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Review of Old Tucson

Old Tucson
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US$15.00*
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US$41.00*
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Ranked #18 of 306 things to do in Tucson
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Old Tucson is Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! Southern Arizona's one-of-a-kind Wild West attraction features live action stunt shows, musicals and live entertainment, vintage rides for the kids and special events throughout the season. Step back in time as you make your way through town, walking the same streets made famous by movie legends such as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Elizabeth Taylor, Steve Martin, Sharon Stone and more! Home to more than 400 films and commercial productions, Old Tucson remains the region's premier film location. Experience the diversity of our Native American and other cultural ancestry through our living history programs celebrating life in the Arizona Sonora Desert region during Arizona's Territorial Period.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 29 April 2014

The oldtucson.com website says that the work schedule is every day to the end of April. And only starting from the month of May the schedule switches to three days a week schedule: Fri, Sat and Sun. However I still called to verify before driving there on April 28th. And the automated voice message system says that it was open. So I got it confirmed from the website and over the phone, and it took us to drive 1 hour there from the other part of Tucson just to find that it was closed.

It only tells me one thing: they do not care about people visiting them.

4  Thank alex_sj_ca
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

According to their website, old tucson is open daily. They are not. They are open only weekends. We were on a planned 8 day trip around Arizona and New Mexico culminating at old tucson. Upon arriving at old Tucson finding it closed we went into the gift shop which was open. The person said we should have scanned down and found the calendar. Here is a quote from the website"Old Tucson’s 75th Anniversary Season is Open!
Old Tucson is open daily thru April! January operating hours are 10am to 5pm. February, March, and April operating hours at 10am to 6pm. May operating hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm. For detailed operating days/hours and upcoming events, please see the calendar on our Visit Us page."
This place does not deserve an award from trip advisor. So disappointed

3  Thank dee dee l
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We found this attraction to be a great change of pace. Having done all of the Disney parks, Universal, water parks, and Busch gardens we wanted to just see something different. The staff was friendly, prices were great and our 8 y/o enjoyed the day. I saw people walking around looking annoyed and even walking out of shows mid way though. In a crowd of 20-30 people I felt it extremely rude to get up and walk out. This is not Disney! There is not that generic high energy level style of entertainment. These cast members are playing the roles and putting on a more unique performance. We had a fun day at Old Tucson and were pleasantly surprised by the attraction. The staff were so friendly and would casually chat at every place we stopped. As a family we got to enjoy each-others company while walking around and didn't feel shoved through the park like cattle such as at larger places. Our only disappointment was eating lunch at the BBQ place, the food was super bland.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

As a native, I remember what Old Tucson was like before the fire that destroyed 40% of it, but it is still a nice place to take the kids and learn something of what life was like in Arizona in the 1800's. Take your camera and photograph some of the old buildings, many of which are adobe and remain from the original 1939 movie set. It is a bit pricey, but is worth it if you spend considerable time poking around. It is an active movie set so you could run into a movie star ot two, as the ghosts of John Wayne, Dean Martin, Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster still inhabit the grounds.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

If you've ever watched any western movies, you've seen this place before. It's been in too many films to list. Located a short and very beautiful drive outside of Tucson, this attraction is a must visit when in the area. Built in 1939 by Columbia Studios for the movie Arizona,a portion of the studio burnt down in 1985 after being used for filming Tombstone. Don't let that deter you from visiting as there is still a lot to see. There are several stunt and stage shows. We enjoyed the dancing girls in the saloon show and the walking tour of town. It was hot on the day we went but getting there early did help a bit. We went to Old Tucson in the morning and then to the nearby Desert Museum afterward and it was too much for one day. There was too much to see at both locations, if you can, give yourself more time at each.

Thank ragsdad
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