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The Thing

2631 Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2581
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Do it at least once

Travel days of the 50's are here A gift shop for all ages and taste. A DQ to satisfy your sweet... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
thairadio
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Khok Samrong, Lop Buri,
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A Fun Stop! Many Things To See!

Like everyone else, I felt I had to stop and see The Thing after seeing all those signs! However, I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MominVirginia
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Virginia
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What is The Thing? Come and see for yourself. It is 17 miles east of Benson and about 40 miles east of Tucson on Interstate 10 (Exit 322). Look around the spacious gift shop and purchase a few gifts, a couple of pieces of Indian Handmade or gold jewelry, some pottery, or one of the many other items available at this location. Do your shopping before you tour the museum and look for, The Thing . Because afterwards you will probably want to compose yourself and just sit awhile sipping a cold soda or try to calm your nerves by scarfing up an Ultimate Burger or shoveling down a cold DQ Blizzard at the Dairy Queen located right next door. This location also offers self-serve Shell fuel with 24 hr. pay at the pump service. Are you in the need of Diesel? Get it here!
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  • Very good37%
  • Average21%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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Hours Today: 07:00 - 20:00
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2631 Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Travel days of the 50's are here A gift shop for all ages and taste. A DQ to satisfy your sweet tooth. Gas, a bit over priced, but as good as you will find till Tucson. But, The Thing, some thing you have to experience....More

Thank thairadio
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Like everyone else, I felt I had to stop and see The Thing after seeing all those signs! However, I admit that I cheated and Googled it beforehand so I knew what The Thing was going to be. That being said, I wasn't expecting there...More

Thank MominVirginia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As kids our parents would not stop at roadside attractions and this one has been around since I was a kid. It is a fun way to break up a trip. There are some interesting exhibits and I love the creations they have done with...More

Thank csarchibald
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Saw the signs on I-10 for hundreds of miles so figured we had to stop. Great way to break up the trip as one can also get gas, get an ice cream cone at the Dairy Queen,. there as well as almost any souvenir imaginable...More

Thank DallasAyrUFan
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We finally got to see the thing. It was a good place to stop and walk around. Don't expect to have your mind blown. It was just fun. It's cheap enough too.

Thank triptaker092
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Stopped here last night and it was only a dollar to enter.. kept seeing signs so took the family to the attraction. Was very inexpensive but the details and workmanship was well worth the stop. Enjoyed the attraction very much and do suggest everyone to...More

Thank nutrimary96
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

A lot of hype for the drive. I won't tell you what it is at the end of the walk, but I was disappointed since I drive an hour out of the way. If you are adventurous, then give it a go.

Thank Keith S
Reviewed 1 June 2017

We were completely pulled in by the dozens of road side signs along the I 10, my other half said it would be green and slimy and I said it would be furry but we were both wrong. It costs a single $1 to visit...More

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Stopped here while working in the area last year around April 2016, a dollar to see the Thing and it is worth it. The gift shop is chuck full of general and oddball items plus a Dairy Queen on site. Couldn't argue with it, would...More

Thank justrvingaround
Reviewed 3 May 2017

First the signs get to you ....We have heard about this for years and have seen the signs most of our lives when we were in the Arizona area. Amazing gift shop with an entrance to see the THING. You first go through 2 or...More

Thank Janelle H
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chdarnell
24 July 2015|
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Response from Gina P | Property representative |
The Thing is open from 7:00am - 8:00pm until September 14, when the hours change from 7:00am - 7:00pm for the winter.
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