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Three Days with Kids

Destination(s): Tucson

Tucson has a lot to offer kid's if the adults in their lives can keep up. Each day is busy and arranged roughly by geographic area. The Westward is one of the more kid friendly resorts in town. For the most part, the restaurants listed cater to adults, but each has very child-friendly offerings. There are Magpies Pizza places all over town so finding one near wherever you are shouldn't be too difficult. Kingfisher doesn't have a kids menu written down, but your server will be able to rattle off an impressive list of kid-friendly offerings, including mac and cheese and one of the better burgers in town. read more about Three Days with Kids

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

  • 2021 North Kinney Road
  • tel:520 883 1380
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  • Tucson, 85743

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is one of three or four not-to-be-missed attractions for anyone visiting Tucson. Spread across 21 acres in the drop-dead beautiful desert west of Tucson, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (locals refer to it simply as "the Desert museum") is a seamless mix of world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden. The museum's outdoor trails offer an immersion into the Sonoran Desert that can't be beat. The desert museum is a wonderful complement to the neighboring Saguaro National Park. read more about Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Eclectic Café

The Eclectic Café

  • 7053 East Tanque Verde Road
  • (Northwest corner of Sabino Canyon and Tanque Verde Roads)
  • tel:520 885 2842
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  • Tucson, 85715
KingFisher

KingFisher

  • 2564 E. Grant Road
  • tel:520 323 7739
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  • Tucson, 85716

This popular Tucson mainstay serves up classic American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, expertly prepared seafood. Their fish and chips are a big hit, battered delicately and fried to perfection. If seafood is not your preference, the menu offers up steak, ribs, and other standard American fare, all prepared equally well. The restaurant features a late-night menu for those looking  for quality grub after 10pm, and the dark, chic setting makes this a good place for a romantic date.

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International Wildlife Museum

International Wildlife Museum

  • 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd
  • tel:520 629 0100
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  • Tucson, 85745

The International Wildlife Museum is located on the west side near the Tucson Mountains, and makes a convenient stopover if you're heading to Old Tucson or the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This museum, founded in 1988 and a member of the Safari Club International Foundation, showcases over 400 species of mammals, insects, and birds from around the world. Some animals in the collection are over 100 years old, donated to the Safari Club by captive breeding programs, wildlife rehabilitation centers, government agencies, zoos, and private individuals. Most of what you'll see here is reminiscent of a traditional natural history museum, with dioramas of stuffed animals shown in their natural settings. A fascinating, if sometimes eerie, place to see exotic animals up close.

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Trail Dust Town

Trail Dust Town

  • 6541 East Tanque Verde Road
  • Tanque Verde near Grant
  • tel:520 296 4551
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  • Tucson, 85715
Children's Museum of Tucson

Children's Museum of Tucson

  • 200 South Sixth Ave
  • tel:(520) 792-9985
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  • Tucson, 85701

The Children's Museum of Tucson first opened its door in 1986, subsequently moving in 1991 to the building that once housed the old Carnegie public library. Today, the 17,000 square foot facility features twelve hands-on permanent interactive exhibits. These include the very popular Dinosaur World, Electric Power's Electri-City, the Música de las Americas music room, the Art Studio, the Ocean Discovery Center, the Public Safety Station, Mind Your Own Body, Build It, Whistle Stop, Pet Vet and others. Even adults may find themselves oohing and ahhing over the colorful, inventive, and thoroughly interactive displays.
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Ironwood Terraces Restaurant

Ironwood Terraces Restaurant

  • 2021 North Kinney Road
  • tel:520 883 1380
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  • Tucson, 85743
Dakota Cafe

Dakota Cafe

  • 6541 East Tanque Verde Road
  • tel:520 298 7188
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  • Tucson, 85715
Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo

  • 1030 S. Randolph Way
  • At 22nd St. between Country Club Rd. and Alvernon Way
  • tel:520 791 3204
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  • Tucson, 85716
Magpie's Gourmet Pizza

