15 Best Things To Do In Oro Valley, Arizona

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Haley
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Oro Valley, Arizona, located six miles (9.6 km) north of Tucson is a family-oriented community, perfect for enjoying Arizona without the hustle and bustle of the big city. With everything from golfing to swimming to outdoor exploration, Oro Valley needs to be on your “Places to Go” list when visiting Arizona. Continue reading to learn more about the 15 best things to do in Oro Valley, Arizona.

1. Children's Museum Oro Valley

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Come join us for our 4th anniversary celebration today. "You're our only hope."

Posted by Children's Museum Oro Valley on Saturday, May 4, 2019

If you’re looking for ways to entertain your child during your vacation in Oro Valley, then schedule a trip to a kid-friendly museum. Children’s Museum Oro Valley is perfect for younger kids, with interactive exhibits that let them experience real-life situations. At Farmer’s Market, a segment within the facility, allows kids to grab a shopping bag and choose some healthy food such as fruits and vegetables. They can then sit down with friends and enjoy the food. Other similar segments include the art studio, literacy corner, toddler town, and lullaby lounge. All of these provide children with a fun learning experience.

Children’s Museum Oro Valley

Address: 11015 N Oracle Rd #101, Oro Valley, AZ 85737, United States

Website: Children’s Museum Oro Valley

Opening hours: Thu - Sun: 9am - 3pm (closed from Mon - Wed)

Price: 2 USD onwards

2. Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park

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Posted by Riverfront Park on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The sprawling Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park, located in the heart of Oro Valley, has something for everyone. It includes walking trails, tennis, and basketball courts, playground equipment, and an equestrian staging area. You can also choose to enjoy a game on the sand, volleyball court, or the soccer fields. There is a performance area for events like concerts, and the playground is perfect for younger kids. With designated picnic areas, it is perfect for the whole family to enjoy a day out.

Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park

Address: 551 W Lambert Ln, Oro Valley, AZ 85737, United States

Website: Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park

Opening hours: 6am - 10pm (daily)

Price: Free

3. La Hacienda Family Mexican Restaurant

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Family Meal!!! PARRILLADA (4-6 ppl) Thin slices of skirt steak, pork carnitas, grilled chicken, prawns & chorizo....

Posted by La Hacienda Restaurant Oro Valley on Thursday, April 30, 2020

One of the best Mexican restaurants in Arizona, La Hacienda Family Mexican Restaurant brings you dishes made from authentic and traditional recipes. This family-run restaurant has three outlets in the state of Washington and is the first one in Arizona. They offer a kids menu with Mexican offerings as well as classic favorites such as grilled sandwiches, mac and cheese, and chicken fingers. The regular menu has large and small combos as well as lunch combos alongside appetizers and salads. Mexico City-style quesadillas and cochinita pibil tacos paired with fresh guacamole are just some of the items to try here.

La Hacienda Family Mexican Restaurant

Address: 11931 N 1st Ave Suite 104, Oro Valley, AZ 85737, United States

Website: La Hacienda Family Mexican Restaurant

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 8:30pm; Fri - Sat:11am - 9pm

4. Rooney Ranch Shopping Center

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Take a break from sightseeing and go on a shopping spree with your loved ones. With nearly 50 stores to choose from, you’re sure to find plenty to fill your shopping bags. Once you have had your fill of retail therapy, pop into one of the many eateries and fast food joints at the center for your choice of food and ambiance. This shopping center is wheelchair accessible and comes with ample parking space.

Rooney Ranch Shopping Center

Address: 10515 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737, United States

Website: Rooney Ranch Shopping Center

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

5. Linda Vista Hiking Trail

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If you’re the outdoorsy type, then don’t forget to include Linda Vista Hiking Trail in your Oro Valley itinerary. Enjoy a leisurely hike into the Oro Valley from this trail that begins in Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Walk over the rugged terrain and pass by exotic species of cacti as you explore the diverse ecosystems found in the valley. The Linda Vista Trail is a loop that goes around for 2.2 mi (3.5 km) and is rated moderate. Accessible all through the year, this trail is perfect for running, hiking, and horseback riding.

Linda Vista Hiking Trail

Address: 730 E Linda Vista Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737, United States

Website: Linda Vista Hiking Trail

Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 6am - 6pm

6. Century at the Oro Valley Marketplace

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For a more relaxed activity, catch a movie at Century at the Oro Valley Marketplace. It’s a great way to spend the night, especially after all the sightseeing and shopping. The theater offers self-servicing ticket kiosks and multiple screens with all stadium seating. Popcorn, candy, and soda are also available to ensure you get the complete movie experience every time.

Century at the Oro Valley Marketplace

Address: 12155 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737, United States

Website: Century at the Oro Valley Marketplace

Price: 6 USD onwards

7. Noble Hops

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Posted by Noble Hops Gastropub on Saturday, November 14, 2020

This charming gastropub offers you a unique culinary experience. You can enjoy dining on the patio while live music plays in the background. Take your pick of craft beer and a seasonal menu with soups, salads, daily specials, burgers, and homemade desserts. Happy hour is from two in the afternoon and extends up to six in the evening. During this time, you get deals on keg wine, draft and bottle beer, and shareables. This bar has 175 varieties of beer on offer, and it features an indoor as well as an outdoor lounge area.

