The 10 Best Things to Do in Oro Valley, United States

July 20, 2017 Yuk Petri

Oro Valley, incorporated in 1974, is a suburban town located 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Tucson, Arizona, United States in Pima County. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 41,011, an increase from 29,700 in 2000 census. Dubbed the "Upscale Tech Mecca" of Southern Arizona by the Arizona Daily Star newspaper, Oro Valley is home to over 10 high tech firms and has a median household income nearly 50% higher than the U.S. median. The town is located approximately 110 miles (180 km) southeast of the state capital of Phoenix.
Restaurants in Oro Valley

1. Ritz Carlton Golf Course Dove Mountain

Marana, AZ +1 520-572-3500
Excellent
63%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
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Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

Ritz Carlton Golf Course Dove Mountain

This is a new golf course in the Tucson area and it is spectacular. I'd like to let others know about it!!!!

Reviewed By JPN65Montreal_Canada - Montreal, Canada

This hotel is great, nice pools, lots of restaurants options. Great view from rooms and restaurants. Nice rooms, well decorated . Only bad comments mini bar are empty.

2. The Gaslight Music Hall

13005 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85739-9308 +1 520-529-1000
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

The Gaslight Music Hall

Oro Valley's home for family-friendly concerts, musical revues, and quality entertainment!

Reviewed By judithw886 - Tucson, Arizona

The 4 Gentleman or Doo Oop were great . Awesome voices and all local teachers. The place has been packed to capacity since Gaslight took over from Great American Playhouse about a year ago.

Fun for everyone good food, drink and ticket rice will not break the budget. By a ticket early if you want good seat...social seating so you may need to sit with others unless you are a party of 3 or 4. Only 4 tables for party of 2.

Thank You Gaslight for bring Music to Oro Valley.

14000 N Dove Mountain Blvd, Marana, AZ 85658-4220 +1 520-744-2555
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Gallery Golf Club

The Gallery Grille nourishes friendship, camaraderie, family and spirit. It is where great food and drink meets exceptional people. Our lounge is where our members and guests recap their round, and settle their wagers. The decor and amazing views may be distracting as you are visually engaged by the Tortolita Mountains. This is a place where you feel comfortable right away whether it's your first time visiting or you are a member. Multiple televisions keep you up to date on sports and news while your server brings an array of amazing meals to tempt your palate. Don't forget to try our famous onion rings while you are here! Beyond the lounge, The Grille offers a full dining experience that exudes casual elegance. Our main dining room is spacious and welcoming with our goal being big smiles! Refreshing drinks and a unique menu are paired with breathtaking views of the Catalina and Tortolita Mountains. Our fun, yet relaxing atmosphere combined with our friendly staff and creative culinary team will give you an unforgettable experience that will leave you craving more

Reviewed By jsToronto - toronto

Arrived with a group of golfers and rented a cottage for the week. The golf courses are excellent and the service at both the pro shop and bar/restaurant was exceptional. The cottages are clean and the property is in excellent shape. Small issue with the hot tub but this was minor. Definitely would return and recommend to anyone who enjoys golf.

4. Oro Valley Aquatic Center

11000 N La Canada Dr, Oro Valley, AZ 85737-7015 +1 520-229-4700
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Oro Valley Aquatic Center

Reviewed By Anne A - Tucson, Arizona

Very quaint park with path you can walk all the way around the park..when clubs are playing baseball there are lots of people but it's always pretty clean..be careful of snakes in summer..check pool hrs. for free swim cuz schools use it [email protected]

5. Oro Valley Farmer's Market

10901 N Oracle Rd, Steam Pump Ranch, Oro Valley, AZ 85737-9519 +1 520-882-2157
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Oro Valley Farmer's Market

Nestled at the base of the Catalina Mountains’ Pusch Ridge along the Northwest Oracle Road corridor is Steam Pump Ranch where the Oro Valley Farmers Market sets up every Saturday morning in the early dawn hours. Since 2004, the Oro Valley Farmers Market has become a meaningful community event in support of local farms, ranches and small food purveyors. Friends, families and neighbors stroll the grounds where historic preservation of the buildings, farming artifacts and heritage gardens are showcased. The Oro Valley Farmers Market operates 52 weeks of the year offering the seasonal bounty from the surrounding farming communities as well as supporting special events at the Ranch including Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch and its fun-filled activities. Visitors will find local fruits and vegetables as well as ranch-fed beef, pork and farm fresh eggs carrying on the ranch’s agricultural traditions.

Reviewed By Swabado - Oro Valley, Arizona

Oro Valley Farmer’s Market occurs every Saturday in the shadow of the scenic Santa Catalina Mountains at the historic and charming Steam Pump Ranch located at 10901 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, 85737. The Steam Pump Ranch was established in 1874 as an important weigh station for the Southern Arizona cattle industry by two German immigrants – George Pusch and Johann Zellweger. The two immigrants used the state-of-the-art steam engine to pump water from a shallow aquifer and created an oasis in the desert. The Farmer’s Market located at this historic site, which is owned by the town of Oro Valley in partnership with Pima County, has many of the old ranch buildings still intact and is open every Saturday from 8:00AM to 12:00 noon during the summer months and from 9:00AM to 1:00PM during the non summer months. Items that you can purchase at the Oro Valley Farmer’s Market include fresh produce, dried fruits and berries; locally produced bee honey, beef jerky, frozen fish from Alaska, fresh baked bread, cacti plants, and other specialty food and non-food items.

