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!
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.
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
$1/person over 18, $0.75/ person 6-18, and under 6 are free to see the attraction.
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.
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.
Been 3 times. It's fun.
Fun place to stop to get gas, snacks and view The Thing. They do accept debit and credit cards.
"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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Bowlin's "The Thing"
- Mon - Thu: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Sun, Fri, Sat: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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