Free things to do in Tucson
Tucson is an exciting city that doesn't quite get the recognition it deserves. The destination is known for dry desert conditions and rocky canyons, however, it's also a bustling metropolis with a thriving art scene, plenty of cultural and historical museums and lush parks and gardens. It's also the second largest city in Arizona, which means you're going to need a vehicle for your stay. Turn to Thrifty Car Rental's variety of Tucson rental cars, many of which come with Tucson deals designed to help you stay on budget during your vacation. To save even more money, you can include these free activities in your agenda:
Visit the Center for Creative Photography
Guests at the Center for Creative Photography can park their Tucson rental cars for free at the University of Arizona, where the institution is housed. It serves as both a place of research and museum that contains more than 90,000 prints. Walk the galleries to see exhibits featuring some of the world's most renowned artists, including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, W. Eugene Smith and Richard Avedon. You can explore the institution for free on your own or call ahead to sign up for a tour with an experienced archivist.
Spend an afternoon at Agua Caliente Park
You won't need your Tucson car rental for this excursion. Agua Caliente Park is a lush expanse that covers more than 100 acres. It's filled with colorful flowers and three tranquil ponds that are home to an array of birds and other friendly creatures. Pack a picnic beforehand to enjoy in one of the several shaded communal spaces, then burn off some energy by taking a hike along one of the many nature paths that provide you with picturesque mountain views.