Things to Do

Franklin Museum

For more than 40 years, the home of the late collector Tom Hubbard has been the center of Franklin Automobile history. Featuring more than 20 antique and classic Franklin automobiles, as well as a collection of prehistoric artifacts collected by archaeologist Alice Carpenter, the museum is located in a quiet subdivision in the center of Tucson. Open publicly – Mid-October through Memorial Day weekend – Wednesday through Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm. Private tours available year-round; phone or e-mail for arrangements. Large groups are requested to call ahead.

https://www.franklinmuseum.org/

Madera Canyon

The Coronado National Forest consists of Five Ranger Districts and a Supervisor's Office. One District office is located in each of the following Southern Arizona Communities; Douglas, Nogales, Safford, and Sierra Vista. The Santa Catalina District office is located in Tucson as is the Supervisors Office.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado/

Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park has something for:

1. The kids (they love it when the water is running)

2.  Birders

3.  Equestrians

4.  Pic-nickers

5.  Serious Rock-climbers

6.  Hikers of all types (Romero Canyon/Pools trail eventually hooks you into the entire Catalina Mountains trail system.

7.  Flowers almost year-round

https://azstateparks.com/Parks/CATA/

The Loft Cinema

Voted BEST OF TUCSON every year since 2002 by readers of the Tucson Weekly, The Loft Cinema is a mission-driven, membership-supported nonprofit cinema that screens new independent American and foreign films and documentaries, along with classic art films, interactive events including a monthly short film contest, sing-a-longs and cult favorites. Patrons can enjoy beer, wine, pizza, tamales along with fantastic films. The main theatre seats 500 people and boasts the largest screen in Southern Arizona. In addition to our regular programming, The Loft hosts an annual international film festival in the fall and a free children's film festival every July. The Loft is a member of the Sundance Institute's Art House Project, based on our excellence of programming and service to the community. In 2012 The Loft was selected to be an official venue of the Sundance Film Festival in their Sundance USA program and we have hosted a screening direct from Sundance with the filmmakers every year since. The Loft is one of 7 American cinemas to be a collaborating partner with Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue in 2012, an honor The Loft also enjoyed in 2011.

https://loftcinema.com/

Tucson Mountain Park

A 20,000-acre desert natural preserve that accommodates many outdoor activities.

https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=1539

Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros Wild West Stunt Show

 The Curse of Captain Cutthroat is now playing. A High-Impact Wild West Stunt Shows that are fun for tourists and locals alike, and we are family friendly (if the lil' ones can stand the loud noises). These comedy action driven shows are performed Wednesday through Sunday at 7:00 and 8:00 PM (Off Thanksgiving and Christmas day). Ticket price is $4.00 Per person, 3 and under are free. The Pistoleros perform outdoors on a full-size old west town street replica. The 30 minute shows feature falls from two story buildings, fiery dynamite explosion effects, lots of fist-fighting and, of course, gun-fighting! Shows may be cancelled because of inclement weather. The Stunt Show has been a part of Trail Dust Town since 1997, and we invite you to enjoy it, along with Pinnacle Peak Steak House, Museum of the Horse Soldier, unique shops and plenty of rides for little, and big kids. Happy Trails!

https://wildweststuntshow.com/

Fox Theater

Widely regarded as the “Crown Jewel” of Downtown Tucson, The Fox is right in the center of Tucson’s cultural hub and has an intimate connection with the history of performing arts in Tucson. The Fox has become an important symbol of the recent resurgence of a thriving city center and continues to make strides adding to the economic growth of the downtown area and Tucson as a whole.

The Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation was incorporated in July of 1999 and was formed for the express purpose of returning the theatre to the community. The foundation generates community interest and investment in the past, present and future of the theatre by sustaining a place that offers high quality performing arts, cultural activities and films in order to inspire, excite, entertain, engage and educate guests from all over Southern Arizona.

The Foundation is an Arizona 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed out of the citizen’s group known as the Fox Theatre Revival Committee, which began looking at ways to save the theatre in 1997. This group was composed of people who wanted to see the theatre restored, and re-opened. The stated mission of the Foundation is the purchase, restoration, renovation, and operation of the historic Fox Tucson Theatre, located at 17 West Congress, in downtown Tucson, Arizona. The Foundation is guided by a professional staff and is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. For further information on the theatre, contact the Foundation office at 520-624-1515.

https://foxtucsontheatre.org/

Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo is a hidden gem, nestled in the center of Tucson, and is the perfect place to enjoy time outside while discovering the wonders of wildlife. 

https://reidparkzoo.org/

Museum of the Horse Soldier

Incorporated in 2013, Museum of the Horse Soldier is one of a few museums dedicated to preserving the history of the U.S. Military’s mounted services. Visitors to the museum can explore the history of U.S. horse soldiers and their roles in times of peace and conflict during the 18th – 21st centuries. The Museum of the Horse Soldier offers a unique opportunity to discover and explore military history through informative and engaging exhibits, featuring many rare and one-of-a-kind artifacts.

https://www.horsesoldiermuseum.com/

La Paloma Golf Course

This 27-hole, Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, appealing to pros and beginners alike, is situated on the lovely 250-acre Westin La Paloma resort and offers magnificent city and mountain views.

https://www.lapalomacc.com/index.php

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Named by Reader’s Digest as the Best Secret Garden in America, Tucson Botanical Gardens is an “Oasis in the Heart of Tucson. Featuring seventeen residentially-scaled specialty gardens, including a Barrio Garden, Zen Garden and a Cactus & Succulent Garden landscaped with unusual rocks from the Harrison Yocum collection. Tropical Butterflies from around the world are featured in the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion October-April. Experience an outdoor Garden Railway, botanically-inspired gift shops, year-round tours, art exhibits and lunch at Café Botánica. Closed Thanksgiving, the second Sunday in October,Dec. 24 & 25, Jan. 1, July 4. 

https://www.tucsonbotanical.org/

Arizona Theater Company

Touching lives through the power of theatre, Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) is the preeminent professional theatre in the state of Arizona. Boasting the largest seasonal subscriber base in the performing arts in Arizona, ATC is the only resident company in the US that reaps the benefits of a two-city operation. Now entering its 48th season, more than 130,000 people a year attend performances at the historic Temple of Music and Art in Tucson, and the intimate and elegant Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. Each season of shows reflects the rich variety of world drama – from classics to contemporary plays, from musicals to new works – along with a wide array of outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives and new play programs.

https://www.arizonatheatre.org/

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