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“a relaxing and fun day” 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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“a relaxing and fun day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2005

Enjoyed a relaxing day in the springtime sun with the famiuly including a 10 yr old and a 13 yo. Pleasant pace of events with no lines. Kids had fun on the drive your self cars and the mining for gold. A relatively good deal with the all inclusive price of admission. Better than we thought it would be.

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Kansas City, MO
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“NOT worth the price of admission!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2005

Very disappointing. Too high an admission price to walk the streets of a fake town.
Basically a western town "set" for the move Arizona. Unless you have seen a lot of westerns, you really don't know what you are looking at. Most of the buildings & sets are reproductions because there was a huge fire in 1995 that destroyed most of the memorabilia.
There were staged shootouts, a stunt show, a weak saloon show, etc. For the kids there is a train ride, carousel, & petting zoo (which were all Closed when we were there in May 05)

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2005

Went to old Tucson Studios April 2005 with my wife and our 13 year old son. We all thought it was a rip off and our son had only ever heard of the reno train because it was in the film Back to the future. You need to be quite old or seen lots of old cowboy films and have a good imagination to find anything here very interesting. Total waste of money.

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Alpine, California
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“Save your money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2005

We had spent a few days in Tucson and decided to visit the Old Tucson, this is where they made movies in the 60's. It was very high priced. $28.00 for my husband and myself. There were a few buildings, a childish gun fight and a hanging. There were several restaurants, but who wants to pay $28.00 then have to pay for food. We were very disappointed. Save your money it is not worth even $5 each. We spent 45 minutes walking around and did it twice to make sure we didn't miss anything.

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“sorry it was closed and only the gift shop was open with tours from 11am till2pm is it being shut down?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2003

very dissapointed.we were looking forward to going inside especially since last year we were told they were only open on weekends when we arrived on weds. we made it a point to go on saturday .maybe by next year the problems will be solved but we won't go all the way to arizona till we know it's open for business

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