The following article was originally published on awesometravelling.com on 4/6/18.
Whether you’re passing through for a night or spending your entire holiday in one spot, Tucson has plenty of entertainment and attractions to keep you busy, especially if you’re traveling on a budget. With affordable activities and other low-cost options, you won’t break the bank on your visit to this Arizonan town. Here are a few suggestions to guide you though your budget-friendly trip to Tucson.
University of Arizona Sporting Events
With average ticket prices to professional sporting events hovering between $31 and $92, going to a game isn’t an option for a shoestring budget. Fortunately, the excitement of collegiate games is on par with professional sports, but at a fraction of the cost. The University of Arizona has 18 varsity sports, giving you a range of choices for entertainment. Popular sports include football, basketball, baseball, and softball, but you can also grab a ticket for under $10 to watch golf or sand volleyball.
If you’re a fan of University of Arizona football, don’t miss a game at the legendary Arizona Stadium. With seven home games each year, you can choose between regular season games or early-season, non-conference matchups. Tickets vary depending on the opponent, but you can get in the door for $20 to $30.
When that’s outside your budget, you still have other options to get your fix of football. Book a hotel near Arizona Stadium to take part in the tailgating festivities or to explore the lobby and the grounds of the stadium.
Stretching 2.5 miles through downtown Tucson, the Turquoise Trail is a free yet fun and informative way to spend a day in the city. Beginning at the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson, this easy-to-walk loop takes you by the most important historical sites, buildings, and other areas.
If you stay in downtown Tucson, hopping on the trail is easy. Just look for the turquoise stripe painted on the sidewalk or grab a map at the Tucson Visitors Bureau at 811 North Euclid Avenue.
Discover Tucson’s Natural Beauty
Nestled in a valley amidst five mountain ranges, Saguaro National Park, and several state and local parks, Tucson’s natural beauty is undeniable. The rocky terrain is ideal for climbing and mountain biking, while the height of the mountains provides excellent hiking and photography opportunities, all at zero cost to you.
Tucson also has seven designated dog parks within the city limits and several more in neighboring towns. Pet-friendly hotels are everywhere, and you’re sure to find one close to a park you’ll love.
Tucson Convention Center
Comprised of a two theaters, a 9,000-seat arena, and 205,000 square feet of floor space, the Tucson Convention Center always has something going on, including events on the cheap. The Tucson Roadrunners, an American Hockey League team, has promotions such as $1 food nights, $2 beer nights, and tickets as low as $16.
Other affordable events at the convention center include Tucson Symphony concerts, local plays and musicals, and conventions throughout the year. If you pick the right hotel and weekend, you can do it all without spending extra on transportation.
No matter what you decide to do in Tucson on the cheap, you’ll find a warm, inviting city that invites you to return year after year.