Top 20 Things to do in Southern Arizona
Let us help you plan your Arizona Vacation with these TOP 20 things to do in Southern Arizona. Learn about some of the best tours, shopping centers, museums, parks and more.
1 | Kartchner Caverns State Park
Experience a stunning limestone cave that boasts world-class features. Discovered in 1974, this “live” cave is host to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations. Tour guides will unveil this fascinating underground landscape during a memorable 1½ hour tour (Reservations strongly recommended). The Discovery Center features museums exhibits, a large gift shop, regional displays, theater, and educational information about the caverns and the surrounding landscape. There are also campgrounds, hiking trails, lockers, shaded picnic areas, a deli, an amphitheater, and a hummingbird garden. Plan your visit today, call 520-586-2283 or visit www.azstateparks.com/Parks/KACA/. USE PROMO KEY at AZStateParks.com to SAVE $10!!
2 | Shop til you Drop at Foothills Mall!
Everyone loves a good deal. And smart Tucson shoppers will tell you that the best deals in town can be found at Foothills Mall. Not only will you find the best bang for your buck on designer fashions and name brand merchandise, you’ll also discover one of the most unique shopping experiences in southeastern Arizona. With a vast of array of stores, outlets, restaurants, eateries and entertainment venues, Foothills Mall has something for everyone! Call 520-219-0650 or visit shopfoothillsmall.com.
3 | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Come and explore this world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! See more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants, a world-class mineral collection and other amazing wonders of the Sonoran Desert region.
4 | O.K. Corral Tombstone
Tour the world’s most famous gunfight site at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, “the town too tough to die.” Walk where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and McLaurys on October 26, 1881 and made Tombstone famous. Gunfight reenacted daily at 2 p.m. Call 520-457-3456 or visit www.okcorral.com
5 | Pima Air & Space Museum
Where history takes flight! Tour one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum. You’ll see more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced, both from the United States and throughout the world. Call 520-574-0462 or visit pimaair.org
6 | Tumacácori National Historical Park
The Tumacácori National Historic Park protects three Spanish colonial mission ruins: Tumacácori, Guevavi, and Calabazas. These missions are among more than twenty established in the Pimería Alta by Father Kino and other Jesuits, and later expanded upon by Franciscan missionaries. The adobe structures are on three sites, with a visitor center at Tumacácori. Located at exit 29 off of Interstate 19. Open daily, just a few miles from Tubac. 520-398-2341 or www.nps.gov/tuma/
7 | Old Town Artisans
The True Historic Tucson Experience. Located in the El Presidio Historic District, the 150 year old adobe building features magnificent shops and galleries, plus a Spanish-style courtyard and patio offering a relaxing place to enjoy lunch. Call 520-623-6024 or visit www.oldtownartisans.com
8 | Kitt Peak National Observatory
The world’s largest collection of optical telescopes is located high above the Sonoran Desert under some of the finest night skies in the world. Open daily with self and guided tours plus nightly star gazing programs by RSVP. Visitor center and Gift Shop. Call 520-318-8726 or visit www.noao.edu
9 | Bisbee After 5
Join us for a unique shopping and cultural experience the second Saturday of each month. The town-wide art walks features over 30 shops and galleries, artist receptions, special sales and promotions, live entertainment and refreshments. Call 520-432-3554 or visit discoverbisbee.com.
10 | Tohono Chul Park
Recognized as one of the great botanical gardens of the world, Tohono Chul Park has been connecting Nature, Art & Culture for 25 years! Stroll along themed nature trails and tours, dine in the Tea Room, shop the greenhouse and Museum shops. Experience art exhibitions, classes and workshops plus special events. Call 520-742-6455 or visit www.tohonochulpark.org.
