- The list below includes 31 free or cheap things to do in or near Tucson, Arizona, including 33 different types of inexpensive activities like National & State Parks, Natural History Museums, Specialty Museums and Movie Theaters.
- From Sabino Canyon to University of Arizona, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Tucson and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Marana, Green Valley and Mount Lemmon.
Home to 150 bird species, Catalina State Park is located on 5,500 acres at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It offers trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use along with camping sites, picnic areas and a visitor center.
Tucson Mountain Park includes 20 000 acres of desert landscape that offers visitors opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, hunting, camping and wildlife observation. Special Outdoor Family Days provide guided park experiences for all ages.
A natural oasis containing an underground warm spring, Agua Caliente Park provides visitors with a lush, green nature preserve and hiking trails. The park provides picnic areas and grills, as well as restrooms and water fountains.
Saguaro National Park is known for its cacti, desert hiking trails and wildlife. Animals living there include coyotes, Gambel's quail, desert tortoises, black bears, Mexican spotted owls, Arizona mountain king snakes, and white-tailed deer.
Featuring miles of maintained trails for hiking, biking and jogging, Rillito River Park, is ideal for enjoying the warm southwestern climate. Equestrian access is available, as well as exercise stations along the way, visit this park today.