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Best things to do in Tucson

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Music Venue
“Historic music venue in the heart of downtown. Hopefully you can check out a show!”
38 locals recommend
Zoo
“Travel from South America to the rain forest, and then to the African savannah in one day all from Tucson at the Reid Park Zoo.”
29 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“The oldest, longest running restaurant in Tucson. They are known for the machaca, dried beef, dishes.”
37 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“North 4th Avenue is Tucson's premiere shopping experience with all local "mom and pop" shops: book stores, unique clothing, metaphysical stores, food Co-Op, antiques, upcycled art, Tucson Herb Store, jewelry, candles, salons, tattoo parlors, thrift stores, cafes, restaurants, bars, music. Something for everyone!”
32 locals recommend
Night Club
“Famous as being the place where notorious outlaw John Dillinger was captured in 1935, Hotel Congress has played host to many intriguing personalities throughout the years (and some say, ghosts, too). Drop in to the club or Taproom, named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of America's top "rock and roll bars". ”
30 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“5 Points Market is a great place for breakfast or lunch, in a beautifully repurposed old building-- they can be very busy on the weekends, but worth the wait (or plan to arrive on the early end!). A 2015 mention in the NY Times described Five Points Market as "like a bit of Williamsburg dropped into a historic intersection in a funky but fast-developing part of town." Plan to drive or bike over to Five Points Market, and explore the surrounding historic neighborhoods of Barrio Viejo and Armory Park. ”
41 locals recommend
Bar
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“Staying in? We recommend grabbing a craft beer by the bottle, can or growler here beforehand.”
46 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“1.7 mile loop This hike is the closest to downtown Tucson and shows the city from above. It's a leisurely hike that is perfect for the morning then having a post hike lunch+brew downtown.”
29 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Good people and amazing selection. They have a deli that makes the best, cheapest ham breakfast sandwich.”
22 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“A historical venue with breakfast and lunch delights, and amazing take home desserts made daily. ”
45 locals recommend
Trail
“Great vertical hike to get your blood pumping. Locals hike here daily for some cardio and great city views.”
22 locals recommend
Cinema
“Roadhouse Cinemas is a dine-in movie theater, with reserved seating (make reservations on their website). They have food, drinks, desserts, and even alcoholic beverages all brought to the comfort of your seat during the movie with the push of a button. If you like popcorn, they have the best popcorn I have ever had. The white cheddar popcorn is amazing, and if you like a little spice, go half jalapeno, half white cheddar. If you like sweet popcorn, they have you covered as well. Even better is that it is unlimited and you can even take your bowl to the front popcorn counter on your way out and get a bag to go.”
26 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Excellent health conscious grocery store, with lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Also, walking distance on 4th Ave.”
39 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Hands-down the best pizza restaurant with the perfect seating indoor or outdoor. Be sure to check out the Tough Luck Club below for drinks!”
35 locals recommend
Grocery Store
“Sprouts is a little less expensive the WFM and same great produce baked goods and everything else. Its also just down the street from the Trader Joes at Grant and Swan so I usually go to them both on the same trip. ”
25 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“great bar, and the coolest outdoor patio to hang out in day or night.... yummy taco bar and sonoran dogs at night”
40 locals recommend