Comfort Suites at Sabino Canyon
7007 E. Tanque Verde
Tucson, AZ 85715
Phone: (520) 298-2300
Fax: (520) 298-6756
The Museum of the Horse Soldier seeks to educate visitors of the contributions and history of the United States Military's mounted services. Cavalry officers and enlisted men are highlighted, as well as their horses. Over 200 years of military history are covered here, including objects from battles, the equipment these soldiers needed while in the military, and large panoramic photos of battles. Open Monday and Tuesday by appointment only.
Here's a replica of a 19th-century Western town with small shops offering Old West souvenirs, galleries and restaurants, most notably the Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse and the Dakota Cafe. Of course, there is also a custom leather store, western attire, wooden sidewalks and a central plaza with a gazebo. To enhance the fun, there is also a vintage 1920 Fiesta del Presidio carousel with pinatas, a mining museum and a C.P. Huntington train; in short, it's a great place for kids. Wild west stunt shows are presented Tuesday through Sunday. It's also the locale for Trail Dust Days, an annual cowboy show in late February. Most stores open around noon, but the action doesn't really start until after 5p.
A fun place for both locals and tourists, Golf N'Stuff Family Fun Center on Tucson's East Side offers something for everyone including bumper boats, go karts, batting cages, 2 miniature golf courses, rock climbing and, of course, coin arcades. If you get hungry, eat at the snack bar. Open daily 10am onwards.
This is an architectural and historical gem of Tucson not to be missed. The tiny Chapel of San Pedro was built in 1915 by Mexican immigrants at Barriada del Rillito, a small community now known as El Fuerte. In 1917, land was acquired for a bigger building, but the second chapel was destroyed by a tornado in 1929. Rebuilt in 1932, the present church served as the neighborhood parish church till 1948, when it was replaced by nearby St. Cyril's.
The Mini-Time Machine Museum houses a vast collection of miniature artifacts. It has a large variety of antiques, meaning the museum itself could be seen as a miniature time machine. A large space for small objects is the perfect description for this place. Its wide array of exhibits appeals to all ages. Apart from the existing collection, several temporary exhibitions and programs are conducted here seasonally.
Coronado National Forest is spread throughout the mountain ranges of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. It covers an area of about 1.78 million acres (720,340 hectares). The forest is divided into five ranger districts and has eight designated wilderness areas. The common recreational activities that can be done at the forest are hiking, horseback riding, camping, hunting, and fishing. The use of mechanized or motorized equipment, including bicycles, generators, and chain saws, is prohibited.
While not being a world famous zoo, the Reid Park Zoo is still one of the major attractions in the city. Due to its relatively small size, the zoo can be explored at a leisurely pace in less than two hours. The animals are on display in pleasant natural settings. Chances are you will envy the two polar bear cubs as they happily float in ice-cold water while you're struggling in the Tucson summer heat. Luckily there are plenty of shade and cooling stations available.
Himmel Park was voted Best Playground in Tucson by the readers of the Tucson Weekly, and with some justification. The park actually has three playgrounds. The westside section, near the pool, contains the toddlers' structure with beginner's slides and swings; then, there's more swings and the popular Giganto Slide of Death for the bigger kids, while the northeast side features a big climbing structure with several platforms and even more swings. All areas have lots of sand and picnic areas around them. Keep this place in mind if you're traveling with two-10 year olds.
Take a trip to fantasyland in the desert and see historic Western sites in an enchanted environment made from rocks. Let your imagination make history come alive for you. This is the ideal environment for children and adult birthday parties or get-togethers. Shows are free, but call the public relations director in advance for tour and show times, since this place does not schedule regular hours. There is a gift shop on site.
Ettore "Ted" de Grazia, Tucson's most famous painter, left his studio/gallery in the Catalina foothills for the public to enjoy as a museum of Southwestern art. The building is made from adobe, which is common for this hot and arid area, and is surrounded by cactus and other desert plants. De Grazia was fascinated by the colors and cultures of the American Southwest, and that is what his art is all about. Gallery tours can be scheduled and take 90 minutes. A
Installed in 1962, the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope is the greatest solar instrument in the world. Named in honor of the famous astronomers Robert McMath and Keith Pierce, it was designed by Myron Goldsmith. Stretching to an approximate 110 feet (33.52 meters), this solar telescope has been responsible for many discoveries, one of which includes the presence of water vapor on the great star. Pride of the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, it still remains a mecca for astronomy enthusiasts.
Located on the University of Arizona campus, the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium is the place to go for astronomy buffs of all ages. Attend the special planetarium shows here, complete with high definition digital dome projection. Kids will have fun participating in the hands-on science exhibits and exploring the history of planet earth at the mineral museum. The planetarium show themes change every month, but the fact that their star projector can show over 8,000 stars never changes.