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Old Tucson

201 South Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85735
+1 520-883-0100
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Ranked #19 of 122 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Specialty Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Amusement Parks
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...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Attraction details
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Specialty Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Amusement Parks
Activities: Horseback riding, Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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!
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Sounds like it was just okay. Could you say more? Tombstone is more fun, and its free to walk Allen street.

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

Old Tucson provides a western experience like no other. Just a stroll down the dusty dirt streets transports you to an old west town with deep roots in Arizona film history. The original sets were built in 1939 by Columbia Pictures for the movie "Arizona" starring Jean Arthur and very young newcomer, William Holden. The original sets were made of... More 

Oro Valley, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

It is a piece of history with a bit of travel to get to, but great to say you visited. A good assortment of things to do with some generally good entertainment going on. Can be a bit too laid back though. As if their income was satisfied with folks just walking aroung in the heat endlessly. We found that... More 

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Management response:

James, thank you for your review of Old Tucson. As you say, it is a bit off the beaten path (as any good Old West town should be) nestled at the base of the Tucson Mountains in a preserved desert environment. We would like to invite you back when the weather is more conducive to outdoor activities to enjoy the... More 

Tucson, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Just as advertised, not too crowded on weeknight. Authentic costumes but acting could be improved

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

The whole family enjoyed the park. It was VERY hot (try to go early spring or winter) but all of the shops and attractions were cooled. The reenactments were a lot of fun. Don't miss the showgirls! Even the kids loved them! Even though they served alcohol, it was very family friendly. I'd love to go again when the weather... More 

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Colorado
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Old Tucson movie studio is where the greatest westerns movies where filmed. John Wayne made many movies here. As a matter of fact at one point the owner decided to pave the streets. John Wayne told the owner he would never film there again unless they removed the payment, so they did. You can see a number of western shows... More 

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Just to see where all those westerns were shot is a dream come true.

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

I would recommend getting there early. It can get hot in the afternoon, depending on the year you go. Wear comfortable closed shoes. Wear a hat if you have one. Very dusty. Great Atomosphere for kids and lots to look at. I would get a brochure when being admitted into the park for the show times of the famous live... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

We wanted to see this attraction since we read about it before our trip to Arizona and it sounded like a great place to see but when we got there it was closed. We were very disappointed. We visited the Sonora Desert Museum, which is close by, and the people there told us that this attraction may be closed for... More 

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Laughlin, Nevada
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33 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

we went there on a friday and it was so much fun with the shows and attractions the food was a little expensive and the beer was also but worth the price of admission to walk the streets john wayne did and see all the familiar place from the movies . we went to tombstone the next weekend both are... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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89 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

The Old Tucson Studios were just really fun. We spent several hours there and could have spent more time, but it was closing in the evening. Many old buildings, parts of old movie scenes. Lots of John Wayne through the whole place, some of "Little House on the Prairie", "The Ponderosa with Hoss and Little Joe", parts of the set... More 

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