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“A trip to Spanish Tucson” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Presidio San Agustin del Tucson

Presidio San Agustin del Tucson
Court Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85702-1334
520-837-8119
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Ranked #41 of 162 Attractions in Tucson
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
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Owner description: Live History at the Presidio San Agustin! Tucson's original Spanish Presidio was founded in 1775 and is located in the heart of Tucson's Old Town. This reconstruction on the original site shows what life was like in early Tucson in the 1700's and 1800's and is FREE. Museum exhibits tell about the activities of early settlers and show how they would have lived. Docents are available to answer questions. On given days Living History interpreters in period clothing bring life inside the walls of the fort as they churn butter, weave, forge iron and perform soldier drills. An original Sonoran row house from Arizona's Territorial period house the gift shop and Museum. Donations are appreciated.
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“A trip to Spanish Tucson”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Living history re creates life at the Spanish Presidio of San Agustin del Tucson, circa 1780. A real look into the past with a reconstructed section of the fort. Not to be missed

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“indians, conquistadors and all!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

this is a great place to go to meet docents who love their job and will give you a history lesson and idea of what life was really like in 1700's arizona. indians, conquistadors and all! i really love this place because it's FREE! other things within walking distance are the "old town artisan's shop & restaurant" and el charro historic restaurant. not much else, so it will just take 1/4 of your day in tucson. "artisan's" is a great place to window shop....but too expensive to buy, in my opinion.

Visited February 2013
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“If you feel like being lost for an hour or two, take The Presidio Trail Historical Walking Tour!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

My family and I decided to do The Presidio Trail, a historical walking tour of Downtown Tucson. We've been going to Tucson for years, but had never actually been downtown. We found a brochure at the airport for the self-guided tour, which starts at the Presidio.

First of all, even though there is a map and street signs pointing this way to Presidio, we had a heck of a time even finding it. There is a painted blue line on the sidewalk that is supposed to guide you to each of the 23 sites around town. We watched for these sites and even though we followed the path, we completely missed about half of them. Then there are other sites that are not on the path, but are listed on the map, with no markers to indicate how to get to them. At several points the blue line left us completely baffled as it seemed to go in divergent directions.

Part of the tour takes you through a somewhat sketchy neighborhood and it also takes you right up to the elementary school. The information plaque there is right up at the front door. I don't recommend going up to read it unless you want some dirty looks from the parents.

All the museums and the Presidio are closed on Mondays, FYI. The one cool thing we found was the colorful flowered amphitheater outside St. Augustine Cathedral. But the cathedral is one of those sites not directly on the blue line. We just saw a big building and decided to check it out. The courthouse is also quite striking and there are some really nice fountains near the Visitors Center.

If you want to explore Downtown Tucson, just wander around. You'll probably find more than we did with a map.

Visited January 2012
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