Reid Park Zoo
Courtesy Visit Tucson

Key Info

1100 South Randolph Way

Details

Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Home to a variety of exotic animals, ranging from elephants and jaguars to flamingos and roaches, the Reid Park Zoo in central Tucson is a favorite place for families to spend a few hours. When you're not observing the animals from afar, several activities allow you to interact with them, such as the giraffe feedings. There's also a zoo train, a wet play area and a carousel, along with daily demonstrations with zoo keepers. 

Many family visitors said a stop at the zoo is a must and said its small size was perfect for little legs to navigate. Reviewers also praised the water park, which they said was a great way for kids to cool off in the heat. Additionally, travelers recommended paying the extra $3 to feed the giraffes. 

According to the zoo, animals tend to be the most active and crowds tend to be smallest early in the morning and just before closing. Field trip visits from local schools tend to be most popular each morning March through May. You'll find the zoo about 2 miles south of downtown Tucson. The Reid Park Zoo is open October to May from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June to September from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission costs $10.50 for adults ages 15 to 61, $8.50 for seniors 62 and older, and $6.50 for kids between the ages of 2 and 14. Parking is free. Outside food isn't permitted inside the zoo (it offers its own cafe), but you can pack your own meal and enjoy it at any of the picnic areas located just outside the zoo in Reid Park. Due to the region's high temps, the zoo always allows bottled water. You can learn more about the Reid Park Zoo by visiting its website.

See all Hotels in Tucson »

More Best Things To Do in Tucson

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 13
#1 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Although it's called a museum, this facility – about 15 miles west of downtown Tucson – is more of a zoo. In fact, 85 percent of what you'll experience is outdoors (so dress accordingly). The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's 98 acres host 230 animal species  including prairie dogs, coyotes and a mountain lion  and 1,200 local plant species (totaling 56,000 individual plants). Walking through the museum's trails, visitors get acquainted with desert life. And if you feel hungry after your leisurely hike, you can enjoy a meal at one of the museum's four eateries, all of which have great views of the surrounding desert.

Read more
Jerry Rosen/Courtesy Visit Tucson
See full list of Best Things To Do in Tucson »

Explore More of Tucson

Recommended

The 20 Best Michigan State Parks

Two peninsulas, four Great Lakes and innumerable natural highlights elevate Michigan's state parks.

Zach WatsonApril 18, 2019

50 Awesome Vacation Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

Consider these vacation ideas for your next getaway.

Holly JohnsonApril 11, 2019

The 13 Best National Parks in California

You won't regret adding one of these national parks to your California itinerary.

Rachel CenterApril 10, 2019

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in the South of France

Plan a getaway to these special destinations to soak up culture, cuisine and quaint atmospheres.

Gwen PratesiApril 8, 2019

Best Carry-on Luggage of 2019

U.S. News rated the best carry-on luggage, considering recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerApril 3, 2019

The 11 Best Utah National Parks and Monuments to Visit

From birding to bouldering to boating, Utah's national parks have it all.

Zach WatsonApril 2, 2019

The 30 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Get an up-close look at wild creatures in natural settings at America's top animal parks.

Kyle McCarthyMarch 28, 2019

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019