With summer fun loitering menacingly on the horizon like teens outside the 7-Eleven, underfunded locals and tourists alike are panicking at the thought of lonesome afternoons spent at the public library. Today's Groupon fills your page-turning hands with endless activities: for $8, you get a Tucson Attractions Passport from the Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance (a $16.25 value). Your passport will be shipped directly to your door (included in the price) and includes two-for-one and discounted tickets to about 50 attractions both in and around the Tucson area. Each offer provided by the passport can only be used once—if you like to travel in packs, it is recommended that you buy one passport for every two people in your summer-fun posse. All attractions must be used by September 15, 2010.
Each Tucson Attractions Passport, like its government-issued counterpart, is filled with two-for-one coupons and deeply discounted deals at about 50 southern Arizona destinations. For the frugal first-dater, whisk the dame of your dreams to The Mini-Time Machine museum of miniatures and amble like giggling giants through a world of tiny houses, pausing only to engage in brawls with human-sized Mothras. The more outdoorsy, meanwhile, can take a stroll through the Tucson Botanical Gardens with a flowerphile friend. If the hot summer sun infuses you with a restless need for speed, you and your Italian plumber friend can load up on koopa shells for a discounted ride at the Musselman Honda Circuit karting tracks. To escape the heat altogether, retreat underground for a day of spelunking at Colossal Cave Mountain Park (upon emerging from the cave, do not look back for your companion or they will be whisked back to Hades). The Tucson Attractions Passport also scores you access to dozens of museums, art galleries, zoos, ski valleys, biospheres, state parks, malls, and even the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. All in all, the magical book contains discounts valued at more than $400.
The Tucson Attractions Passport will introduce out-of-towners to the city's finest while reacquainting locals with the attractions they had forgotten after that ugly fall from their sherpa's Segway. Buy yourself one with today's Groupon and discover that cities—like the mild-mannered superhero next door who secretly works as a reporter—are much more than they seem on the surface.