Top Attractions AMARC Tours (a.k.a. Airplane Boneyard) AMARC Tours AMARC (Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center)The Pima Air and Space Museum offers tours of AMARC (Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center) Facility located on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Advance reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating. To make a tour reservation, please call the reservation desk at (520) 618-4800. You will need to check in at the Pima Air and Space Museum Gift Shop no later than 30 minutes prior to tour departure time or your reservation may be subject to cancellation. The tour bus boards at the Museum entrance. Due to increased security concerns, one small carry-on item is allowed per passenger. Carry-on items may include a small camera, purse, or fanny/belt pack. Government issued identification (Such as a driver's license, military ID or passport) is required for all persons 16 years of age and older. Tours are given Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays) and last approximately one hour. Departure times seasonal - please call for current times. Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training (520) 434-1000 Pima County Stadium District's Kino Sports Complex, the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox, is also home to the Tucson Sidewinders Triple A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Kino Sports Complex and Tucson Electric Park, opened in 1998. Kino Sports Complex and Tucson Electric Park are state-of-the-art facilities for Major League Baseball and sports tournaments, but also various community special events, festivals and musical concerts featuring national touring artists. Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (520) 883-1380 The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. You will experience interpretive displays of living animals and plants native to the Sonoran Desert region. The Desert Museum teems with life. Exhibits re-create the natural landscape so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, hawks and hummingbirds. Millions of visitors from all over the world come to marvel at the Museum's cutting-edge exhibits and its interpretation of hundreds of living animals and thousands of kinds of plants. Walk With a Keeper: (Thursdays only) A unique chance to experience the Desert Museum through the eyes of an animal keeper. The walking tour is approximately 1½ hours and covers ½ mile. Guests will be able to meet animals up close (Otters and Bighorn sheep) and go behind the scenes and learn about animal care. $15 admission (No children under 12 allowed on tour. No coupons or discounts are valid for tour). Tour starts promptly from the entrance patio at 10:30am, guests should gather there at 10:15am. Ticket sales are First Come, First Serve (i.e., No Reservations). Last ticket sold at 10:15am. Tour is fully accessible via wheelchair and scooter. Some behindthe-scenes areas are not available to service animals. Live and (sort of) On The Loose ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Museum Hours: Open everyday of the year. October through February 8:30am to 5:00pm; March through September 7:30am to 5:00pm Adults $12 November to April and $9 May to October, Children $2 (6-12), Children under 6 free Chicago White Sox Spring Training (520) 434-1000 Pima County Stadium District's Kino Sports Complex, the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox, is also home to the Tucson Sidewinders Triple A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Kino Sports Complex and Tucson Electric Park, opened in 1998. Kino Sports Complex and Tucson Electric Park are state-of-the-art facilities for Major League Baseball and sports tournaments, but also various community special events, festivals and musical concerts featuring national touring artists. Colossal Cave Mountian Park (520) 647-7275 Colossal Cave and Mountain Park has been home, shelter, hideout, challenging workplace, exciting playground, and tranquil retreat for over a thousand years. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Park showcases crystal-filled Colossal Cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch, a working ranch for over 120 years. Spend the day: take a Cave tour, browse in the historical museum, relax in the wooded picnic areas, hike, saddle up for a trail ride, sluice for gemstones and explore our two charming Southwestern gift shops. Hours: Summer (March 16th through September15th) Monday through Saturday 8:00am to 6:00pm Sundays and Holidays 8:00am to 7:00pm Winter (September 16th through March 15th) Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm Sundays and Holidays 9:00am to 6:00pm Park Admission: $3 per car Cave Admission: Adult $7.50, Children (6-12) $4, Children 5 and under Free Trial Rides: $25/first hour and $20/hour after El Tiradito the 'Wishing Shrine' The 'Wishing Shrine' has been here since ca. 1894. It is one of the genuine folk shrines in the nation and the only one known to be dedicated to a sinner. Legend has it that a young man was killed in a lovers' triangle and was buried at this spot in unconsecrated ground. It's believed that lighting a candle and having it burn to the ground will grant you your wish. Listed in National Register of Historic Places. (Footnote: This shrine's location actually prevented the proposed Butterfield Freeway's construction which would have demolished the last remaining homes of Tucson's original Barrio.) Kartchner Caverns (520) 586-4100 Kartchner Caverns visitors will experience an underground delight! A Visitor Center houses world-class exhibits including a replica of the cave, a documentary video, and interactive displays as will as a gift shop and picnic area. Outside are fine miles of hiking trails, a hummingbird, garden, nature trail, and a campground. Tour reservations are highly recommended. Hours: Park Open 7:30am to 6:00pm Cave Tours 8:30am to 4:30pm Closed on Christmas Day Admission: Cave tours Children under six are Free; Children (7-13) $6, and ages 14 and Older $14; this includes a $2 reservation fee. $10 entrance fee includes us of park above ground and Visitor Center No Same-Day Reservations. Kitt Peak National Observatory Kitt Peak Nationial Observatroy, home of the wold's largest collection of optical telescopes, in loacated high above the Sonoran Desert on the Tohono O'odam Reservation. Home to twentry-two opticsal and two radio telescopes representing dozens of astronomical research institutions, the National Optical Astromomy Observatory (NOAO), funded by the National Science Foundation, oversees site operations on Kitt Peak. Explore the Vistitor Center hands-on exhibits. Take a tour and learn how astronomers use telescopes to unlock the mysteries of the Universe. Visit the National Solar Observatroy exhibit gallery and watch scientists operate the world's largest solar telescope. Kitt Peak is close to 7,000 feet in elevation, temperatures are 15 to 20 degrees cooler than Tucson, please dress accordingly. There are no services on the mountain. 