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Plan a Memorable Family Vacation in Tucson

By: Arizona Office of Tourism

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April 29, 2017

Resorts and their amenities attract all ages, while area attractions highlight Southern Arizona’s place in time and history.

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These articles are brought to you by staff of the Arizona Office of Tourism, as well as local tourism organizations around the state.

Families love Tucson. There’s a smile being formed on a kid’s face right now somewhere in Southern Arizona. It might be happening in front of a warren of prairie dogs – doing the adorable things that prairie dogs do – at the award-winning Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. It could be as a telescope brings the beauty of a star-filled night sky to life.

When people travel – when they make the effort to leave their homes and normal lives behind – they want to be surprised. They want to make memories. Tucson is a city unlike anywhere else in the country, a place where the unforgettable awaits.

Unique Southern Arizona Resorts

Kids love resorts. They love putting on the plush robes, having a giant tub at their disposal, the pools, the restaurants and more. Tucson has resorts with family-friendly pricing, kids’ clubs, incredible views and everything anyone could ask for.

Try Oro Valley’s Hilton El Conquistador, with its on-property horse stables; JW Marriott Starr Pass and its extensive collection of splash-ready fun, including a lazy river; or Loews Ventana Canyon, with its on-property hiking trails and telescopes by the pool. Rent a mountain bike at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa to see the Sonoran Desert on two wheels.

Then there are the dude ranches, which are an adventure on to themselves, with hundreds of horses, plenty to do each day and the opportunity to be a cowboy or cowgirl for awhile.

And that’s just a start. Wherever a visitor stays in Tucson, it’ll certainly be part of a great story. Plus, the adults in the group will enjoy everything just as much as the kids.

Area Attractions in Tucson

Don’t miss everything there is to do in the region. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, even beyond the prairie dogs, is much more than just a museum. It’s an introduction to all the wonders of the Sonoran Desert, from mountain lions and bighorn sheep, to saguaros and agave.

The Pima Air & Space Museum will cause the jaws of the airplane lovers in your group to assuredly drop, with flying machines from throughout history gathered in one place. Even better? The docents often worked on the planes they’re stationed by, creating once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to learn something from our country’s greatest generation.

Biosphere 2 offers the opportunity to see science experiments in action and a glimpse into what life might be like on another planet someday.

The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures presents big-time joy in small packages with tiny cities, towns and surprises around every corner.

Get in Touch with Nature

There’s so much more to experience, more than can be covered in this space, for certain. Tucson’s outdoor adventures are plentiful. You can drive up the Catalina Highway and, in less than 90 minutes from most of Tucson, be more than 9,000 feet above sea level among the pines. Plus, they’ve got some super-delicious cookies up there.

Tucson is lucky enough to be surrounded on the east and west by Saguaro National Park, where visitors can drive, hike, camp or bike through a forest of cacti towering from the Sonoran Desert floor.

A visit to Colossal Cave gives the whole family a chance to see what life is like underground, as miles of passages show off geological history in an exceedingly fun way.

Tucson’s an offbeat and unique place full of genuine, unpretentious experiences, and it’s waiting to be explored. Need more information on how Tucson will give you the freedom to be yourself? Come learn more at

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