2019 AZAALAS Fall Family Fun Event at the Reid Park Zoo

AZAALAS November 2nd at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson for Family Fun & Education Too! 

During our 2 hour Behind-the-Scenes adventure, you will learn how the Reid Park Zoo uses proper nutrition and health care to provide quality, whole-life care to its animal residents. Your experience includes visits to the newly renovated and expanded Animal Health Center, Zoo kitchen, and rhino habitat. During a special close encounter with the rhino, you will discover the importance of animal training for completing daily health checkups. Insights from the zoo staff make this experience one of a kind!

 All participants must be 5 or older and one adult must attend on this tour However, all younger family members are welcome to enjoy the zoo as well as the BBQ picnic at our reserved ramada in the surrounding Reid Park near the lake and playground. Tour groups of 20 will run at 9am, and 1pm - as group size allows. Sign up early for your chosen tour time - first come first choice - Spaces are limited! - No registration at the door!

Members are $5/ea
Non-members $10/ea (includes 2020 membership - now that's a deal!)
Children 17 and under are free - reminder kids under 5 cannot attend the tour, but can enjoy the rest of the zoo as long as they are accompanied by an adult

Registration for the Zoo Tour is Closed!

Lunch will be in the park in Ramada 1 and is included in your visit: 
Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soda/water. 

Members sign up to bring a side item or dessert to share.

***Vegetarian options available, let us know by Oct 17th: azaalas@gmail.com

Experience the fun at the Reid Park Zoo!

Located within Gene C. Reid Park just minutes from downtown Tucson, the Zoo has been a local favorite for generations. We invite you to visit this wild oasis with over 250 animals from around the world. Take a ride on the Cox Wildlife Carousel and the Zoo train, venture behind-the-scenes for a once in a lifetime tour, get up close to your favorite animals during daily presentations and keeper chats, enjoy an unforgettable experience as you feed a giraffe, and so much more!

Check out Reid Park Zoo’s daily activities below and make your trip to the Zoo unlike any other!

Giraffe Encounter

Get up-close to the tallest land mammal in the world! This experience is sure to become a favorite destination spot on your visit to the Zoo.  You can buy tickets or a multi-use pass at the admissions gate, or pay at the Giraffe Encounter platform.  Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted at both locations.

Price: $3 per guest.  (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Hours:  Weekends 10:00-10:45 a.m. and 1:30-2:00 p.m.

All aboard the Zoo Train!

Located just outside the front gates, the Zoo Train travels around the beautiful Gene C. Reid Park lake. Have some time to smell the roses? Ask the conductor for a ride to the Reid Park Garden and sit back and enjoy the ride. You can buy tickets or a multi-use pass at the admissions gate with cash, check, or a credit card or purchase a ticket with the train conductor (cash only). 

Price:  $3 per guest

Hours:   9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a wild ride on the Wildlife Carousel

Take a ride on a gibbon, anteater, or hummingbird! Located in the Zoo’s front plaza, this American-made carousel features 30 different animal species from around the world. You can buy tickets or a multi-use pass at the admissions gate, or pay at the carousel entrance. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted at both locations.  

Price:  $3 per guest.  Kids under 42″ tall must have an adult on the carousel with them to ride, but the adult can stand alongside the rider at no charge.


The Zoo is centrally located in the heart of Tucson! Reid Park Zoo is just off of Randolph Way, north of 22nd Street and the first street west of Alvernon. Conveniently located within walking distance of the 22nd Street bus line (bus #7 to Reid Park).


PDF: Reid park map

Zoo Map

Google Map

FREE Parking:  There is ample free parking near the Zoo entrance and throughout the Reid Park.

Bottled water: Bottled water is always permitted in the Zoo, and is encouraged on warm days. Outside food is not permitted.

Wheelchairs and Strollers:
Guest are welcome to bring wheelchairs and strollers during their visit to Reid Park Zoo. However, we do have wheelchairs and strollers for rent available at the Discover the Wild Gift Shop. An ID for deposit is also requested.

Rental Fee:
Wheelchairs: $7 (plus tax)
Single-stroller: $6 (plus tax)
Double-stroller: $8 (plus tax)

Have questions? Visit their frequently asked questions page.

