Things To Do In Tanque Verde

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – 36% Off

Tucson

$39 $25

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Explore 21 acres of lush Sonoran Desert habitats, complete with native flora, fauna, and two live animal presentations

Up to 51% Off Racing Experiences

Tucson

$99 $49

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

Up to 62% Off Golf Instruction

Orange Grove Industrial Park

$110 $49

PGA-certified pro Denny Alberts enlists slow-motion swing analysis to improve swings and teaches young golfers the game's fundamentals

Up to 78% Off Taekwondo and Aikido

Ward 6

$159 $39

Gain self-confidence while learning powerful taekwondo strikes or elegant aikido takedowns

45% Off Services

Dunbar Springs

$60 $33

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Up to 53% Off Drum Lessons

Sunshine Mile

$60 $29

Working musicians teach drumming and piano in styles including jazz, salsa, rock, and marching band

Up to 54% Off Music and Dance Lessons

Multiple Locations

$72 $35

Group music classes introduce children to the basics of guitar or piano; group dance classes cover ballet, jazz, hip-hop, or tap

77% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Ward 2

$64 $15

All fitness levels are welcome to join outdoor group boot-camp classes which burn calories and help participants get in shape

Up to 83% Off Fitness Membership or Personal Training

Catalina Foothills

$150 $39

24-hour fitness center offers memberships with complimentary training session; two personal training sessions include a body age assessment

70% Off Personal Fitness Program

Tucson

$80 $24

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Up to 52% Off Reformer Pilates Classes

Tucson

$147 $69.99

Instructors lead students through Joseph Pilates' core-strengthening routine

Half Off Go-Karting

Marana

$30 $15

Individuals, pairs, or groups zip around a specialized track in easy-to-drive karts

Up to 60% Off Classes at APEX Mixed Martial Arts

Amphi Plaza

$79 $39

MMA fighters teach students effective striking and grappling techniques, leading conditioning drills and other exercises

Up to 63% Off Boot-Camp Sessions

Multiple Locations

$135 $59

30- to 45-minute boot-camp workouts challenge physiques to swing kettlebells, stretch resistance bands & hoist bodyweight

50% Off Services

Downtown Tucson

$20 $10

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Up to 63% Off Billiards at Pockets Pool & Pub

Pockets Pool & Pub

$40 $15

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Players at 18 tables sip beers, cocktails, and soda

49% Off

Multiple Locations

$99 $50

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48% Off Haunted-History Walking Tour

Tucson

$50 $25.99

A two-hour walking tour covers the creepy history of Tuscon's most haunted areas, such as the Fox Theater

55% Off Kindermusik Music and Movement Classes

West University

$75 $34

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67% Off Personal Training Packages

Tucson

$150 $49

Personal trainers work with clients during fitness assessment and nutrition plan, as well as a series of one-on-one workout sessions

Up to 60% Off Science-Center Membership

Tucson

$100 $49

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Exhibits include origins of comets, meteors, and asteroids; a celebration of minerals and gems; and an exploration of Arizona’s Sky Islands

Up to 62% Off Dance Classes at Danser Studio

Saint Philip's Plaza

$52 $26

Ballet, zumba, capoeira, and modern dance classes for kids, teens, and adults in a 1,400 sq. ft. studio

Up to 76% Off Cardio Kung Fu Classes

East Tucson

$100 $29

Instructors lead full-body workouts that focus on flexibility, core strength, and cardiovascular health in half-hour cardio kung fu classes

53% Off Musical Instrument Workshops

Sewell

$295 $139.99

Instructors with international recording and performing experience lead classes that bolster musicians' skills in playing and collaboration

Up to 67% Off Fitness Classes at Parsons Training

Tucson

$75 $29

Group fitness classes five days a week, including women-only offerings, sessions for older exercisers, and the sports-focused Warrior Fit

71% Off Classes at American Institute of Kenpo 

Multiple Locations

$99 $29

With roots in ancient techniques, kenpo karate teaches self-defense with fitness training as a bonus

Up to 52% Off Pedicab Tour or Pub Crawl 

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Pedicab driver cycles tourists or pub crawlers around town during two- or three-hour jaunts

Up to 83% Off Yoga and Group Fitness Classes 

Vista Del Monte

$140 $29

Yoga, spinning, and boot-camp classes help students torch calories seven days a week

Up to 61% Off Dance Classes at Shall We Dance

Oak Flower

$100 $39

Group or private lessons in Argentinean tango, salsa, swing, and waltz; expert dance instructors provide consultations

Up to 62% Off Bowling for Five with Pizza and Games

Marana

$76.75 $29

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Up to five bowlers battle it out on 1 of 30 modern lanes in a 44,000-square-foot entertainment center decked out in prehistoric decor

