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“Old Tucson” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old Tucson

Old Tucson
201 South Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85735
+1 520-883-0100
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Ranked #19 of 122 Attractions in Tucson
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Specialty Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Amusement Parks
Activities: Horseback riding, Group tours/walking tour
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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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“Old Tucson”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is where some movies were made many TV shows It might interest some people and children enjoy seeing some of the re enactments that is staged for shows. It can be a lot of fun If windy it can get dusty. It is some place you might like to visit especially if you go to the Desert Museum They are close to each other.

Visited April 2013
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“Old Tucson Studios”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

It's a re-creation of an old western town complete with a street gunfight and an old saloon. There is also a narrow gauge train that circles the entire site. It's a fun place to go with lots of action.

Visited August 2012
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“A great old movie studio”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a fun experience with young children. See gunfights and cowboys falling off roofs.
Take a horseback ride through breathtaking scenery seen in old westerns. Fun shops and food.
A little expensive but worth it. Book your horseback ride in advance if you can.

Visited March 2013
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“A TRIP BACK IN CINEMA TIME”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Old Tucson is located just past the Sonoran Desert Museum and makes an excellent combined visit. It's a combination of theme park and working movie set/studio. Summer and winter hours vary. The studio proudly boasts hosting many John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and cowboy stars galore for nearly a half century. Seeing the old sets and posters and photos of Rio Grande, the Alamo etc. is fascinating. The theme park is a western playground for the whole family. Children can mine for gold and watch actors portray a roof top gun battle. The big indoor saloon has shows mimicking the rollicking days of the west complete with popcorn, adult beverages, song and dance. It's a one of a kind place. Well worth the trip.

Visited March 2013
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“Younger Children Will Like It”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Once a major site for filming western movies and television shows, now an amusement attraction. Features gun fights, horse back riding, the old west saloon and town buildings, cowboys and cowgirls, food and drink. Generally a good time and a look at how this country was in the days of the early west.

Visited September 2012
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