9 am - 4 pm daily $2.00 per person donation 10:0am ,11:30am and 1:30pm guided tours $2.00/person Elevation 6875 ft. Nightly observations: Advanced reservations required. 3 1/2hrs. Tour starts 1/2 hr prior to sunset. Box dinner included. Limited to 20 people pe rnight. Cost is $36.00/pp Old Tucson Studios (520) 883-0100 Old Tucson Studios 'Where Legends Come Alive' was built as a movie set in 1939. Old Tucson Studios continues as an active film studio and offers classic western entertainment. During a visit, guest travel back in time to experience Hollywood's version of the Wild Wild West with live shows featuring singing and dancing, thrilling stunt shows and Old Tucson Studios' legendary gunfights. Kids will enjoy train rides, panning for gold and a petting zoo. Fun for the whole family! Hours: Open daily 10:00am - 4:00pm Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Prices Adult: $12.95 Child (ages 4-11): $7.95 Children ages 3 and under are free Summertime: El Vaquero is the new restaurant...invites upscale dining to shake hands with cowboy-Sonoran cuisine. Serving dinner from 6 to 9 PM Saturdays through Labor Day. Patrick Fahey, formerly of the Desert Museum, is the new chef. The park comes alive an hour or so before sunset with honky-tonk blues bands at the Grand Palace Saloon. No one under 21 of age admitted. Other events include karaoke @ Rosa's Cafe. Admission is free with doors opening @ 6PM. Those who call 24 hours ahead get a free carriage ride from the park entrance to the restaurant. Pima Air and Space Museum (520) 625-7736 Pima Air and Space Museum - The Greatest Aerospace Stories Ever Told! Climb aboard President Kennedy's Air Force One or blast through the stratosphere in the supersonic flight simulator attraction Morphis! Stroll through the past in the World War II Memorial Park, or relax during a narrated excursion into AMARC, the living Bone yard of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Take photographs of unique and rare aircraft like the SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest airplane in history; or explore outer space in the Challenger Learning Center of the Southwest. From the Wright Brothers to Desert Strom, millions have experienced a century of flight at the world's largest privately funded aerospace museum. Sabino Canyon The tram runs every 30 minutes from 9 AM - 4:00 PM (7 days a week) Cost is $7.50 and the trip is 45 minutes long Summertime Evening rides call 520-749-2327 Direct line to shuttle booth 749 2327 SUGGESTIONS: Stop by the Visitor Center first, they can give you great tips. SEVEN FALLS TRAIL: A local favorite. Not strenuous, but 8 miles round trip. There are a series of truly gorgeous falls at the end....bring a picnic. PHONELINE TRAIL: Take the shuttle to the top (25 min) and then walk the 3.8 mile trail back down the canyon. Great views and not strenuous SABINO DAM LOOP: About 2 miles from the visitor center, easy walk Saguaro National Park West (520) 733-5158 Saguaro National Park West - Added to Saguaro National Park in 1961 - the Tucson Mountain District is a superb example of a saguaro forest. many of the unique species of plants and animals found in the sonoran Desert, along with petroglyphs of teh Hohokam people may be viewed within the park. Activities include wildlife and bird watching, hiking, picnicking, photography, horseback riding, bicycling and scenic driving. Hours: The 8 mile scenic drive open at 7:00am and closes at sunset daily. The visitor center opens at 8:30am and closes at 5:00pm daily. All Closed on Chirtmas Day Use of the Park is Free San Xavier del Bac Mission Mission San Xavier del Bac is listed as an historical monument and is located on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, San Xavier District. The mission, also known as the “White dove of the Desert” has been acclaimed as one of the finest examples of mission architecture in the United States. It is a blending of Moorish, Byzantine and Mexican renaissance. The mission is over 200 years old and is presently undergoing exterior restoration. The museum provides a historical and cultural view of the mission and the O'odham, which the church serves. The mission has thousands of visitors each year who are amazed and overwhelmed by the structure and interior of such a serene and beautiful icon. The mission is an active Catholic parish and has services during the week. Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm everyday of the year Admissions: Donations are welcomed Winter Schedule (October-May) Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. (Juan Diego Chapel) Monday, Communion Service, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. (Church) Saturday Vigil, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Summer Schedule (June-September) Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. (Juan Diego Chapel) Monday, Communion Service, 8:30 a.m. (Juan Diego Chapel) Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sunday Vigil, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Tubac (520) 398-2704 Tubac was established in 1752 as a Spanish presidio (fort). Working artists' studios now surround the grounds which once served as the home for a Spanish military garrison. Tubac remembers its origins at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park located in the village's Old Town, and no visit to Tubac is complete without a stop at our State Park. Scenic high desert vistas surround Tubac, and the village enjoys a year-around economy that benefits from summer temperatures notably cooler that Tucson or Phoenix. More than ninety businesses now line Tubac's meandering streets, and a full day can be enjoyed wandering through the numerous art galleries, working studios and gift shops. The Tubac Center of the Arts provides a full range of arts programming, and seasonal exhibitions should not be missed. A variety of locally owned restaurants are open for for both lunch and dinner, and our marvelous bed and breakfasts mean that your visit to Tubac doesn't have to end when the shops close! Tubac's shops encompass the gamut of Southwest shopping opportunities. From clothing boutiques featuring hand-decorated garments to the finest of imports from Mexico and around the world, from Native American jewelry to southwest literature by local and national authors, Tubac has what you're looking for!