Local Attractions in Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, and Vail Arizona
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Famous around the world, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden has a huge range of animals and plants indigenous to the Sonoran Desert region, presented in their natural habit.
International Wildlife Museum
Fantastic natural history exhibits mammals, insects, and birds from around the globe in natural and realistic settings.
Pima Air and Space Museum
Pima Air Museum houses one of the world’s biggest collections of vintage and military aircraft and spacecraft; tour guides are well informed and several actually flew some of the craft in combat or on historic flights.
Arizona Historical Society Museum
The Arizona Hitsorical Society Museum exhibits highlight the cultural history of Southern Arizona and Tucson from pre-history to the present day.
Arizona State Museum
The Arizona State Museum is internationally recognized for its innovative exhibits on the history of Southern Arizona’s Native American tribes.
Center for Creative Photography
The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, maintains lifetime archives of hundreds of eminent and esteemed photographers in a comprehensive range of genres; featured artists include many well-known Americans, including Ansel Adams and Edward Weston.
Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium
The Flandrau Science and Planetarium has exciting daily shows and nightly star-gazing through the telescope; the adjoining center has great hands-on science displays and the University of Arizona Mineral Museum.
Tucson Children’s Museum
The Tucson Childrens Museum has delightful interactive exhibits attract children to explore and learn about the world around them.
Tucson Museum of Art
The Tucson Museum of Art has a collection that focuses on the ancient and contemporary arts and crafts of the Americas, the museum exhibits works by many local Southwestern, and Native American artists.
Old Tucson Studios has been the setting for many famous western movies and was frequented by John Wayne, Gary Cooper, and so many others. The studio has great stage shows, including staged gun fights and stage coach hold ups; trail rides are also offered and shops and eateries make it a full day out.
Arizona Theatre Company
Teh arizona Theatre Company ia Arizona’s foremost professional theater company and stages six annual productions.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents classics, chamber orchestra, and recital concerts; special kids concerts are a must-see!
Map of Tucson Area Attractions
Tucson Association of Museums
For a more complete list of museums in the Tucson region and updates on current happenings.
The largest Gem and Mineral Show in the world is hosted in Tucson every year for the first two weeks of February. The city becomes a metropolis of cultures from all around the world. Hotels are usually booked far in advance, so this is a consideration if you are travelling to visit, or purchase Real Estate during this time.If you are planning a trip to the Tucson area, then the event is well worth your time.
The Accenture Golf Tournament is now played at Dove Mountain Gallery Golf Club. The Tournamnet features the top 64 players in the Nation, and is now the Official Site of the Accenture Golf Tournament and the new Rita Carlton Resort.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Saguaro National Park
This stunning desert park is home to the majestic saguaro cactus, star of a thousand westerns; an incredible range of indigenous flora and fauna have adapted to this habitat. Hiking trails are available.
Catalina State Park
This lovely desert park has horseback, bicycle, and hiking trails; camping and picnicking facilities; and an equestrian center. A special feature of this park is its archeological site.
Mt Lemmon Ski Valley
Just an hour’s drive from Tucson, the ski valley means that residents may go swimming and skiing in the same day.
The Tucson and Oro Valley area is justifiably thought of as one of the world’s premiere golfing locations.
Kino Sports Complex
The complex contains the Tucson Electric Park stadium, spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox. Major community fundraisers are also held there, and local youth leagues in both baseball and soccer are hosted. The complex is also home to major baseball tournaments like the Team USA Amateur Baseball Tournament and State Divisional Baseball Tournaments.
SHOPPING AND DINING
Vegan and Vegetarian Dining in Tucson
Tucson Dining Guides
Reid Park Zoo
Seventeen beautifully landscaped acres house over 400 species from around the world.
San Xavier del Bac Mission
Often referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of North America” this historic Franciscan Mission (begun in 1783 and completed in 1797) is an active Catholic church, open to viewing most days of the week.
University of Arizona
One of the nation’s best research universities.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
The 2.5-acre Botanical Garden preserves plants native to the Southwest, promotes environmental awareness, and educates the public on gardening in the desert.
Sabino Creek gushes through the shady canyon creating an interesting habitat for plants and animals in the midst of this desert region. Visitors enjoy the cool and refreshing spot.
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