Tours are listed in alphabetical order.
If you do not see a date that you were looking for below, the tour on that date is sold out.

Cancellation Policy:  
Cancellations received more than 24 hours in advance will receive a refund. Cancellations received less than 24 hours in advance will not receive a refund.

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Armory Park

The Armory Park neighborhood is south of Broadway and east of Stone. Homes started to go up in this area with the arrival of the railroad in Tucson in 1880. Architectural styles vary from California bungalow to Victorian with Henry C. Trost and Annie Rockfellow being the most renowned architects. Presidio Museum Tour Guide Alan Kruse leads this tour, which includes the outsides of the Blenman Inn, the Carnegie Library, the Scottish Rite Cathedral, the Safford School, the Willard Hotel, and the Temple of Music and Art.

***The tour meets in front of the Blenman Inn at 204 S. Scott. Free on-street parking is available.

Pre-registration is required. Click on the date below to register.
Saturday, December 17, 10 am-12 pm
Saturday, February 11, 10 am-12 pm
Sunday, April 16, 9-11 am
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Barrio Viejo (Old Neighborhood)

Experience the rich history of Tucson on the one-mile Barrio Viejo (old neighborhood) Walking Tour, which goes through the largest collection of Sonoran Row houses in the United States.  For over 100 years, Barrio Viejo was the heart of Tucson’s social, economic, and cultural life. On this 90-minute walking tour, your tour guide Mauro Trejo will discuss the history of the neighborhood, its architecture, and the individuals, businesses, and cultures that meet there.

***Add-On – (30 minutes) For an additional $10.00 participants have the option of joining their tour guide for conversation, a Margarita (or alternative) and a Cheese Crisp after the tour at the historic El Minuto Café.

This tour begins at El Tiradito Wishing Shrine, 418 S. Main Avenue, just south of El Minuto Restaurant.

All of the following tours are held on Saturdays unless otherwise noted.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members

Pre-registration is required. Click on the date below to register.
January 21, 10-11:30 am
February 18, 10-11:30 am
March 18, 10-11:30 am
April 15, 10-11:30 am
May 20, 5:30-7 pm

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Fort Lowell Neighborhood

Historian and preservationist Ken Scoville explains how physical features, cultural layers, and political decisions have shaped not just the story of the district but the development of Arizona as well, from Apache wars to development wars.  Discover why the Fort Lowell area and the State of Arizona are the places they are today.

***This tour meets at Fort Lowell Park, 2900 N. Craycroft Rd.

All of the following tours are held on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members
Pre-registration is required. Click on the date below to register.
January 25, 1-3 pm
February 22, 1-3 pm
March 22, 10 am-12 pm

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Mainly Murals Walking Tour

The Mainly Murals Walking Tour, led by tour guide Dorothy Yanez, features many of the murals found in the downtown area, discussing the artist, history of the mural, and many of the artists’ inspirations behind the pieces. OVER 10 NEW MURALS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THIS TOUR ROUTE SINCE DOROTHY HAS BEGUN GIVING THESE TOURS. The tour begins at the Presidio Museum and is approximately two miles long, including murals north of Congress Street. 

All of the following tours are held on Saturdays unless otherwise noted.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members
Pre-registration is required. Click on the date below to register.
January 7, 10 am-12 pm
February 4, 10 am-12 pm
March 4, 10 am-12 pm
April 1, 9-11 am
May 6, 8-10 am

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Mansions of Main Avenue Walking Tour

Take a stroll down Main Avenue to view the homes and hear the stories of the movers and shakers of early Tucson, including:

**Hiram and Petra Stevens, who were a prominent merchant couple but whose domestic life was less than perfect
**Sam Hughes who is called by some the “father of Tucson”
**Annie Cheyney whose newly restored 1905 home is the talk of the town
**Albert Steinfeld of department store fame whose son Harold was a top scorcher
**Frank Hereford, an attorney who represented the defendants in the Wham Robbery
**William Herring who was at one time Wyatt Earp’s lawyer

***This tour meet in front of Cafe a la C’art, 150 N. Main Avenue.

Click on the appropriate date below to register.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members
Pre-registration is required. Click on the date below to register.
Sunday, January 29, 10 am-12 pm
Saturday, February 25, 10 am-12 pm
Sunday, March 26, 10 am-12 pm
Saturday, April 22, 9-11 am
Sunday, May 28, 8-10 am

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Pioneer Women of Main Avenue

This walking tour focuses on the pioneer women who contributed so much to Tucson’s history. Some of the women covered include:

**Sara Sorin – the first female attorney to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court unassisted
**Gladys Franklin – active with historic and artistic endeavors in Tucson, she died in the same room she was born in on Main Avenue at 89.
**Edith Kitt – Ran the Arizona Historical Society for years
**Bettina Steinfeld – wife of Albert Steinfeld, Merchant Prince of the Southwest
**Annie Neal Cheyney – had the Cheyney House built on Main Avenue
**Atanacia Hughes – married to Sam Hughes at age 13 or so, gave birth to 15 children (pictured above)

***This tour begins at Café a la C’art at 150 N. Main Ave. and follows the same route as the Mansions of Main Avenue Walking Tour. On-street parking is available.

