Tucson Journals

Nature Sites In and Around Tucson - Part One

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A May 2007 trip to Tucson by kwasiak

The Melting Pot Photo, Tucson, Arizona More Photos
Quote: The first journal in a series of reviews of nature related sightseeing.

Nature Sites In and Around Tucson - Part One

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Overview

Melting Pot Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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This journal includes reviews of the Reid Park Zoo, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and Tohono Chul Park. Also, included is a review of one of my favorite restaurants, The Melting Pot.The Reid Park Zoo's main highlight is the Polar Bear habitat, which has three polar bears.The Tucson Botanical Gardens features a wonderful herb garden and desert garden.The Tohono Chul Park features great short hiking trails.Quick Tips: It can get very hot in the summer, so these places are best visited when they first open during the summer. The Botanic Gardens are actually full of shade in most areas, as is the zoo, which has the added kids water area for cooling off. Tohono Chul ca...Read More

The Melting Pot

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Restaurant

The Melting Pot Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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The Melting Pot is open Sunday through Thursday, 4:30pm to 10pm, and Friday and Saturday 4:30pm to 11pm. This restaurant is quite popular, so reservations are recommended, especially for larger groups. I have noticed that often the tables that seat two are empty, so for two you may not have that long of a wait if you decide to go at the last minute.The Melting Pot is a chain fondue restaurant. Fondue is not just about great food, but it is the active experience of dipping and cooking at the table that makes the whole meal fun. Depending on the size of your party and the table you will have one pot and heating stove or two. When you have two, it is great to choose two different options for ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2007

The Melting Pot
7395 N. La Cholla Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona 85741
(520) 575-6358

Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Attraction

Tucson Botanical Gardens Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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The Tucson Botanical Gardens are open daily 8:30am to 4:30pm. It is closed on January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, and December 25. Admission is $5 for those over 12, $2.50 for kids ages 6 to 12, and kids under 6 are admitted for free. Their website is www.tucsonbotanicalgardens.org and is useful for finding out about special events going on at the gardens.The gardens are designed in a way that you can easily follow the paths around to see everything without really recovering ground. The map even outlines how you should make your way through the gardens in order to do this. The gardens are, for the most part, handicap accessible. The door to the building with the gift shop and y...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2007

Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 North Alvernon Way
Tucson, Arizona 85712
(520) 326-9686

Reid Park Zoo

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Attraction

Reid Park Zoo Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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The Reid Park Zoo is open daily 9am to 4pm. It is closed on December 25 and closes at noon on Thanksgiving Day. Admission is $6 for adults ages 15-61, $4 for seniors, age 62 and older, $2 for kids ages 2 to 14, and children under 2 are free. The zoo's website is www.tucsonzoo.org and great for using to find out about special events and classes at the zoo.The Reid Park Zoo is not a very large zoo, but it is still worth a visit. The whole zoo can be seen rather easily within two to three hours, but you could spend longer if you have kids with you, especially if they play in the water play area. The zoo has four main areas.The first area to your left as you enter the zoo animal exhibi...Read More

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Reid Park Zoo
1100 South Randolph Way
Tucson, Arizona 85716
(520) 791-3204

Tohono Chul Park

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Attraction

Tohono Chul Park Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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Tohono Chul Park is located at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ. The park is open daily from 8am to 5pm. The gift shops, greenhouse, and exhibit house open at 9am. As long as you enter the park by 5pm you can stay until sunset. The buildings are closed on New’ Years Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day, but the grounds are open for free on those days. The park is also free the first Tuesday of every month. Regular admission charges are $5 for adults, $4 for 62 and over, $3 for students with ID, $2 for children 5 to 12, and free for kids under 5. There website is www.tohonochulpark.org.The Park offers many trails to walk. While it ma...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2007

Tohono Chul Park
7366 North Paseo Del Norte
Tucson, Arizona 85704
(520) 742-6455