Exploring Tucson's Barrio Viejo
With Summer winding down, we are cramming in every last family adventure on our Arizona bucket list. After a long week at home with a sick little one, we decided to pack up the car and head two hours south to explore the colorful Barrio Viejo Neighborhood in Tucson.
Barrio Viejo is known for its revitalization of colorful homes from the late 1800s-early 1900s. It rests in the shadows of downtown Tucson.
The colorful homes are a mix of old and new with desert landscaping dotting the sidewalks and yards. The Mexican influence on the architecture is strong. The soft yellow and vibrant mint from the building below was one of my favorites.
Some of the historic homes have been converted to offices, little shops and bars. Strolling through the vibrant streets is sure to make you smile.
Things to Note about Barrio Viejo:
- Park along a street near South Convent Avenue. This is the perfect starting point for strolling up and down the colorful neighborhood.
- Stop by The Hub, a downtown restaurant just a few minutes away, for a delicious ice cream after exploring . I highly recommend the birthday cake flavor!
- El Tiradito Shrine is one of the highlights of this area. Built in the late 1800s, the cracks and crevices of the shrine are stuffed with notes, letters, prayers, and dreams.
- The streets are nicely paved and perfect for strollers.
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