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Top 5 Things for Families to See and Do in Tucson

1. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

This Desert Museum is know worldwide and is ranked on as one of the Top 10 Museums in the country.  It is a must see.  Unlike most museums, about 85% of the experience is outdoors!The 98 acre Desert Museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium.

2. Sabino Canyon

A natural desert oasis located in Tucson’s Coronado National Forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife.

3. Botanical Gardens

From October through May the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion will transform into a magical oasis filled with over 300 butterflies at a given time. All of the butterflies are shipped to Tucson Botanical Gardens in their pupae form and emerge in front of visitor’s eyes in the chrysalis exhibit, before being transferred into the greenhouse. A new shipment of pupae is received almost weekly making the butterfly variety diverse and ever-changing throughout the season!During the winter and summer rainy seasons, pools of water form in rocky outcroppings that wind up among hillsides resplendent with palo verde trees, cholla and prickly pear cactus and graceful groves of ocotillo.

4. Reid Zoo

It may be no San Diego zoo, but you can feed the giraffes for $2 and they have a great splash area for kids.

5. Mt Lemon

Our desert oasis! Mt. Lemmon is, on average, 20 degrees cooler than Tucson. During the winter, this means sledding atop the mountain and skiing at Ski Valley, the local ski resort. During the summer, head up to Summerhaven (the town at the top of Mt. Lemmon) to cool off and go hiking. A huge yearly event at Ski Valley is Oktoberfest, a great family outing held in September and October with live music, ski-lift rides and a German feast! – See more at:

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Ann Gates Weaver is mamma to three kids, one husband, many chickens, and her fruit trees. Her primary outdoor passion is backpacking, but she’ll also jump at the chance to go skiing, cycling, climbing, kayaking, or canyoneering. Although she has traveled all over the world, her favorite place for outdoor recreation continues to be be the mountains and deserts of Utah.

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