Things to do

PARKS AND HIKING
A guide to Tucson hiking trails is here. The David Bell bike/walking  trail surrounding Randolph Golf Course offers a 3 mile loop just down the road (1.3 mi). Sabino Canyon is a must (9.5 mi). Aqua Caliente is a great place for picnics (10.6 mi). Catch the sunset from Gates Pass (12.2 mi). In the summer, drive up the mountain and hike through cool pine forest at Marshall Gulch. The list goes on and on!

SPORTS
A 36 mile trip to the top of Mount Lemmon will get you to a ski area in winter or a cool pine forest retreat in summer. Edith Ball Aquatic Center is a year-round public pool with a beach entrance designed for accessibility (1.9 mi), Hi Corbett baseball field hosts UA baseball and minor league (2.1 mi), nearby is Randolph Golf Course (1.4) and the  Reffkin Tennis Center (1.1), Wildcat Football and Basketball at the U of Arizona (2.5  mi). The Tucson Racquet Club offers guest passes (hand ball, tennis, pool, cardio and weights, steam room, jacuzzi).

MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS
Reid Park Zoo, Old Tucson Studios, Tucson Botanical Gardens, The Desert Musuem, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson Museum of Art, Museum of Comtemporary ArtPima Air and Space Museum, Center for Creative Photography, Arizona State Museum, Flandreau Science Center (planetarium and minerals!), De Grazia Studio, Titan Missile Museum (duck and cover?), Kitt Peak, Biosphere 2, Poetry Center.

THEATER
UA Presents at Centennial Hall (UA), Broadway in Tucson at the Tucson Music Hall, Arizona Theater Company, The Rogue Theater, Live Theater Workshop, Arizona Repertory Theater at the UA, The Invisible Theater, Fox Theater, Loft Theater (a must!), The Screening Room, Beowulf Alley Theater.

RESTAURANTS
Feast Restaurant is nearby, one of our favorites. Walk to Kazoku Sushi Restaurant (the best!), Zaynas Mediterranean and  Black Crown coffee house, a short trip to Old Pueblo Grille (great patio), Midway Molinas (Mexican food) and Falora Pizza & Espresso (at Broadway Village). Other favorites about town include Cafe Poca Cosa (a must), Maynards (in the old train depot), Cushing Street (my favorite mojitos), Scott & Co. (great cocktails!), El Charro (original venue), Reilly’s Pizza, Kingfisher, Beyond Bread, The Arizona Inn (a classic, historic venue with beautiful gardens), The Grill at Hacienda del Sol (amazing views, historic venue), Yoshimatsu (my daughter’s favorite, traditional Japanese cusine), Franks for breakfast (huevos rancheros!), and of course the Sonoran Hot Dog cart on the East side of Alvernon a few blocks N of Speedway, (also get great Sonoran Hot Dogs at Guero Canelo’s, the original). Want to stay put? There is always Delicious Deliveries to bring food to you (our zip code is 85711).

ESSENTIALS
Sunflower Market is less than a mile away, with Trader Joes 2 miles away at Grant and Swan. Rum Runner for wine and spirits, Whole Foods Market, Food Conspiracy Coop. CVS Pharmacy (0.3 mi), Target (0.5 mi), Walgreens (1.2 mi).

FESTIVALS
Tuscon has festivals year round. See this comprehensive list (it’s for 2010, but most are annual). Some of our favorites: All Souls Procession, Tucson Gem Show, Fourth Avenue Street Fair, Tucson Rodeo, Tucson Meet Yourself, Tucson Festival of Books.

MUSIC AND DANCE
Tucson Music Center, Tucson Symphony, Club Congress, Rialto, Fox Theater, Zuzi, UA School of Dance, UA School of Music. Check out the Tucson Weekly’s calendar for a current listing.

VOLUNTEER
Bicas, Ben’s Bells, The Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona.



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