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Old Tucson

201 South Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85735
+1 520-883-0100
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Ranked #27 of 178 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! Have you visited Old Tucson lately? Old Tucson is open daily at 10am thru April. In... more » Owner description: Old Tucson is Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! Have you visited Old Tucson lately? Old Tucson is open daily at 10am thru April. 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, schools on the frontier, 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 1865-1900 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 culturals and heritages at Old Tucson for a living western experience found nowhere else in southern Arizona. Moving us toward the future, the wagon wheel reminds us to honor and celebrate our history, heritage, and diverse cultures. Old Tucson spring special events include Wild West Days and the Cowboy Music Festival (presented in conjuction with the Western Music Association, AZ Chapter. Operating Hours and AZ Resident Discount. Old Tucson invites you to see for yourself the New Old Tucson - Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! Old Tucson is open daily thru April. For a limited time, Old Tucson is offering Arizona residents one free admission with the purchase of a regular priced adult ticket. This buy-one, get-one-free offer requires a valid Arizona ID. One discount per id; cannot not be combined with any other discounts. « less
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Fairfax, Virginia
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185 reviews 185 reviews
163 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We spent 3 days here in Tucson enjoying the sights and this was one of the best. Transport you to the wild west days which was so much fun!

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

They made something pretty lame into a suprising amount of fun that kept a bunch of us entertained for the full visit. Would defiantly reccomend this to all tourists in the area.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

As a kid i remember going here with my father, and now as an adult it is just as magical. even after the fire and rebuild, this place is one of the coolest if you were raised on westerns like myself. They were closed but since my family had a history there making movies they were kind enough to give... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I spent a week at Old Tucson in 1968. We were on a wagon train (authentic style). We got word that the weather was going to turn especially bad. We sent someone ahead to ask if we could camp for a few days, which turned into a week. We camped right in the middle of the High Chaperell set. We... More

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california
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I'm an old movie lover and this was so much fun! The guides (which are free) LOVE what they are doing and have so much knowledge about the movies that it was great. Just remember to wear a hat and loose clothing, it's hot out there! My daughter talked us into taking one of the "old time photos" where you... More

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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We visited with our kids and had a good time. Train ride is fun, the minecart walk thru is fun And the shows are very fun. Only thing is that the food was just ok but the prices were very high in my opinion. We ate at the barbeque restaurant and the bread was hard and the barbeque was dry.... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Yes, it's a movie set, yes Tombstone is the real thing, but when they wanted to film a movie about Tombstone, where did they do it? Old Tucson! Lots of movies and old western T.V.shows were filmed here. The look and feel of the western towns we grew up seeing on film is everywhere here. I just asked my wife... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Old Tucson being in the desert, it's obviously pretty hot there.. But they do have inside shows that you can go to that allow you to cool down. I went with my Uncle and we had lots of fun ! Our favorite show was with the stuntmen, they were funny, and they had a splashzone (which was awesome). There is... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

If you have ANY interest at all about Hollywood and the Old West, this is a MUST stop. From John Wayne to Clint Eastwood, and more stars in between than in our MIlky Way, if you were a star and made a western, you made at least one here. From actual costumes to the first cameras they used, the history... More

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Victoria, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We only touched the surface in a short visit to this old movie studio out in the desert. We didn't have a lot of time but this was a good choice and get a little lost in the feel of the place and the history it represents - both the time it depicts and the movies that were based there.... More

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