Known as a center of art and history, Tubac, Arizona is a unique village that brings together local and national artists. With tours, art galleries, wine tasting rooms and one of the largest organic communities in the world, Tubac is truly a special location worth the visit. Read on to find out all the interesting activities and places to explore in the area.
1. Tubac Center of the Arts
Tubac Center of the Arts is an excellent first stop when visiting the historic city. Featuring work from Santa Cruz Valley artists alongside art from across the United States, the Tubac Center of the Arts is a beautiful display of talent. At the Center of the Arts, you will see the Master Artist Gallery and learn about the artists that made Tubac famous and what brought them to the area. Community events are held regularly, meaning when you stop by you’re likely to see a magic show or hear a melodious concert. Before you go, be sure to stop by the gift shop for a souvenir of your time in the arts center and Tubac.
Tubac Center of the Arts
Address: Tubac Center of the Arts, 9 Plaza Rd, Tubac, AZ 85646
Website: Tubac Center of the Arts
2. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
Tubac is historically a crossroads for multiple cultures, including Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Pioneer American. The Park is also the home of the oldest Spanish presidio, or fort, in Arizona, and continues to be a preservation center for Arizona’s history. At the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, you can view and learn about artifacts from each culture and see how they all influenced each other through the years. After viewing the exhibits, you can take a walking tour along the Anza trail, reliving history on one of the routes taken to the Western coast.
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
Address: 1 Burruel St, Tubac, AZ 85646
Website: Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
3. Anza Trail
Between 1775 and 1776, Juan Bautista de Anza led the first Non-Native settlers across 1,200 miles of terrain to what is now the San Francisco Bay area. Today, the historic trail, named for Anza, remains a reminder of his historic feat. While you don’t have to trek all 1,200 miles, in Tubac, four miles of the trail are marked for you to explore. Starting at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and ending at the Tumacácori National Historical Park, the trail is perfect for exploring history, culture and outdoor recreation.
Address: 1 Burruel St, Tubac, AZ 85646
Website: More about the Anza Trail
4. Soulistic Healing Center
If you’re looking for the perfect place to relax, check out the Soulistic Healing Center. Offering multiple services like massage, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, acupuncture and lymphobiology, the Soulistic Healing Center is dedicated to making each customer feel special and leave rejuvenated. This spa destination is a must visit for anyone seeking a calm and physically rewarding vacation.
Soulistic Healing Center
Address: 20 Calle Iglesia, Tubac, AZ 85646-1990
Website: Soulistic Healing Center
5. K. Newby Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Featuring art from seasoned professionals to emerging talent, the K. Newby Gallery & Sculpture Garden is a classic Tubac destination that further reinforces the community’s place in the art community. With multiple exhibits and pieces of art in different mediums, the gallery is the proud home of an outdoor sculpture garden, making a beautiful and fun adventure to be had.
K. Newby Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Address: 15 Tubac Rd, Tubac, AZ 85646
Website: K. Newby Gallery & Sculpture Garden
6. Cobalt Fine Arts Gallery
For a contemporary art experience, look no further than the Cobalt Fine Arts Gallery. Holding true to Tubac tradition, the gallery displays art from over 35 different artists in different mediums including painting, sculpture, fin art glass and ceramics. With variances in the art itself, each artist maintains a Midwestern theme, bringing Tubac and Arizona’s beauty to one place, easily enjoyed by each visitor.
Cobalt Fine Arts Gallery
Address: 5 Camino Otero, Tubac, Arizona 85646
Website: Cobalt Fine Arts Gallery
7. Clay Hands Gallery and Studio
As Arizona’s only private gallery in Tubac to be called a “must see” in American Style Magazine’s Top 25 Small Art Towns, Clay Hands Gallery and Studio is the ultimate destination for pottery enthusiasts. Home of Southern Arizona’s largest selection of handmade American pottery, the gallery is not only a display case but also a store for lovers of ceramics and where the magic happens. Depending on when you go in, you might not only get to meet owner and head artist Diane Lisle but also see her in action. So even if you’re just browsing, Clay Hands Gallery and Studio is worth the visit.
Clay Hands Gallery and Studio
Address: 5 Cam Otero, Tubac, AZ 85646
Website: Clay Hands Gallery and Studio
8. La Paloma de Tubac
If you love Tubac’s art scene and want to take a piece home, never fret because the town is well equipped. La Paloma de Tubac, is one of many gift shops with gifts for the entire family. Bringing in pieces from Mexican and Argentinian artists, La Paloma de Tubac is fully stocked with Latin American ceramics in a wide variety of products. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, Tubac has many other stores to choose from including La Entrada de Tubac, Lone Mountain Turquise and Casa Maya de Mexico. And even if you’re just browsing, you’ll appreciate Western jewelry, pottery, yard sculptures, clothing accessories and more when shop-hopping in Tubac.
La Paloma de Tubac
Address: 1 Presidio Dr, Tubac, AZ 85646
Website: La Paloma de Tubac
9. Avalon Organic Gardens and Eco Village
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For a truly unique experience in Tubac, tour the Avalon Organic Gardens and Eco Village. As one of the largest organic villages in the world, Avalon is an example of what sustainable living should be. Farming all of their own food, living in solar-powered efficiently designed houses and hand-making necessity items like soap are just a few examples of how the village remains functioning without outside help. At the village, you can tour the gardens and meet many of the people who make such a place possible. Before you go, be sure to pick up some of the village’s handmade soap or organic herbs as a memento of your time in the micro-community.
Avalon Organic Gardens and Eco Village
10. Flying Leap Tasting Room and Art Gallery
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After a long day of exploring Tubac’s art scene and history, what better way to round off the day than by viewing more art and drinking wine? At the Flying Leap Tasting Room and Art Gallery, you can do just that, taste wine and enjoy more local art. Set in a territorial blacksmith’s shop, the wine tasting room has an ambiance about it that is both comfortable and exciting. Outside the tasting room is a shaded patio, perfect for a light meal to accompany your wine while you discuss the day’s adventures and plan more to come.
Flying Leap Tasting Room and Art Gallery
Address: 2074 Pendleton Dr, Tumacacori, AZ 85640
As a town that has influenced and continues to influence Arizona’s culture, Tubac stands out as a location perfect for art, history and environment lovers alike. Galleries, museums, nature trails and organic farms call the Arizona town home, forever making Tubac and Arizona a fantastic and worthwhile trip.
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