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The Thing

N Johnson Rd, Benson, Arizona 85602 USA

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Opens Fri 7a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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Reviewed by
fantomlvr

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
August 4, 2014

The Thing is super hokey, but it's a really neat little attraction! I'm super superstitious about it after getting my camera (and only my camera) stolen from my car a couple hours after taking a picture of it, so I won't tell exactly what it is, but you'll have a good time. It's located in a gas station/souvenir shop/dairy queen so at $2 a ticket it makes a fun little family pitstop!

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Reviewed by
allen.thomas.16

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
February 20, 2016

The Thing is a an otherworldly archeological relic that probably pre-dates the great pyramids. It, whatever "it" is, really should be in the Smithsonian Museum. Fortunately for culture vultures, it is easily accessible and affordable. Must see for yourself to believe.

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Reviewed by
marnyrachel

  • 25 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
February 20, 2016

So for miles you see the billboards and for a couple dollars you get to take a break and see some cool artifacts and antiques however my kids just wanted to race to the end... It is a great break in a long car ride and the people working there were really friendly and nice

2 people found this review helpful

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Greg Newkirk

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  • 316 Reviews
  • 320 Helpful
February 20, 2016
Rated 4.0

This place is roadside weirdness at it's purest. If you find yourself traveling I-10, you'll no doubt see loads and loads of signs asking "WHAT IS 'THE THING?'", and you're bound to be curious. I won't ruin the surprise for you, but the answer harkens back to the early days of carnival sideshows.

You need a place to take a bathroom break and grab some snacks anyway, you're doing a disservice to yourself and your family if you don't just stop and take care of that here.

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Reviewed by
AmandaB

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
February 20, 2016

This is a great stop on I-10 east of Tucson. Lots of stuff to look at: Old cars, dioramas, just a bunch of crazy stuff presented in a quirky way, and then at the end, "The Thing?" I have visited several times, the first time long before reviews on the internet. This is true Americana.

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Reviewed by
FinleyComedy

  • 21 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 23, 2017
Rated 4.0

Been 3 times. It's fun.

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Reviewed by
kjmwv

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 2, 2017
Rated 3.0

$1/person over 18, $0.75/ person 6-18, and under 6 are free to see the attraction.

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Reviewed by
jenbrock

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
January 8, 2017
Rated 5.0

Fun place to stop to get gas, snacks and view The Thing. They do accept debit and credit cards.

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Reviewed by
RosemaryHill

  • 6 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
November 22, 2016

"The Thing" part at the end of the tour of random antiques is kinda stupid honestly. Don't go out of your way but if you're passing by it the admission is super cheap and you can stretch your legs and get gas, an ice cream etc. "The Thing" I'm pretty sure is only there so people will come in and buy road snacks and gas and ice cream. At a dollar per person the admission isn't where they're making their money.

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Reviewed by
AlexandraBarrett

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 15, 2016
Rated 5.0

5 Stars!!! Super worth the stop and dollar admission. The build-up and museum are a nifty stop. Plus it's a DQ so the non-believers can wait with an ice cream. Would recommend to everyone.

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The Thing

N Johnson Rd
Benson, Arizona
85602 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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