About Reid Park: https://www.tucsontopia.com/gene-c-reid-park/

Thinking about making your visit a weekend stay, here are some ideas of where to stay and what to do:

La Quinta by Wyndham Tucson - Reid Park, 102 N Alvernon Way, (520) 795-0330

Surrounded by the Sonoran Desert, La Quinta® by Wyndham Tucson - Reid Park is conveniently located minutes from Reid Park, home of the popular Reid Park Zoo. Our inviting hotel also puts you close to The University of Arizona, where you'll find museums, college sports, and the Banner University Medical Center Tucson Campus. We give you easy access to everything from upscale shopping at Park Place to business conferences at the Tucson Convention Center downtown. Pet friendly.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson - Reid Park, 445 S Alvernon Way, (520) 881-4200

Relax in the resort-style setting of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson – Reid Park, a great hotel in Tucson, Arizona. The moment you arrive, you’ll receive a warm chocolate chip cookie as a welcome gift. Surrounded by the Sonora Desert and four miles from downtown Tucson, the hotel is across the street from Reid Park featuring a zoo and golf courses. Take the complimentary shuttle to attractions within a 4-mile radius of the hotel.  Set on 14 acres of lushly landscaped grounds, this Tucson, AZ hotel boasts many recreational and relaxation facilities including a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool in a citrus tree-lined courtyard, a 24-hour fitness center, therapy rooms and a gift shop. Dine at the Cactus Rose on the patio and savor contemporary Southwestern cuisine. Pet friendly.

Extended Stay America - Tucson - Grant Road, 5050 E. Grant Rd  (520) 795.9510 

Welcome to Extended Stay America - Tucson - Grant Road. Our hotel is designed especially for longer stays with studio suite rooms featuring a fully equipped kitchen. something you won't find in a typical hotel. Free grab-and-go breakfast: Jumpstart your day with a free grab-and-go breakfast that includes a variety of breakfast bars and muffins, hot cereal, coffee, and tea. Please note: all suites in this hotel are non-smoking. Some rooms are pet friendly.

Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites, 5151 E Grant Rd  (520) 323-6262

Offering a stylish urban oasis, Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites is a relaxing retreat in a convenient location. Nestled in the heart of the city, our hotel puts you just steps away from the Tucson Medical Center and offers nine event venues. Looking for a lush escape from the desert? Head to the nearby Tucson Botanical Gardens for scenic greenery. When you return, swim in our outdoor pool and get active on the cardio equipment in our fitness center. If you want to keep socializing after a memorable meal of international cuisine at The Glowbal, you and your friends can relax by our fire pits and keep the conversation going. Retire to your room or suite to take advantage of our premium movie channels and ergonomic workstations. Sleep peacefully in our luxurious beds, then when you wake, order a spectacular breakfast in bed from our room service menu. Pet friendly

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Just Some of the Things Tucson has to Offer: 

  • Arizona Sonora Desert Museum: Visit this unique zoo, museum & garden with fun and education displays showcasing the Sonoran Desert.

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson-Reid Park, AZ - University of Arizona
    University of Arizona: This Tucson public research university is near the hotel and offers prestigious faculty & resources.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson-Reid Park, AZ - Pima Air & Space Museum
    Pima Air & Space Museum: Experience over 100 years of aviation history at one of the largest air and space museums in the world.

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson-Reid Park, AZ - Stagecoach Rides
    Old Tucson Studios: Tucson’s premier attraction that showcases the Old, Wild West, full of movie sets and memorabilia.

  • Two Men on the Links
    Randolph North/Dell Urich Golf Courses: Find outstanding golf and incredible weather in Tucson; challenge yourself to world-class courses near the hotel during your stay.

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson-Reid Park, AZ - Sabino Canyon
    Sabino Canyon: Take a guided tour or hike one of the many trails in this Southwestern desert canyon in the Coronado National Forest.


  • Tucson Botanical Gardens
    : The BEST Secret Garden in America. Among mature trees and expertly cultivated foliage, specialty gardens such as the Cactus & Succulent Garden, Barrio Garden and Herb Garden highlight the diversity of native plants while offering a lush oasis in the heart of Tucson. Tropical butterflies from around the world are featured in the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion Oct.–May.  The Tucson Botanical Gardens is a unique gem not to be missed


  • Biosphere 2: Visit the world's largest man made controllable environment and witness demonstration labs, a human habitat and Earth exhibits. Watch scientists working under a big glass structure figuring out how the earth