Tucson, Arizona Attractions

Tucson, Arizona Attractions
Tucson offers an array of attractions enjoyed by both guests and locals. The beautiful and unusual desert environment combined with the temperate winter climate attracts visitors every year. In between hiking tours and horseback riding along desert trails and mountains, stop by a local attraction for culturally rich adventures and entertaining excursions.

Mission San Xavier del Bac

The Mission San Xavier del Bac resides on the Tohono O'odham reservation in the Santa Cruz Valley just south of Tucson. Know as the "White Dove of the Desert," the majestic mission provides a stark contrast to the surrounding desert landscape. More than 200 years old, the church as it stands today was constructed between 1783 and 1797 although its origin stretches back to 1692 when Father Eusebio Francisco Kino first visited the region. Father Kino envisioned he mission named it for his patron saint, St. Francis Xavier. Open every day of the year from 8 am to 5 pm with extended hours for holiday services, the mission provides visitors with an experience rich in culture and history. Always free, although donations are accepted, the Mission San Xavier del Bac is a great attraction for the whole family.

Mission San Xavier del Bac
1950 West San Xavier Road
Tucson, AZ 85746-7409
(520) 294-2624


Old Tucson Studios

Constructed in 1939, Old Tucson Studios marked a new era in Hollywood wherein movie makers sought to establish a stronger visual reality by moving away from studio backdrops and embracing on-location shooting. The film "Arizona", starring William Holden was the first film to shoot at the Tucson location. Since its inception, Old Tucson Studios has played host to countless productions including The Bells of St. Mary's, Cimarron, Hombre, The Outlaw-Josey Wales, The Frisco Kid, The Three Amigos and Tombstone.

Beginning in 1960, Old Tucson Studios began adding features to accommodate growing tourist interest, and became both a working film studio and family attraction with vintage car rides, an antique carousal, train complete with depot and live performances. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the park is open for tours only with limited services but at a discounted cost. Regular admission prices are $16.95 for adults and $10.95 children between the ages of four and 11 with tour-only days at $8.75 for adults and $5 for children (as of 2010).

Old Tucson Studios
201 S Kinney Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 883-0100

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum draws folks from all over to this combination "world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden." You and your family can experience Sonora Desert life in authentically replicated environments. Spanning 21 acres, the museum boasts over 300 different animal species and four times that many native plants. Stroll the two-mile path that weaves through the park and partake of the visually striking experience. Guided tours and interactive exhibits add to the day's informative entertainment.

Open October through February from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March through May from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Extended summer hours from June through August are weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission prices range from $13 for adults to $9.50 depending on season and from $4.25 to $2.25 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 5 are free.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 North Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85743
(520) 883-2702


Article Written By Carly Schorman

Dividing her time between Phoenix and San Francisco, Carly Schorman is a writer and student currently completing her M.A. in religion and philosophy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has served as an editor for the "Mesa Legend," OCHRE Journal of Women's Spirituality, YabYumMusic.com and has additionally written for S.L.A.M. magazine, eHow, and "Link" magazine.

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