Comfort Suites Airport
6935 S. Tucson Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85756
Phone: (520) 295-4400
Fax: (520) 295-4497
As Tucson receives more sunshine per year than any other city in the U.S., Environmental Research Lab is the place for research on the use of solar energy. Located conveniently next to the airport, the Environmental Research Lab features a solar oasis as well as educational exhibits on home building in the desert, particularly energy-saving cooling and heating technology.
Every year, the top performers in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association gather in Tucson to compete, and the winners are named to perform in the finals of the rodeo circuit. If you're here during the fall, take yourself and the kids to witness Desert Thunder Pro Rodeo, which includes bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and mutton busting—it's an activity that kids will enjoy. There's also a sideline of vendors offering Western-theme artwork and accessories.
Located in Tucson the home of Rodeo, the Tucson Rodeo Ground is home to the Tucson Rodeo & La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. This arena is capable of seating 11 thousand spectators and entertains a number of fans and rodeo lovers alike. The grounds tend to get packed to capacity during the Rodeo Parade. The Tucson Rodeo Grounds are under the control of the Tucson Rodeo Committee.
Kino Sports Complex is a majestic setting for baseball and other year-round events. The centerpiece of the complex is the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, seating over 11,000 fans. With a view of the Santa Catalina Mountains and an intimate atmosphere, this park is one of the finest facilities around. Aside from the stadium, the complex offers a plethora of other recreational areas including two full size soccer fields, 12 senior baseball fields, two youth softball fields and ramadas throughout the complex.
Dog racing is very popular with Tucson folk, and watching greyhounds race can be a rewarding experience, both financially and culturally. Located in Hispanic South Tucson, Greyhound Park lets the dogs out Tuesday to Sunday evenings. Parimutuel betting is offered on site. Follow up a big win by enjoying a buffet at the clubhouse. In addition to the nighttime fun, the track hosts a "flop meet" (an open market) on the premises every Saturday and Sunday from 7a to 4p.
Reid Park is definitely the best place in town for a family picnic. There are lots of places to cook your hot dogs, spread the blankets and open those jars of potato salad to the sound of the zoo animals nearby. Playgrounds with more and improved play equipment, party areas and public artworks are all around you. With good timing, you may even catch one of the popular DeMeester Outdoor Concerts.
Situated in the northwest corner of Reid Park, the Demeester Performance Center hosts musical, dance and even Shakespeare performances. The area also includes space for festival booths. This facility can accommodate audiences of up to 7,000 and is available for rent for a wide array of events. It is one of Tucson's finest outdoor venues, complete with acoustically tuned amplification and integral lighting.
Randolph Golf Course lives up to the moniker 'championship golf course' as it currently hosts the PING/Welch's LPGA Championship and was also the site of the P.G.A. Joe Garagiola Tucson Open. The longest golf course in the City of Tucson system, Randolph measures 7,000 yards from the championship tees and 6,500 yards from the regular tees. This scenic course layout offers numerous tall trees, lush fairways, and a beautiful view of the mountains surrounding Tucson. The course features water hazards on five holes and long fairways, and sports three rearranged holes which were reconstructed according to PGA recommendations to enhance the course and make it more challenging for the pros.
The Dell Urich Course at Randolph Park Golf Courses is an 18-hole, regulation-length golf course in Tucson, Arizona. This medium-length layout has 3 sets of tee boxes for a fun but challenging golfing experience. There is another course on this same property, the Randolph North Course. Dell Urich, centrally located in the Metro Tucson area, will keep even the best golfer challenged. Water comes into play several holes. The fairways are fairly open, but there are hundreds of trees on the course. Call for hours.
Tucson Puppet Works has quickly become one of the centers of activity in the Downtown Arts District. It is run by a collective of puppeteers who provide entertainment for adults and kids alike in regular puppet shows. Come to see the Puppet Church Sundays and experience a different kind of Sunday service, or join the All Souls Parade to watch the masks and costumes dancing around downtown. Puppeteering workshops are available. The art space at the gallery is reserved for fine art, usually featuring groups of local artists.
If you want to introduce your kids to some excellent art, and enjoy the experience yourself as well, Artfare The Muse is just the place for you to visit. Formerly named International Arts Center, Muse is a great place for both adults and kids to enjoy a day out, practicing and checking out various forms of art. Various dance classes, shows, cultural events and other exhibitions are held at Artfare The Muse. All in all a great place for a family day out.
The locals commonly refer to this high elevation peak, located just west of downtown, as "A" Mountain because since 1915, University of Arizona students have whitewashed the letter "A" on its eastern slope. Its history, however, goes much further back: it was at the foot of this mountain that the earliest traces of human settlements in the Tucson area were found. The top of the mountain offers one of the best panoramic views of the Tucson basin, as well as a few BBQ grills.