Fun Things to See and Do in Tucson

Tucson and Southern Arizona offer something for everyone!  

Surrounded by mountains, wilderness areas, national parks, and the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Tucson offers outdoor adventures, golf, extensive arts and culture sites.  The city has a background blend of three distinct cultures -- Indian, Spanish, and American. As a result, the unique diversity of Tucson's art, architecture and food is like nowhere else in the world.

Explore the surprisingly varied landscapes and diverse natural history at botanical gardens, state and national parks, and nature preserves. Connect with the natural world at places like Tohono Chul Park and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.  Explore the cosmos at one of the region's world-class observatories, such as the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, or let your imagination soar at the Pima Air & Space Museum. History buffs will find a diverse array of historical sites, including the stunning Mission San Xavier del Bac.

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Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley

Where the earth meets the sky, Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley is 30 miles from Tucson & 30 degrees cooler. The awesome sky ride takes you to 9100 feet through Ponderosa Pine, ancient Douglas Fir and Quaking Aspen.

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is one of Tucson's natural treasures. Fed by the waters of Sabino Creek and sheltered by the canyon walls, the plants and animals that inhabit the canyon offer an interesting contrast to those found in the surrounding desert.

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park is both enchanting and mysterious. The lush desert floor is highlighted by stately Saguaro cactus and scores of smaller trees and shrubs.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a zoo, natural history museum, aquarium, and botanical garden all in one place. Their mission is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world.

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

Explore, hide out in, or just enjoy the beautiful desert area we know today as Colossal Cave Mountain Park.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

This is a unique cave with limestone minerals and formations with two guided tours inside the cave. Explore the visitor center and exhibits, eat at the Bat Cave Café and enjoy hiking trails.

Tohono Chul Park

Tohono Chul Park is the Southwest's center where nature, art, and culture connect. Walk down the winding nature trail through its various gardens.

Tucson Botanical Gardens

A beautiful oasis in the middle of the city. Take a stroll through a 5-1/2 acre collection of 17 specialty gardens including Nuestro Jardin (Barrio Garden), Children’s Discovery Garden, a Xeriscape Garden and much more....

Main Gate—Right by the meeting’s venue! 

A pedestrian friendly dining & shopping destination near the University of Arizona and located in West University Historic Neighborhood. Discover flavor, style and attitude when you visit Main Gate Square, a pedestrian-friendly dining and shopping destination featuring over 20 retailers and 30 restaurants near the University of Arizona and Tucson’s historic neighborhoods.

Experience the flavors of the Mediterranean, India, Greece, Asia, Thailand, Mexico, France, Ireland, Japan, Afghanistan, Vietnam and everywhere USA.

If it’s fashion you want, you’ll find the right style for you or the perfect gift for someone else. Or relax at one of seven salons and spas.

Live music, jam sessions, wine tastings, art walks, and karaoke enhance Main Gate Square’s high energy, urban atmosphere. Life happens here.