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Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:35 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2021 N. Kinney Road

883-2702

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (summer)

World-renowned zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden

Biosphere 2

Hwy. 77 at mile marker 96.5, Oracle

520-838-6200

Hours: open daily, call for seasonal hours

Tours of technological wonders inside and under glass

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail

647-7275

Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays & holidays (summer)

Tours of a crystal-filled cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch

De Grazia Gallery in the Sun

6300 N. Swan Road

299-9191

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily

Collection of De Grazia art and artist Ted De Grazia's home

International Wildlife Museum

4800 W. Gates Pass Road

617-1439

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Fridays; till 6 p.m. on weekends

Natural history museums with interactive exhibits and films

Kitt Peak National Observatory

State Route 86 Ajo Highway (90 minutes from downtown Tucson)

318-8726

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Sunday

Exhibits, tours, world's largest collection of optical telescopes, gift shop

Mission San Xavier del Bac

1950 W. San Xavier Road (10 miles south of Tucson)

294-2624

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Active Franciscan mission located on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation

Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley

30 miles northeast of Tucson on Catalina Highway

576-1321

Hours: Friday-Monday, call for hours

Sky ride with panoramic views of forest, rocky cliffs, desert floor and distant mountain ranges

Old Tucson Studios

201 S. Kinney Road

883-0100

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

Film set for some of Hollywood's biggest westerns, Wild West entertainment, stunt shows, and studio tours

Pima Air & Space Museum

6000 E. Valencia Road

574-0462

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Over 250 aircraft on display and a motorcoach tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Boneyard

Saguaro National Park

Tucson Mountain District (West)

2700 N. Kinney Road

733-5158

Rincon Mountain District (East)

3693 S. Old Spanish Trail

733-5153

Skirting the east and west boundaries of Tucson, these two national parks are home to the most recognizable cactus in the world—the saguaro

Southern Arizona

Transportation Museum

414 N. Toole Ave

623-2223

Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

Restored main railroad depot and three adjacent buildings to preserve and interpret Southern Arizona railroad heritage through educational outreach, oral history and archival collections

Tohono Chul Park

7366 N. Paseo del Norte

742-6455

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Nature trails through various gardens, exhibits, shops, greenhouse, concerts, and special events

Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N. Alvernon Way

326-9686

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily

A desert oasis in the heart of Tucson with 15 different gardens

Titan Missile Museum

1580 W. Duval Mine Road, Sahuarita

625-7736

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Titan II ICBM Site from the time of the Cold War

Tucson Museum of Art

140 N. Main Ave

624-2333

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 12-4 p.m. Sunday

Permanent collection of more than 6,500 works of art, art school, library, café, gift shop, tours, and sculpture gardens

Western National Parks Assoc.

12880 North Vistoso Village Drive

622-6014

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Monthly speakers, exhibits, book signings, and other events

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