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100+ Things to do in Tucson, Arizona

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the sun shining tover top of a white painted block wall with pots of cactus plants sitting on top of it Tucson, Arizona is unique in that you can find something to enjoy no matter what your interests are. Many different kinds of museums have their homes here along with great natural wildlife, hiking trails and spectacular plant life that grows only in our southwestern desert. Below you will find over 100 places to visit during your stop in Tucson. This is one of the most comprehensive lists of things to do in Tucson! Many of the places are free, however others do charge. We have not included pricing as that tends to change frequently. We recommend you visit the websites or call the listing for additional and up-to-date information. As a disclaimer, anytime you have a list like this there is always the possibility that something will change like offerings, websites or phone numbers. A business will go out of business. We've done our best to provide an accurate list of things to do in Tucson, but if you find an error, change or omission please bring it to our attention using the comment form at the bottom of this page. Above all, enjoy your visit to Tucson!

Outdoor Scenery

Sabino Canyon

Hike or ride the tram up and through Sabino Canyon. The tram ends after about 4 miles, but then you can continue to hike up to popular Seven Falls. On occasion the falls run dry during rainless times in our desert. $5 per car to park. The tram is about $9 per person.
N. Sabino Canyon Rd, Tucson

Saguaro National Parks

Take your pick of East or West Saguaro National Park. We recommend East due to it's paved road and absolutely gorgeous canyon. Keep an eye out for gilla monsters crossing your path. However, West has more Saguaro cacti and you can also view some 1,000 or so year old petroglyphs carved by ancient Native Americans on Signal Hill. $15 per vehicle. Paying at one park will allow you access to the other park for a week.

Tohono Chul Park

7366 N Paseo Del Norte, Tucson

Sentinel Peak (A Mountain)

The first inhabitants of the area lived at the base of this small mountain in a village called "Cuk Son". The hill is now a park and offers a great panoramic view of the city. The Army used the existing Indian fortification on the hill to watch for raiding apaches from 1775 until after the Civil War. The "A" is for the University of Arizona and was placed in 1915. Be sure to check the city website for times as there is a proposal to limit car traffic to certain days and it's a difficult uphill trek for flatlanders.
Congress St. west, left on Sentinel Peak Rd. Be careful to follow the one-way signs.

Tumamoc Hill

One of the earliest settlements in the area by Native Americans was Tumamoc Hill. Now, as many as 1500 people a day hike the same 1.5 mile trail these early natives walked to enjoy some of Tucson's beautiful scenery. A phone app narrates the interesting things you will see as you walk along. Be advised, you will be walking UP a hill! Expect to spend about two hours here.
Congress Street west (turns into N. Silverbell Rd.), bear left onto W. Anklam Rd, left on Tumamoc Hill Rd.

View if a mountain valley outside of Tucson, AZCatalina State Park

Hike, bike and drive through 5500 acres of the Coronado National Forest looking for many of the 150 bird species that call this wilderness their home. The park is about 40 miles north of Tucson at 11570 North Oracle Road.

Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Regional Park

A warm spring feeds a lake in this 100 acre park. Enjoy a picnic lunch beside the lake.
12325 East Roger Road

Seven Falls

We mentioned it above, but Seven Falls is worthy of its own entry. Hike 2.5 miles through Bear Canyon into the Coronado National Forest to see these waterfalls in the middle of the desert (although they occasionally do dry up). The trailhead starts in Sabino Canyon and to reach it you can either ride the tram or hike an additional two miles each way. Medium difficulty hike.
Sabino Canyon
N. Sabino Canyon Rd, Tucson

Gates Pass

Recommended! End your day with a breath-taking sunset from Gates pass looking out over 40+ miles of Arizona desert. Drive out Gates Pass Road until you come to the overlook on the right side of the road. If you pass it, simply keep going to another one a mile or so down the road, turn around to go back.
Speedway Blvd going west turns into Gates Pass Road.

Bird Watching

Sweetwater Wetlands Park is a large man-made wetlands (OK, it's really treated sewer water that is filtering back into the ground, but it does not smell- really). Paved and gravel trails wander between the different ponds. There is always a selection of water birds as well as migratory birds, frogs, an occasional animal and reptiles (that means snakes too). We saw a huge rattlesnake here one evening.
I-10 west to Prince Road exit. Turn left, cross the interstate and then right onto North Business Center Drive. Turn right onto N. Commerce Drive and them left onto N. Benan Venture Dr. Finally turn left onto W. Sweet water Dr and the wetlands will be on the left.

