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Situated about 100 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee is a charming old mining town. Bus tours of the Lavender Pit Copper Mine, one of the world's largest open pit mines, and guided underground tours of the Copper Queen Mine are offered. You may also want to visit the Mining and Historical Museum and the Restoration Museum. Free guided tours are available at Arizona Cactus & Succulent Research from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. Group tours are welcome. Located six miles south of Bisbee, just off Border Road. For more information call or write: Arizona Cactus, 8 South Cactus Lane, Bisbee, AZ 85603-9754 (520) 432-7040.
A three acre, closed ecological system, complete with tropical rainforest, savannah, desert, marsh and an ocean with a coral reef. This human habitat, once home to 15 Biospherians in two separate missions, has been transformed into a science center dedicated to the Earth and environmental sciences. Private tours and educational workshops are available. Call for info or reservations, (800) 828-2462.
This deep natural cave under the Rincon Mountains reveals evidence that Arizona was once covered by an ocean. Cave operators say that 32 miles of underground passages have been explored, but that the full depth and extent of the prehistoric rock formations and underground caverns have never been fathomed. Guided tours take visitors through awesome geological formations and a former bandit hideout. Take Old Spanish Trail east eleven miles past Saguaro National Park East or Interstate 10 east to the Vail/Wentworth exit, then seven miles north. Sept-Mar, Mon-Sat:9am-5pm;Sun & holidays: 9am-6pm (520) 647-7275.
A presenter of professional dance throughout Arizona, bringing a variety of dance performances to Tucson. (602) 482-6410
Contains a 21-inch telescope and a seven-inch photographic telescope. Photos of outer space decorate the walls. Call (520) 621-2288 for information regarding public viewing nights. Located on the University of Arizona campus.
Old Tucson Studios
This world-famous Western theme park and movie set has seen the action of more than 300 motion pictures, TV shows and commercials beginning with "Arizona" (1939) through "The Quick and the Dead" starring Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman. Shows are presented daily with live gunfights. Three restaurants, a cantina, ice cream parlor, sweet shop and gift shops are on the grounds. Tours available at Guest Relations window at the front gate. Located 12 miles west of downtown. Take Speedway or Ajo Way, exit west and follow the signs to 201 South Kinney Rd. Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Hours: Dec-midApril: 9am-7pm and 10am-6pm the rest of the year.
Saguaro National Park
Tucson's famous saguaro forest encompasses almost 80,000 acres in two separate regions of Pima County. The main section, to the east, includes Tucson's highest peaks, Rincon, Spud Rock and Mica Mountains. Beneath slopes lined with pine, fir and aspen, the foothills are covered with saguaro cactus, a species that only grows in this area of the world. A visitor center contains special exhibits about the saguaro and other desert flora and explains the influence of men and animals on the Sonoran Desert. Saguaro National Park West is 16 miles west of Tucson in the Tucson Mountain. Naturalists conduct daily interpretive tours at both sites at 10am & 2pm during the winter season.
Mission San Xavier del Bac
Situated in the midst of the San Xavier Indian Reservation, it is still the mission for the Tohono O'odham Indians and was the northern most mission established by Father Eusebio Kino in 1629. Take Interstate 10 east to Interstate 19. Go south to exit 92 and follow the signs. (520) 294-2624.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Recognized worldwide as a leader in natural history interpretation and exhibitory, this "living" museum houses over 1300 kinds of plants and 300 species of animals that live in enclosures designed to replicate their niche in the wild. The museum is located 14 miles west of Tucson in Tucson Mountain Park. Take Speedway west and follow the signs. Open every day of the year: Oct-Feb from 8:30am-5pm. and March-Sept. from 7:30am-6:00pm. and until 10pm on Sat.
Arizona Historical Society Main Museum
In a turbulent meeting in 1884, a group of strong-willed settlers founded the Society of Arizona Pioneers. This is the official state agency charged with the collection, preservation and dissemination of the history of Arizona. Headquartered in Tucson and branch museums throughout the state, the society is a leader among Arizona's educational institutions, using sophisticated technical and educational programs to preserve the legacies of the past. An extensive research library contains collections on Western history, manuscripts, photographs and maps.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Features a series of Classical Concerts with guest soloists, a Pops series, as well as special concerts and chamber music and small ensemble recitals. (520) 822-8585.
International artists and attractions, including Broadway musical comedies, dance groups, intrumentalists, singers and more. (520) 621-3341.
Arizona Opera Company
The Arizona Opera Company typically produces five operas each year, the majority requiring a chorus. There are usually three performances in Tucson and four in Phoenix. The Arizona Opera Company is revered as one of the top regional opera companies around.
Arizona Theatre Company
The ATC is the state theatre company of Arizona and features six performances annually in both Tucson and Phoenix.
Tucson Boys Chorus
The Tucson Boys Chorus was founded in the tradition of the European boychoir in 1939. Renowned for its excellence, the Chorus has earned the reputation of a premier music education and performance organization representing both the classic, international boychoir sound and the diversity of the American Southwest. The Boys Chorus has performed at both the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center and at the White House for the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree.
Tucson Museum of Art
The Tucson Museum of Art is more than just a quiet gallery, it is a lively, year-round cultural space for indoor and outdoor activities! The Museum and its Historic Block are situated on the site of Tucson's Spanish Presidio, established in 1775. Featured on the block are five distinctive homes built between 1850 and 1907.
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