11 | UA Biosphere 2
Come experience the remarkable Biosphere 2 which Time Life Books recently named one of the 50 must see “Wonders of the World”. Guided tours take you inside the world’s largest living science center dedicated to exploring future life on our planet. Located north of Tucson on Oracle Rd./Highway 77 at mile marker 96.5. Open daily. Call 520-838-6200 or visit www.B2science.org
12 | Colossal Cave Mountain Park
Come and explore the ancient crystal cave which is on the National Register of Historic Places. See beautiful cave formations like stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, boxwork, and helictites while your guide shares the Cave’s history, legends and geology. You can also visit the historic La Posta Quemada Ranch and enjoy a leisurely guided trail ride. Call today to learn about the variety of cave tours, hiking, birding, picnicking, museums and more that the park offers – 520-647-PARK (7275) or visit colossalcave.com.
13 | DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
This 10-acre site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed and built by acclaimed Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia. Rotating exhibitions display some of the 15,000 DeGrazia originals housed at the gallery. A consignment room displays DeGrazia originals available for purchase, or explore the gift shop for a wide selection of reproductions. Call 520-299-9191 or visit www.degrazia.org.
14 | Old Tucson Studios
Just fifteen minutes from Tucson at the base of the Tucson Mountains lies a preserved slice of Americana, Old Tucson Studios. From cowboy gunfights and daring stunts to rip-roarin’ musical revues and comedies, Old Tucson Studios offers exciting Old West entertainment. Take a guided tour of this historic Tucson attraction and walk in the footsteps of movie legends like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and hundreds more. Call 520-883-0100 or visit www.oldtucson.com.
15 | Queen Mine Tours in Bisbee
Don a mining lantern, hat and slicker and ride the mine train as tour guides recount the life of the miners, techniques, dangers and drama! Five tours depart each day, seven days a week, from the Queen Mine Tour Building, located immediately south of Old Bisbee’s business district, off the U.S. 80 interchange. Tours last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and it is always a cool 47 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) underground! Reservations are suggested, please call 866-432-2071 or visit www.queenminetour.com.
16 | Casino Del Sol Resort
Arizona’s one and only Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star and AAA Four Diamond casino resort, Tucson’s Casino Del Sol Resort, is an entertainment oasis in the Sonoran Desert. An enterprise of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Casino Del Sol Resort offers guests an array of activities to enjoy, day or night. Whether it’s a sunrise round of golf at the new 18-hole championship Sewailo Golf Club, an afternoon of relaxation at the award-winning Hiapsi Spa or a concert at AVA Amphitheater and dinner at PY Steakhouse – Casino Del Sol Resort’s impressive collection of options makes it the ultimate entertainment destination. MORE INFO
17 | Mission San Xavier del Bac
A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. This “White Dove of the Desert” is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space. Located just 9 miles south of downtown Tucson – take I-19 to exit 92 and follow the signs. For more information and a mass schedule please call 520-294-2624 or visit www.sanxaviermission.org.
18 | Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
Encompassing an entire city block in historic downtown, the museum features original and traveling exhibitions focusing on Art of Latin America, Art of the American West, Modern and Contemporary Art and Asian Art. For unique gifts, the Museum Store has one-of-a-kind handcrafted ceramics, wood, textiles, jewelry, and multi-media artworks. Call 520-624-2333 or visit www.tucsonmuseumofart.org.
19 | Explore Tubac
Located 45 miles south of Tucson, Tubac is surrounded by scenic high desert vistas. Wander through art galleries, working studios and gift shops. Enjoy a variety of restaurants, year-round golf, hiking and camping and more. Visit Arizona’s first state park, The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park located in the village’s Old Town. The park includes a Visitor Center, museum, an archaeological exhibit, several historic buildings, a picnic area, and a trailhead for the Anza Trail. Be sure to visit the The Tubac Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center located at 2 Tubac Road, call 520-398-2704 or visit www.tubacaz.com.
20 | Stroll, Shop and Play along 4th Avenue
Tucson’s tree lined 4th Avenue features over 100 shops and an incredible variety of restaurants serving up everything from authentic Mexican to pizza, burgers, Greek, Italian and more! Looking for nightlife? 4th avenue has it all from live music venues to wine and sports bars. During the spring and winter, don’t miss the annual Street Fairs showcasing over 400 artisans, street musicians, food, and tons of other activities. Call 520-624-5004 or visit www.fourthavenue.org.