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“Interesting” 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2006

This was interesting to visit, especially the history of the old westerns and the old tv shows. The guide gave an informative tour. The admission price is steep at $15.00, I probably would not go again. The place was pretty deserted when we were there.

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“An Enjoyable Afternoon”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2006

I write this as a western movie buff. First off, my visit was during a very hot summer day. A lot of the attractions were closed maybe because of this or because it was a week day. There were only about 50 cars in the parking lot . However the guided tour of the sets by an enthusiastic guide giving us the low down on all the movies I have grown to love was a highlight. I also wandered the sets alone (and I mean alone!) just absorbing the atmosphere. The entertainment including the gunfight was a little lame but if you get into the spirit of the thing it's ok. $15 entrance fee might be a bit high for limited attractions but for me it was a "oncer" and I am glad I went.

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Blacklick, Ohio
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“Enjoyable Day”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2006

Was an enjoyable day to take my mother along with us. She had been to Tucson many times, but never visited Old Tucson Studios. Some entertaining shows. Good history thanks to tour guide. Thought the $14.95 per person was a bit much. Other than that, we enjoyed the afternoon.

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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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“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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