To be honest, I only went to Saguaro National Park so that I could say that I went to Saguaro National Park. The entire park is just a bunch of dirt, rocks, and cacti. Sure, a cool cactus here and there are totally as neato as a burrito, but my idea of a good time does not include wondering around in 120 degree heat, playing with dirt, and hoping not to be attacked by a diamondback rattlesnake or a mountain lion.
Thankfully right down the road from the park is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This place was awesome! You still have to wonder around in 120 degree heat, so bring a LOT of water with you. I did a little research on the place after visiting, and it’s considered one of the top 10 museums in the world. It’s full of local wildlife, botanical gardens, as well a lot of natural history exhibits. There’s one area where you can go into this enormous humming bird habitat. There are hundreds of them chilling out, and buzzing you if you get to close to their crib… bitches be trippin’. I believe it was only $15-20 per person to enter, and it was well worth the price.
If you are in the area I would suggest saving your national park entry fee, and going to the museum instead. You can see just as many cacti, dirt, and rocks outside of Saguaro as you’ll see on the inside.