Things to do in Tucson Arizona

There are many fun things to do in Tucson Arizona on an inexpensive vacation.

This sections covers some of the "not to be missed sites" in Tucson and surrounding areas.

I have lived in Tucson for 11 years and have visited all of the locations discussed here.

Tucson Arizona is located in the deep Southwest and is a true desert. There is a certain beauty about the desert that is compelling for many people.


Note: To find inexpensive vacation ideas for Cities in the United States see: Best US Cities.

La Placita Village Tucson

La Placita Village Tucson

One of the most interesting desert plants are the Giant Saguaro Cactus.

They are a symbol of the Desert Southwest and provide a rustic beauty to the landscape.

Also, an interesting difference from most other cities in the US and Tucson is that a high percentage of lawns are of rock instead of grass because of the low rainfall! This was a significant change for me (and many others who were transplanted here).


The top fun things to do in Tucson on vacation are:

The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
This is a must see for much of the plant and animal life that is unique to the deep southwest. It is located at the base of the Tucson Mountains. It is a world renowned botanical garden, zoo and natural history museum. Its mission is:

”To inspire people to live in harmony with the natural, world by
fostering love, appreciation and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.”

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Hummingbird Arizona Sonora Desert Museum


Old Tucson Studios
Old Tucson Studios is a famous historic movie studio that provides a taste of the old west. It is still being used for film and television shoots throughout the year.

Old Tucson Studios has a full array of live Wild West shows, great stunts, Old West Dramas, trail rides and more. This is fun for any age.

The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and Old Tucson Studios are both located west of Tucson on Kinney road. They can both be seen in a good day.

As a side benefit, the drive though Gates Pass (the only road that gets you there from Tucson) has some stunning panoramic views.

Coming around the bend after winding ones way up a long hill opens up the desert with thousands of Saguaro Cactus that can be breathtaking. The ride back can be equally fun as the city unfolds in the drive back from the mountains.

Other fun things to do in Tucson on vacation

Pinnacle Peak
Eating at the Pinnacle Peak steakhouse is a lot of fun. The beauty of this area is located in the middle of Trail Dust Town. This town is a mini community of shops, arcades and even a wild west stunt show.

A great evening includes making reservations at Pinnacle Peak and then walking around the town while you are waiting to for your dinner reservation. Ties are not allowed and there are many that have been cut off of patrons (with their approval). They are hanging around hanging all around the restaurant.

After dinner, it is fun to take in a stunt show afterward is a great cap on the evening.

Pinnacle Peak Stunt Show

Pinnacle Peak Stunt Show

Culture, History and the Great Outdoors
With the University of Arizona located in Tucson there are several different cultural centers and places to see world class shows.

Some of the top places for culture are: Centennial Hall and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

For a step back into the history of flight, consider visiting the Pima Air and Space Museum. It is rich with history and with amazing aircraft from Grumman, Boeing Douglas and Beechcraft. They even have a famous Soviet Air force Mig on display.

Many people come to Tucson for the great golf. There are many courses from municipal to very high brow.

Hiking is huge when looking for fun things to do in Tucson and the surrounding areas. There are an incredible number of great trails to choose from. Seeing nature up close and personal is always a treat.

Tucson Hiking

Hiking outside of Tucson

There are festivals such as the Greek Festival that are great fun to attend.

Greek Festival Tucson Arizona

Greek Festival Tucson Arizona

Other activities such as ballooning are fun to attend.These are just a few of the most fun things to do in Tucson. There are more…

Balloon Glow Tucson

Balloon Glow Tucson


The following picture of a sunset was taken out on my back patio one evening when the explosion of colors compelled me to pull out the camera.

Tucson Sunset

Tucson Sunset


I hope you have enjoyed these little snippets and snapshots of Tucson Arizona. Come visit us sometime. There is much fun to be had!

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