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Wild West Fun at Old Tucson

We had a blast checking out Old Tucson, located outside the town of Tucson, where there were rides, amazing BBQ, shows, and more!

We recently visited Old Tucson, a living history museum here in Arizona, and it was a blast from the start! We grabbed a map and show schedule upon arrival, eager to dive into everything this Wild West town had to offer.

First up was a fascinating mine tour. We learned all about the history of mining in the area and got to see some of the minerals that were mined there. It was awesome to imagine what it must have been like to work underground all those years ago! After the tour, we climbed aboard a train for a ride through the Wild West, complete with narration about the history of trains in this frontier era.

Next, we headed to the petting zoo, where we met friendly goats, cows, chickens, and other farmyard animals. The kids especially loved petting the soft fur of the goats. We also explored a replica of an 1868 schoolhouse, which was interesting to see how different classrooms were back then.

In the afternoon, the excitement really picked up with a Wild West shootout reenactment! We learned some background on the Lincoln County War. After all that action, we ate at a delicious barbecue restaurant.

We continued our exploration, checking out a movie set and a recreation of an old-time general store.

Our day at Old Tucson wrapped up with a show about the James-Younger Gang. If you’re looking for a fun and educational way to spend a day, I highly recommend checking out Old Tucson!

Old Tucson is located at 201 S Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85735.

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  • Jana Tingom

    Jana is a homeschooling mother of three children, and lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Chris. She enjoys traveling, reading and coffee. Follow @phoenixwithkids on Instagram for daily photos around Phoenix!

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