Explore the desert or find family-friendly things to do near the Tucson airport

A stay in one of our spacious rooms and suites at the Country Inn & Suites, Tucson Airport, AZ puts you near top attractions like the downtown districts and the University of Arizona, both 15 minutes north of our hotel. Families can find plenty of things to do, starting with a tour of Reid Park Zoo or an aeronautics adventure at Pima Air & Space Museum 10 minutes away. To learn about the city’s amazing desert landscape, tour the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or experience it firsthand with hikes through Saguaro National Park and Sabino Canyon. Looking for a taste of local history? You can learn about the legend of El Tiradito and admire the impressive architecture and heritage of Mission San Xavier del Bac, built by Spanish missionaries in the 1700s. Cap off the day with a relaxing dinner and a family-friendly comedy show at The Gaslight Theatre.

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

15.78 mi / 25.39 km from the hotel
This inviting complex celebrates the beauty of the Southwestern desert with a natural history museum, a botanical garden, an aquarium, and a zoo.

Sabino Canyon

13.98 mi / 22.49 km from the hotel
Wander through palo verde trees, cholla, and various other desert foliage when you visit this natural oasis in the Coronado National Forest's desert canyon.

Saguaro National Park

15.11 mi / 24.31 km from the hotel
This park takes its name from its iconic saguaro cacti, the largest in the nation. Hike along the trails or plan a camping trip to see these plants that have become a symbol of the American West.

The Gaslight Theatre

8.12 mi / 13.07 km from the hotel
At this entertainment venue, you can dine, drink, and laugh until your side hurts. The Gaslight Theatre hosts musical comedies six nights a week.

The University of Arizona

7.11 mi / 11.44 km from the hotel
Prospective students and visiting families can tour this well-known research university. Don your Wildcats gear and participate in all the game-day action.

Mission San Xavier del Bac

4.67 mi / 7.51 km from the hotel
Called the "White Dove of the Desert," this Spanish Colonial-style church was completed in 1797. Attend Mass or tour the museum to take in the Mission's beautiful architecture.

Pima Air & Space Museum

3.86 mi / 6.22 km from the hotel
See more than 300 aircraft, including helicopters, fixed-wing planes, and a training capsule from the Apollo space missions, at one of the world's largest air and space museums.

Reid Park Zoo

5.42 mi / 8.72 km from the hotel
Spend the day at Reid Park Zoo learning about the zoo’s more than 500 diverse inhabitants, from macaws and hedgehogs to rhinos, monkeys, lions, zebras, and giraffes.

Tucson Botanical Gardens

8.23 mi / 13.25 km from the hotel
This serene oasis in the middle of the city features 17 distinct areas, including a shade garden, a wildflower garden, a Zen garden, and a butterfly greenhouse.

Tucson Museum of Art

6.84 mi / 11.01 km from the hotel
The Tucson Museum of Art houses a rich blend of modern, contemporary, Western American, folk, and Latin American art in its permanent collection. It also hosts a variety of rotating exhibits.

El Tiradito

6.35 mi / 10.22 km from the hotel
Built in 1871 and on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, this "Wishing Shrine" pays tribute to a tragic love affair. According to legend, those who come to the shrine sincerely seeking forgiveness will find it.

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

9.56 mi / 15.38 km from the hotel
Marvel at the intricate handiwork of more than 500 antique and contemporary miniatures on display in three areas at this attraction. The collection includes miniature replicas of woodland creatures, period furniture, and houses.