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Things to do

There’s a lot to do and see in southern Arizona. On this page you’ll find our recommendations for activities for using up any leftover energy.

The Desert Museum is closest to the orienteering event on Tuesday. We highly recommend this activity as a way to learn about the cactus, succulents and other plants and animals that you may encounter as you orienteer in the Sonoran Desert.

The Desert Museum is ranked on as one of the Top 10 Museums in the country and the #1 Tucson attraction. Recommended visit time is 2+ hours. The museum closes at 5:00 pm. The cost ranges from $17 to $22 for adults, and is $9 for children. For more information, visit


Visit the zoo any day after a run in Reid Park (ask for a training map, we’ll hook you up)! We recommend the Zoofari Cafe for lunch. The Reid Park Zoo, founded in 1967, is a 24-acre city-owned and operated non-profit zoo located within Reid Park in Tucson, Arizona. The zoo features more than 500 animals. Entrance fees are $6.50, $8.50, and $10.50 for children, seniors and adults, respectively. There may also be maps available if you want to do some extra training in the park (no markings in terrain). For more information, see


The University of Arizona

– Arizona State Museum (
– Campus Arboretum (
– Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium (
– Gem & Mineral Musuem (


A spectacular gem tucked away in central Tucson.


Head to the Colossal Cave Mountain Park headquarters for a tour of Colossal Cave, Lectures about Bats, and a snack at the cafe, or sign up in advance for horseback riding with Boomerang Riding Adventures!


Drive up Mt Lemmon

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Places to eat & drink

Tucson’s long agricultural history and rich modern gastronomy combine to make it worthy of its designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. There’s no shortage of great food, from food trucks to fancy courtyards. Many restaurants and bars offer outdoor seating. Here’s a list of a few places to graze or quench.

Courtyard restaurant in historic downtown Tucson


Longtime Tucson favorite with a nice patio


Unique outdoor eating and drinking spot on 4th Ave


Urban beer garden, and usually a food truck


Delicious Mexican food


Beer garden in the northeast near Sabino Canyon. Simple bar food.


Neighborhood with Mexican food

For Tucson’s best Mexican food you’ll want to go further south. If you head towards Mi Nidito or Crossroads on S. Fourth Ave., you’ll see plenty of other great spots. Don’t hold back on trying a Sonoran Hot Dog (a Tucson favorite!) from a food truck or hole in the wall.


Tucson Sun Link streetcar / Mercado disctrict

If you want to stroll and browse before your meal, then your best bet is to check out all the areas along the Tucson Sun Link streetcar route. The free streetcar goes along University Blvd (college town bars and restaurants), 4th Ave (hip shops, bars, and restaurants), downtown, and the up-and-coming Mercado district and annex.

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