Things to Do

Starr Pass Golf Club

Finishing a round at this 18-hole course gives players an inviting desert golf experience, as the course winds its way through desert washes, over mountain passes and into box canyons.

https://www.marriott.com/golf-hotels/tussp-jw-marriott-tucson-starr-pass-resort-and-spa/starr-pass-golf-club/5237338/home-page.mi

Old Tucson

 Old Tucson is Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! Please note: Old Tucson is closed for the season and will re-open on October 4, 2014. In addition to the old movie sets and memorabilia of its rich Western film history, Old Tucson is now the premier attraction in the Southwest to experience what life in the Old West was really like. Heritage Square contains 12 new movie quality sets and 3 new streets in the "town square." The design of the new building sets was led by Gene Rudolf a credited Art Director for many movies including Young Guns II, The Great Gatsby, The Right Stuff, and many more. Recent additions are the Native American Village and Living History Program. Just a stroll down the street is an adventure as you learn about the perils of cross-country travel via stagecoach, the demands of life as a sheriff in a Wild West town, and other topics discussed throughout the town. Old Tucson Living History programs are designed to be entertaining yet educational. Our goal is to create the atmosphere of a western town circa 1853 to 1912 that lets guests step back in time. Old Tucson has adopted a new logo to represent its expanded focus on Old West history, heritage, and culture in addition to its storied film history and world-famous entertainment. This broadening of scope is represented by the iconic wagon wheel, symbolic of the great westward movement of settlers to the southwest in the 1800s by wagon train. The seven spokes of the wheel represent the strong cultural and historic groups that made significant contributions to Tucson's rich heritage: Native Americans, Spanish Colonials, Mexicans, Western Cowboys, Ranchers, Chinese, and African-Americans. The seven spokes join at the wheel's hub (the location of the Old Tucson name), representing the synergistic joining of cultures and heritages at Old Tucson for a living western experience found nowhere else. Moving us toward the future, the wagon wheel reminds us to honor and celebrate our history, heritage, and diverse cultures. Old Tucson - Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! 

https://oldtucson.com/

Tumamoc Hill

This is a great hike up a well paved hill with fantastic city views. Since this hike is on university property it is one of the only hikes in the Tucson Mountain Range that permits night hiking, making this the perfect hike for sunrise/sunset watching. Tumamoc Hill is a research station that has been studied since 1906. Travel is permitted all the way to the top but on pavement only. With continued respect this route should remain open to the public!

https://avodah13.org/

Arizona State Museum

 The oldest anthropological museum in the region, the Arizona State Museum has been collecting and interpreting the cultures of the Southwest since 1893

https://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/

International Wildlife Museum

Highlights the diversity of animals world wide. Explains the role of science-based wildlife management for sustainable-use conservation, with emphasis on the role of hunting in biologically responsible wildlife management. Animals are displayed both by taxonomic group and in realistic dioramas which highlight the habitats in which the animals live. The museum has many touchable specimens on display. Insects including butterflies, moths and beetles are featured, as well as mammals, birds and some reptiles.All exhibits are indoors and the facility is air-conditioned. Wildlife movies run hourly from 10 am until 4 pm.

https://www.thewildlifemuseum.org/index.cfm

Agua Caliente Park

Open from 7:00 a.m. to Sunset every day of the year. The park is open by permit only on Easter.
Ranch House Visitor Center and Art Gallery, Rose Cottage, and Bunkhouse are closed on all county holidays.

https://webcms.pima.gov/government/natural_resources_parks_and_recreation/

Omni Tucson National Resort Golf Course

This golf course is the home of the PGA Northern Telecom Open.

https://www.tucsonnational.com/

Children's Museum Tucson

The Children's Museum Tucson provides fun, play based, interactive, hands-on learning experience for children and their families. Come play in our Public Safety gallery, Electri-City, Dino World or our health and wellness exhibit. For kids four and under, there is the Enchanted Forest Wee Play space just for them. The Museum is open 7 days a week during the summer months.

https://www.childrensmuseumtucson.org/

 