Driving Directions - The Saturday Farmer’s Market is located towards the rear of Steam Pump Ranch and is not readily visible from Oracle Road. As you pull into the entrance and drive under the old iron framed Steam Pump Ranch signage from Oracle Road, there are street signs to guide you to the Farmer’s Market and parking spaces. You can also gain access to the market by driving through the shopping center located to the north of the market. The shopping center located to the north is also how you will exit the area as the entrance under the old iron framed signage is a one-way dirt road.

The second Saturday of each month the Steam Pump Ranch provides tours of the Ranch, local musicians to entertain, and historical and cultural presentations. These activities are all free for everyone to enjoy.

6. The Highlands at Dove Mountain Golf Course

4949 W Heritage Club Blvd, Marana, AZ 85658-4017 +1 520-579-7000
Excellent
67%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

The Highlands at Dove Mountain Golf Course

Tucked away at the base of the scenic Tortolita Mountains, this Arthur Hill-designed championship course features hilly terrain and meandering lakes that add up to a unique character.

Reviewed By Wyomingkings

We spend a week every March with our parents and both think Heritage is heaven on earth. Incredible golf course, great restaurant, fantastic staff, gorgeous pool, and amazingly friendly residents are a few of the reasons we feel this way. The golf course is challenging and always in great shape. Some of the toughest greens to putt that I've ever experienced. Great place!

7. The Views Golf Club at Oro Valley

1555 E Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley, AZ 85755-9120 +1 520-825-3110
Excellent
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5 based on 6 reviews

The Views Golf Club at Oro Valley

The Views Golf Club is an 18-hole desert inspired championship golf course with breathtaking views in a picture perfect setting. Annual membership, monthly passes, buy now/play later punch cards and daily green fee play available. This rolling 6,715 yard, par 72 course offers multiple tee placements for golfers of all skill levels. Its design was created in harmony with the natural desert surroundings offering a beautiful view of the Catalina Mountains. Driving range available Thursday - Tuesday 6 AM - 1 hour before dusk and Wednesday 6 AM - 3 PM

Reviewed By Curt F

Don't be shocked that this little place is in Sun City. It's one of the best places to eat in Oro Valley. No need to dress up, sit on the patio and enjoy great food and drinks.
The prices were less that I expected for the quality. Really great job. Christopher Sapp
as the GM is world class.

8. Arizona ATV Adventure Tours

13180 N Woosnam Way, Oro Valley, AZ 85755-8513
Excellent
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5 based on 5 reviews

Arizona ATV Adventure Tours

Reviewed By orrdin - Armonk

This was by far the most adventurous ATV tour i have done. And let me warn you - this is not for the faint of heart or people without really good driving skills. The climbs are very challenging at places; the descents are even more challenging. Many places where it is easy to tip over and you are in the middle of NOWHERE with no cellphone coverage and nearest town several hours away. And this is no theoretical issue. The guide told us people flip over on a regular basis. And then there's the rattlesnakes you may encounter on the trail (thankfully we did not) and the whole set of rules of what to do if you meet one.
In terms of the trip itself, Box canyon is fabulous and the drive to it was great. The road back is mostly flat and fast so not much adventure but still fun to drive. So the whole experience is a great adventure but know what you walk in to.

9. Rubs Massage Oro Valley

10580 N La Canada Dr, Suite 100, Oro Valley, AZ 85737-7026 +1 520-544-7827
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Rubs Massage Oro Valley

Whether you are looking for some relaxation, pain relief, refreshing and results-oriented skin care, professional waxing services, or perhaps just a little getaway from your worries, Rubs Massage Studios is the perfect place! We believe in providing services that will not only exceed your expectations on each and every visit, but will ultimately transform your life.

Reviewed By Veteran101st - Oro Valley, Arizona

If you are in the mood for a massage, this is a great place.I am new to the area and decided to give it a try after unpacking for 10 days. Same day reservation and friendly greeting. Price for 1.5 hours about the same as an hour in Michigan. Therapist was very nice and professional. Much relaxed after the massage, could not ask for better. And WAY better deal than resort spas with aastronomical prices. Facility very modern and clean. I will return. And the membership that gives you reduced prices is waived for military and veterans. All good!

10. Tohono Chul

7366 N Paseo Del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704-4415 +1 520-742-6455
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Tohono Chul

Cultivate your appreciation for the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty and the impression it makes on everyone who explores our “Desert Corner”. Here, the seasons inspire wondrous events both in nature and culturally; Tohono Chul celebrates every opening, whether for an internationally known artist or an exquisite cactus flower. Wander the natural desert gardens—escape the noise of everyday. Engage in our sincere passion to evolve “The Desert Corner” as an integral crossroads of nature, art and culture.

Reviewed By mariposa67 - Arroyo Grande, California

This botanical is an easy walk from the Red Lion Inn just of Oracle /St. We got in with free passes from the local Chamber of Commerce. Loved seeing all the cactus especially the barrel cactus that is currently being studied to see how fast...MoreThe Monarch Way Station is really interesting and fun to watch. This is a great time of year to see all species of butterflies flitting about in the gardens. Thank you for visiting Tohono Chul and we hope to see you again soon.

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