If you have family coming in, here are some very Tucson things to do with them. 

1. Look at desert wildlife

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is part zoo, part natural history museum and part botanical garden, all in one.

It's a great place to see mountain lions, snakes and all the creatures that make our desert special from a safe distance.


A great horned owl takes flight from its perch as spectators watch various birds of prey fly naturally and untethered during the Raptor Free Flight demonstration at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz. Photo by Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

2. Ogle all the cacti

People who don't live here don't get to see saguaros and other cacti on a regular basis. So take them to Saguaro National Park East to drive the eight-mile loop. Stop at some of the parking pull-outs to spot wildlife and take pictures or take a hike. Make sure and check out the visitor's center while you're there. 


The light near day's end on Friday, Jan. 22, at Saguaro National Park east of Tucson. Photo by Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star 

You can also go to Saguaro National Park Tucson Mountain District on the west side of town. Hike some trails. Look at all the saguaros.


Visitors from Denver stroll one of the many trails off Golden Gate Rd. at the Saguaro National Park, West, The Tucson Mountain District (TMD) in 2015.

3. Go to Sabino Canyon

One of our most beautiful claims to fame is Sabino Canyon. If you have older relatives who can't hike or walk far, take them on the tram through the canyon. It costs $10 per person for a narrated tour. More ambitious family can hike one of the many trails throughout the canyon. 


A tranquil pool near day’s end in Sabino Canyon on September 8, 2016. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

4. Catch a laser show and learn some science

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium on the University of Arizona campus has an amazing mineral museum, hands on exhibits and laser shows. Click here for a schedule of laser and planetarium shows. Admission, which includes all exhibits in the science center, mineral museum and one planetarium show is $14 for adults; $10 for children 4-17, senior, military and college students with ID and free for children 3 and under.


Phoenix Graykeenan, 8, on a field trip with his third-grade class from Fulton Elementary School in Chandler.

Watch the video below to get a glimpse:

5. Visit the Old West

Or at least a movie version. Out-of-towners always get a kick out of Old Tucson Studios. Lots of your dad's favorite western movies were filmed there. With gunfights, saloon musicals, living history presentations, games and rides, the whole family will be entertained. They'll feel like they're really in a western town of the late 1800's. Admission is $18.95 for ages 12 and over and $10.95 for kids ages 4 to 11. Kids under three get in free. 


Students look on as Austin Buchanan fires off a blank during the 24th Annual Ted Walker Youth Day at Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road, on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. 

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