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El Presidio Park

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Address: 115 North Church St, West of Pima County Courthouse, Tucson, AZ 85701
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Historic site established in 1775 by Colonel Hugo O'Connor of the Spanish...

Historic site established in 1775 by Colonel Hugo O'Connor of the Spanish Army.

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Great Afternoon Activity

We made our first visit to this place and were amazed at what we experienced. Authentic looking people, living as they did 100 plus years ago. The buildings are period correct... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We made our first visit to this place and were amazed at what we experienced. Authentic looking people, living as they did 100 plus years ago. The buildings are period correct. Interesting how the residents baked bread. The quarters The Soldiers were provided were very interesting. The entire exhibit is well worth the visit. A must see for anyone visiting... More 

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Homedale, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

There are many different historical monuments to see in this area and it allows for a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. It is also a park with a lot of shade to help beat the Tucson heat in the summer. There are also many historical and cultural museums and attractions nearby to make the... More 

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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

This place was awesome! We visited on a living history day and it was amazing. They had a blacksmith which all my 5 boys loved (3 teenagers and 2 younger), a army, women making tortillas and bread. All the way they used to do it. It's a small place but we spent over 2 1/2 hours. It's really a must... More 

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1 Thank travelinthrutowns
Phoenix, Arizona
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84 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

Surrounded by modern buildings sits the remnants of an ancient fort. A true look at how far we have come from such difficult times. We had a very knowledgeable guide that gave a great view of how people lived 200+ years ago.

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Salt_Lake
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 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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1 Thank Frequent_Trav
Syracuse, New York
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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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3 Thank Dean O
Toronto
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 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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1 Thank Runcible1
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

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
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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Tucson
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53 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 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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