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2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2581
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Ranked #15 of 35 Restaurants in Benson
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Description: It is 17 miles east of Benson and about 40 miles east of Tucson on Interstate 10 (Exit 322). Look around the spacious gift shop and purchase a few gifts, a couple of pieces of Indian Handmade or gold jewelry, some pottery, or one of the many other items available at this location. Do your shopping before you tour the museum and look for The Thing. Because afterwards you will probably want to compose yourself and just sit awhile sipping a cold soda or try to calm your nerves by scarfing up an Ultimate Burger or shoveling down a cold DQ Blizzard at the Dairy Queen located right next door. This location also offers self-serve Shell fuel with 24 hr. Pay at the pump service.
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English first
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

It is a road-side tourist trap reminiscent of the old "Freak Shows". Totally worth the money. Which is 2 bucks, so you aren't out anything. The gift shop there is GRRRRREAT! LOTS of souvenirs and unlike most tourist stops, VERY reasonably priced.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We didn't go in to see what the "Thing" was really all about, just stopped for a bathroom break and refreshments.

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Phoenix, Arizona
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

You've got to see it! The mystery of the desert. As good as a buck can be spent. Shocking... Spellbinding... Pleasant dreams!

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El Paso, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The Thing is a southern AZ landmark that should be on your list to do at least once. Admittedly, it's cheesy and hokey, but good wholesome fun. And you can get some DQ treats at the same time!

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Top Contributor
254 reviews 254 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Saw the signs all the way from las cruces and let them draw us in when we finally reached the roadside attraction. Ok, this isnt the Smithsonian, but it will break up your drive to Tuscon. The thing is as shown on other searches, a sort of mummy that is well, i dunno, you tell me. Enjoy the mystery!

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Dundas, Ontario
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85 reviews 85 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
227 helpful votes 227 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We simply stopped for a Dairy Queen. Clean and friendly. There was a nice selection of jewelry in the adjacent gift shop and the staff were friendly. Gas was higher than off the highway but this is to be expected. Did not pay to see the thing. Would not pay to see anyone's thing as a matter of fact.

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Tucson, Arizona
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164 reviews 164 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Hitler At Bowlins? You’ve Got To Be Pulling My Leg! We stopped at the four Bowlins stores on I-10 in New Mexico. They advertised “The Thing” at exit 322 in Arizona. As a lead up at the Butterfield Stage stop on the way from Deming to Lordsburg they had a mannequin in an old car. It was supposed to be... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

When Traveling down I 10 into Willcox there are many billboards advertising, "The Thing" You can get gas, visit Dairy Queen, and buy reasonable trinkets and t-shirts. You can pay a small fee to see "The Thing". Not worth the small fee to see, but you should see it once. What is it? I will let you see it for... More 

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Benson, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Strictly a tourist trap, wall to wall souvenirs, but worth a trip to see The Thing. It's a small entry fee, and a lot of very interesting items to see along the journey. I recommend it to all my visitors.

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Elfrida, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

This place has a ton of neat souvenir type stuff to look at and the DQ is great.

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Address: 2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
Phone Number: +1 520-586-2581
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Benson

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