Bird Watching #2

Over one 140 species of birds and 80 species of butterflies have been viewed from the pathways of The Oasis of WOW Arizona! For a suggested donation of at least $10 per person you can spend time in this nature conservatory that has been 20 years in the making. We've heard that there's something like 60 bird feeders around the property.
By appointment only. Call 520-907-8735
5494 East Edwin Road, Tucson (about 20 miles north of Tucson)



There are literally dozens of trails all around Tucson that locals and guests alike enjoy on a regular basis. Here are a few that are less than 30 minutes or so driving from downtown Tucson. It is extremely important to carry extra water with you even during cooler temperatures. Many of the trails will leave you without cell-phone service so make sure someone knows where you are going and an expected return time in the event of an emergency. Also, do your due-diligence as many of our trails do not allow dogs.

Hiking locations mentioned under the category Outdoor Scenery:
Saguaro National Parks
Tumamoc Hill
Catalina State Park

Pima Canyon Trail

(North, easy to moderate)
This trailhead is easy to access with parking at the very head. Total trail length is about 6 miles one way. A really big Gila Monster has been spotted on this trail.
1610 E Magee Rd, Tucson, AZ

Finger Rock Trail

(North, moderate to difficult)
This trail will give you a workout. Like the Pima Canyon Trail, this path heads up Mt. Kimball but from another angle. And when we say “angle” we mean there are some spots where you really want to you’re footing or you will return with abrasions. This trail is not recommended for people who are scared of heights.
7180 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

Guided Indian Pictograph Hike (West, moderate)

An approximate 4 hour moderate difficulty guided hike will take you through a Sonoran gully and up a mountain side to hidden caves where native Americans painted the small cave walls in years distant past. Usually this tour must be booked in advance. $25 per person or $50 per group (maximum 6 people).
Call Tim for more information.

Seven Falls

(North, moderate)
Hike 2.5 miles through Bear Canyon into the Coronado National Forest to see these waterfalls in the middle of the desert (although they occasionally do dry up). The trailhead starts in Sabino Canyon and to reach it you can either ride the tram or hike an additional two miles each way.
Sabino Canyon
N. Sabino Canyon Rd, Tucson, AZ

Douglas Springs Trailhead

(East, easy to moderate)
Part of Saguaro National Park but limited parking is available outside the park so there is no entrance fee. Hike about two miles to reach Bridal Falls where you can see an actual waterfall if we’ve had enough recent rain. Watch for horse droppings on the trail. 14300 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ

David Yetman Trail

(West, moderate)
This 6 mile (one way) hike takes you through lonely stretches of desert and washes east of Tucson. Both ends of the occasionally maintained trail hare easy to access with parking areas. Most of the trail is level to small grades. Be sure to stay on the main trail as the dozens of offshoots may cause you to get lost.
Northern parking is located at 455 N. Camino de Oeste, Tucson, AZ
Western Parking is on Gates Pass Rd just west of the Gates Pass Lookout

Starr Pass Trailhead

(West, easy to moderate)
There is nothing really exciting about this trail except that its easy to moderate difficulty makes it a good family hike with quick access from a dedicated parking area.
1157 South Freeway, Tucson, AZ



Cherrybell Stravenue

Roads that go east and west in Tucson are called streets. Roads going north and south are avenues. So what do you call the thirty or so roads that go diagonally? Only in Tucson they're called "stravenues." Cherrybell Stravenue, the first stravenue, was created on 1949 to connect the main post office to 22nd Street near Kino Parkway.

Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab

This is not exactly a museum but it is an interesting place to visit. Many of the giant telescope mirrors used in observatories around the world are built here in Tucson underneath the U of A football stadium. Be prepared to climb some steps during this interesting tour.
527 National Championship Dr.

Diamondback Bridge

A rattlesnake sculpture acts as the pedestrian walkway over Broadway Boulevard. Go past the fangs and through the body as you cross above the busy road below.
Broadway Blvd at Barraza-Aviation Parkway.

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Located on U of A campus

El Tiradito (the Castaway)

Said to be the only Catholic shrine in the United States to a "sinner" buried in unconsecrated ground. Here's the short story: In the 1870's Juan Oliveras married a beautiful young lady, but shortly after the wedding he was discovered in bed with his mother-in-law by his father-in-law who subsequently killed him. Within days the M-I-L and new bride both committed suicide and the F-I-L was killed by Apaches.
420 South Main Ave

Bat Flight

Watch thousands of bats take flight at sunset flying all around you as they head out for their nightly feeding frenzy. Contact Tim for the exact location. Try to arrive at least 10 minutes before scheduled sunset time. One group we took were able to watch nature in action as a hawk captured its supper right in front of us!
You will need to walk about ½ mile to reach the viewing spot.

