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El Presidio Park

115 North Church St, West of Pima County Courthouse, Tucson, AZ 85701 (El Presidio)
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Ranked #52 of 176 attractions in Tucson
Type: Parks, Historic Sites
Activities: Picnicking, Hiking
Description: Historic site established in 1775 by Colonel Hugo O'Connor of the Spanish Army.
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77 reviews 77 reviews
34 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

It was a great place to stop by and learn quickly about the history of the people who settled Tuscon. It's also located close to the art museum and Old Artisans if you want to visit a few other attractions near there.

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Syracuse, New York
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24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I think my biggest disappointment was hoping to see the fort and all you see is rocks where the fort used to be. Not ruins, rocks that someone place to show the outline. However, there are still some sites to see here.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Hidden away, but well worth finding. Gives a good sense of what life must have been like in the early days.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

A first rate look at Tucson's Spanish past at the reconstructed corner of the original Presidio or fort. Colorful re-enactments by Spanish soldiers of the 18th century and arts and crafts of the period.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We had no idea that we would learn so much about the founding of Tucson and the changes in its early beginnings. The walking tour is not to be missed and this is one of the major highlights and being adjacent to the Old Tucson Artist village is an added bonus.

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
43 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

The reenactments and the people who told about life in the days when El Presido Park was inhabited was very interesting. My grandsons thoroughly enjoyed it when the cannon was shot off!

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Tempe, Arizona
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27 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

I had never been to this tiny gem of a park! I had heard about El Tiradito before and I had to visit. It's a beautiful, serene place for folks to pray and wish for healing for their broken heart. It's easy to miss, but VERY worth the visit! Be sure to write your hopes and prayers on a paper... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2011

After living in Tucson, Arizona over 20 years, my wife and I stumbled into a very neat little piece of history. While attending to business downtown in the government offices, we were headed back to our vehicle parked in the Lohse YMCA parking facility on Alameda Street. As we looked to cross the street (Church Ave) we noticed a walkway... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2009

We walked to the Presidio area from where we were staying at Hotel Arizona. It was very hot so the cool shady garden that the cafe is set in was nice. There are also artisan shops surrounding the area with quality art and craft. It is definitely worth visiting while in Tucson.

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Tucson, Arizona
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2008

We had a chance to visit the Presidio during their living history event in February. Having been very active in colonial living history back east, I was eager to see what they were doing out here for the same time period. The Presidio is the oldest part of Tucson and is located downtown. Only a small portion remains among the... More

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