Tucson Walking Tour: A Fun Day Activity For Kids

 

Get lost in Tucson is a game suitable for kids of the age of six or above. It is designed as a city tour game with some riddles and interesting facts about the city of Tucson. Playing a game is a great way to explore the city and its most famous sites.

 

There are 10 sites located not far from one another, marked with the numbers from 1 to 10. Use a map to locate the sites and solve the riddle when you reach each site. Take your time to explore the beautiful city of Tucson and let the game be your tour guide for the day.

 

1. La Casa Cordova

How many blue doors can you count in La Casa Cordova?

 

Picture Credits: tucsonmuseumofart.org

Picture Credits: tucsonmuseumofart.org

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La Casa Cordova is a historical house in downtown Tucson, which used to be a home of the Cordova family. The family bought the house in 1936 and lived in it until 1973. The house is situated in El Presidio Historic District, which was once known by the name of “La Calle”.  A walk through the historic district is a great way to get to know the city’s past and observe how the city has changed.

 

2. The First Presbyterian Church in Tucson

What is now located on the site of the First Presbyterian Church?

 

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The First Presbyterian Church and the second Protestant Church in Arizona stood exactly on this spot. The church was built in 1878 with a financial help of the citizens. Later the church was sold to the Congregational Church and demolished in 1917 due to the construction of a new city hall.

 

3. Exchange at the Presidio memorial

On which date did the Mormon Battalion enter the city of Tucson?

 

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Exchange at the Presidio memorial was built to commemorate the arrival of the U.S. 101st Infantry (“Mormon”)Battalion in Tucson in 1846. During the Mexican – American War the battalion marched 2,000 miles until they reached the city of San Diego. This march is known to be the longest march in the U.S. military history.

 

4. El Presidio Park

How many fountains are located in the park area?

 

By Daquella manera, via Wikimedia Commons

By Daquella manera, via Wikimedia Commons

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El Presidio Park is an outdoor space in downtown Tucson, located between the City Hall and the Old County Courthouse. The park was built in 1539 and was used for many important events in the past. One of the important events which happened in the park is the Mormon Battalion’s first placement of the American flag in 1846. Today in the park you can find veterans’ memorials, the monument of the Battle of the Bulge and a small rose garden area dedicated to John F. Kennedy. Today the park is a popular place for community festivals, gatherings, and weddings.

 

5. Old Pima County Courthouse

What is the color of the roof of the dome in Old Pima County Courthouse?

 

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Photo by bill85704 on Trend Hype

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Old Pima County Courthouse was built in 1928 in Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style. It used to be the main county courthouse building. Designed by the famous architect Roy Place, the building is still known for its mosaic dome. Even today, the dome is one of the most recognizable structures of the Old Pueblo area. There are still courts and county offices located inside the building today.

 

6. Jacome Plaza

What does the red iron sculpture represent?

 

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Photo by juliejordanscott on TrendHype

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Jacome Plaza is a modern outdoor space in downtown Tucson, which tries to incorporate the Outdoor Office concept into the lives of the locals. The concept tries to encourage the citizens to do a part of their daily office routine outside, in a clean and green environment. The plaza is also a popular place for many annual events, some of them are Tucson Meet Yourself, Parade of Lights & Festival and Veterans Day Parade.

 

7. La Placita Park

Take a photo standing in the middle of the gazebo.

 

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Photo by ArizonaGlo on Trend Hype

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La Placita Park is located near the famous St Augustine Cathedral. In the middle of the park, there is a picturesque gazebo which was built in the 1800s. The gazebo is a popular spot for photo shoots, weddings, reunions and other gatherings.

 

8. St. Augustine Cathedral Church

Find the yucca and saguaro plants in front of the church.

 

By Ken Lund, via Wikimedia Commons

By Ken Lund, via Wikimedia Commons

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St. Augustine Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the city of Tucson. Built in1868, they soon realized it does not offer enough space, that is why it was partly rebuilt and enlarged in 1928. Today you can admire its Mexican Baroque style towering spires and unique façade features.

 

9. Teatro Carmen

Copy the art that is barely visible on the white surface around the main doors.

 

By Chris Gillmor, from Wikimedia Commons

By Chris Gillmor, from Wikimedia Commons

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Teatro Carmen is a Spanish-language theatre in Tucson. It was founded by Carmen Soto de Vásquez and got its name from her as well. It is known for being the most elegant theatre during the time from 1914 to 1922. Many of the famous artists from Europe and Mexico used to perform on its stage. The shows mostly included musical performances, operas, and different types of plays. Interestingly, after the closure of the theatre, the building was used as a dance hall, brothel, a garage, and even a boxing ring.

 

10. Garden of Gethsemane

A statue of which famous scene can you find in the Park?

 

Did you know?

Garden of Gethsemane is a small peaceful open space, which was created to honor Felix Lucero, the artist whose work is exhibited around the garden. Felix Lucero was a self-taught Native American artist who was stationed in France during WWI. It is said that during the hard war days he made a promise to God to spend the rest of his life creating religious works.

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