#108 Fort Lowell Park and Ruins 2900 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ 85712
While Tucson has an abundance of parks for the family to enjoy, none is quite so unique as Fort Lowell Park. The park itself is pretty typical of your average park with soccer and ball fields, a swimming pool, tennis courts, playgrounds, and even a duck pond!
What really makes Fort Lowell Park unique is that it rests on the historic location of the Fort Lowell military installation, which was built to protect the city of Tucson from the nearby Apaches. Some of the original adobe structures still stand on the Fort Lowell Park property, while some are being slowly reclaimed by the earth.
While you are visiting Fort Lowell Park, have the kiddos take a short break from playing to visit the Fort Lowell Museum, which is housed in the former commanding officer’s quarters. Here you will find artifacts from military life in the territorial days and learn about the long story of the site’s history as a military outpost. You can even try to imagine which parts of Fort Lowell Park once housed various buildings, where livestock was kept, where marksmanship was practiced, and the other original uses of the land.
The museum is $3 for adults, $2 for adults over 60 and children ages 12-18, and children 11 and younger as well as Arizona Historical Society members are free. The museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-4pm, so you will have to plan your visit to Fort Lowell Park accordingly if you want to incorporate the museum into the visit. If you can’t fit the museum in, Fort Lowell Park is still a great place to have a picnic, let the kids play for a couple hours, and even explore on your own. Enjoy!
Every April the country music world descends upon Florence, AZ about one hour North of Tucson for four days of music and fun at the Country Thunder Music Festival. If you are a country music fan this yearly festival is a CANNOT miss experience! Country Thunder can be tailored to your willingness to be a part of the experience and there are plenty of options available for travel and lodging. Tickets for Country Thunder can be purchased as single day admission or a four day pass. One option for those looking to make the most of their experience is to purchase a camping pass to Country Thunder and stay on site all four days! If you take this option be aware that you must also purchase a four day pass to the festival as well in order to gain access to the campground. Be aware that the campground passes sell out well in advance of the April festival so be sure to check the website often. If camping is not your thing you can look into lodging in nearby Florence, AZ or travel back and forth from Tucson or Phoenix for each day of the festival. Several cab and party bus companies also partner with Country Thunder to help provide safe transportation.
Country Thunder isn’t just your local bands and small time acts, several big name headliners are brought in each year. Among those headlining the 2014 edition are Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and The Band Perry. Make no mistake all the other performers are sensational and make Country Thunder a tremendous atmosphere for listening to music, dancing, and hanging out with family and friends. So if you have plans to be in Arizona in April and country music makes your toe tap, this festival is the place for you!