Tours Open New Experiences

Dec. 22, 2011

Poet Robert Frost is known for taking “the road less traveled.” In 1960, his road led to the UA Poetry center where he read at the dedication of this famed center of excellence. Whether you’re an incoming freshman or a long time community member, campus holds countless roads for you to experience. Take one of our many tours and connect with 125 years of tradition, progress and cutting-edge discovery. 

Why not get started with your exploration by experiencing one of our five free guided tours?

Things to do at the U: Non-student visitors interested in navigating the main campus, locating its resources and seeing its attractions should take the Things to Do at the U tour.

UA History: See the UA campus from the perspective of an alumnus, and learn about the UA’s past. The History Tour features locations such as the Old Main building. Built in 1891, it was the first building to be constructed on campus. The tour also stops at the Student Union Memorial Center, one of the largest student unions in the country. In order to commemorate the U.S.S. Arizona, which sank at Pearl Harbor in 1941, the building was designed to resemble a ship. The student union houses dining options, game rooms, study rooms, Gallagher Theater and more.

Public Art: See sculptures, fountains, functional exhibits and tile mosaics on the UA campus with art enthusiasts and docents from the UA Museum of Art. The tour features a newly restored piece by artist John Young, called “Table of the Sun – Cubed.” The original sculpture, titled “Table of the Sun” was created in 2004 out of granite and stainless steel. It had a round central boulder, which had deteriorated over time, and Young recently replaced it with a cube in the center.

UA Sustainability: See current research and efforts to go green in action on campus. UA utilizes sustainable landscaping, collects solar energy via panels and harvests water at a number of key locations, including at the UA Visitor Center. A particular highlight of the tour is a stop at the Underwood Garden. The garden, which won an award from the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2010, is supported by a system that collects 230,000 gallons of water from rainwater, gray water from water fountains and condensation. The garden also showcases five native vegetation zones represented in the Sonoran Desert.

Middle School Tour: Geared toward a younger audience, the Middle School Tour highlights points of interest like the UA’s Hall of Champions, where students can see McKale Memorial Center and receive a free poster of their choice. The arena, named for former athletic director J.F. “Pops” McKale, seats 14,000 fans and is home to Arizona athletics and commencement ceremonies.

All tours last approximately 90 minutes. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Water will be provided, but visitors should be prepared for the full UA experience – that means wear comfortable walking shoes and plenty of sunscreen. Reservations for all tours can be made by contacting the UA Visitor Center at 621-5130 or