Noble Hops

Address: 1335 W Lambert Ln, Oro Valley, AZ 85737, United States

Website: Noble Hops

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

8. Honey Bee Canyon Park

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Take a hike and view the beautiful Arizona desert at Honey Bee Canyon Park. The trails around the park are open to hikers and bikers alike, with varying levels of difficulty to suit each visitor. Petroglyphs and canyon paths are waiting to be explored at the park, a staple of Arizona landscape. If you want a good place to picnic, two Ramadas with tables are at the park, and are available for groups to rent. At Honey Bee Canyon Park, you can plan the perfect family gathering or hiking adventure during your Oro Valley trip.

Honey Bee Canyon Park

Address: 13880 N Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley, AZ 85755

Website: Honey Bee Canyon Park

9. The Views Golf Club

Golf Club Toscana
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Hit the green in Oro Valley at the Views Golf Club. This 18-hole, desert-inspired, championship golf course is perfect for an early morning game or afternoon relaxation. Breathtaking views of the Catalina Mountains will surround you as you make your way across the course. Par 72, the course offers multiple tee placements for its players, ensuring fun for all levels of golfers. Daily rates are available, perfect for golfers just passing through town. And after an amazing day of play, head to the Views Restaurant, located on site and serving delicious food, a perfect complement to the perfect game.

The Views Golf Club

Address: 1555 E Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley, AZ 85755

Website: The Views Golf Club

10. Oro Valley Aquatic Center

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Cool off in Oro Valley at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center. Perfect for the whole family, the aquatic center features not only a competition pool, but a recreation pool, a huge water slide, and a splash pad. The kids will love not only swimming in the pools but playing under multiple water features at the center. Four springboard diving boards are on site, ready for practicing the perfect diving technique or just seeing who has the best belly flop.

Oro Valley Aquatic Center

Address: 23 W Calle Concordia, Oro Valley, AZ 85704

Website: Oro Valley Aquatic Center

11. Oro Valley Farmers Market

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As an important part of the community, the Oro Valley Farmers Market is the place to be every Saturday morning. Since 2004, the Oro Valley Farmers Market has brought families together at the Steam Pump Ranch for fresh produce, preserves, street food, handmade products, and even music in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Several fun events are planned throughout the year, adding to the open environment and ensuring you a good time.

Oro Valley Farmers Market

Address: 10901 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Website: Oro Valley Farmers Market

12. Gaslight Music Hall

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While in Oro Valley, be sure to catch a show at the Gaslight Music Hall. Featuring local and guest performers, Gaslight Music Hall brings concerts, musical revues, and dance parties to all who enter. During the show, enjoy an adult beverage while chowing down on dinner, or just a snack, from the award-winning Grandma-Tony’s Pizza and Wings. At the Gaslight Music Hall, you’re sure to sing along, have a laugh, and dance the night away.

Gaslight Music Hall

Address: 13005 N Oracle Rd #165, Tucson, AZ 85739

Website: Gaslight Music Hall

13. Naranja Park

For more outdoor activities, head to Naranja Park. More than just winding trails and a picnic area, Naranja Park offers an archery range for all ages and skill levels. Bring your best friend, and let them roam free at the off-leash dog park. While at Naranja Park, pick up some extra cash with a metal detector. Looking for a place to fly your radio-controlled aircraft? Look no further than the Sonoran Desert Flyers range, located at Naranja Park.

Naranja Park

Address: 810 W Naranja Dr, Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Website: Naranja Park

14. Trinity Massage

Relax at Trinity Massage
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Relax and unwind in Oro Valley at Trinity Massage. Since 2014, the locally owned business has been providing high quality services with professionalism to the community and surrounding area. Offering a range of services including Swedish, deep tissue massage, cranial, reflexology, hot oil massage, and more, you will leave Trinity Massage feeling like a new, refreshed person. Call ahead to describe your personal needs and better plan your visit for a more relaxing and fulfilling experience.

Trinity Massage

Address: 10110 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85704

Website: Trinity Massage

15. Arizona ATV Adventure Tours

Posted by Arizona ATV Adventures on Saturday, 1 June 2013

Finally, you’re going to want your camera as you explore Arizona’s mountains and canyons on the back of an ATV. This unique off-road experience is fun for the family and lone-traveler alike, taking you over rough and smooth terrain, through the Sonoran Desert. Beginners, experts, and young drivers are welcome, so don’t hesitate to book a ride. When you rent an ATV through Arizona ATV Tours, you will be provided with a knowledgeable guide who will take you to the best spots in the desert, with the most amazing, picture-perfect views.

Thanks to the guides, you won’t get lost, never wonder what you’re looking at, or find yourself thinking “Now how do I get back to my car?” Every tour is customized to suit the riders’ needs and skill levels, making your ATV tour exactly what you want. Each tour comes with a certified instructor/guide, liability insurance, helmets, gloves, goggles, water, snacks, and of course, an awesome fully-automatic, two-seater ATV. No matter what your skill level is, or path you take, you’re guaranteed a good time at Arizona ATV Tours.

Arizona ATV Tours

Address: 13180 N Woosnam Way, Oro Valley, AZ 85755-8513

Website: Arizona ATV Tours

Visit Oro Valley!

Whether you’re staying in Oro Valley for a week, a day, or just a few hours, you’re sure to find a fun way to experience Arizona—and probably make a friend along the way. Traverse Honey Bee Canyon Park on one of many trails, or escape the summer heat at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center. Golf with your besties at the Views Golf Club, or zoom over the wilderness with Arizona ATV Tours. Whatever you fancy, you’re sure to have a memorable experience when visiting Oro Valley, Arizona.

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Haley has been writing stories since she was five, but did not decide to be a full-time writer until her college years. She studied English and Biology at Eastern New Mexico University and has...Read more

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