Family Fun near Downtown Tucson

Tucson Family FunTucson is a favorite vacation area because of the wonderful attractions within and around the city. Many of the attractions are especially suited to families with children that whole family will enjoy. A family vacation in Tucson will please the youngest child to the oldest adult.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a must-see attraction while visiting Tucson. It is a museum, garden and zoo all rolled into one. The museum boasts over 300 species of animals and about 1200 types of local plants. This is not a museum where everything is contained within a building. Explore two miles of trails that run through the desert and see coyotes, mountain lions, prairie dogs and Gila monsters or visit the aviary and humming bird exhibit.

Little and big kids love the Children’s Museum of Tucson. An exhibit proves that math can be fun and another demonstrates that one might have to be a detective to deduce some science activities. Little kids love the playhouse, sand pit and imagination blocks while older children enjoy TechTopia where exploration is digital. See the train engine and drive it like an engineer through the magic of digital technology.

Built in 1939 to accommodate scenery for the movie Arizona, Old Tucson has been the studio many Westerns from the 50s and 60s for theater and TV were filmed. John Wayne was the star in at least four of them. Today it is a theme park and film studio where cowboys have gun fights in the street, horseback rides are available, saloon girls dance the can-can and more. Also visit the petting farm and carousel in the park.

Pima Air and Space Museum is an interesting place for adults and kids. Get right in the cockpit of some of the 300 craft that are fit for air and space. The Kennedy/Johnson Air Force One is housed there and a training Apollo capsule is available to view as are some moon rocks.

Take the kids to Reid Park to get rid of excess energy and play in the playgrounds while adults sit on the benches and rest, or rent a paddle boat to go out on the lake. There is a little zoo in the park with giraffes and other animals, and it has a wet play area for those hot days.

Tucson has something for the whole family and is a great place for exploring the southwestern part of America.