Zoos in TUCSON with kids

It’s animal time in Tucson, Arizona and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Tucson because this The Grand Canyon State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Reid Park Zoo

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    (1 miles) Tucson

    24 acres of animal fun in Tucson, where kids can experience and learn all about species from all over the world!

  • Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

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    (39 miles) Picacho

    Animal fun in Arizona on this working ostrich ranch. Also waiting for the kids are donkeys, goats, deer, and more!

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  • My Gym Tucson

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    (9 miles) Tucson

    Fun classes for creative and active kids from 6 months to 13 years, where they can learn, play, develop, and make friends!

  • Jumpstreet

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    (93 miles) Chandler

    The entire family (yes parents too!) can enjoy this indoor trampoline and fun center - the perfect way to have fun and stay active!

  • Makutu's Island Family Fun Center

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    (97 miles) Chandler

    Fun at one of Arizona's largest indoor play places, where fantasy and adventure await for kids of all ages!

  • Catalina State Park

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    (14 miles) Tucson

    More than an incredible State Park, this piece of Arizona nature also offers hiking, camping, horseback riding, concerts and family programs! A great way to get back to nature for your Tucson family ...

  • Biosphere 2

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    (19 miles) Tucson

    This is Biosphere 2's most comprehensive tour and is available throughout the day. The admission desk will provide tour times and start locations. Because Biosphere 2 is a research facility, the ...

  • Sonoita Creek State Natural Area

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    (51 miles) Patagonia

    Established in 1994, Sonoita Creek State Natural Area's mission is to preserve this fragile riparian area and its surrounding environment. Encompassing a major portion of the Sonoita Creek and Coal ...

  • Coronado National Memorial

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    (73 miles) Hereford

    A fascinating national memorial - a varied surface terrain and visitor centre plus Coronado Cave 600 feet in length. Amazing underground adventure.

  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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    (74 miles) Superior

    Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is the place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, ...

  • San Tan Mountain Regional Park

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    (77 miles) Queen Creek

    10,000 acres of beautiful lower Sonoran Desert, with hiking, wildlife, and a visitors center

  • Roper Lake State Park

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    (80 miles) Safford

    After a long day of driving or hiking, the natural hot springs at Roper Lake are not only inviting, they're invigorating! Roper Lake State Park provides a great place to spend a few days or just a ...

  • Lost Dutchman State Park

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    (92 miles) Apache Junction

    The park is located 5 mi. north of Apache Junction, off of AZ 88 (the old Apache Trail), at the base of the Superstition Mountains.

  • Breakers Waterpark

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    (18 miles) Marana

    Over 1.3 million gallons of water park excitement with the largest wave pool in Arizona! Cool off with the family at this fun water attraction!

  • Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center

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    (84 miles) Chandler

    Features include 2 Water Slides, Lazy River flotation ride, Water Vortex, Interactive Play Pool with Beach Entry, Toddler Slides and a simply enormous dumping bucket!

  • Mesa Golfland Sunsplash

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    (96 miles) Mesa

    Water fun in Mesa with thrill slides, family slides and gentler options for those smaller kids. There is even mini golf, lazer tag, indoor play, raceway and dry rides!

  • Oracale State Educational Park

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    (29 miles) Oracle

    Oracle State Park is located in the northeastern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains near the town of Oracle. Ranging from 3,500 to 4,500 feet in elevation, the nearly 4,000-acre park consists ...

  • Goldfield Ghost Town

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    (91 miles) Goldfield

    Come and visit Goldfield Ghost Town today! Walk down Main Street, explore the many shops and historic buildings. Tour the historic Mammoth Gold Mine and visit the Goldfield Museum. Pan for gold then ...

  • Cactus Bowl

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    (4 miles) Tucson

    32 lanes of fun bowling, with bumpers, ball ramps, birthday parties, and pizza! Get that strike in Tucson, Arizona with the family!

  • Funtasticks Family Fun Park

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    (5 miles) Tucson

    With tons of entertainment to choose from for your entire family, Funtasticks offers something for the kid in all of us, including miniature golf, go-karts, arcade, batting cages, and more!

  • Brunswick Camino Seco Bowl

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    (7 miles) Tucson

    Bowling at Brunswick is family fun at its best. Its a great way to spend some quality time everyone will enjoy. Bowling, billiards, video games, food, beverages - there is something fun for everyone.

  • Bedroxx Bowling

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    (11 miles) Tucson

    Family fun bowling, billiards, restaurant and arcade in Tucson's largest entertainment center! Tucson's largest entertainment center! Friendly staff take care of your party needs while you have a ...

  • Freestone Park

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    (93 miles) Gilbert

    Within the park are bright, varied playground areas for multiple age groups beside the lakes; batting cages, basketball courts and sand volleyball pits; miniature train; tennis courts; cycle paths; ...

  • Amazing Jakes Fun and Food

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    (94 miles) Mesa

    Fun filled attractions in Mesa for the whole family, with amusements, food, video games, and much more!

  • Rawhide

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    (95 miles) Chandler

    Explore the Wild West! he western frontier town of Rawhide is situated in the Gila River Indian Community. The history of this vast, majestic area of the Sonoran Desert and its people dates back to ...

  • Kiwanis Park Recreation Center

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    (98 miles) Tempe

    The Kiwanis Park Recreation Center is a beautiful 54,000 square foot complex that is owned and operated by the City of Tempe. The facility is located in the scenic 125 acre City of Tempe Kiwanis ...

  • Arizona State Museum

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    (2 miles) Tucson

    Celebrate the cultures of the Southwest and northern Mexico at the Arizona State Museum - an educational and interesting family day out in Tucson!

  • Southern Arizona Transportation Museum

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    (2 miles) Tucson

    All things locomotive at this transportation museum in Southern Arizona. With depot tours, and actual locomotives for the kids to explore.

  • Tucson Childrens Museum

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    (2 miles) Tucson

    A visit to the Tucson Childrens Museum will find you enjoying the numerous interactive exhibits, the daily hands-on activities and the monthly special events.

  • The Mini-Time Machine

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    (4 miles) Tucson

    The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is state-of-the-art display of entertaining and interactive array of antique and contemporary miniatures as well as enchanting artifacts.

  • The GPD Toy Train Museum

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    (6 miles) Tuscon

    If there's a little trainspotter in your household they're in for a real treat with this FREE entry museum, with displays of unique and extremely rare examples of toy trains and other railroadiana in ...

  • Pima Air And Space Museum

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    (7 miles) Tucson

    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 275 aircraft ...

  • International Wildlife Museum

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    (8 miles) Tucson

    The International Wildlife Museum is dedicated to increasing knowledge and appreciation of the diverse wildlife of the world as well as explaining the role of wildlife management in conservation. ...

  • Arizona Senora Desert Museum

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    (14 miles) Tucson

    The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place!

  • Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery

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    (89 miles) Chandler

    An art gallery that focuses on Western American Art and Contemporary American Indian Art. A great collection with FREE entry to inspire kids in Chandler, Arizona.