When we were in Tucson, we left early one morning to visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The drive there was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Happily, the museum opened at 7:30 am, and we were right there at 7:32, ready to go. It gets hot quickly!
All of the animals in the museum can be found naturally in the Sonora desert. The boys were very interested to see the wide variety of rattlesnakes. Luckily, this mountain lion was behind glass.
We did the half mile desert loop hike next. You will notice that the boys are geared up with their own water sources, hats, and sunglasses. Even though it was already extremely hot, we were able to manage the heat just fine thanks to these preparations. They had free refillable water sites in the zoo and they even had sunscreen in the restrooms!
The desert hike was so beautiful. We saw numerous birds, little lizards doing push ups, and javalina.
Later, we found a cactus garden, and we hiked through that, too.
Paul took a fun picture of different cacti in the cactus garden. I especially liked the little stumpy hedgehog cacti (not pictured here).
Pierce looked out at the views through an owl's perspective.
And Cort navigated a tunnel designed just for kids - no adults could fit through those narrow crevices:
The boys had the most fun at the stingray exhibit. It was cool with hands in the water, in the shade, and the stingrays had such personalities!
One stingray, dubbed Slappy, would flap water in your face as it passed. They did not seem to mind the gentle touch of human hands.
Readers, what is your favorite museum or zoo?