Things to Do in Tucson + Southern Arizona

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The property features a zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden all in one venue. Read More

Guided tours at the Biosphere 2 give families an insider view into the world’s largest glass-enclosed environmental lab—with wilderness... Read More

Go beyond the touristy town center to the northern boundary of town to see the burial site of many of Tombstone’s most infamous outlaws: the... Read More

The University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography houses a blue-chip collection of more than 2,225 photographers, including Ansel Adams,... Read More

The center consists of a gallery, music studios, crafts studios, and a community theater that recently staged the locally written production of Justa... Read More

Whether or not you’re a fan of Ted DeGrazia’s much reproduced art, the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is worth a visit: the adobe walls seem to... Read More

One of the world’s largest telescopes sits atop Mount Hopkins. Amateur astronomers can check out the scaled-down models at the visitors’... Read More

Take the 1.5-hour guided tour of the tripped-out subterranean fantasia of soda-straw stalactites, stalagmites, and the tallest cave column in Arizona... Read More

Sample the famous, locally harvested wares at Killer Bee Honey (where the golden syrup is flavored by mesquite and desert wildflowers). Read More

One of the town’s best galleries also has a sculpture garden. Read More

Budding astronomers will like Kitt Peak National Observatory, about an hour out of Tucson, with the largest collection of optical research telescopes in... Read More

Seventeen acres of prickles and thorns mean heaven for succulent lovers at this nursery that stocks a vast selection of garden art. Read More

Tour the stunning Mission San Xavier del Bac, also known as the White Dove of the Desert; it’s often cited as the finest intact example of Mission... Read More

The shop sells sinful slabs of homemade fudge (locals swear by the cookie-dough variety). Read More

Check out the site of Tombstone’s most famous gunfight and, for a small fee, employ a guide with a horse-drawn replica stagecoach. Read More

Once a fort that marked the northern frontier of New Spain, the 150-year-old Old Town Artisans houses a cluster of charming shops (although the... Read More

Stop in to browse the landscape photographs. Read More

On the Arizona side of the border town of Nogales (locals cross over seamlessly on an almost daily basis), this boot maker has been around since the... Read More

The museum offers tours of the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, where thousands of old aircraft are mothballed. Read More

Hike the sprawling preserve of mature saguaro stands (found only in the Sonoran Desert). Go to the west side to see petroglyphs left by the Hohokam... Read More

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