What to Expect:
Book Timed Tickets Online in Advance:
Pre-purchased tickets are strongly encouraged and are quick and easy to purchase online at here. Upon arrival, staff will scan your ticket barcode to expedite your entry. Timed tickets allow us to maintain proper physical distancing between groups.
Physical Tour Requirements:
The Biosphere 2 Experience is a self-paced app guided tour that will lead you through the rich history and current research initiatives of this remarkable facility. The Biosphere 2 app should be downloaded prior to arrival in order to get the most out of your visit. The Biosphere 2 Experience will take place both indoors and outdoors. Visitors should be prepared for the following physical requirements:
- 60 to 75-minute tour
- Approximately 100 stairs, both up and down
- 1-mile route to walk
- Varying weather conditions (Biosphere 2 Biomes are maintained as tropical environments, temperature and humidity inside the facility can reach the high 90’s)
- Face masks are required in all indoor spaces of Biosphere 2
It is the policy of Biosphere 2 to remain open during most periods of inclement weather; however, where extraordinary circumstances warrant, due to weather or other unforeseen business interruption, the company reserves the right to cancel the event. Should this occur, your ticket will be valid for an alternate date.
Frequently Asked Questions
We ask that all tickets be purchased in advance of your visit. This allows us to manage occupancy to maintain safe distancing for the safety of our staff and other visitors. We strongly recommend making your reservation ahead of your visit. We cannot guarantee entry for walk in visitors. If you are unable to purchase tickets online or have tickets that were purchased prior to our COVID closure, please call our admissions desk at 520-621-4800.
The Biosphere 2 Experience is an App based tour. The app will be your tour guide during your visit! Please make sure to download the app prior to arrival. Not only does the app contain all your tour content, it also contains some great pre-visit material. Tip- make sure your device is fully charged so you can access all tour content.
The Biosphere 2 Experience Tour Route is approximately 1 mile in length and takes you around the exterior and the interior wilderness areas of Biosphere 2. The Biosphere 2 Technosphere/Lung are currently closed due to our COVID safety measures.
It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and bring bottled water. Bottle fillers are located throughout the facility.
The Biosphere 2 Gift Shop contains a variety of light snacks. The closest full service restaurants are located in the town of Oracle about 7 miles north of Biosphere 2.
We welcome visitors with Service Animals, and you don't need to notify us in advance if you're visiting with a Service Animal. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as Service Animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are, therefore, not permitted without prior approval. For more information visit the University of Arizona’s Service Animal Policy.
Yes. All admission tickets must be presented at the admissions desk to be scanned and verified for entry.
Tickets ordered online will be delivered via email. Once your transaction has finished, you will be given a summary of your order with a link to your e-Ticket. Please be prepared to present it on your phone screen for the barcode to be scanned at the admissions desk.
Photography and videography for noncommercial, personal use is permitted. If you are looking to produce media for commercial purposes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The use of tripods and camera extension poles is prohibited.
The University of Arizona Biosphere 2 welcomes all visitors and strives to make its tours, exhibits and programs accessible to everyone. While much of the Biosphere 2 campus is wheelchair accessible, certain areas of the property are not accessible due the steep terrain and the presence of stairs. The majority of the biomes including the desert, savanna, ocean and rain forest are all accessible by wheelchair or scooter. Our team will work with you to help access the areas open to the public. If you have any questions, please email us at BIO2-INFO@ARIZONA.EDU or call our admissions team at 520-621-4800.
Unfortunately, there is not public transportation available. If you plan to visit Biosphere 2 using a ride share service, we suggest you make plans for departure before arriving.