For just a little more than the cost of taking your family to the movies, you can have a full day's worth of excitement and fun at Wild West City! This place provides wholesome, educational, good old fashioned entertainment.
It had been almost three decades since my first visit , and I was ecstatic to discover that Wild West City was still in business! I planned a day trip there with my husband, his adult daughter, my sister, and her three children - aged 11, 14 and 17. My nieces and nephew had been there as small children, so we were all excited to relive memories!
For less than you would spend to go to a large, franchised amusement park, Wild West City offers non-stop live entertainment. There are approximately 20 live action shows daily in the center of a recreated old West town. The park opens at 11am, and closes at 6pm, and there is something to do or see for the duration of your visit. In addition to the shows, there is a petting zoo (free!), panning for gold (free!), miniature golf ($3.00 p/p), pony rides for the little ones ($3.00 p/p), a train ride ($3.00 p/p), a stagecoach ride ($3.00 p/p), an arcade, four restaurants (two saloons, an ice cream parlour and a pizza stand), live music at one of the saloons, roping and bullwhip demonstrations, a photo booth which offers fancy dress costumes for old time photos (additonal fee). Most of the buildings that comprise the "town" are also mini museums - a jail, a sheriff's office, a blacksmith, a dress shop, a post office, &c. Basically, there is NO WAY to get bored here!
I was incredibly impressed with my return visit to Wild West City. I loved it as a kid, and I loved it even more as an adult! The place is well maintained, the animals all appear to be well taken care of, and the actors are great - when walking around between shows, they all had a "Howdy, sir" or "Hello, ma'm" for us, and were happy to pose for pictures.
The docent at the one-room schoolhouse is happy to take you back in time and give you a true idea of what early education was like. The trapper at the Mountain Man camp is a hilarious old coot, ready with a joke or a bit of knowledge - you will swear the guy lives at his camp full time once you've met him!! Even the train "engineer" went the extra mile - he noticed my nephew was wearing a Ford ballcap, and after the ride, he opened up the hood and explained to my nephew how the Ford engine powered the train...little things like that abound at Wild West City, and were truly appreciated.
As for pricing - admission as of this writing is $13.50 for adults, and $12.50 for kids under 12. This includes all of the shows, which happen about every 15 minutes! Two of the shows are audience participation - all the kids get deputized and are given free sheriff's badges. The shows cleverly educate while entertaining - they create a historical sense of what it was like in the Old West, while drawing the audience in as part of the action. Kids are encouraged to, well, just be kids here - running around, playing make believe, getting dirty and having a great time. There are extra costs - but they are minimal - for example, buying feed at the petting zoo was only 50 cents!!!
Another point I want to make about Wild West city is that they do NOT price gauge, which is refreshing. Besides the restaurants being reasonably priced - lunch for three adults came to $22.00 - they have a large picnic area, where you can bring your own food and drinks from home. How many theme parks allow outside food/beverages on the premises anymore??? That to me was a wonderful option for families to keep costs down. The gift shops were not expensive either, most items were under $10.00 - I even saw Tony Lama children's boots for only $45.00! What was really nice was during the part of the show where the kids round up the stagecoach bandits is that there is an announcement for the kids to get their guns loaded - either their cap guns or their finger guns (you know - making a "gun" with your index finger and your thumb!). This kept ALL of the kids included, without pushing the parents to have to go and buy a toy at the gift shop. How many other places would NOT make you feel obligated to get your wallet out?? It was lovely to see a place more focused on expanding a kids imagination than on commercialism.
I love that Wild West City has been around for over 50 years. I hope it is still going strong in another 50. It is rare to find a family run business that still cares about families, and that impressed me. Grab your kids, your grandkids, borrow your friend's kids, or even go without kids, hehe - you will have an experience that you will remember for a lifetime!!
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