sonoran desert sunset

Dreamy Desert Dusks

July 01, 2019

The Sonoran desert is simply cooler after dark. Take advantage of mild twilight temperatures with these summer evening specials at some of our favorite Tucson destinations. 

On Saturdays, The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum hosts a number of evening and after-dark events to let you beat the heat while learning about the surrounding ecosystem. Once you take a drive to attend one of their family-friendly events, you’ll realize it’s no wonder the museum won a 2018 Traveler’s Choice award on TripAdvisor. 

You can interact with nocturnal animals, wander the pathways with a local beer, sip a specialty cocktail under the stars, or listen to a lecture from the University of Arizona Lunar & Planetary Lab. Visit the Desert Museum website for a full calendar of events.

You can also head just 25 minutes away to the Tucson Botanical Gardens every Thursday and Friday evening when the gardens are open until 8 pm in the summer. Enjoy cooler evening breezes as you wander through Aloe Alley or the Cactus and Succulent Garden. The golden hour lighting makes for the perfect photo opp, and Café Botanica uses fresh, local ingredients.

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