Finger Rock Trail

Finger Rock Trail is a scenic but very demanding hike.  The first section of the trail (~ 1 mile in distance) is fairly flat, and takes you through beautiful desert.  This section is also your best chance of seeing wildlife before beginning the treacherous ascent.  During the rainy season the  river alongside the trail flows heavily.  After the final river bed crossing the trail bends nearly 180-degrees and initiates the ascent.  The majority of the trail is very steep and there are sections of worn down rock that create very slippery surfaces.  Good quality shoes are a must for this trail, and sneakers are sufficient as long as the souls are not worn down.  The views of the canyon as well as Tucson itself are breathe taking.  Once you reach the saddle, the trail splits to form a Y.  To remain on Finger Rock Trail, you stay left on your ascent (East).  The steepness reduces significantly at this point, and the terrain changes drastically as you are engulfed into a forest.  The trail continues for another 1-2 miles along the mountain tops.  The very end of the trail is unclear though, and many people have reported never actually finding the final destination.

In terms of time, if you hike at a fairly fast pace with few stops, you will average about 5 hours round trip.  However, you could easily spend all day on this trail if you decided to picnic or simply take your time.  Regardless, the hike is enjoyable and you will certainly get a workout.

As for gear, be sure to bring lots of water, snacks and sun protection.  This hike is not recommended during the hot summer months because the majority of the trail offers little shelter from the sun.  The first mile though, yields a beautiful get away any time of year.

Upon completion of the hike, one of the most satisfying aspects is siting your acknowledgement afterwards, when traveling about the city, because The "finger" is easy to identify from just about anywhere in Tucson.

https://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/FIngerRock_8520.asp

Tucson Museum of Art

Blending the traditional with the inventive, the Tucson Museum of Art presents original and traveling exhibitions with a focus on Art of the American West, Art of Latin America, Modern and Contemporary art, and Asian art. Located in downtown, the Museum also includes a historic block that provides visitors with a unique look into Tucson’s past. 

https://www.tucsonmuseumofart.org/

UA Science: Flandrau

Located at the heart of the University of Arizona campus the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium explores our universe from earth to space and everything in-between, bringing science alive for young and life-long learners alike. Changing exhibits through the year focus on biology, energy, optics and more, weaving in ground-breaking UA research and revealing the world of science careers for budding scientists.

Sit back, relax and tour the universe in southern Arizona’s only Planetarium Theater. Our star projector can project more than 8,000 stars, perfectly recreating the visible objects of the night sky hour by hour. On family days, students from the UA College of Science lead Science Discovery activities in physics, marine biology and other areas.

We also operate the only weekly, free, public astronomy program in Arizona. Stop by the Flandrau observatory and let our volunteer astronomers show you Saturn's rings, the cloud belts of Jupiter, the Andromeda galaxy and other stunning and beautiful images that will forever transform the way you see our own world.

The University of Arizona Mineral Museum on the lower level of Flandrau houses one of the top-5 gem and mineral collections of the world. With a core collection dating back to 1892, the Mineral Museum now holds more than 26,000 specimens. The Mineral Museum's permanent exhibit of over 2,000 specimens includes stunning minerals and meteorites from Arizona, Mexico and around the world.

Flandrau also offers Science Camp-ins, Star Parties, Portable Planetarium shows, Science Cafés, and Laser Light Shows.

https://flandrau.org/

Pusch Ridge Stables

For Tucson's finest riding come out and experience Pusch Ridge.  We offer   the best trails and horses, individually selected to suit you.  Both the novice and the advanced rider can enjoy the splendor of acres of natural desert or mountain trails that will allow you to peek into the past and view unrivaled beauty.  Special nature trails and moonlight riding add to the magnificence of Pusch Ridge.

To increase your enjoyment of Tucson's great outdoors, allow us to pack you into the mountains for an overnight.  Or, join us for an early breakfast ride and watch the desert awake.  An evening steak ride through our foothills permits you to witness the awesome colors of a western sunset.  Any of these experiences can be yours by joining us at Pusch Ridge.

Whether your group is small and intimate or large and looking for fun, one of our hay rides is perfect for you.  We use only horse-drawn wagons and follow desert paths to secluded camp sites where mesquite fires await you.  Special activities such as a hoe-down, volleyball or horseshoes are available.

https://www.puschridgestables.com/

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