When you come to Boot Hill, you really have to appreciate it for what it is. In North Carolina, we had a similar place called Tweetsie Railroad. Is it cheesy? Yes. Is it hyped up? Yes. Is it fun? Yes. Just accept that you are going to a Disney-esque replica of the Old West and you will be fine. I appreciated the museum. It had a plethora of information about the Old West days and they have a multitude of special exhibits on the Native Americans and how they were treated by the settlers. I have enough Cherokee in my blood count it, but not enough to get the benefits, so it was especially good for me to see that they did pay tribute to a culture that was decimated by the Old West. The museum, I found to be fascinating. The graveyard was cute and, although it was moved, you could appreciate the burial ground and its significance in the town if you read the placards in the museum. In the town, they have an old saloon where you can buy beer or sarsaparilla (it is root beer, for those of you who are like me and don't like root beer... don't let them trick you). My husband loved the old time saloon and getting a drink at the bar and was deputized by the bartender (not just for kids!). The rest of the town has more museum areas, a small antique shop, a cafe, and the old time picture studio. We had our portrait done (a request by my husband) and the people were very nice and the quality of the photos was good. There are other outbuildings that have exhibits in them, as well, if you continue down the path through "town". Allegedly, the gunfighters are world-famous. It is what you have seen on TV if you ever watched westerns - cap guns and stage fighting. However, it is entertaining, especially for kids or kids-at-heart. The gift shop has a lot of souvenirs, if you are looking for a memento. We stayed for the show at night and found it to be entertaining, except for the high school-aged "saloon girls" who let older men take garters off their legs for $3. That was awkward. Other than that, it was entertaining enough for the price and really is part of the experience. It wasn't broadway or even off-broadway quality, but you go to Boot Hill for the wild west experience. The only downside is that they have a dinner before the show and were unable to accommodate my food allergies, so we ended up going elsewhere in town (where I had an anaphylactic reaction to soy that they claimed wasn't in the food until I emailed corporate... but that is another story... be VERY careful in Dodge City if you have food allergies!). So, that was unfortunate. But, other than that, it was not too expensive for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will keep you and your family entertained for several hours. I have to admit that I was drugged out of my mind on benedryl during the show, so it may have seemed better to me than it actually was. But, it was worth it. If you go, stay at the Boot Hill B&B... good access, good breakfast, and good hospitality.
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