Up to 82% Off Personal Training at SWAT Fitness

NW Location

$195 $49

Personal trainers help individuals achieve fitness goals; boot camp incorporates high-intensity circuit training

Up to 51% Off Horseback Trail Ride

Tucson

$80 $40

Guides lead guests on horseback deep into the 2,500 acres of painted desert and mesquite groves inside Colossal Cave Mountain Park

50% Off

Benson

$100 $50

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Up to Half Off Biosphere Visit

Oracle

$40 $20

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Engaging tours enter rain forest, fog desert & other diverse ecosystems housed within groundbreaking biosphere's 6,000+ window panes

Up to 54% Off Children's Dance Classes

Canada Hills

$54 $25

Instructors lead kids aged 3–13 in one-hour classes such as tumbling, ballet, hip-hop, tap, or ballet

Up to 57% Off Trail Ride

Way Out West Ranch

$75 $37

Facility's prime desert location affords it easy access to miles of scenic trails

Up to 60% Off from Goodenough Mine Tour

Tombstone

$30 $15

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Guides discuss 19th-century silver-mining techniques, artifacts, and structures while leading groups up ladders and through narrow passages

Up to 53% Off Horseback Ride

Benson

$90 $45

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160 acres of southwestern scenery surround horseback riders on excursions through diverse variety of terrain at ranch with rich history

Up to 51% Off at The Amerind Museum

Benson

$16 $8

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The history of native peoples awakens with archaeological exhibits, galleries, and visits from artists amid a scenic Texas Canyon backdrop

94% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$324 $20

Students don uniforms for karate, tae kwon do, or krav maga classes

Up to 57% Off Tandem Skydiving

Casa Grande

$324 $139

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Trained staffer leads skydivers through an exhilarating free fall followed by a peaceful parachute ride

41% Off Trap-Shooting Package for Two

Casa Grande

$110 $65

With the scenery of the Casa Grande Mountains in the background, visitors shoot 25 clays with a rented shotgun

50% Off Summer Day Camp

Multiple Locations

$160 $80

Kids stay safe and form new friendships while participating in field trips, reading programs, swimming, and sports during summer day camps

Up to 68% Off Guided Horseback Rides from Spur Cross Stables

Cave Creek

$101 $34

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Guided rides amble over the Cave Creek area and riders can drink in the visual pleasures of Tonto National Forest or Saguaro Valley

50% Off Open-Bounce Sessions at Jump Jungle

San Tan Valley

$25 $12.50

Colorful indoor play center with bounce house, inflatable slides, obstacle course, and benches for parents

Up to 44% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Desert View

$80 $45

A ranch arena becomes a sandy stage for lessons that cater to ages 5–75

Up to 85% Off at Giant Strides Fitness

Multiple Locations

$85 $15

Outdoor workouts focus on a different body part each session; boot camps for men and women work on the upper body, lower body, and abs

94% Off at ATA Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$324 $20

Decades old school teaches students martial arts at 11 locations

Up to 52% Off Private Horseback-Riding Lessons

Stewart Ranch

$150 $75

Equestrian trainer teaches the fundamentals of English riding while also instilling a sense of responsibility

Up to 69% Off Horse Riding Lessons

Cave Creek

$80 $30

Private lessons teach proper form, horse handling, and safety as participants sit atop Arabian horses

Up to 52% Off Riding Lessons at Trinity Stables

Cave Creek

$50 $25

Expert riders lead their students in private lessons, helping horseback trainees of all experience levels hone their skills

Up to 61% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Cactus Plaza

$54 $21

60-minute workouts burn fat and tone muscles, boosting metabolism for exercisers of all levels; sessions take place six days a week

Up to 53% Off Glider Flight in Sierra Estrella

Estrella Sailport

$215.99 $105

FAA-certified pilots steer gliders over the Sierra Estrella for a tranquil sail lasting approximately 40-minutes

Up to 51% Off Paragliding Discovery Flight in Maricopa

Maricopa/Casa Grande

$200 $99

Motorized paragliders soar over Sonora Desert panoramas as instructors demonstrate steering and safe landing

Up to 44% Off a Tandem Skydive Package

Maricopa-Chandler

$298 $169

Enjoy skyline views while falling through the sky strapped to a guide; meanwhile, still and video cameras capture your descent

Up to 60% Off Wildwest Craft Beerfest

Rawhide

$70 $29

Live music from 12 local bands pairs with 15 samples from area breweries

50% Off Entry to Tres de Mayo Mexican Beer & Margarita Festival

Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass

$76 $38

Kick off the Cinco de Mayo celebrations early with beer tastings, margaritas, tacos, and tamales at the Tres de Mayo street festival

