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Old Tucson

201 South Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85735
+1 520-883-0100
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Ranked #27 of 177 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Specialty Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Horseback riding, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Old Tucson is Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! Please note: Old Tucson is closed for the season and will re-open on October 4, 2014. In... more » Owner description: Old Tucson is Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! Please note: Old Tucson is closed for the season and will re-open on October 4, 2014. In addition to the old movie sets and memorabilia of its rich Western film history, Old Tucson is now the premier attraction in the Southwest to experience what life in the Old West was really like. Heritage Square contains 12 new movie quality sets and 3 new streets in the "town square." The design of the new building sets was led by Gene Rudolf a credited Art Director for many movies including Young Guns II, The Great Gatsby, The Right Stuff, and many more. Recent additions are the Native American Village and Living History Program. Just a stroll down the street is an adventure as you learn about the perils of cross-country travel via stagecoach, the demands of life as a sheriff in a Wild West town, and other topics discussed throughout the town. Old Tucson Living History programs are designed to be entertaining yet educational. Our goal is to create the atmosphere of a western town circa 1853 to 1912 that lets guests step back in time. Old Tucson has adopted a new logo to represent its expanded focus on Old West history, heritage, and culture in addition to its storied film history and world-famous entertainment. This broadening of scope is represented by the iconic wagon wheel, symbolic of the great westward movement of settlers to the southwest in the 1800s by wagon train. The seven spokes of the wheel represent the strong cultural and historic groups that made significant contributions to Tucson's rich heritage: Native Americans, Spanish Colonials, Mexicans, Western Cowboys, Ranchers, Chinese, and African-Americans. The seven spokes join at the wheel's hub (the location of the Old Tucson name), representing the synergistic joining of cultures and heritages at Old Tucson for a living western experience found nowhere else. Moving us toward the future, the wagon wheel reminds us to honor and celebrate our history, heritage, and diverse cultures. Old Tucson - Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! « less
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San Diego, California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
29 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

If you're a western buff and in the area, this attraction is definitely worth a visit. We were there in early October and it was the first weekend the park was open, and it was hot and nearly empty. However we had an amazing time filming our own videos in the Western towns/sets on our iPhones, making mini movies, filming... More

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Charlton, Massachusetts
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9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The 'town' is fantastic... but the workers make it such. They are very helpful, well-informed and kind. If you go, take the tour, you learn a lot that is not mentioned elsewhere. Highly recommend if any in your group/family like western films.

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Glide, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

They just opend back up so we stopped in there . They are all set up for halloween but not a lot during the day . We love to see the dancers but that was even off.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We visited in October just after reopening. Some buildings were blocked off because of the Nightfall Halloween attraction. Gives you a real feel of an old western town. Interesting to see the movies that were filmed there and the stars that had performed on the streets. I feel the admission price was a little high ($17.95) for what you got.... More

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Tried to visit this place in September 2014 but found that it closes for the summer! Just too hot I suppose, re-opens early October, not the only Tucson attraction to do this, so if you're going that way check before you travel....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time, horse back riding a must. Feels like you are in the old west....staff we also great. Can't wait to come back...great history of moving too

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is a really cool place to visit if you're into movies or old west type stuff. Quite a bit to look at and its interesting to look at sets that movies have been filmed at. Lots of photo ops. We had fun, but went in summertime and it was hot as its Arizona! Make sure to bring water or... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Just to advise all travellers this attraction is not open till October !!!! We had a totally wasted trip, all the information leaflets failed to mention it was closed summer WHY !!!! Really annoyed.

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0ld_Tucson, Manager at Old Tucson, responded to this review

Old Tucson is sorry to have missed your visit and to learn of your disappointment, Nikki. We are concerned with the impact of the excessive heat on our ability to provide a full experience for visitors and made the difficult decision to close during summer. Currently, our calendar also includes "shoulder season" operations in October, November, December and May with... More

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is exactly as the name implies, Old. But in this case it's a good thing because you'll get a real feel for the Old West when you visit. The folks working there are genuinely friendly and glad to answer your questions. Give it a try, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My wife and I drove the fair distance out to see old Tucson from the Phoenix area only to find that it is closed in the summer months. There are all kinds of fliers advertising this area but none will tell you that it is only operational seasonally. We were able to look through the gates somewhat and what we... More

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