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Zoo and botanical garden combo
The Museum’s double name refers to the Mexican state of Sonora immediately south of Arizona and the relationship to share and exchange research and education programs with our neighbor. There are dozens of ways for children to interact with museum, and you can achieve the status of “Honorary ASDM Animal Tracker” if you locate and stamp all 15 animal tracks at the stations across the Museum. The shaded Fossil Dig exhibit is particularly fun for kids to find dinosaur eggs, claw, footprint, and nose horn.
There are two miles of interlocking trails that weave through a natural desert environment and animals are kept as close to visitors as safely possible. Don’t miss the Hummingbird Aviary with eight species of hummingbirds and nectar plants that feed them. Of note the Museum does not sell water bottles; however they have a free cold water fountain at the entrance for refilling your own water bottle.
Exhibit areas (from museum brochure):
Ironwood Terraces: food court, children’s menu
Ocotillo Café: fine dining, accepts reservations
Phoebe’s Coffee bar: snacks, coffee, ice cream
Cottonwood snack shop: soft service ice cream, hand scoop ice cream
* Reference: Official website www.desertmuseum.org
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