Tucson & Southern Arizona Region

Arizona Attractions for the Tucson & Southern Region

Arizona Folklore Preserve - Nestled beneath towering Cottonwood and Sycamore trees, in the beauty of Ramsey Canyon, an unforgettable experience awaits you. Where Arizona's songs, legends, poetry and myths are preserved and presented

Colossal Cave Mountain Park - Beautiful 2,000-acre desert park, on the National Historic Register, showcasing crystal-filled Colossal Cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch. Plan an exciting day: tour the Cave, browse through the historical museum, sluice for gemstones, picnic, hike, take a real Western trail ride.

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium - The center presents both standard star shows and laser light shows set to music. Exhibits feature minerals and hands-on demonstrations for all ages. During clear evenings, visitors may gaze through the 16-inch telescope.

Asarco Mineral Discovery Center - This award-winning facility is Arizona's only public exhibit center and tour of a modern, working, open-pit copper mine and mill. The free exhibit center explains the production and uses of the red metal, and The Company Store gift shop offers a variety of Southwestern arts and crafts, copper and silver jewelry, books, rocks and minerals.

Kitt Peak National Observatory - Many call southern Arizona the 'astronomy capital of the world.' Kitt Peak is one reason why. The observatory located 56 miles east of Tucson sits atop a 6,882-foot mountain, and features five major telescopes, tours, a visitor's center and exhibits.

Pima Air & Space Museum - One of the largest air museums in the world, with commercial and military aircraft, an assortment of bombers, fighters, cargo planes and helicopters, as well as Air Force memorials. It also includes the SR-71 Blackbird, a once top-secret spy plane.

Tucson Botanical Gardens - A tranquil oasis in the heart of Tucson, strives to be recognized and respected as the best small public garden in America.

Arizona State Museum - The oldest and largest anthropology museum in the region and brings to life the culture history of the Greater Southwest, from the mammoth hunters to the present, through many ongoing research projects. The museum's rich and varied collections are among the most significant resources in the nation for the study of Southwest anthropology.

Biosphere 2 - One of the largest living laboratories in the world. It is an air tight greenhouse covering 3.15 acres and 7.2 million cubic feet of volume. Inside Biosphere 2 is a rainforest, a million gallon salt water ocean, a coastal fog desert, and four other wilderness ecosystems.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - A world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. Stop in for a visit you will never forget!

Lavender Jeep Tours - Tom Mosier, a native of Bisbee, gives the Lavender Jeep Tours. He regales locals and visitors with tales of the town and its buildings, and tours of the surrounding region.

Karin Newby Gallery & Sculpture Garden - Visit the K Newby Gallery Sculpture Garden for a gathering of some of the top sculptors working today in Southwestern Art. You will love seeing the unique pieces only found at Karin Newby Gallery and Sculpture Garden.

Old Tucson Studios - Theme park and movie studio, built in 1939 and used for more than 300 film and television productions. Highlights include skits, gunfights, gold panning and a ride through a haunted copper mine.

Tubac Center of the Arts - Dedicated to the celebration and promotion of the arts through education, exhibitions, performances, and the collection and presentation of art that honors the artistic and historic heritage of Tubac and the Santa Cruz Valley.

Tucson's Children's Museum - All the exhibits are hands-on, encouraging interaction and triggering each child's intellect. The highlight of Dinosaur Canyon is the robotic animation of four life-sized dinosaurs: a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Kentrosaurus, a Protoceratops and a Deinonychus.

International Wildlife Museum - Built as a replica of a French Foreign Legion fort in Chad, Africa, this museum features over 400 different species of insects, birds and mammals from all over the world. Other features include videos, interactive computers and hands-on exhibits.

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