Tucson Mountain Park Shooting Range

Bring your own gun to this 100 yard shooting range with strictly enforced range rules but very helpful Range Masters. Be sure to bring your own drinking water too. $6/day.
8451 W McCain Loop, Tucson, AZ



Bisbee Breakfast Club

Three Tucson locations.

4131 W Ina Rd
Tucson, AZ 85741

4811 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 165
Tucson, AZ 85718

2936 E. Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85


Night life

Sunset View at Gates Pass

Take Speedway and head west to the turn-out for a breathtaking sunset over mountain tops 40+ miles away.

Downtown Tucson

  • Hotel Congress
    311 E. Congress St.
  • Rialto Building
    300 E. Congress St.
  • Rialto Theatre
    318 E. Congress St.
  • Fox Tucson Theatre
    17 W. Congress St
  • 4th Avenue shops & eateries
  • Main Gate Square
    800 to 998 E. University Square contains a mix of shops and restaurants. Nightlife buzzes here throughout its 30+ eateries.


Theatre & Music

Brochure for the Wild West Pistoleros ShowWild West Pistolero Show

Many people may not think a wild west shoot-em-up show is "theatre" but here in the old west it's down-right entertaining! The Woods family has been performing stunt shows in Tucson for more than 30 years and they know how to make a gun-fight fun! This family entertainment is Friday through Sunday evenings at Trail Dust Town on Tanque Verde Rd. Check their website for the latest show!
6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson

Gaslight Theatre

Family friendly musical theatre. Highly recommended. Get your tickets now because the Gaslight Theatre sells out nearly every show. You will have a greater chance of getting tickets during the week instead of weekends.
7010 E Broadway, Tucson

Mystery Dinner Theater


The Mystery & Magic Dinner Theater Playhouse at the Five Palms

5200 E St Andrews Dr, Tucson

Broadway in Tucson

Centennial Hall
1020 E. University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621-3341

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra

The UA School of Music

1017 N Olive Rd, Tucson

Arizona Early Music Society

Arizona Opera

Arizona Repertory Theatre

This is where U of A drama students get to practice their new careers.

Green Valley Rec Center

National and international performers
1111 Green Valley Recreation Dr


Pima Air & Space Museum

Third largest air museum in the world. You can easily spend half a day or more here.
6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson

Titan Missile Museum

View an actual Titan II missile in its silo and take a tour of the control room located deep underground.
1580 W. Duval Mine Rd., Sahuarita

Desert Museum

By far this is the most popular tourist destination in Tucson. You will learn about the Southwest desert and can view many of our native animals here.
2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson

International Wildlife Museum

Hundreds of stuffed animals and an awesome insect collection gathered from all over the world. I personally prefer the Wildlife Museum over a zoo because here you can get within touching distance of some of earth's fiercest and most awesome creatures.
4800 W Gates Pass Road, Tucson

San Xavier del Bac Mission

Catholic church built 1790 to 1800. An excellent example of old Spanish architecture.
Closes at 5PM

Mini Time Machine

Miniature items and dollhouses, many of which are from the 1800's and 1900's allowing a look back in time.
4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive, Tucson, AZ, 85712
Closed Mondays. Tues- Sat 9 AM – 4 PM
Sun- 12-4 PM

Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson

Arizona State Museum

Native American focus with an extensive collection of potteries and baskets
1013 E. University Blvd (at Park Ave)

Arizona History Museum

949 E. 2nd St.

U of A Museum of Art

Spanish, Renaissance, 19th-century American, contemporary and modernist works
1031 N Olive, Tucson

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block

Small pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial and Latin American folk art
140 N Main Ave, Tucson

Jewish History Museum

First synagogue building in Arizona. Focuses on 1850-1950 Jewish America history.
564 S. Stone Ave.

Biosphere 2

A trip to Biosphere 2 would be in order if you want to experience all of the world's major ecological regions (except arctic areas) all in one day. You will see how scientists are learning about our real-life world in this mini-earth under glass the size of three football fields. Biosphere two is about a half hour north of Tucson.

History of Pharmacy Museum

Where can you see famous outlaw John Dillinger's chewed chewing gum? You will have to visit the exhibit to find out why chewed chewing gum is included in this four story building dedicated to pharmaceutical advancements dating back to the 1880's. Free admission and only a couple hours of your time makes this a Tucson "must-stop!"
Drachman Hall, U of A North Campus, 1295 N. Martin

Gadsden-Pacific Division Toy Train Museum

Six thousand square feet of model trains will delight young and old! The museum is free, but only open second and fourth Sundays of each month except June, July and August.
3975 N. Miller Ave.

Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum

Each February Tucson hosts the largest non-motorized parade in the United States. You can view many of the wagons used in the parade (up to 150) at this museum as well as many artifacts from Tucson's earlier days. Open most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays but we recommend checking their website or calling ahead.
4823 S 6th Ave

Tucson Children's Museum

It's name says it all.
200 S 6th Ave

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum

Focuses on the railroad of the West. Saturday mornings you can climb on an old steam locomotive and ring its bell.
414 N Toole Ave

Franklin Museum

Dedicated to the Franklin Automobile which was manufactured from 1902 to 1934 in New York.
1405 East Kleindale Road

Tucson Desert Art Museum

Navajo and Hopi pre-1940's textiles and southwest artifacts.
7000 E. Tanque Verde Rd, Ste 16

Museum of the Horse Soldier

Chronicles the contributions horses have made in our armed forces.
6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd

Postal History Foundation

One of Tucson's most unique small museums!
920 N. 1st Ave.


Old Stuff (Tucson History)

Ft. Lowell

The Army built this fort in 1873 designated it as the regimental headquarters of the Sixth U.S. Cavalry but left it in 1891. You can still see ruins of old mud brick buildings and the museum is free on Saturdays.
Ft. Lowell Park, Craycroft and Ft. Lowell Rds.

Presidio San Agustin del Tucson

Partial replica of an 11-acre Spanish fort originally built in the 1700's.

Sosa-Fremont-Carrillo House

Built in the 1870, this home is one of the oldest surviving houses in Tucson.
151 S. Granada Ave

St. Augustine Cathedral

This church's construction started in 1896.
192 S. Stone Ave.

The Presidio Trail

Follow a turquoise painted line for a 2.5 mile hike around downtown Tucson to view many of the historical sites (23 points of interest) that have put Tucson on the map.
196 N. Court Ave


Family Fun

Old Tucson (closed until further notice)

This is an active film stage where dozens of the classic old westerns were filmed. Spend about four hours or a full day being entertained by shows, gunfights and family fun rides.
201 S. Kinney Rd., Tucson

A summer thunder shower with a rainbow as seen from north of Tucson, Arizona.Reid Park Zoo

3400 Zoo Court, Tucson

Trail Dust Town

19th Century old town creation. Stop at Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse for a steak. Opens at 4 PM.
    At 7 and 8 PM Friday through Sunday there is a family friendly shoot-em-up that's a lot of fun! (
6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson

Arizona Zipline Adventures

35406 S. Mt. Lemmon Rd.

Funtasticks Family Fun Park

221 E. Wetmore Rd. , Tucson

Musselman Honda Circuit

Kart racing
11800 S. Harrison Rd.

Tucson Speedway

NASCAR racing on 3/8 mile asphalt track.
11955 S. Harrison Road

Golf N' Stuff

6503 E. Tanque Verde Rd. , Tucson

Arizona ATV

Ride an ATV along old mining trails in Box canyon which is located about halfway between Tucson and Phoenix.

Sonoran Glass School

Watch artisans create glass ornaments and house wares for world-wide shipment and try hand-blowing your own glass creation.
633 W. 18th St.

Will You Escape

Boutique escape room.
2577 North 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ

The Breaking Point

Rage room. Break lots of stuff. Actual rage is not required.
5740 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ

Get Air

Trampoline park.
330 S. Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ

Fleur de Tucson Balloon Tours

Spend from sixty minutes to three hours floating 500 to 2500 feet above the Sonoran desert with up to four of your best friends or family. Available October 1 to April 1.

Kino Sports Complex

Soccer, baseball, stadium football, concerts and more can all be found at the Kino Sports Complex. Usually ticket prices are pretty economical. Visit the website for a calendar of events.
Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson AZ

White Stallion Ranch

Daily activities for the entire family including horseback riding through the desert.
9251 W Twin Peaks Rd, Tucson, AZ



Tucson was the first U.S. city to be named a Capitol of Gastronomy by Unesco. To be sure, it has hundreds of restaurants and it would be impossible and beyond our scope to name them all here, however we do want to point out a few notable ones that are unique to our city.

Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse

Expect to spend about $30 for the "Cowboy" mesquite grilled steak. The restaurant opens at 4 PM. Wear a tie and join the fun!
6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, AZ

Mi Nidito Restaurant

This establishment elevated its fame when President Bill Clinton ate here in the ‘90s. While it is closed on Mondays you can expect wait times of a half hour or more most other days as many of the local Hispanics believe that this is one of the best Hispanic restaurants in Tucson.
1813 S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ

Guillermo's Double L Restaurant

Guillermo’s has been serving heaping Hispanic plates for more than 60 years. Many of our guests have complimented the food here.
1830 S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ

Mine Tour

Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

1421 W Pima Mine Rd, Sahuarita
(website may not be working right now)


Kartchner Caverns

Nine miles south of Benson on Hwy 90.
2980 S Hwy 90, Benson

Colossal Caves

We recommend visiting the website and trying one of the specialty tours. They are a little more expensive but you get to crawl and climb your way through parts of the cave you won't see otherwise while still getting to see the best sites of the regular tour.
16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail




Site of the O.K. Corral gunfight of legend and movie fame.
We recommend the OK Corral, Courthouse, Silver Mine, Bird Cage Theatre and Boot Hill Cemetery. Approximately 70 miles, 1 hour 15 minutes from Tucson.

A rock formation at Texas Canyon on I-10 in Arizona.Texas Canyon

Balancing rock spires along I-10 near the New Mexico/Arizona state line. Approximately 60 miles, 1 hour.

Mt. Lemmon

Highest peak near Tucson at 9,157 feet. Wonderful, cool temperatures in the summer. Beautiful scenery. Approximately 50 miles, 1.5 hours.


Kitt Peak National Observatory

Kitt Peak is about fifty miles southwest of Tucson and provides visitors who pre-book nighttime tours of their telescopes except during July due to monsoon season. Be sure to take government issued identification for each adult passenger as you will pass through a border patrol checkpoint.

Mt. Lemmon Sky Center

Mt. Lemmon's observatory is open year round, but you are still better off to book in advance. Dress warm for the chilly nights on the mountain top.


Tucson Mall

Tucson's largest mall with 163 shops and stores.
4500 N Oracle Rd

Park Place Mall

Although smaller than Tucson Mall, Park Place Mall can still keep you occupied for a couple of hours.
5870 E Broadway Blvd

Foothills Mall

7401 N La Cholla Blvd

4th Avenue

An eclectic mix of shops and eateries entice visitors of all interests along 4th Avenue just north of Congress Street in Downtown Tucson.

Main Gate Square

Like 4th Avenue, this area of town from 800 to 998 E. University Square contains a mix of shops and restaurants. Nightlife buzzes here throughout its 30+ eateries.

La Encantada

Two levels of upscale shopping with famous brands.
2905 Skyline Dr.


Casino del Sol

5655 W Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ 85757

Desert Diamond

7350 S. Nogales Highway, Tucson, AZ 85756

Golf Courses

Arizona National

777 E. Sabino Greens Dr


600 S. Alvernon Way

El Rio

1400 W. Speedway Blvd

Fred Enke

8251 E. Irvington Rd


3600 N. Silverbell


955 W. Vistoso Highlands Dr.

Micro Breweries

Sentinel Peak Brewing Co.

4746 E. Grant Rd.

Iron John's Brewing Company

245 S Plumer Ave #27

Dragoon Brewing Company

1859 W Grant Rd #111

Ten Fifty-Five Brewing

3810 E 44th St

Dillinger Brewing Company

3895 N Oracle Rd

Barrio Brewing Company

Tucson's oldest brewhouse in continuous operation. Seems to be a Guest Favorite!
800 E 16th St

Thunder Canyon Brewery

7401 N La Cholla Blvd

Pueblo Vida Brewing Company

115 E Broadway Blvd

Public Brewhouse

209 N Hoff Ave

Borderlands Brewing Company

119 E Toole Ave

Crooked Tooth Brewing Co.

228 E 6th S

1912 Brewing Company

2045 N. Forbes Blvd #105

Nimbus Brewing Co

3850 E 44th St

BlackRock Brewers

1664 S Research Loop #200

Green Feet Brewing

3669 E 44th St

Button Brew House

6800 N Camino Martin Suite 160

Harbottle Brewing Company

3820 S Palo Verde Rd #102

The Independent Distillery

30 S Arizona Ave

Copper Mine Brewing Co

3455 S Palo Verde Rd

Gentle Ben's Brewing Company

865 E University Blvd

Corbett Brewing

309 E 7th St
Arizona Beer House
150 S Kolb Rd

1702 Craft Beer and Pizza

1702 E Speedway Blvd



There are hundreds of churches scattered across our city of any denomination you can think of. Below is a list of churches we’ve been asked about or relate to the most guests we’ve hosted.

Tucson Baptist

Traditional services
Sunday: 10 AM & 5 PM
1525 S Columbus Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711

Calvary Chapel of Tucson

Contemporary services
Sunday: 8 AM & 10:20 AM
8711 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710



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