Here are our recommendations for Historic Downtown Tucson: Things To See & Do, Dining, Lodging, and History. Here too is information about Downtown Guided Tours, including our popular Southern Arizona Guide Tucson History & Libation Tour. See out link for information on Parking Downtown and getting around on the Sun Link Streetcars.

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Presidio District

Historic downtown Tucson has much to offer, including two areas of major historical interest. One is called the Presidio District (blue on the above map) which includes El Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, the partially restored Spanish fort that was established in 1775. Also within the Presidio District is the Historic Block which includes the Tucson Museum of Art and several original 18th, 19th, and early 20th century homes. The Sentinel Carriage Company offers tours of the historic districts, moderately priced and a great way to see downtown. See a review of the Sentinel Carriage Tours here. For more information about the downtown museums, please click HERE.

Cannon Fire At El Presidio de Tucson

Cannon Fire at El Presidio de Tucson. Note the orange sparks blazing out of the barrel.

See our video of the Presidio here. For a slideshow of the downtown area visit this page.

In the courtyard of the Art Museum is a really good restaurant, Cafe' A La C'art, family-owned and operated for the past 14 years. It's a country-style cafe' where you order at the counter, then select a table. They will bring your meal to you. Excellent bakery goods. Open daily.

A block north of the Art Museum you will also find the Old Town Artisans, located in a 150-year-old building, and featuring the arts and crafts of hundreds of local and Southwestern artists. In the Spanish-style courtyard is La Cocina Restaurant which includes a Mexican cantina and the newer, european-style Dusty Munk Pub. Good food. Eclectic wine list. Local beer, such as my favorite, Old MonkeyShine. Music & dancing! Great fun!

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