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Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:00 pm

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2021 N. Kinney Road


Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (summer)

World-renowned zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden

Biosphere 2

Hwy. 77 at mile marker 96.5, Oracle


Hours: open daily, call for seasonal hours

Tours of technological wonders inside and under glass

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail


Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays & holidays (summer)

Tours of a crystal-filled cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch

De Grazia Gallery in the Sun

6300 N. Swan Road


Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily

Collection of De Grazia art and artist Ted De Grazia's home

International Wildlife Museum

4800 W. Gates Pass Road


Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Fridays; till 6 p.m. on weekends

Natural history museums with interactive exhibits and films

Kitt Peak National Observatory

State Route 86 Ajo Highway (90 minutes from downtown Tucson)


Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Sunday

Exhibits, tours, world's largest collection of optical telescopes, gift shop

Mission San Xavier del Bac

1950 W. San Xavier Road (10 miles south of Tucson)


Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Active Franciscan mission located on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation

Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley

30 miles northeast of Tucson on Catalina Highway


Hours: Friday-Monday, call for hours

Sky ride with panoramic views of forest, rocky cliffs, desert floor and distant mountain ranges

Old Tucson Studios

201 S. Kinney Road


Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

Film set for some of Hollywood's biggest westerns, Wild West entertainment, stunt shows, and studio tours

Pima Air & Space Museum

6000 E. Valencia Road


Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Over 250 aircraft on display and a motorcoach tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Boneyard

Saguaro National Park

Tucson Mountain District (West)

2700 N. Kinney Road


Rincon Mountain District (East)

3693 S. Old Spanish Trail


Skirting the east and west boundaries of Tucson, these two national parks are home to the most recognizable cactus in the world—the saguaro

Southern Arizona

Transportation Museum

414 N. Toole Ave


Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

Restored main railroad depot and three adjacent buildings to preserve and interpret Southern Arizona railroad heritage through educational outreach, oral history and archival collections

Tohono Chul Park

7366 N. Paseo del Norte


Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Nature trails through various gardens, exhibits, shops, greenhouse, concerts, and special events

Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N. Alvernon Way


Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily

A desert oasis in the heart of Tucson with 15 different gardens

Titan Missile Museum

1580 W. Duval Mine Road, Sahuarita


Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Titan II ICBM Site from the time of the Cold War

Tucson Museum of Art

140 N. Main Ave


Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 12-4 p.m. Sunday

Permanent collection of more than 6,500 works of art, art school, library, café, gift shop, tours, and sculpture gardens

Western National Parks Assoc.

12880 North Vistoso Village Drive


Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Monthly speakers, exhibits, book signings, and other events

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