OLD TUCSON STUDIOS "Where Legends Come Alive" - Go back in time to the 'on-location' set of many western films (Including Tombstone) & series (Including The High Chaparell) - A real film studio that also doubles as a family fun park with rides, stunt shows & gunfights - A full & absolutely full/action packed day out on the West side of Tucson - Look out for special offer tokens on the flyers you'll find for this which can cut the cost by as much as 50% & get there bright & early so you don't miss any of the shows

 

DESERT MUSEUM "A new discovery with every visit" - A living museum - Learn about desert plants/cactus & see desert animals - A truely tranquil day out in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains - Get there early & do not pass up the chance of a free guided tour - It can be another full 'chill' day out - It is near Old Tucson Studies to the West of town, but do not be tempted to do both in one day

 

SABINO CANYON "A Desert Oasis" - Take the open shuttle bus from the Vistor Centre for a narrated round trip up the Canyon - The scenery is breathtaking - The shuttle stops frequently on the route - Take advantage & get off & walk around exploring the sights - You can walk between stops and/or get on/off the shuttle as you like throughout the day - Take a picnic 

 

PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM - Just South of Tucson, the most awesome collection of aircraft you'll ever find !! Take the guided trolley tour to get the most out of your visit - And buy the Combo ticket to cover the Titan Missile Museum (About 20 miles further South on the I-19) - Don't miss this great guided tour of the underground Titan II site - And while you are down this neck of the woods on the way back have a glimpse of the world famous Aircraft mothball 'parking-lot' up Kolb Road 

 

COLOSSAL CAVE "Your Passageway Through History" - This is a Mountain Park South East of town along the Old Spanish Trail featuring the Colossal Cave which you can view with a great guided tour - And more breathtaking scenery - As an alternative travel a bit further down the I-10 to Benson & as well as the town itself check out Kartchner Caverns State Park (Arizona's largest State Park) - You need to book in advance for this one though 

 

BIOSPHERE 2 "Explore Planet Earth" - Located in the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains just North of Tucson, this is an experience to see to be believed !! - Exhibitions of Science, Climate Change & Life On Earth - The guided tour is a must

 

INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE MUSEUM "Tucson's Natural History Museum" - West of town - On the way out to Old Tucson & the Desert Museum - The Wildlife Museum has natural history exhibits, wildlife art & nature films

 

REID PARK ZOO - Home to over 400 exotic animals -  A classic Zoo with snack bar & gift shop East of Downtown Tucson on 22nd Street - Alternatively travel up to the bigger Phoenix Zoo, one of the largest nonprofit zoological parks in the country (Call into the Desert Botanical Garden next door)

 

MUSEUM OF ART "Celebrating the Past - Enritching the Future" - Located in the historic El Presidio District of Downtown Tucson which is worth a visit in it's own right (Check out the Old Town Artisans), the Museum of Art maintains a permanent collection of over 5,000 works of art as well visiting exhibitions --- And the historic block also features 5 distinctive houses built between 1850-1907 which are open during Museum hours - Great stuff

 

GAMMONS GULCH - A guided tour of a Ghost Town Movie Set - The tour is given personally by the owner Jay (Tell him Big Dave from the UK sent you) - And I can guarantee it is an experience you'll never forget - Just 50 miles East on I-10 (North 10 miles at Junction 306 & through Pomerene to Mile Marker 7)

 

KITT PEAK "Explore Your Universe" - The worlds largest optical observatory about 60 miles Southwest of Tucson on Ajo Highway 86 - On top of the 6,875-foot Kitt Peak - Visitor Centre & guided tours - You must book in advance

 

Mt. LEMMON "Sky Island" - A winding trip up the Catalina Highway makes for a day of breathtaking scenery & views - 25 miles up to the attraction of Summerhaven village at 7,840 ft elevation - Check out your trip & buy the Catalina Mountain pass at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Centre - An of course you can do some Skiing up here as well !!!!!

 

BOTANICAL GARDENS "An urban oasis" - Gardens, Gift Shop & Nursery on Alvernon Way near Grant - You can see likewise at the Desert Botanical Garden near Phoenix Zoo