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“A Must See” 5 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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Tulsa, Ok
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“A Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2010

If you enjoyed the old westerns you must visit the Old Tucson Studios. There were numerous movies shot at this location. It is clean, well kept and the staff does a great job. The skits are entertaining and the BBQ and ice cream are really good, but the "must do" while there is the "Historic Guided Tour", without this tour you can not appreciate everything you are seeing. The guide was wonderful, so informative, in fact everyone there seems to love what they do. It is a must for all western movie fans.

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“Old Tucson studios ~ February 2010”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2010

We visited on a Monday and it was open , all of it. It was a bit over priced but I'll tell you my 50 something husband was big eyed and like a kid in a candy store. Have grown up when he did westerns were everything to him especially John Wayne. I enjoyed it too although the weather was not great..I know we would have had More fun on a warmer day . All in all if you are expecting them to actually be filming a movie I can see where you might be disappointed. It is exactly what I thought it would be -- all movie making is, is fantasy it is not going to look like a real town. The stories were great too, The guide is wonderful!
It was fun.

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“You really need to enjoy Western type movies to appreciate this place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2010

It was neat for my 9 year old to see a western type town. The tour was good, the comedy show and stunt show were also entertaining. The tour leader only told us about what movie, what actor and what year every movie was made there. Not much else. The working stage coach was neat. If it was warmer we may have gone horse back riding. It's kind of fun to see for a few hours.

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“Fun afternoon with the family”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2009

It was over priced, the food options were expensive and limited but it was a good time. Our five year old loved the rides and the shows. I even found myself laughing a bit. Mostly I enjoyed watching my daughter have a great time. A recommendation would be to take your time to enjoy the beautiful drive through Gates Pass.

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Varennes, Qc, Canada
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“O.K. but too expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2009

I think that 17$ for that was too expensive. We went to the Sonora Desert Museum before and it was much better and cheeper.

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