Get great Tucson Airport hotels that can keep you out of the heat, or get you out in the heat, all the while keeping you close to the Tucson Airport.
Pima County Air Museum
Pima County Air MuseumDistance from Tucson Intl. Airport: 5.7mi
With over 300 aircraft and spacecrafts on exhibit, Pima County Air Museum is an immense air and space museum. Here you will find a wide range of rare and historically significant crafts from around the world. These include war planes that were used in World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Even President Kennedy’s presidential plane is on display here. There is also the space gallery where you can learn about the universe and a space docking simulator that was used in training astronauts.
Reid Park ZooDistance from Tucson Intl. Airport: 8.4mi
There are so many animals to see at the Reid Park Zoo, from the familiar elephants, zebras, and lions, to the exotic capybaras, jaguars, and guanacos. They even have a collection of over 100 cockroaches! There are 2 aviaries: the South American Aviary which houses birds such as the king vulture and ibis, and the Flight Connection Aviary where you can find the blue crowned pigeon and bleeding heart dove. Activities include live training demonstrations, a giraffe encounter, and hands-on exhibits, crafts, and games at the Lee H. Brown Conservation Learning Center.
Arizona State MuseumDistance from Tucson Intl. Airport: 9.0mi
The Arizona State Museum is the southwest’s largest anthropology museum. Here you can explore the world’s largest Southwest Indian pottery collection, walk through a gallery whose photos capture dwellings and homes built a thousand years ago, and learn about the history and life of the southwest’s American Indians. There are cultural activities that you can also participate in including pottery, basketry, corn grinding, and rug weaving.
Children’s Museum TucsonDistance from Tucson Intl. Airport: 8.4mi
For families with children 10 years old and younger, the Children’s Museum Tucson is a great place to go. There are 11 exhibits for children to explore, and each has their own hands-on activities to participate in. For example, in the nanoscience exhibit, you are able to build a model of a carbon nanotube and learn about microscopic materials and the future of nanoscience. In another exhibit, children can learn about wellness and how to make healthy food choices and make a vegetable garden. This is a museum where families can have fun together while learning.
Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium
Flandrau Science Center and PlanetariumDistance from Tucson Intl. Airport: 8.6mi
Located on the campus of the University of Arizona, the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium provides exhibits related to earth and space science. There is a planetarium and a laser light show that can be viewed, as well as an observatory that houses a 16-inch telescope which visitors can use. The lower level of the Flandrau Science Center is occupied by the Arizona Mineral Museum. The museum has one of the world’s best mineral and gem collection, 2,000 of which are on permanent display. Exhibits are constantly changing, so you are sure to never see the same thing twice.
Mission San Xavier del BacDistance from Tucson Intl. Airport: 6.7mi
Mission San Xavier del Bac is recognized as a National Historic Landmark, and is one of the oldest European structures located within Arizona. Founded in 1692 by Father Eusebio Kino, the construction of the church began in 1783 by Father Juan Bautista Velderrain. Though he died in 1790, work continued until 1797 when money for construction ran out. The Baroque architecture of the church is complemented by many beautiful statues and murals that can be found inside. Tours are available where you will learn more about the history and architecture of Mission San Xavier del Bac.