Personal Recommendations for Family Fun in Tucson, Arizona
*Note: This page is still in progress, so check back for new recommendations of fun things to do in Tucson and Southern Arizona!
With two locations, one in downtown Tucson, the other farther north in Oro Valley, the Children's Museum is a great place for kids to learn, play and explore. Escape the summer heat and attend workshops, reading hours, and crafting and science activities. Visit http://www.childrensmuseumtucson.org for hours, admission and other facts about the Downtown Tucson and Oro Valley locations.
The Reid Park Zoo is centrally located in Tucson and sits in the beautiful Reid Park. Reid Park Zoo’s mission is “to encourage commitment to the conservation of biological diversity and to provide educational and fun experiences for visitors of all ages.” The zoo's hours vary depending on the season, so visit https://reidparkzoo.org/ for more information on hours, the animals, and all of the fun activities the zoo offers.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is one of the Tucson area's crown jewels! The 98 acre Desert Museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium. The museum has hourly activities for children in different areas. There are many stroller-friendly paths along with well-maintained dirt paths. Check out the detailed website for fun summer experiences and special hours: https://www.desertmuseum.org/.
The museum includes:
- 21 interpreted acres with two miles of walking paths through various desert habitats
- 230 animal species
- 1,200 types of plants — 56,000 individual specimens
- One of the world's most comprehensive regional mineral collections
Old Tucson is Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! Whether you’re looking for a day of Western fun and entertainment for your family or for your company, Old Tucson is the perfect location to take a step back in time. Old Tucson offers fun for the whole family with shows, games, rides, tours and educational opportunities.
The International Wildlife Museum is dedicated to increasing knowledge and appreciation of the diverse wildlife of the world as well as explaining the role of wildlife management in conservation. Dioramas depicting wild animals in their natural settings, videos, interactive computers, and hands-on exhibits promote wildlife appreciation and conservation.
If you are looking for an active experience away from the heat, check out Rocks and Ropes indoor climbing gym. The gym has a kid's climbing wall, bouldering cave and plenty of top rope climbs. See their website for open climb hours and rates: https://rocksandropes.com/.
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- - Tuscon Airport $25 (USD)
- - Central Tucson (including Sam Hughes, Blenman Elm, Broadmoor, University area, etc.) $20 (USD)
- - Downtown, Armory Park, Barrio Viejo $25 (USD)
- - Tuscon Estates $40 (USD)
- - East Tucson (Sabino Canyon, Ventana Canyon, Tanque Verde, Saguaro East) $30 (USD)
- - Catalina Foothills $30 (USD)
- - Oro Valley $45 (USD)
- - Catalina $50 (USD)
- - Marana $50 (USD)
- - Vail $45 (USD)
- - Green Valley and Sahuarita $50 (USD)
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