Wednesday, September 12, 2012

9/13 Tucson Morning Blend: Touring Tucson at little cost

Stephanie Ashcraft and The Tucson Morning Blend come together to bring you more ways to save money in Tucson.  Whether you are looking for a family outing, educational experience, or an inexpensive date, you can find some amazing places to visit that won't break the bank.  

You can watch the interview from The Morning Blend here.

Family Friendly 


1.   Southern Arizona Transportation Museum

N. Toole Ave., 623-2223. Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. Free admission, free parking in front of the depot or in two gravel lots across from and west of the depot.  Learn all about trains and ring the locomotive bell on Locomotive Saturdays.

2.  Postal History Foundation 

920 N. First Ave., 623-6652. Open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Parking: Use lot in back.  My kids loved visiting this place.  The volunteers gave them each a stamp collection book and old stamps to start a collection.  Great resource for cub scout den leaders who are looking for a way to teach about collections.  Volunteers are willing to take groups on tours of their facility.

Click on the slide!

3.  Tucson Children's Museum

200 S 6th Ave., (520) 792-9985.  Target is sponsoring FREE admission to the children's museum on Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m..

Historical Treasures

4.  Mission San Xavier del Bac 

1950 W. San Xavier Road, 294-2624. Open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. every day of the year. FREE admission and parking.

5.  Presidio San Agustín del Tucson 

Southwest corner of West Washington Street and North Church Avenue, Downtown, 884-4214. Open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. FREE admission. Pay parking: Alameda Street Garage. Weekend street parking is free. Living History Days are October 13th and November 10th.  At Living History Days, you can sample Spanish Colonial food, listen to stories of old Tucson, and learn period crafts. 


6.   Arizona History Museum 

949 E. Second St., 628-5774. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. $5 adult admission.  TWO-FOR-ONE admission the 1st Tuesday of each month. Operated by the Arizona Historical Society. Free parking in the society's garage, East Second Street and North Euclid Avenue.  One of the participating museums where you can get a free admission ticket for Saturday, September 29th at this website.

7.  Fort Lowell Museum 

2900 N. Craycroft Road, 885-3832. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $3 adult admission. TWO-FOR-ONE admission the 1st Tuesday of each month. Free parking. Operated by the Arizona Historical Society.

Outdoor Enthusiasts

8.   A” Mountain 

You can drive to the top of the peak to enjoy a panoramic view of the city Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sun. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. City of Tucson Parks & Recreation Department, 791-5909.

9.  Red Hills Visitor Center (Saguaro National Park West) 

Open all year from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday except Christmas. Phone (520) 733-5158 FREE. Cultural and natural history exhibits of the Sonoran Desert. Free 15 minute video presentation.

10.   Visitor Center (Saguaro National Park East) Rincon Mountain District
Open all year from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday except Christmas. Phone (520) 733-5153. FREE. Smaller and more rustic than the Red Hills Visitor Center. Free 15 minute video presentation.

Art Lovers

11. Tucson Museum of Art 

140 N. Main Ave., 624-2333. Open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursdays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays. $10 general admission, but FREE the first Sunday of the month. Active military and veterans with ID along with kids 18 and under are always FREE.  FREE Parking: adjoining north lot. Weekend street parking is free.  One of the participating museums where you can get a free admission ticket for Saturday, September 29th at this website.

12.  Center for Creative Photography 

1030 N. Olive Road, on the University of Arizona campus, 621-7968. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. FREE admission. Pay parking at the Park Avenue Garage, northeast corner of North Park Avenue and East Speedway, with direct access to the center via a pedestrian underpass.

13.  DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun 

6300 N. Swan Road, 299-9191. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. FREE admission and parking.

FREE Smithsonian Museum Day

14.  FREE Smithsonian Museum Day (International Wildlife Museum)
(Saturday, September 29th, 2012)

The Museum Day Ticket provides FREE ADMISSION to one person, plus a guest

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for free.

  • Only an official Museum Day Live! ticket is eligible for free entry. Official tickets can be found here on the Museum Day Live! Website.
  • One ticket per household, for two people.
  • A ticket will gain entry to only one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits.

  • Here are all the museums that you can choose from in Arizona.  The International Wildlife Museum is participating.  It's a family favorite! 

    For the Want-To-Be Genealogist

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    15.   Tucson Arizona Family History Center

    500 S. Langley.  FREE to the public.  Established in the 1980's, the Tucson Family History Center houses a large collection of family histories and genealogy books which were donated by the Arizona State Genealogical Society. Volunteer genealogists from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will teach you what  you need to know to trace your family's roots.  They also offer FREE genealogy classes to the public.  Click here to see their hours of operation and closure dates.


    Jeanette hernandez said...

    What a great website! Thanks for these awesome ideas and all your hard work!

    scott davidson said...

    My computer-savvy son, who studies art, showed me that at, we can browse through their big collection of images from western art, to get some ideas for painting the wall in our music room.
    I found that it was easier, time-saving and economical to order a big canvas print of an original painting from the site. I ordered this famous La dance by French artist Henri Matisse, What a lovely blue.