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University of Arizona

At Arizona's flagship university, you'll learn how we Bear Down in Tucson.

A Hub of Activity

Sun-soaked University of Arizona is a pillar of the Tucson community.

Covering 380 acres in midtown Tucson, the university dates back to 1885—before Arizona was a state and long before mascots Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat cheered a "Bear Down, Arizona!" chorus. But there's nothing old-fashioned about this leading public university. It's a hub of community activity, like a walkable mini-city where you can enjoy performing and visual arts, planetarium shows, museum exhibits, festivals, athletic events, nature walks, and nearby shopping and dining.

Academically, the University of Arizona is a global leader in both science and the arts. A longtime partner of NASA and home to world-renowned observatories, the UA has been at the forefront of modern astronomy and space science for decades. The two UA medical schools rank among the nation's best and are transforming academic medicine with innovative research, while the UA BIO5 Institute is the national epicenter of collaborative research on biology-based challenges. And, the university's top-rated theater, film, photography, and dance programs are a source of outstanding yet affordable student performances, exhibitions, and screenings.

The UA has nine family-friendly museums—ranging from anthropology to photography—where the curious of all ages can soak up science and culture. For sports fans, Arizona Wildcat sports events are just the ticket, with nearly everything offered, from top-ranked Pac-12 teams in football (game-day tailgates are revered), basketball, baseball, and softball to swimming-diving, soccer and rugby.

For help planning your Arizona Wildcat experience, contact the Visit Tucson-UA Visitor Center, whether you have a full day or a couple of hours.

 


 

Video: Arizona Repertory Theatre in action.


 

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Arizona Historical Society – Arizona History Museum

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Arizona Repertory Theatre

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Biosphere 2–The University of Arizona

Pinal County

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Broadway in Tucson/A Nederlander Presentation

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Centennial Hall

Main Gate Square District

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Center for Creative Photography

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Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

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Main Gate Square

Main Gate Square District

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NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl

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Pedego Electric Bikes Tucson

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Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab

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The University of Arizona Museum of Art

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The University of Arizona Visitor Center

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University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television

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University of Arizona Department of Athletics

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Food & Drink

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Gentle Ben's Brewing Co.

Main Gate Square District

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Illegal Pete's

Main Gate Square District

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Scented Leaf Tea House & Lounge

Main Gate Square District

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The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

Main Gate Square District

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Accommodations

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Aloft Tucson University

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Marriott Tucson University Park Hotel

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Shopping

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Arizona Historical Society – Arizona History Museum

University of Arizona District

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Main Gate Square

Main Gate Square District

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Downtown Tucson Partnership

Congress St. District

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Mercado San Agustín

Sentinel Peak District

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Bear Down, Sports Fans!

Bear Down with Pride! The spirit of Wildcats UA Athletics Fans Rally on GameDay You can hike Sabino Canyon by day, dine downtown that evening,... Read More

The Art of the Tailgate

Friends, Family and Fans Tailgating Everybody's a Wildcat on GameDay at the University of Arizona Starting six hours before kickoff and continuing until the players... Read More

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