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International Wildlife Museum

4800 W Gates Pass Rd, Tucson, Arizona

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Visited: October 2012 | Submitted: Mar 23, 2013 | I traveled with tots (0-2)

Plenty of Animal Exhibits

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There are over 400 species of mammals, birds and insects on display at the International Wildlife Museum. My daughter had a great time looking at them all. It didn't matter to her that they weren't actually alive. There is a giraffe that the children can walk under and it was a favorite with my daughter and judging by the mass of children under it, a favorite with many kids! The crawl through ferret hole was also a big hit. There are plenty of hands on exhibits for children to touch, which can make all the difference as far as how much children enjoy a museum. There's a pond outside with fish that is quite exciting for a two year old. There is a clubhouse for kids near the gift shop that is stocked with books and some puzzles for them to read and play with. The staff didn't seem to mind having a bunch of rambunctious children around.

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We went on a busy day (a free entrance day) and we would have had plenty of space to push around a stroller had we brought one. There is a cafe, but if you are picky about what you eat you might want to bring your own snacks. There is plenty of seating in the cafe area. The gift shop is a bit overpriced, but that probably isn't a surprise.

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Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona

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Wonderful Spot for Children to Explore

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We have a membership at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, which was designated by Reader's Digest as one of America's best secret gardens. It changes with the seasons and right now the flowers are in bloom. It smells fantastic! Entrance to the butterfly greenhouse is now included in the regular admission price. During the summer you can find a shady spot to relax. My daughter loves the fountains. There is a train that she loves to watch. There is also a children's discovery garden with a sandbox and a worm bin. There is also a story time once a month and many other events that children are welcome to attend. My daughter loves to just wander around the garden while I follow along. She loves to explore, touch the plants, smell the flowers, watch the butterflies, search for lizards and fiddle around in the children's area. There are currently 17 specialty gardens so there is plenty to see, but it isn't so large that you can't see all of it before the little ones get cranky. The bathrooms are always clean and the employees and volunteers have always been very friendly.

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There is plenty of space for strollers. There are also plenty of benches and tables for when you need a break. There is also plenty of shade, making this a great place to go once the weather gets hot. Snacks are available at the little cafe, but the selection isn't that great so I suggest bringing your own snacks and plenty of water.

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