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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.

Church
“Two hundred year old Spanish Mission with a museum. Don't miss the fry bread sold in the parking lot!”
85 locals recommend
Hotel
“The Hotel Congress and Maynards Market & Kitchen present Dillinger Days! Every January they pay homage to the man that famously earned the title Public Enemy No. 1 and his nationally-renowned apprehension with a two-day, family-friendly spectacle. Enjoy reenactments, vintage cars, historical walking tours, live music, and award-winning food. OPERATING CALENDAR Open daily, 365 days a year.”
93 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Cool air museum near the Air Force Base. If you want to take a tour of the airplane boneyard, advance reservations are needed as they will need your information for a background check in advance.”
46 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
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“A treasure of Tucson, the botanical gardens is 5 1/2 acres of gardens of all kinds! They have butterfly magic in the spring where you can watch butterflies break out of their cocoons and fly for the first time! ”
53 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Cafe Poca Cosa is a must-have experience for many visitors to Tucson. Headed by acclaimed chef Susana Davila, Cafe Poca Cosa features a daily chalkboard menu with innovative takes on classical Mexican cuisine. The atmosphere is moody and beautiful. You'll want to make a reservation.”
82 locals recommend
Cinema
“We tend to watch movies at home so we're never been to The Loft. Staying home, guarantees unlimited bathroom breaks and excellent drink prices. The Loft is a Tucson institution. View indie films like a Tucsonan for a night :)”
71 locals recommend
University
“The historic U of A has as many things do as you can imagine, from the Center for Creative Photography to the Mirror Lab that makes the giant telescope optics, just visit their website for an event! ”
57 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This mall is on the east side of Tucson, and it has most of the same stores as Tucson Mall. There are a few exceptions but nothing special to make a special trip over there.”
28 locals recommend
Museum
“Been one time. Permanent collection offers you an excellent introduction to borderlands art, indigenous art(s) and Sonoran art and cultural foundations :)”
44 locals recommend
Park
“sabino canyon is a perennial favorite. you can either just ride the tram in and out and see the sights, or hop off and do some hiking on your own. ”
59 locals recommend
Park
“With hiking trails for beginners to experienced and depending on the time of year some peaceful pools that the entire family can enjoy this park is loved by many. Open year around you will see athletes training, kids playing or locals just appreciating this park. There is a tram that runs during the day that goes all the way up to the last stop and can also lend its wheels to those whose legs may need a break.”
44 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This mall has your basic stores like: Dillards, Macys, Sephora, Forever21, H&M, etc”
19 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Historic music venue in the heart of downtown. Hopefully you can check out a show!”
38 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
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“this is actually on university--so just up and around the corner from 4th ave. proper. we love it for breakfast and lunch. also a great place to go for happy hour eats and drinks. there's also a gourmet market where they sell excellent cheeses and such, and they have the BEST BAGUETTE and other breads (the walnut is to die for, too) in town. we usually call ahead and have them set a loaf of baguette aside for us because they tend to sell out quickly. ”
52 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Sweet and savory fancy breakfast eats in a modern chic atmosphere. More fancy than our other breakfast recommendations, but casual clothing is also suitable because we’re in the desert college town. ”
39 locals recommend
Market
“Shops, food, and art! Check out the Mercado annex too. It’s just a short walk. All the shops are in remodeled storage containers. ”
47 locals recommend