The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum wears a lot of hats: it's a museum, zoo, aquarium, and publishing house. Just outside Tucson, the museum is one of the area's most popular attractions. The facility is dedicated to showcasing the flora, fauna, and history of the Sonoran Desert, with more than 230 species of animals and 1,200 kinds of plants spread throughout the 98 acres of the property.
There is a walk-in aviary, a hummingbird aviary, and a desert garden. In addition to the many exhibits, there is a half-mile-long trail that visitors can explore, periodic birds-of-prey demonstrations, and presentations about the area's venomous creatures. There is also an art gallery that showcases local and national artists, as well as a publishing company that produces books and guidebooks for adults and children.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is open October through February from 8:30am to 5pm daily, and March through September from 7:30am to 5pm daily. It is open June through August from 7:30am to 5pm Sunday to Friday and from 7:30am to 10pm on Saturday.
Tickets are $19.50 for adults, $17.50 for seniors, $15.50 for children ages 13-17, and $6 for children ages 4-12. Your ticket includes a docent-led grounds tour, admission to the animal presentations, admission to the art gallery, and admission to the aquarium.