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (September 2005) and had a great time. It was quite a drive from where we live, but it was worth the drive. If you're traveling between now and the 30th of September, be forewarned that you must take alternative routes due to Gates Pass closing.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was a combination of a zoo and a desert garden. As we walked along the trails, we were greeted by beautiful panoramic views and bugs/animals. Our pictures consisted of cacti to beavers. We were hoping to see rattlesnakes and coyotes, but didn't have any luck in finding them.

Along the trail is a building where you can view works of art. In this same building, you
can also make crafts (drawings, headbands, origami, etc) for the little ones. It is also air conditioned so it's a nice place to take a break.

Water fountains are located all over the museum. The great thing about it is it's surprisingly cold! Just in case you're not aware, this museum is outdoors! Also, be prepared for the road that leads you to the museum... it's like riding a roller coaster!

It was a great learning experience and a great exercise! It was also inexpensive to visit... just go early; we missed out on the gift shop.

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The Arizona Sonaran Desert Museum is a great place to spend the day with your family seeing the wildlife of Tucson.

They have anything from rattlesnakes, gila monsters Havelina, birds and lizards....if it's in AZ it's here at the museum!

They offer great food and a nice gift shop!

PROS: Prices are reasonable!
CONS:

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The Arizona Sonaran Desert Museum is a great place to spend the day with your family seeing the wildlife of Tucson.

They have anything from rattlesnakes, gila monsters Havelina, birds and lizards....if it's in AZ it's here at the museum!

They offer great food and a nice gift shop!

PROS: Prices are reasonable!
CONS:

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I didn't expect much from a desert museum. What's in the desert besides cacti, right? Well, on my first visit to beautiful Tucson we stopped at this lovely museum to prove me wrong. It features the plants and animals of the sonoran desert. What an amazing variety of plants they have here! Most of the exhibits are outside, a few are indoors and they have a nice restaurant too. Definitely worth a visit if you;re visiting the area.

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I didn't expect much from a desert museum. What's in the desert besides cacti, right? Well, on my first visit to beautiful Tucson we stopped at this lovely museum to prove me wrong. It features the plants and animals of the sonoran desert. What an amazing variety of plants they have here! Most of the exhibits are outside, a few are indoors and they have a nice restaurant too. Definitely worth a visit if you;re visiting the area.

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Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is a great place for adults and children. It is a zoo, museum, and garden all rolled in one!! Be ready to spend at least 2-3 hours here. You can see everything from ants to bears at this museum. Price of admission is affordable and kids under 5 are free!!!

PROS: kids will love it
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Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is a great place for adults and children. It is a zoo, museum, and garden all rolled in one!! Be ready to spend at least 2-3 hours here. You can see everything from ants to bears at this museum. Price of admission is affordable and kids under 5 are free!!!

PROS: kids will love it
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Great place to walk a trail. Take a camera for some nice outdoor and wildlife pictures while there. Bring your sun block!

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Great place to walk a trail. Take a camera for some nice outdoor and wildlife pictures while there. Bring your sun block!

Pros: animals, trail, vegetation

Cons: snack bars, parking problems

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This is by far the best Tucson has to offer. It has history, a zoological nature as well as a museum.

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This is by far the best Tucson has to offer. It has history, a zoological nature as well as a museum.

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You could stay all day in this place. It is truly fascinating. I saw several cardinals flying around the area during my visit. This place is a real treat.

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You could stay all day in this place. It is truly fascinating. I saw several cardinals flying around the area during my visit. This place is a real treat.

Pros: Interesting

Cons: Little Pricey

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The Arizona-Sonora Dese5rt Museum is a great example of the Sonoran Desert and all the critters that live in it!! There is an abundant supply of interpretive exhibits and great restaurants on site. It also has a nice little book store!! So its well worth the trip to a very unusual zoo!!

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The Arizona-Sonora Dese5rt Museum is a great example of the Sonoran Desert and all the critters that live in it!! There is an abundant supply of interpretive exhibits and great restaurants on site. It also has a nice little book store!! So its well worth the trip to a very unusual zoo!!

Pros: Great animal exhibits, Great Plant informati, Natural settings

Cons: Can be crowded on hol, Best time is early mo

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I used that title for two reasons - it is not a zoo, in that you won't find the hustle/bustle of a traditional zoo. But, it does contain the animal life of the local desert. I find the winding pathways fun, and that the anmals are kept in an environment that closely resembles the native habitat of the animals. The new Coyote and Peccary pens are a great idea; part of the fun is trying to find these animals. My kids enjoy digging out the faux dinosaur bones as well. It is perfect for people who are new to the desert environment.

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I used that title for two reasons - it is not a zoo, in that you won't find the hustle/bustle of a traditional zoo. But, it does contain the animal life of the local desert. I find the winding pathways fun, and that the anmals are kept in an environment that closely resembles the native habitat of the animals. The new Coyote and Peccary pens are a great idea; part of the fun is trying to find these animals. My kids enjoy digging out the faux dinosaur bones as well. It is perfect for people who are new to the desert environment.

Pros: educational, gift shop

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The desert museum is beautiful for nature lovers and the inquizative alike.

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The desert museum is beautiful for nature lovers and the inquizative alike.

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What's better than being able to see a bunch of little and big lizards running around in an open outdoor pen right at the entrance. This museum gives a desciptive history of the desert. Excellent for the family.

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What's better than being able to see a bunch of little and big lizards running around in an open outdoor pen right at the entrance. This museum gives a desciptive history of the desert. Excellent for the family.

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BEST EDUCATIONAL TOOL EXPLAINING THE SONORAN REGION WE LIVE IN.

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BEST EDUCATIONAL TOOL EXPLAINING THE SONORAN REGION WE LIVE IN.

Pros: Good parking, Fine food, Great views

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The Sonoran Desert is such a beautiful place, and this attraction is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. When I lived in Tucson I made the outing a minimum of once a month with my family. Now it is a place I very much enjoy taking others to when in the area. It is the best of everything: dramatic flora and fauna, amazing natural history, entertaining native animals. Don't miss this!

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The Sonoran Desert is such a beautiful place, and this attraction is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. When I lived in Tucson I made the outing a minimum of once a month with my family. Now it is a place I very much enjoy taking others to when in the area. It is the best of everything: dramatic flora and fauna, amazing natural history, entertaining native animals. Don't miss this!

Pros: family fun, reasonably priced, drive there is A+

Cons: summer is HOT

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Good family outing, picnic areas, desert plants and animals... lots to see and learn about.

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Good family outing, picnic areas, desert plants and animals... lots to see and learn about.

Pros: beautiful views, good family outing, inexpensive

Cons: hot in the summer

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This site is worth your time and money. The Desert Museum is easy to find and the landscape is beautiful. It will entertain and educate you about the various animals, birds and plants of the sonoran desert region. All exhibits are up close and some you can walk right inside. The best time to go is early morning when the animals are more active. Plan on spending at least two hours.

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This site is worth your time and money. The Desert Museum is easy to find and the landscape is beautiful. It will entertain and educate you about the various animals, birds and plants of the sonoran desert region. All exhibits are up close and some you can walk right inside. The best time to go is early morning when the animals are more active. Plan on spending at least two hours.

Pros: Animals, Plants, Landscape

 

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