located in the backdrops of the Santa Catalina mountains, the Tohono Chul Park is the place to explore wildlife and desert plants in Tucson. From where I live it is about an hour drive in traffic, but the children love it when I talk of exploring things. With the heat at its peak now, I kept the children indoors mostly exploring the galleries. They loved the hands on learning at the eco stations; my son loved chasing lizards each time we stepped outside. it is definitely a great place for families with children
Art, Nature, culture come together in this beautiful nature park oasis in the middle of Tucson.
This refuge offers you the chance to learn about the cultural heritage as well as the native flora and fauna of Tucson.
They are open 8-5pm daily.
There is FREE admission the first Tuesday of every month!
Otherwise admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors (62+), $3 students with valid ID, $2 children (5 - 12).
In late June, Tohono Chul hosts “Bloom Night,” an event centering around the Pinocereus Greggi plant, which blooms only one night of every year. Visitors gather to witness the Cereus plant, which looks like a lifeless stick, produce magnificent white flowers for one special evening. The event is free of admission, beginning at dusk and lasting until midnight.
Tohono Chul Park provides an intriguing and extraordinary glimpse into the fascinating beauty of Southwestern nature, art, and culture. Like the Sonora-Arizona Desert Museum, Tohono Chul has a breathtaking array of cacti and desert plants, and quail, coyotes, javalina, and snakes are just a few of the desert dwellers often seen along the winding footpaths. The Tohono Chul Park, however, delves into Tucson’s cultural heritage, presenting exhibits on native traditions and southwest art in a renovated historic building dating back to 1937. Entertaining and enlightening events are staged year-round, and are a great opportunity to learn more about the Southwest and Sonoran Mexico. The Park offers a wonderful gift shop where Southwestern artwork and jewelry can be purchased, and shares grounds with the Tea Room, where visitors can enjoy breakfast or lunch in a peaceful courtyard.