Established in 2014 by a former Peace Corps volunteer and his wife, the tour takes you on an 11.5-12.5 mile tour through the heart of the city.
The tour includes an individually fitted bicycle (with a basket and a bell!), a helmet, water, and a knowledgable guide.
Where do you meet for the tour?
The meeting place is at the Tucson Bike Tours office at 215 N. Hoff Avenue near Congress and Toole.
What time are the tours?
9:00am and 1:30pm daily
How long do the tours last?
Tours last 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
How much biking is there?
You can expect to bike 11 to 12.5 miles at a relaxed pace.
How “fit” do I need to be?
The company has this to say, “If you are able to go for a 3 hour walk around some city neighborhoods with more than 20 rest breaks mixed in, then you should be fit enough to join this tour.”
What neighborhoods/areas will we visit?
- Iron Horse – While riding across a bridge that looks like a rattlesnake, spot the train tracks that transformed Tucson from a village into a city.
- Presidio – This is where so much began: ancient Hohokam settlements, Tucson’s first structures, and the birthplace of the chimichanga.
- Armory Park – See historic homes, from Queen Anne to Greek Revival. Where else will you find Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Cesar Chavez hanging out?
- Barrio Viejo – Sleepy streets, colorful adobe homes, and facsinating shrines.
- Barrio Kroeger Lane – Get a closer look at “A” Mountain and the Santa Cruz river, which is the real reason why Tucson even exists.
- Barrio Anita – Stop at a little neighborhood joint famous for its amazing tortillas.
- Dunbar Springs – Visit sculptures and murals placed within the community by the community.
- West University – See where an infamous gangster met his end!
The tour emphasizes the history of the area and local neighborhoods rather than commercial development.
How much does it cost?
$58.28 per person. 8.1% sales tax applies.
What is the parking situation?
The most convenient parking is at Centro Garage, located on Toole Avenue between Congress St and Broadway Blvd. Prices are reasonable ($3 for most times) and it is only 2/10ths of a mile from the Tucson Bike Tours office. Note that parking is not available at the TBT office.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable weather-appropriate clothes that are suitable for biking. A good choice would be shorts or fitness capris and a breathable tech shirt. Closed toe shoes are mandatory; no sandals.
What should I bring with me?
- Snack (optional)
- Cash (for snacks or dinner afterward)
Are bathrooms available?
Yes. There are restrooms at the beginning and end of the tour, plus a stop in the middle of the tour at a public park.
Is any food included?
Water bottles – yes. Food – no. Plan to bring a snack or dine downtown after your tour.
What restaurants are located NEAR the Tucson Food Tours office?
You’re in luck! There are gads of terrific restaurants in Downtown Tucson. Our top picks within walking distance are:
- The Coronet, 402 E. 9th Street (199 feet away) – patio, brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free
- Maynards Market, 400 N. Toole Ave (0.1 miles away) – 5 best brunches, dinner, dessert
- 47 Scott, 47 N. Scott Ave (0.3 miles away) – a neighborhood bistro featuring Modern American comfort food, brunch and dinner
- Reilly Craft Pizza & Dinner, 101 E. Pennington St (0.3 miles away) – pizza, sandwiches, salad, beer, wine, cocktails
- Cafe Poca Cosa, 110 E. Pennington St (0.3 miles away) – “imaginative Mexican cuisine in an upscale, urban bistro setting”
- Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, 135 S. 6th Ave (0.3 miles away) – Modern American cuisine
- Penca, 50 E. Broadway Blvd (0.4 miles away) – Mexico City cuisine and international bar
- Cafe a La C’Art, 150 N. Main Ave (0.6 miles away) – beautiful cafe on-property of the Tucson Museum of Art, indoor + outdoor seating
BABIES & KIDS
What ages would be best suited for Tucson Bike Tours? Can I bring my kids?
Tucson Bike Tours caters to adults. Due to the length of the tour (12½ miles, 3½ hours), the tour is not recommended for children. Physically capable teenagers that can follow safety instructions are encouraged to join. Riders must be at least 4’10” (147cm) tall in order to participate.
Can I arrange a private tour for my business or for a party?
Absolutely! Tucson Bike Tours is happy to work with groups (large + small). Tour groups tend to range from 2 to 6 people and our maximum group size is usually 12. For larger groups, an additional guide is assigned. Group discounts are available.
Is Tucson Bike Tours active on social media?
Yes! LIKE Tucson Bike Tours on Facebook.
What else do I need to know before I go on a tour with Tucson Bike Tours?
- Advance purchase is strongly recommended. Tours may sell out or be cancelled if there are no bookings.
- Since a basket is provided, feel free to bring your camera with you. There are stops every 15 minutes or so…and you’ll definitely have time to snap a few photos.
- JUST FOR LOCALS! Use promocode RETURNLOCAL5 to get $63 off (FREE other than the $2 ticket fee that Zerve takes) if at least 3 tickets are purchased. Buy 2 tickets for your out-of-town guests and you ride free! Local ID with proof of address required.