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Located southeast of the capital city of Phoenix, and quite near the Mexican border, Tucson, Arizona is a great spot to visit any time of year. It is rich in history while keeping up with modern trends. No matter what you like to do, there’s bound to be somewhere in Tucson to meet your needs. From golfing, to sightseeing, to casinos and shopping, Tucson is a little city filled with big-city attractions. Here are the top 10 things to do in Tucson, that most everyone will enjoy.
Things To Do In Tucson
Casino of the Sun
One of the many Native-American owned casinos in Arizona, this large casino is owned and operated by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. It contains a substantial bingo hall, slots, and three very nice restaurants.
Pima Air & Space Museum
This museum is dedicated to the history of flight. Its collection is one of the largest in the world. Among its many treasures are World War II combat gliders, commercial aircraft, military experimental crafts, and many more treasures of the aviation past.
Mission San Xavier Del Bac
One of the oldest, and most well-kept missions in the southwest. Built in the 1700s, this adobe church house is a great example of Spanish Colonial architecture. Among its many exquisite features, are carvings, sculptures and frescoes, both religious, and artistic.
Reid Park Zoo
A very small zoo, perfect for an afternoon activity. Despite its size, Reid Park Zoo is a very popular sight and a high-quality attraction. The zoo was founded in 1965 with a collection of birds, prairie dogs, farm animals, and a few squirrel monkeys, has expanded to a 24-acre campus that houses hundreds of animals in naturalistic exhibits and annually hosts more than 500,000 visitors. Reid Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Fort Lowell Museum
A military museum is rich in history. The Fort Lowell Museum offers unique exhibits and hands-on activities for adults, families, and children and it’s also pet-friendly. Located in an 1880s reproduction adobe officers’ quarters, visitors can explore Army life during the Apache wars and try their hand at crafts such as soap and candle making.
Arizona Historical Society
Another great museum. It contains exhibits on not only Tucson’s history but also the history of the whole great state of Arizona.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
The Tucson Botanical Gardens, a tranquil oasis in the heart of Tucson, strives to be recognized and respected as the best small public garden in America. A botanical garden dedicated to the desert environment. This beautiful attraction is both educational and pleasurable to visitors and locals alike.
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium
An observatory, and a planetarium. Visitors here can participate in many educational programs at the centre, or peer through its powerful telescope into space.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
This museum is more like a zoo than a museum. It features desert creatures, a desert botanical garden, and many educational exhibits about the wild Sonoran Desert. It prides itself in the education of its visitors on the wisdom and conservation of the local habitat.
Old Tucson Studios
Built in 1938, and used as the set for over 70 western movies, this mini theme park is full of entertainment. You can learn how western films were made, see a staged old west shootout, or enjoy one of the many rides and live entertainment shows. Loved by both native southwesterners and many visitors from all over the country, Old Tucson Studios may very well be the best Tucson has to offer. The perfect blend of history, entertainment, and sights, it’s the attraction no visit to Tucson should be without.