$20 for members, $25 for non-members
Pre-registration is required. Click on the date below to register
Sunday, January 8, 10 am-12 pm
Saturday, March 11, 10 am-12 pm

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Presidio District Gastronomy Tours

Celebrating Tucson’s UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, the tour includes stops at four locations in the historic Presidio District of Downtown Tucson.  Participants learn from knowledgeable tour guides and experience Tucson’s complex food heritage and the fusion of Old and New World ingredients.  You’ll also hear great stories of Tucson’s history in some of it’s more historic locations.  

Beginning at the Presidio Museum, participants learn about Tucson’s origins and the food fusions that occurred when the Spanish and Tohono O’odham were first learning from each other through tastings of Old and New World foods,

The next stop is El Charro, where participants enjoy some of their most popular menu items and a margarita.  While sitting in their flagship restaurant, tour participants will learn the rich history of the Flores family and hear stories such as how the chimichanga was created.

Next up is LaCo Restaurant/Old Town Artisans, located in the longest-inhabited block in Arizona.  Participants will enjoy an appetizer portion of menu items made with both Old and New World ingredients. The stories told here are about the residents and businesses the building has hosted in the past.  

The final stop on the tour is Café a la C’art, housed in the historic Fish-Stevens home at the Tucson Museum of Art.  Here, participants will enjoy one of their many famous desserts made with historic regional ingredients and learn about the Fish and Stevens families that inhabited the home.

COVID Disclaimer: Presidio District Gastronomy Tours were suspended for the last 20 months due to the COVID surges. We are pleased to now be bringing them back. However, please note, while you will be outdoors while walking from one location to the next, you will be eating indoors in somewhat intimate settings.  Please participate in tours at your own risk and based on your own comfort level.  Masks will not be required.

All tours will be held from 12:30 – 4 pm.
$100 for members, $120 for non-members

Pre-registration is required. Click on the date below to register.
Wednesday, December 21

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Public Art & Murals Walking Tour

Recent years have seen an explosion of public art throughout Tucson. The Downtown Public Art Walking Tour, led by tour guide Dorothy Yanez, begins at the Presidio Museum and proceeds into the downtown area, stopping at numerous public art pieces and murals. At each stop you will learn about the artist and the artwork.  Several new murals have been added to the tour route since Dorothy began giving these tours about a year ago. The tour is approximately 2 miles and includes stops south of Congress Street. Dorothy will be on a microphone for better hearing and to promote social distancing. Pre-registration is required. Click on the appropriate date below to register.

All tours on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members
Pre-registration is required. Click on the date below to register.
Thursday, December 29, 10 am-12 pm
January 28, 10 am-12 pm
February 25, 10 am-12 pm
March 25, 10 am-12 pm
April 22, 9-11 am
May 27, 8-10 am

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Turquoise Trail Guided Walking Tours 

Presidio Museum Tour Guide Mauro Trejo leads this walking tour, which covers the Turquoise Trail through the heart of downtown. Learn about Tucson’s fascinating history and see some architectural gems. Pre-registration is required.

PLEASE NOTE: A standard-length and a slightly- shorter version of the Turquoise Trail are both available January through April. Make sure you register for the correct tour below:

STANDARD LENGTH TURQUOISE TRAIL TOUR
Click on the appropriate date below to register.
All tours on Saturdays unless otherwise noted (2.5-mile tour)
$20 members, $25 non-members
Pre-registration is required. Click on the date below to register.
December 10 – 10 am-12:30 pm
Tuesday, December 27 – 10 am-12:30 pm
January 14, 10 am-12:30 pm
February 11, 10 am-12:30 pm
March 11, 10 am-12:30 pm
April 8, 9-11:30 am
May 13, 8-10:30 am

SLIGHTLY SHORTER VERSION OF THE TURQUOISE TRAIL TOUR
Click on the appropriate date below to register.
All tours on Sundays unless otherwise noted (2-mile tour)
$20 members, $25 non-members
Pre-registration is required. Click on the date below to register.
January 15, 10 am-12 pm
February 19, 10 am-12 pm
March 19, 10 am-12 pm
April 16, 9-11 am

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Walking the Wall of the Original Presidio – Walking Tour

Take a walk through downtown Tucson and discover the extent of the original Presidio Wall.  This tour shows attendees just how large the original Presidio San Agustín del Tucson actually was. Along the way, you’ll learn the interesting history of several buildings and hear stories of some of Tucson’s most prominent citizens.  Highlights include Old Town Artisans, the Sam Hughes House, the historic Pima County Courthouse, and the location of the old Presidio San Agustin Cemetery.

This tour is less than a mile and takes approximately two hours.  It’s a good option for those who want a taste of the Turquoise Trail Walking Tour but don’t want to walk the entire 2.5 miles.

All tours on Thursdays unless otherwise noted (1-mile tour)
$20 members, $25 non-members

Pre-registration is required. Click on the date below to register.
December 15, 10 am-12 pm
January 19, 10 am-12 pm
February 16, 10 am-12 pm
March 16, 10 am-12 pm
April 13, 9-11 am
May 18, 8-10 am

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