Up to 45% Off Color Dash 5K Entry

Tumbleweed Park

$45 $29

Run or walk along a non-competitive 5K course through bursts of corn starch that coat participants in colors; proceeds go to charity

Up to59% Off Arizona Summer Camps Experience

Multiple Locations

$169 $69

Summer-camp organization joins local businesses to provide weeklong active and educational experiences for kids of all ages

50% Off Five-Day Kids' Robotics Camp

Multiple Locations

$199.95 $99

Instructors teach the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with challenging robot kits

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$24 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Up to 67% Off Boxing Classes at Stone Hard Boxing

Arrowhead Meadows Association

$100 $49

Students master boxing techniques while getting toned, gaining muscle, and losing weight in lessons taught by accomplished fighters

Up to 53% Off Cake Decoration Class

Chandler

$80 $39.99

Bakers teach aspiring cakesmiths how to decorate and shape birthday and celebratory desserts of their very own with 90-minute classes

Up to 72% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Chandler

$139.95 $39

Martial-arts center fosters personal development in adults and children while teaching realistic self-defense skills

Up to 84% Off Unlimited Boot Camp Classes

Chandler

$179 $29

Indoor boot camp classes mix bodyweight exercises, cardio work, and strength training while fostering an environment of accountability

45% Off Services

Fox Crossing

$500 $275

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Up to 78% Off Boot Camp Clases at Fitness Works Athletic Clubs

Multiple Locations

$179 $49

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Students build muscle and burn fat during intense fitness classes

Half Off Archery Lessons

Chandler

$40 $20

Instructors teach proper stance, range safety, and shooting technique

55% Off

Chandler

$75 $34

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63% Off Yoga Classes

Chandler

$95 $35

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Passionate instructors lead a full schedule that includes more than 50 classes per week

55% Off Services

Chandler

$120 $54

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Up to 51% Off at Archery Headquarters Academy

Chandler

$50 $25

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After a 15-minute introduction to safety and one of two bows, sling arrows at targets for up to 45 minutes with one to three friends

Up to 73% Off Classes at Sumits Yoga

Chandler

$140 $38.50

During classes in a heated studio, students of all abilities flow through detoxifying and strengthening postures

Up to 55% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Chandler

$130 $59

Experienced and passionate instructors teach the fundamentals of riding steeds during private lessons

Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Up to 82% Off

Multiple Locations

$196 $39

Instructors school students during private lessons and group classes

Up to 53% Off Roller-Skating and Birthday Party Package

Multiple Locations

$32 $16

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After lacing up inline and roller skates, visitors roll across glossy rink of one of three facilities

Up to 60% Off at Desire Yoga

Desire Yoga

$50 $20

Located inside a martial-arts facility, yoga studio focuses on building strength, balance, and flexibility while limiting injuries

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While many Americans may think they know Chuck Norris because of the way his on-screen persona has roundhouse kicked its way into our hearts, few have actually met the man. Fewer, in fact, have been bestowed a sixth-degree black belt from Master Norris in his chun-kuk-do martial-arts system. But the founder of Ultima Self-Defense and Fitness LLC, Charles Allen, has.

Mr. Allen takes seriously his role in building confidence and shaping role models throughout the community, which is why he handpicks each of his center’s instructors. These instructors cater to diverse fitness and self-defense expectations, including adults looking to cut a competitive edge into their lives with mixed martial arts, a form of training that schools students in the sparring, grappling, and takedown techniques popularized by the caged sport. For energetic, high-energy exercise, KravFit uses kettlebells to achieve total-body toning and conditioning. Kids' programs include krav-maga self-defense classes as well as birthday parties that challenge celebrants to cut their cake with only their forearm.

7649 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson,
AZ
US

As they enter the massive brick building, visitors pass the Watercarrier, a curved bronze statue that lends a first glimpse at a staggering collection of ancient and modern Native American works. Established in 1893, the Arizona State Museum celebrates and records Southwest Indian cultural history with more than 3 million objects, including a collection electrified with more than 25,000 pieces of woven basketry, more than 300,000 catalogued artifacts, 500,000 photographic negatives and original prints, 90,000 volumes of rare titles, 6,000 maps, 1,500 feet of archival documents, and more than 1,000 sound recordings. The collection forays out onto the museum floor in exhibitions such as Ancient Architecture of the Southwest, where striking photographs frame some of the crumbling archaeological ruins of 1,000-year-old cliff dwellings set against a rugged desert landscape while tastefully photoshopping out the ancient satellite dishes. The Pottery Project spans 2,000 years of Native ceramics with more than 20,000 whole pieces and a lab for hands-on pottery testing. Using artifacts, life-size dioramas, and film, Paths of Life explores the history and contemporary lifeways of ten Native cultures, including those of the Yaqui, O’odham, Apache, Navajo, and Hopi.

