Comfort Suites at Tucson Mall
515 West Automall Dr
Tucson, AZ 85705-6008
Phone: (520) 888-6676
Fax: (520) 888-6617
This is definitely the place to go when the kids get hot and cranky after several hours of sightseeing. The main attraction for the teens and pre-teens is the go-kart ride, while the kiddies are more likely to enjoy the bumper boats. There are two mini golf courses, batting cages, and a huge arcade to keep a family busy and happy for hours. There is no admission fee; charges are for individual rides. Group discounts are available.
This recently opened shopping plaza, named for Josias Joesler, a renowned Swiss-born architect who shaped Tucson architecture from the 1930s to the 1950s, reflects the architect's genius. The buildings are reminiscent of an old Mexican village, combining elements of Southwest-Mexican adobe architecture with tile roofs in the typically eclectic Tucson style. The mix of businesses here is as eclectic as the style, featuring American Indian art galleries, interior design stores, boutiques, a Chinese restaurant, and a bistro. The place is definitely upscale, and still expanding.
This beautiful old mission-style Episcopal Church is a place of quiet contemplation for visitors who seek shade for their spirits. Wrought-iron gates fashioned with simple crosses open to corridors leading pedestrians to a Meditation Room, a small gift shop, a series of classrooms and enclosed vegetated courtyards, one with a brick lily pond at its heart. The church and scenic grounds are open to the public weekdays until sunset. Services are observed on Saturdays and Sundays. With doors that are often open, and a series of community programs, this picturesque sanctuary shares its message with those who seek a brief reprieve from the busy world outside.
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.
Located on the University of Arizona campus, University of Arizona Museum of Art is home to a remarkable collection of Renaissance as well as 19th to 20th century art including works of such giants as Rembrandt, Rodin, Georgia O'Keefe, Rothko and Hopper. Apart from the permanent 15th century exhibit upstairs, there are changing exhibits around prominent artists and themes. The on-site bookstore and gift shop is a great place to pick up a souvenir as well.
Center For Creative Photography is one of the nation's finest museums of photographic art. Founded in 1975 with the aid of world-renowned photographer Ansel Adams as part of the University of Arizona Art Complex, the Center is now an established institution offering public access to its large photo collection and research facilities. Today it is home to over 200 archival photo collections, as well as 90,000 photos by over 2,200 photographers. Gifts and photo publications are available at the on-site gift store.
This is the oldest archaeological museum in the Southwest, and the best place in Tucson to learn about the life of Arizona's Indians, both past and present. Impressive displays of Indian art tell the cultural history of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. There is also a good natural history section demonstrating earth and climate changes in the area. A museum shop is also located on-site and sells related books and crafts.
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.
This building in downtown Tucson always catches the attention of tourists due to its pink exterior and eclectic architecture. It was actually built in 1902 according to the design of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan, with geometrical friezes, Sonoran-style drainpipes sticking out underneath the roof, and a facade that imitates the Spanish missions of the Southwest. Formerly the home of the Fraternal Order of Owls (as signified by the sculpted owl looking down on the street from the top level), the building is now a private residence. Your appreciation of the architecture will have to be limited to the outside.
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.
Built in 1900 and bought by Tucson department store owner Abert Steinfeld in an upscale downtown district formerly known as Snob Hollow, this amazing mansion is a fine example of architect Henry Trosts's passion for the Mission Revival style. Note the arched portico and tiled roof, features reminiscent of the Spanish missions of Northern Mexico and the American Southwest, and take a minute to rest in the cool, shaded courtyard. Access is free. Today, the building houses several private offices, which limits your visit to the outside view.
You don't have to drive very far to see the desert wildlife in Tucson. In fact, some coyotes have become quite urbanized here. Greasewood Park is a particularly good spot to view wildlife. Anklam Wash, a natural corridor for coyotes, javelins and other desert critters can be found running right through it. The park doesn't have many other attractions or facilities except some picnic tables and grills, but the abundant desert vegetation is a sight most foreign visitors will appreciate.