If you’re in the Tucson, Arizona area and looking for something to do for the afternoon, pay a visit to Tombstone. There is plenty of history and entertainment for kids and adults alike. It is THE historic town where western gunfights took place. Mining also put this town on the map- becoming a hub for homesteaders, cowboys, lawyers, and more.
The Tombstone Mine is available for tours daily and is about $15 per adult; $12 per senior or military; $5 per teenager; and kids under 10 are free. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and is guided. You descend about 100 feet and get to see REAL silver and learn about the history of the mine as well as the process of mining.
Enjoy the reenactments at the O.K. Corral as cast members recreate the gunfight between Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp against the McLaurys and Clantons. When you pay the admission fee for the reenactment, it also gets you into a movie and a free newspaper souvenir. It costs about $10 per adult and kids 6 and under are free. During our visit, we were just passing through to Tucson and only had a few hours in Tombstone. I think the kids were fine skipping the reenactment but I’d love to see it one day.
We spent our time walking around the streets and reading each plaque. The kids are blown away by the events that took place in this tiny town. They had a hard time comprehending the fact that people had been shot and killed or badly injured where we walked and talked. We spent about two hours and felt that we saw plenty and at no cost. There are plenty of shops and restaurants along the historic street. Shop owners and workers, as well as those who work in the restaurants, were dressed accordingly- a representation of the late 1800’s time period. There are restrooms in a couple of the saloons. Also, there are hotels along the main drag.
If you are interested in the wild wild west atmosphere and want to experience history from a long time ago, visit Tombstone for the afternoon. For more information on Tombstone, visit their website at http://www.tombstoneweb.com.
More To Do in the Area
There’s so much to do in the Tuscon area. Be sure to see our posts about other fun family-friendly stuff in the area, there’s Kitt Peak, the Pima Air and Space Museum, Biosphere 2, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (one of our favorites), Titan Missile Museum.