Attractions in Tucson

Explore some of the world's top attractions and some of Arizona's best-kept secrets.

Cactus, Stalactites, and Aspen, Oh My!

The beauty of the Sonoran Desert is what first pulls many to Tucson, but they're often surprised at how verdant and diverse a living desert can be as they learn about our ecosystems at Tohono Chul, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Kids get an introduction to this unique environment at Children's Museum Tucson's Sense of Place: A Trip Around Tucson interactive exhibit, which is anchored by a giant saguaro, a mini canyon and other local landmarks made for play.

Off the beaten path, you can explore the wide-open wonder of the American Southwest up-close and unrestrained, hiking the mountain ranges that circle the Old Pueblo or wandering wilderness preserves and parks, from the cascades of Seven Falls at Sabino Canyon to the majestic cacti of Saguaro National Parks East & West, or from the high-pine and aspen forests of Mt. Lemmon to the cool, otherworldly depths of Colossal Cave Mountain Park or Kartchner Caverns State Park®.

History, Space, Art & More

That amazing range of natural beauty is the backdrop to a place that refuses to be defined by expectations. Probe the cosmos at Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory. Feed your spirit in the city's museums and galleries, or travel through time discovering Tucson's unique cultural legacy, from the collision of Spanish and Tohono O'odham cultures in the art and architecture of Mission San Xavier del Bac to 300 vintage-to-modern aircraft illuminating a century of military and aerospace history at the Pima Air & Space Museum.

Shopping by Streetcar

You can also hop the 3.9-mile Sun Link Tucson Streetcar and roll your way through the heart of Tucson, from Main Gate Square at the University of Arizona, along Fourth Avenue, and across Downtown Tucson to Mercado San Agustin and back. Step off and on at streetcar stops to explore shops and restaurants, ranging from funky to elegant, but always memorable.

Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance

Learn more about all the adventures you can choose from in Tucson from the Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance

PLUS. Did you know that many Tucson attractions are ADA-friendly? Explore a list of some here.

Travel Responsibly
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Splash Pad family adventures

Parks & Gardens

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Warden Aquarium Touch Tank


Kitt Peak Observatory

Space, Science & Technology


Accessible Attractions

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Cactus Garden

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