Tucson Metro Attractions near Oro Valley, Arizona
With the Tucson Metro area only minutes away from Oro Valley, all the city attractions can be accessed easily and quickly. Tucson has many fantastic museums focusing on science and art, as well as the main Children’s Museum and concert halls. The University of Arizona provides access to cultural events, lectures, concerts and more from all over the world each year. All visitors and new residents must explore the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a one-of-a-kind museum and live-animal zoo that showcases all the fantastic animals, vegetation, and gemological curiosities our area has to offer.
“Just fifteen minutes from Tucson at the base of the Tucson Mountains is a preserved slice of Americana, Old Tucson. Passing through the gates of a western frontier town, visitors from around the globe are transported back to a time when fearless men with six shooters ruled the Old West and the setting for the more than 300 movies and television productions filmed at the location since 1939.”(oldtucson.com)
“The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.”(desertmuseum.org)
Pima Air & Space Museum
“Pima Air & Space Museum, where history takes flight, is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum. You’ll see more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced, both from the United States and throughout the world.” (pimaair.org)
“The unique design of Biosphere 2 offers great promise for research in earth and ecological sciences. This unique physical design of the structure has been paired with a unique approach to education and outreach that is intimately linked with research activities. Visitors to Biosphere 2 can see science in action, interact with university research, and have hands-on experiences with earth science and ecological research.” (b2science.org)
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
“The tour route is a half mile long and takes about 45-50 minutes to complete. As your guide relates the Cave’s history, legends, and geology, you walk down and back up about six and a half stories and see beautiful cave formations like stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, boxwork, and helictites.” (colossalcave.com)
Mission San Xavier del Bac
“A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797.
The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church’s interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space.”(sanxaviermission.org)
Tombstone – OK Corral
“Tour the world’s most famous gunfight site. Walk where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and McLaurys on October 26, 1881.” (ok-corral.com)