Magpie's Gourmet Pizza

  • 105 South Houghton Road
  • Broadway and Houghton, Suite 149
  • tel:520 751 9949
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  • Tucson, 85748
Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon

  • 5600 North Sabino Canyon Road
  • tel:520 749 2861 / 520 749 2327 (Shuttle Information)
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  • Tucson, 85750

Tucked into the eastern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Sabino Canyon offers stunning beauty and something that is a rarity in the desert: flowing water. Sabino Creek generally runs year around, but is especially strong during the summer and winter rainy seasons. Sabino Canyon is also easily accessible. An open-aired shuttle service provides a 3.8-mile narrated tour into the heart of the canyon. Hikes range from easy strolls to brutally tough, so whether you're with young children or more hardcore outdoorsmen, there is something for everyone. Close to resorts, Sabino Canyon is an excellent introduction to the desert for any first time visitors. read more about Sabino Canyon

Pima Air and Space Museum

Pima Air and Space Museum

  • 6000 E. Valencia Rd
  • tel:520 574 0462
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  • Tucson, 85706

Dedicated to the preservation of the history of flight, the Pima Air and Space Museum houses over 27 historic aircraft, including John F. Kennedy's Air Force One, once used by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. Also on display is the X-15 and Russian Migs, among many, many others. The museum is located next to the Davis Monthan Air Force Base, which also houses the Arizona Maintenance and Regeneration Center, also know as "the boneyard." Here, lined up neatly and surreally are hundreds of mothballed military aircraft. read more about Pima Air and Space Museum

Westward Look Resort

Westward Look Resort

  • 245 E Ina Rd
  • (Ina and First Avenue)
  • tel:+1 520 297 1151 / +1 800 722 2500
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  • Tucson, 85704

Although not the most posh resort in town, Westward Look is one of the oldest and most charming. Built on the site of a historic 1919 homestead, the hotel features antique furnishings and a lovely library/study in the area that used to be the original living room of this property. The resort earns high marks in fine dining and its on-site spa, The Sonoran Spa. With easy access to several great nature trails that lead into the surrounding wilderness, this is a great place to explore the natural beauty of the desert.
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Golf N'Stuff Family Fun Center

Golf N'Stuff Family Fun Center

  • 6503 East Tanque Verde Road
  • tel:520 296 2366
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  • Tucson, 85715
Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson Studios

  • 201 S. Kinney Rd
  • (I-10 south to Speedway exit; drive west following the signs)
  • tel:520 883 0100
  • Visit website
  • Tucson, 85735

In 1939, workers built 50 buildings in 40 days in the desert west of Tucson for the movie Arizona. Since then, dozens of movies have been filmed at least partly at Old Tucson Studios - most of them during the heydays of Westerns in the 1950s and 1960s. John Wayne started in four movies shot at Old Tucson, including Rio Brava in 1959 and the 1967 flick El Dorado. In 1960, Old Tucson was open to the public and has operated as a theme park and film studio ever since. A fire in 1995 destroyed most of the original buildings, but after 20 months of reconstruction, Old Tucson reopened and remains a must-see for many visitors to Tucson. Old Tucson Studios is located in the same general area west of Tucson as the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Saguaro National Park. read more about Old Tucson Studios

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

  • 1601 E. University Blvd
  • (East of Park Avenue on the University of Arizona campus)
  • tel:(520) 621-STAR
  • Visit website
  • Tucson, 85719

The Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is located on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, at the northeast corner of Cherry Avenue and University. This family-friendly center is open seven days a week, with planetarium shows available to school and youth groups on the weekdays, and to the general public on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. The family laser light show happens on Thursday nights, while Friday through Sundays is generally reserved for the very popular Pink Floyd laser music show. This is a great place to take the kids, or to spend an evening marveling at the night skies and learning the stories behind the constellations.



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