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“let's play the cowboys!” 3 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 #27 of 177 attractions in Tucson
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Specialty Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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! Have you visited Old Tucson lately? Old Tucson is open daily at 10am thru April. 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, schools on the frontier, 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 1865-1900 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 culturals and heritages at Old Tucson for a living western experience found nowhere else in southern Arizona. Moving us toward the future, the wagon wheel reminds us to honor and celebrate our history, heritage, and diverse cultures. Old Tucson spring special events include Wild West Days and the Cowboy Music Festival (presented in conjuction with the Western Music Association, AZ Chapter. Operating Hours and AZ Resident Discount. Old Tucson invites you to see for yourself the New Old Tucson - Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! Old Tucson is open daily thru April. For a limited time, Old Tucson is offering Arizona residents one free admission with the purchase of a regular priced adult ticket. This buy-one, get-one-free offer requires a valid Arizona ID. One discount per id; cannot not be combined with any other discounts.
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“let's play the cowboys!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

had fun while travelling in Arizona in this place and had luck to meet Janes Arness (Uncle Zeb McCain in TV How the West Was Won); nice place to watch reenaction of classical western sequences and have fun with family; good visit among other planning on your route through the West

Visited October 2012
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“The Train Reno”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

My Family and I have been to Old Tucson more than a handful of times and still counting but everytime I see the old locomotive Train The Reno It really makes me sick to see her in the condition shes in, With her history she carries and looking the way she does somebody needs to be fired

Visited July 2013
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“Trip back in Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

This was a trip back to our collective childhoods. The guide was very informative, approachable, knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. All of the cast where excellent. They obviously love what they are doing. They made the day perfect for us. I thought the last show (excerpt form Quick N Dead) highly entertaining/amusing. It was a great way to spend a day back in time to the old West and to my childhood. Good fun.

Visited February 2013
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“Not impressed with Old Tucson”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

It is now so commercialized, it's not even fun. I suppose tourists would get a big kick out of it. I remember the old days when you could walk in & walk around, all for free. It was the real Old Tucson back in those days. It IS quite a tourist attraction though.

Visited September 2012
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0ld_Tucson, Manager at Old Tucson, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
We are sorry that did not enjoy your visit. It seems it had been some time since you visited - probably prior to the hey-days of Old Tucson's movie career. Hopefully (in addition to movie history tours, live shows, and gunfights), you had a chance to learn about life in the real Old West with living history presentations that speak to Southeastern Arizona's history - with subjects like "Sheriffs in the Old West," and "History of the Stagecoach" (among others) that are designed to contrast actual Old West life with what was portrayed in movies as well as the native village - a replica of 1880's Tohono O'odham style dwellings. In addition, Old Tucson also presents a series of special events that celebrate the history, heritage and cultures that contributed to the Tucson we know today. These events include (among others) the Heritage & Harvest Festival, celebrating local heritage and culture; Shoot Out at the Chaparral, celebrating our Western film heritage; Wild West Days celebrating the diverse cultures of our region from Buffalo Soldiers to Cowboys to Native Americans and others; and the Cowboy Music Festival celebrating historical and contemporary musical traditions. We hope you'll visit again soon!
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“BEWARE: Closed until Oct!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I visited Old Tuscon Studios in 1999. I really enjoyed it. I was hoping during my next visit to AZ in about two that I could return. I am so grateful that I decided to look at the website and discovered that they are closed. Now that would have been a Clark Griswold moment for sure. Lol. I am not sure why they would be closed now, the last time that I was there was in June. From reading some of the write ups it seems like they don't operate on a full time basis. Oh well, maybe next time. If you do get the opportunity to go when they are open it is something to see. Especially if thats your kind of thing. I found it fun to see where some shows/movies that I grew up watching were actually filmed. There was a fire there many years ago (1995 I think) and a lot of memoribilia was destroyed.

Visited June 2013
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