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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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What a great way to experience the desert. Experienced guides have trained birds of prey . Falcons have been used for centuries to carry messages across vast deserts. The delicate... read more

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a great way to experience the desert. Experienced guides have trained birds of prey . Falcons have been used for centuries to carry messages across vast deserts. The delicate balance of interconnected eco-systems is beautifully displayed as well as walking paths through the desert. Wear sunscreen if you are doing the paths, bring water,( always in Tucson). The museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the best zoological venues in the entire country let alone in Tucson. It has been rated at an elite level on a National scale and continues to grow in popularity. What I appreciate most about the Desert Museum is that they are not going out and grabbing animals out of their native habitat and forcing them... More 

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Greendale, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Watch the weather and plan your visit around comfortable temperatures. We arrived at 1:00 PM. At that time the outside temperature was approaching 94. Most of the walks have very limited shade and there are no misters. Despite the Temperature most of the animals could be seen in there exhibits. Do not miss the hummingbird exhibit and bird show. Our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not two minutes out of our vehicle and I walked straight into a cactus bed. So upon purchasing our admission we immediately requested first aid. Carl in security answered our 911 and took charge of the situation, removing close to 100 cactus quills(?) from my leg with grace and great humor. His ministrations allowed us to enjoy several hours of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The place was PACKED the day we visited but what a cool place...part zoo, part botanical garden, even stingray petting, if you can believe that.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must see. After spending two days in the national park just down the road, I wish I had gone here first. It's extremely informative, excellent display of life in the Desert; showcasing the animals, insects, plant life. Even if you're not into a day of learning, just walking through is very enjoyable. Seeing this place and learning... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Birds! Snakes! foxes ! all things desert are there! Fantastic place! Just don't eat @ the sit down restaurant!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

plenty to do and see, we didn't have time for everything. be ready to walk on a mix of paved and desert trails. in addition the the beautiful scenery there are live animal habitats, the prairie dogs are a favorite.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A few tips : 1. Come early and try to get parking closest to the Museum. Get oriented to where you are going on the map at the entrance. 2. Use sunblock liberally and use your sun shield gear: goggles and hats. 3. Take smaller size water bottles as you can easily refill them at one of the many water... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I' be been her several times and plan on going at least once a year. Aquarium, zoo, planetarium, and outdoor hiking. Very family friendly.

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