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“desert wonderment”

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Ranked #2 of 311 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 25 July 2014

The tour docent hand carried me through the main part of the museum and he was very good and extremely knowledgeable.

You have to do a lot of walking, but for me, not in 110 degree weather.

1  Thank Brian F
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We loved it. Lots of trails, plenty of water fountains to refill your bottles. I'm 70 and somewhat arthritic, but I still managed over 2 hours on the trails. If you are in good health, plan most of a day because there are also the indoor exhibits, such as the aquarium area with such creatures as garden eels. They duck down into their holes when a fish swims past. Large dens outdoors in the "zoo" portion of the museum allow one to see the local animals in almost-native habitat. Make certain to visit the "tree house."

Thank Roy C
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

We are snowbirds and go mainly in the winter. We enjoy being able to take advantage of the Raptor Free Flight demos, which are always entertaining and informative. The raptors fly RIGHT above your head and provide excellent photographic opportunities!
While there are wild animals on display, many of them have a large area to roam. (I would like to see them give the cats more room.) As you walk around the grounds, you feel less like you're in a zoo, and more like you're in the desert.
The new aquarium is small, but has nice displays, and is a cool/dark respite from the sun.
They have an art gallery with rotating displays, and offer many programs to attend. There are even activities for the hot weather, after hours, called "Cool Summer Nights".
Many times, you will see docents displaying an animal and answering questions, which is fun to see up close and personal. The hummingbird house allows you to see many different species under 1 roof. Most times we've been there we see nests with babies in them!
Their gift shop has everything from beautiful Indian-made jewelry to the typical tshirts and trinkets. There are a few different restaurants and snack areas throughout the facility, from sit-down to cafeteria style & ice cream shacks. If you join the Museum as a member, you get free iced tea or coffee, and certain days where you get 10% off in the gift shops.
Check out everything you need to know before making your trip at:
www.desertmuseum.org. Hope this helps you make your decision!

Thank ilive4sun
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

This is a great find in and around Tuscon. When I was there they were showing a 10 day old Big horn. Wonderful. I suggest going in October, or early spring April or May.

1  Thank Charlotte A
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

This is an excellent museum that focuses on the biology and flora of the Sonoran Desert. You will see plants and animals in their natural habitat, and the desert views are spectacular! Docents along the trail will greet you with tons of great information. Be as involved or uninvolved as you like. There are many great exhibits including a reproduction of part of the infamous Kartchner Caverns. See bats, bugs, fish and animals. A great thing for the family. Kids will love it and so will parents. For those who didn't appreciate the museum to give it a great review, I'm guessing they visited during a hot time of year. Be advised, if it's summer take plenty of water and sunscreen, and go early. Look at the outside first, and visit the indoor exhibits afterward. Take a camera. You will love it!!!!

Thank Statia
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