Tucson To-Dos

5 things to do off the JCK show floor

While we hope you’ll find yourself quite occupied with everything that JCK Tucson 2020 has to offer—between the show itself, a number of planning off-floor activities and learning sessions, too, there’s quite a lot to cover. But of course it’s expected that you’d want to go and explore the Tucson area for what it has going for it, because for many visitors to the show, this is the closest thing to a vacation you’ll have for the winter. 

We’ll be here to help you plan the best possible show visit yet, but in addition, here are some of the most enticing activities to experience outside of JCK Tucson. 

Old Tucson
First time visiting the Wild Wild West? Visit Old Tucson, filming location of over 400 film, television, and commercial productions. The site, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2019, is home to live musical and comedic performances, stunt shows, and vintage rides. https://oldtucson.com/

Saguaro National Park
Spanning over 90,000 acres, there’s no way you could fully experience all this National Park has to offer in a day, but it’s most certainly a must-visit. Hike, drive, take in a sunset, explore native vegetation—there’s nothing but beauty for miles around. We recommend visiting the National Parks Service website to best plan your visit here. https://www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm

Visit the Lisa Frank factory
Among the rare stones and jewels you’ll encounter during Tucson’s Gem Week is this completely unrelated, colorful gem. Anyone who remembers the Lisa Frank invasion from the 90s will appreciate a visit to this 320,000 square foot factory, where the popular rainbow stickers, school suppliers were once produced. The building now stands abandoned and worn, a juxtaposition against the colorful adornments that decorate it. Basically, it’s a sun-faded desert Instagram dream. 

Tucson Mineral and Gem World
If you haven’t had your fill of interesting gems at the shows (impossible!), a visit to this 1968 oddity is a must. This rock shop and museum boasts over 100,000 items, from weird animal skeletons, ancient human skulls, to, of course, rocks and minerals. http://www.tucsonmineral.com/index.html

SAVOR Southern Arizona Food and Wine Festival
At the tail end of JCK Tucson is the seventh annual food and wine festival hosted by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA). You’ll find 60 of the region’s chefs, wineries, breweries, local foods, and restaurants offering tasty food and drink. Tickets are available on the SAACA’s website. https://www.saaca.org/savor.html

Not registered for JCK Tucson 2020 yet? The show is rapidly approaching! Register here today.
Coming to the show? Enjoy the convenience of staying on property—make sure you book your hotel room before rooms fill up!

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