Old Tucson Studios, Tucson
Although I have been to Tucson twice, I did not visit this either time, mainly because a friend who lived there when I fist went said it was a complete tourist rip off. OK I have to say, after talking to some who have been there, I would say if you have kids they would probably have a great time at Old Tucson. Be aware, however, that it is not really Old Tucson. This is a Hollywood version of Old Tucson. Originally this was a movie studio built in 1939, and you could see the sets of some popular old TV programs such as Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, as well as a number of movies. Unfortunately some arson set the studio on fire in 1995 and over 40 percent of the studio was burned. It has been rebuilt, but the original items are lost forever. It does have a lot of activities geared for children, and others such as enacted gunfights, live entertainment, and for an extra price trail and stagecoach rides. But be aware that this is not real, just a place for fun. If you decide to go, in 2004 the price was $14.95 for Adults and $9.00 for Children ages 4 to 11, free for those under age 3.
Unique Suggestions: Go for a day of fun, forget about the real west.
Fun Alternatives: This is located in the same area as the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a place that adults and children can enjoy together, and even maybe learn something while having fun. OK no rides, no fake western shows, but this is a lot more real.
advertised as a "theme park" and "hollywood in the west", this overpriced attraction has little to offer. Yes, this is the location where numerous westerns were filmed, but there's little to do here. There's a walking tour of a mine, a few shows and the usual array of shops. Its not worth the $14.95 admission
Fun Alternatives: check out the Sonora desert museum, which is right down the street. Its less expensive and you'll get twice the value out of both your time and money.
Old Tucson is really new Old Tucson since the fire but I did enjoy it. .