Explore the top things to do near the University of Arizona in Tucson

Discover the charm and allure of Tucson from the Country Inn & Suites, Tucson City Center, AZ, ideally located off I-10. Situated just two miles from downtown, our hotel makes it easy to spend a free evening souvenir hunting in the Historic Fourth Avenue shopping district or gambling the night away at Desert Diamond Casino & Entertainment. Looking for fun things to do with the kids? Sit front row at a Wildcats game on the nearby University of Arizona campus, observe the animals at Reid Park Zoo, or head to Saguaro National Park for a hike and a picnic. Corporate travelers can easily reach events at the Tucson Convention Center, and you can take quick breaks from on-site meetings with a stroll on the Loop trail, which runs just behind the hotel along the Santa Cruz River.

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

10.75 mi / 17.31 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.

Saguaro National Park

17.38 mi / 27.97 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.

St. Augustine Cathedral

1.17 mi / 1.89 km from the hotel
Completed in 1866, this sacred site is Tucson's oldest cathedral and features beautiful Mexican baroque architecture.

The Gaslight Theatre

8.29 mi / 13.34 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

1.95 mi / 3.14 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.

Desert Diamond Casino & Entertainment

7.98 mi / 12.85 km from the hotel
Try your luck playing slots, table games, bingo, and keno at Desert Diamond Casino. When you need a break, dine at one of the restaurants or watch live music in the lounge.

Historic Fourth Avenue

1.14 mi / 1.83 km from the hotel
Browse locally owned boutiques, listen to live music, and eat at unique pubs and restaurants when you visit the Historic Fourth Avenue shopping district.

Reid Park Zoo

4.02 mi / 6.47 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

4.54 mi / 7.31 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

0.81 mi / 1.3 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.

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo

4.8 mi / 7.72 km from the hotel
Held annually, the Tucson Rodeo draws more than 200,000 attendees. Festivities begin with a two-hour parade and continue with bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, and barrel racing.

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

5.68 mi / 9.14 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.