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“Good time, good shows. But over priced.” 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 #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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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“Good time, good shows. But over priced.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We visited with our kids and had
a good time. Train ride is fun, the minecart walk thru is fun And the shows are very fun. Only thing is that the food was just ok but the prices were very high in my opinion. We ate at the barbeque restaurant and the bread was hard and the barbeque was dry. We still managed to have a good time and will maybe visit in the future. If you go make sure to go early to catchbthe shows and so it is not as hot. Umbrella and suncreen definitely recommended oh and bring your own sealed bottled water. Will save you money!

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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“I Know it's a Movie Set”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Yes, it's a movie set, yes Tombstone is the real thing, but when they wanted to film a movie about Tombstone, where did they do it? Old Tucson! Lots of movies and old western T.V.shows were filmed here. The look and feel of the western towns we grew up seeing on film is everywhere here. I just asked my wife if she liked it too and she said yes. So it's unanimous, you have to go!

Visited May 2014
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Fun for everyone !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Old Tucson being in the desert, it's obviously pretty hot there.. But they do have inside shows that you can go to that allow you to cool down. I went with my Uncle and we had lots of fun ! Our favorite show was with the stuntmen, they were funny, and they had a splashzone (which was awesome). There is a little train that goes around the whole town, and it's really fun to take, you're able to see things that are not accessible on foot. We also went and took an old western photo, and that was fun too ! The employees there are very nice.

Visited May 2014
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Like Stepping Back in Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

If you have ANY interest at all about Hollywood and the Old West, this is a MUST stop. From John Wayne to Clint Eastwood, and more stars in between than in our MIlky Way, if you were a star and made a western, you made at least one here. From actual costumes to the first cameras they used, the history present in this attraction is epic. Wander around, catch a show in the Shady Lady, lots of things to do and see.

Visited May 2014
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“Glad we went.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We only touched the surface in a short visit to this old movie studio out in the desert. We didn't have a lot of time but this was a good choice and get a little lost in the feel of the place and the history it represents - both the time it depicts and the movies that were based there. The drive through the cactus covered landscape was an event in itself. The saloon is quite authentic and something to see, as well as the steam locomotive, the stagecoach, the church and the blacksmith shop. And if you have a memory for cinema and television westerns, you can let your imagination give you some fun.

Visited May 2014
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