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There’s plenty of free things to do in Tucson without breaking the bank. From hiking a scenic trail to ogling awesome architecture, here are some of Tucson’s top free attractions in alphabetical order.

Top 15 Free Things To Do In Tucson

Agua Caliente Park

This unique oasis in the desert supports diverse  wildlife, natural and cultural resources, and is a popular destination  for outdoor recreation. 

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Brandi Fenton Splash Pad

The splash pad at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park is the hottest place to stay cool in the summer! 

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Center for Creative Photography

The Center for Creative Photography (CCP), established in 1975 and located on the University of Arizona  (Tucson) campus, is a research facility and archival repository  containing the full archives of over sixty of the most famous American  photographers including those of  Garry Winogrand, as well as a collection of over 80,000 images representing more than 2,000 photographers. 

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Children’s Museum Tucson

Museum for children of all ages features immersive art, music, nature & educational exhibits. 

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Downtown Tucson Trails

The  Turquoise Trail is a 2 ½ mile long loop trail through downtown Tucson  that highlights structures and sites of historic interest and is marked  by a turquoise stripe on the sidewalk. 

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Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center

Welcome to Kitt Peak National Observatory, home to one of the largest arrays of optical and radio telescopes in the world.

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Meet Me at Maynards

Meet Me at Maynards is a free every Monday walk/run for all ages and  abilities. Bring the whole family…and Rover too. 5:15 pm at  Maynards  Market, 400 N. Toole Ave. 

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Mission San Xavier Del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission  located about 10 miles south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono  O'odham Nation San Xavier Indian Reservation. 

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Santa Cruz River Park

Located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River, the park runs from El  Rio Park north of Twin Peaks Road to Silverlake Road. Another section  runs from Ajo Way to Drexel Road, which includes El Paseo de los Arboles Commemorative Park on the west bank. 

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Second Saturday Downtown

2nd Saturdays is a family-friendly music festival held downtown every 2nd Saturday of every single month. 

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Sentinel Peak Park

 In the 1910s University of Arizona students used local basalt rock to construct a 160-ft-tall block "A" on the mountain's east face, near its summit, giving the peak its other name, "A" Mountain.  The peak is part of a 272-acre park, the largest natural resource park in the City of Tucson. 

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Southern Arizona Transportation Museum

 

The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum is a railroad museum in Tucson, Arizona. It is located in the former records vault building at the former Southern Pacific Depot, which was renovated by the City of Tucson in 2004. The museum does not charge for admission. Guided tours of the facility are available for a small fee, by appointment only.

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The Loop

Pima County has completed The Loop in Tucson metro with links to Marana,  Oro Valley, and South Tucson. Pima County residents and visitors on  foot, bikes, skates, and horses can enjoy the more than 100 miles of  shared-use paths that have already been completed. If it doesn't have a  motor, it's good to go on The Loop. 


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Tucson Mountain Park and Gates Pass Scenic Overlook

Tucson Mountain Park was established April 1929. The Pima County Parks Commission, with C. B. Brown as its chairman, was established to oversee  the park. At approximately 20,000 acres, the park is one of the largest  natural resource areas owned and managed by a local government in the  U.S. The park has approximately 62 miles of non-motorized shared-use  trials. 

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Tucson Museum of Art

The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block is an art museum and  art education institution located in the Presidio District of downtown  Tucson, Arizona.  Free First Thursday of each month from 5 pm - 8 pm. 

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