Museum staff further engage visitors in events that range from talks with museum curators and Native artisans to learning expeditions, which invite guests to tag along with museum and university archaeologists to survey nearby sites, immersing them in the scientific dig experience nearly as effectively as watching Indiana Jones with your nose to the screen. Educational outreach for public-school and university students immerses them in camps and workshops. At the Native Goods museum store, visitors browse a stock of books alongside basketry, jewelry, carvings, and textiles crafted by artists from Yaqui, Hopi, and other nations.

1013 E University Blvd
Tucson,
AZ
US

In 1997, Amy Caldwell discovered yoga. As she backpacked through Asia, Australia, and parts of Europe, she stopped to train with yogis she met along the way, exploring the styles of Vinyasa flow, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. As she learned, she blended these styles into her own dynamic flow. Since this nomadic journey, Amy's rapidly developing skills have earned her a spot on two Yoga Journal covers. Today, as owners of Yoga One studio, she and her husband Michael incorporate their own unique yoga and meditation styles into their teachings.

The flexible duo leads a team of experienced instructors, who foster a positive, non-competitive environment and also specialized in different styles of yoga, such as sunrise flow, Vinyasa flow, and gentle flow. Inside the main studio, where natural light from skylights casts a glow onto hardwood floors and saffron curtains, instructors lead groups through classes that cover optimal alignment, breath, and present-moment awareness. They also guide students outside the studio to stretch and align on a sunny rooftop in Little Italy. Inside softly lit massage rooms, therapists help visitors release tension from aching muscles.

3131 N Cherry Ave
Tucson,
AZ
US

Nearly a half century ago, horticulturist Harrison G. Yocum opened his backyard to the public, displaying a bounteous collection of cacti and palms. After a few relocations, expansions, and the establishment of a nonprofit charter, Tucson Botanical Gardens now spreads 17 distinct plots across more than 5 acres. A delicate rumble hearkens the arrival of the Garden Railway miniature train, which winds through gardens uniquely dedicated to birds, butterflies, wildflowers, and traditional Native American crops. Admission—which is free for garden members and children younger than 3—grants passage to five different tours, and groups of 10 or more can arrange self-guided or docent-led tours at a discounted rate. If visitors awaken their appetites by savoring aromas from the onsite herb garden or by staring at clouds shaped like canned goods, they can dig in at the Gardens' Café, where sun spills through a slatted gazebo onto iron tables loaded with roast-beef baguettes and mexican tortilla soup.

2150 N Alvernon Way
Tucson,
AZ
US

Before getting married, Tony and Marcy Brown both held impressive fitness records. Tony moved from a personal-training career to teaching yoga, and Marcy—a seasoned law-enforcement officer and former owner of a personal-training studio—kept her finger firmly on the pulse of gym trends. The pair decided to captain CrossFit Purgatory after becoming convinced of CrossFit's superiority over other popular health regimens. Now, they welcome guests of all ages and abilities to participate in their WODs (Workouts of the Day), emphasizing the values of community and commitment for those trying to rewrite their physical limits.

CrossFit Purgatory rejects superfluous furnishings in favor of a tough, minimalist vibe, decked out in functional training equipment such as kettlebells, Olympic rings, medicine balls, and mammoth bones. The gym's industrial feel is offset by the warmth of its occupants, who welcome new members to tackle the day's routine with open, sweaty arms. Because CrossFit maneuvers are universally scalable, anyone can adjust them to suit their strength level—the coaches have guided patrons from sports competitors to complete newbies to 2010 Biggest Loser contestant Jessica Delfs.

4500 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson,
AZ
US

Elemental Artistry's performers play with fire for a living. Blending the fluidity of dance with a theatrical sense of spectacle, the troupe—which includes an NBTA gold-medalist baton twirler—whirls flaming props into fiery vortexes, dazzling spectators at events ranging from the Tucson Celtic Festival to the sweet sixteens of local volcano gods.

In addition to more than 150 performances since 2007—some of which have earned print and television attention in the Arizona Daily Star and on KOLD News—troupe members teach their craft in workshops and classes that lead students of all ages through movements, such as poi spinning, staff and baton twirling, and hula hooping, using unlit props, at least to start. The art form's constant movement and careful coordination can help to tone muscles, awaken ambidexterity, heighten kinesthetic awareness, and occasionally open interdimensional doorways. Elemental Artistry's dance architects can also develop flame-free spectacles using props ablaze with LED lights.

17 East Toole Avenue
Tucson,
AZ
US