On-Campus Itinerary: The Best Things to Do at The University of Arizona

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Situated conveniently close to campus, Red Lion Inn & Suites Tucson North - Foothills is one of the most accessible hotels near University of Arizona-Tucson. One of the top public research universities in the world, the University of Arizona is home to around 42,236 students. Including major organizations like UA Health Networks, the UA Medical Center and the BIO5 Institute, the university is particularly known for its innovations in medicine and space exploration. In fact, UA receives more NASA grants for space exploration than any other university nationally.

If you’re a prospective student or the family of one, you can choose a variety of free, guided tours through the UA Visitor Center in the fall and spring semesters (reservations recommended).

The Best Things to Do at the University of Arizona-Tucson:

  • The Arizona State Museum (ASM) - Founded in 1893, the Museum holds artifacts, exhibitions and educational and research opportunities. One highlight is the world’s largest collection of Southwest American Indian pottery and basketry.
  • The Arboretum – The oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona holds a vast collection of arid and semi-arid native plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Biosphere 2 – A real “Wonder of the World” (chosen as such by Time Life Books), Biosphere 2 contains a living rainforest, ocean and four other biomes in a 3.14-acre laboratory.
  • The Center for Creative Photography – Rotating exhibitions at this Ansel Adams-founded institution include the seminal works of 20th century photographers.
  • The Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium - Southern Arizona’s only planetarium hosts hands-on exhibits, sky shows and music laser shows, and features a 16-inch telescope (no reservations needed).
  • The Jim Click Hall of Champions – A showcase for the Arizona Athletics, rotating exhibits feature historic moments in Wildcats history.
  • University of Arizona Poetry Center - Arizona’s first literary arts center and internationally renowned library collection contains over 70,000 poetry-related items; you can visit exhibitions, readings, lectures, classes, discussion groups and children’s activities all year long.

All these and many more attractions of educational, scientific and artistic significance can be found during your visit to the University of Arizona. After an engaging day of touring the campus, return to our Tucson hotel for a refreshing nights' sleep and generous amenities. If booking a group stay or event space is necessary, please don't hesitate to contact our staff and learn about our planning capacities.