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Old 02-01-2013, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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One of my favorite places to visit in Arizona is the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. I had been there a couple of times many years ago during trips to the state and always enjoyed it.

Seven months ago, I finally managed to move to AZ from the east coast. Wound up outside Phoenix due to work. We got down to Tucson to visit the museum a couple of Saturdays ago (after getting stuck in an hour-long traffic jam on I-17 thanks to a jacknifed trailer).

My wife and kids, who had never been there, loved the place too. We are now planning to get a family membership, but I have one question...is the parking always bad on weekends? It quite literally took us over half an hour of driving around the lots to get a spot, the place was so full.

This was the first nice Saturday in a while, and the musuem also had a special event that day, so I'm wondering if that was the cause or if this is the norm now? Our day was shortened considerably by the traffic jam and the parking issue.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod/Green Valley AZ
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I've been there a couple of times. Once, and this was during a weekday, the lot was so full we left. If memory serves this was around 11AM. If you get there early you should be fine.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:31 PM
 
Location: 38N 105W
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We have a Membership, so we go often, and between November and April, the Museum parking lot is jam packed. February and March, especially, are tourist season, (Rodeo, Gem Show, MLB Spring Training in Phoenix, and most schools throughout the West on Spring Break, etc.), plus the Snowbirds, very comfortable weather, and that adds up to an extremely crowded parking lot with a long wait for available spaces.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Thanks for the feedback. We actually took the drive down this past Saturday, got there about 12:30 and had no trouble finding parking. The overflow lots weren't even open.

It's an awesome place. Got our family membership now so we'll be going back often.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:50 PM
 
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While this will NOT benefit the OP, I would like to call to everyone's attention to a couple of good deals. To the locals, you are probably aware.

The Southern Arizona Attraction Alliance offers a discount book to many of the best attractions in Tucson for $18. It includes a 2 for 1 admission at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (worth up to $14.50 alone). If you do two or three of the attractions, you are ahead.
2012-13 Tucson Passport Price: $18.00 | Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance

Also, if you join the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, you get significant discounts at many zoos in North America through the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums. (The Desert Museum does NOT participate in this program.
http://www.aza.org/uploadedFiles/Edu...art%202013.pdf

I hope that helps someone
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Colorado - Oh, yeah!
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While this will NOT benefit the OP, I would like to call to everyone's attention to a couple of good deals. To the locals, you are probably aware.

The Southern Arizona Attraction Alliance offers a discount book to many of the best attractions in Tucson for $18. It includes a 2 for 1 admission at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (worth up to $14.50 alone). If you do two or three of the attractions, you are ahead.
2012-13 Tucson Passport Price: $18.00 | Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance

Also, if you join the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, you get significant discounts at many zoos in North America through the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums. (The Desert Museum does NOT participate in this program.
http://www.aza.org/uploadedFiles/Edu...art%202013.pdf

I hope that helps someone
I didn't know about those - thanks for the links!
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