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Tucson Adventures - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Tucson Adventures (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Tucson Adventures — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Old Tucson Studios

201 S. Kinney Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85735
(520) 883-0100
Old Tucson Studios is an Old West theme park and a working movie location where you’ll find Western movie history, historical tours, shopping, seasonal events and more.

Biosphere 2

32540 S. Biosphere Rd.,
Oracle, AZ 85623
(502) 838-6200
The $150-million facility opened in 1991 as a massive closed system that would last for 100 years to test nature, technology and human endurance. Opened to the public in 2002, visitors to Biosphere 2 can explore inside the 3.15-acre structure on a fully-guided tour.

University of Arizona

1200 E. University Blvd.,
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621-2211
With its main campus covering 380 acres in Central Tucson, this university offers plenty of attractions and activities, including the Arizona State Museum, the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the Campus Arboretum and more.

Mission San Xavier Del Bac

1950 W. San Xavier Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85746
(520) 294-2624
Mission San Xavier del Bac is referred to as the “White Dove of the Desert.” This active Franciscan mission is located on the Tohono O’Odham Indian Reservation.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2021 N. Kinney Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85743
(520) 883-2702
A world-renowned zoo, with more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants, a natural history museum and a botanical garden — all in one place.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012


Top 5 Cultural Attractions (Spring-Summer)

Top 5: Cultural Attractions (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Cultural Attractions — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Biosphere 2

32540 S. Biosphere Rd., Oracle, AZ 85623
The $150 million facility opened in 1991 as a massive closed system that would last for 100 years to test nature, technology and human endurance. Opened to the public in 2002, visitors to Biosphere 2 can explore inside the 3.15-acre structure on a fully-guided tour.

Hoover Dam

Nevada-Arizona border
The Bureau of Reclamation started conducting tours through the Hoover Dam in 1937. Today, close to 1 million visitors a year take the tour and millions more drive across the dam. Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the U.S.

London Bridge

314 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
In 1962, the 130-year-old London Bridge was discovered to be sinking into the Thames. In 1968, the bridge was put up for auction and Robert P. McCulloch was the winning bidder. He spent $7 million to move the bridge to Lake Havasu City.

Mount Lemmon SkyCenter

933 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721
Mount Lemmon SkyCenter is an exceptional science learning facility located at Steward Observatory’s “sky island” observing site. The SkyCenter builds upon the uniqueness of the 9,157 feet summit of Mt. Lemmon and on the extensive knowledge base at the University of Arizona to deliver educational adventures.

Navajo National Monument

End of State Highway 564 off of US Highway 160, Tonalea, AZ 86044
The monument preserves and protects three large ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. At the largest cliff dwellings in Arizona, experience first-hand the museums, picnic areas, campgrounds and short trails.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Biosphere 2, Photo: Flickr, C. G. P. Grey, www.CGPGrey.com

Things To Do In Arizona: Biosphere 2

Participate in something unique this summer that will not only educate, but help you get involved in your community — Biosphere 2.

Located north of Tuscon, Ariz., sitting at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Biosphere 2 is a center of research, outreach, teaching and learning all about the Earth. But during your visit, you’ll also have the opportunity to become a member. By doing so, you’ll be able to get involved in the community and help out with various outreach programs, gaining hands-on experience that’s out of this world.

Biosphere 2 also offers tours, which include an introductory film, a historical overview, and a discussion of past and present research. Online, you’ll also find an interactive tour allowing you to explore the Biosphere 2 from an aerial view at your computer.

Always keeping its goal in mind, Biosphere 2 also offers an outreach and education program that provides community events and research experience for University of Arizona (UA) undergraduates. Community events include Science Saturday, Science Cafes and Citizen Science. Included with the cost of tour admission, Science Saturday events are designed to provide hands-on experience with science. Science Café, on the other hand, is a free event that allows UA scientists and the community to interact with one another at various venues in the area, such as Crushing Street, Saddlebrooke, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Sun City Vistoso, Gallagher Theater and Tumamoc Hill. And, lastly, Citizen Science is an opportunity to participate and help with science research and outreach efforts.

Whether you’re a lover of science, the Earth or interested in space, get involved at Biosphere 2. Plus, its surrounded by a natural desert preserve, and it was recently named one of the 50 must see “Wonders of the World” — so why wouldn’t you want to check it out?

For more information about Biosphere 2, please visit b2science.org.

Biosphere 2
32540 S. Biosphere Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85739
(520) 838-6200