Wonder which Tombstone Arizona attractions are enjoyable? We see people visiting town who've just missed some event or happening. They seemed to be unsure of the timing, of what there was to do - and where...
Many Tombstone AZ attractions are found along Allen St. - but not all of them!
We think that's awful - and we feel for them! We want our visitors to be able to enjoy everything, and see the exciting things they were hoping for.
So we organized this page to help everyone out. We planned it to help you. If you have any questions or suggestions, though, for your own Tombstone Arizona must see attractions - please let us know!
BE AWARE - Most shops & tours close at 5 pm, some at 6 pm. Open later: Restaurants until about 8 p.m. Bars close about 9 pm, depending on amount of customers & day of the week (later Fri. & Sat.). Doc Holliday's always open latest. Big Iron has Poker Nights - they'll be open later for that. EXCEPTION - Last Saturday of the month is Tombstone at Twilight - shops stay open later & special events throughout the evening.
Most Tombstone Arizona attractions are based on its history in the 1880s. Get a good overview, understand its past. We recommend you take aTombstone Tour. Learn about the famous wild west outlaws & lawmen gunfighters, and its silver mining history.
There are different tour styles, with different aims. We've taken a number of them, and there are no bad ones! We'll give you our take on those we've done...
Tombstone Arizona Attractions On Your Drive Into Town
Before you quite get into town...
There's a few Tombstone Arizona attractions you'll want to see on the way in - before parking in town. (Or as an option - on your way out.)
Boothill Graveyard - The original Old West cemetery of the town. Many famous gunfighters & lawmen are buried here! Some old time characters, as well. It's located right along Hwy. 80 as you enter town from Benson/St. David area - on the left. See More>
Ed Schieffelin Monument - Ed is known as the founder of Tombstone. His search for ore led to the nickname of the "Town Too Tough to Die." He spent quite a while here, but eventually moved on. His attachment to the town never left. He requested to be buried in Tombstone after death. This monument marks that spot. Worth the little side tour about 2 miles before coming into town. Take Allen Street West. Make the right turn-off onto W. Schieffelin Monument Rd. Map Here:
Attractions - Fun for Kids & Adults
Some Tombstone Arizona attractions you'll have to judge by the age & temperament of your kids - because they involve "gunfighting!" We don't want the little ones to get scared! But if they'd enjoy it, these Tombstone attractions are designed for kids & adults.
Night Tour documenting the OK Corral gunfight
Gunfight at the OK Corral - The whole event includes a film about the history of Tombstone including its famous gunfight, plus a gunfight reenactment. Walk through C.S. Fly's studio (where Doc Holliday rented a room) & the actual Corral. 3 reenactment shows are scheduled daily. This Tombstone draw sometimes schedules extra shows when it's really crowded!
See the Gunfight Palace gunslinger shows.
The Tombstone Vigilantes have street reenactments starting at about noon. Look for them on the 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays of the month along Allen Street.
Old Tombstone Wild West Park at the end of 4th Street - across Toughnut - perform 30 minute gunfight shows throughout the day. Other fun things to do are right inside! If a theme park is your Tombstone preference (especially for your kids) - it's a good choice!
Big Iron Shooting Gallery - Be the gunfighter yourself! You aim their .45 caliber custom paint pistols at targets. If your Tombstone desires are getting involved instead of just observing, stop in! Family friendly! On Allen St.
The Gunfight Palace has daily shows. Their Tombstone passion is to provide you an entertaining gunfight show! On Allen St., between 5th & 6th.
Wild West Costume Photos - Get your photo taken wearing Old West Clothing. Shops on Allen Street provide this take-home memory. They all put you in a vintage setting - some will even set a wild western scene for you to take part in! Look for Tombstone Photo at 507 Allen or Madame Mustache at 455 Allen. Some shops offer this Tombstone attraction as a sideline.
Museums of the Wild West
A variety of Tombstone Arizona attractions present Tombstone Arizona History itself, as well as a Historama of the old, Wild West. They all have excellent visuals and info. Choose one or (if you have time) see all of the Old West Museums.
The Tombstone Courthouse is a historical State Park.
Tombstone Court House - With kids along, this may be the most fun. It's the actual historical building - the gallows are still there! It's full of wonderful history & preserved items. Our Tombstone AZ suggestions have to include this! On the corner of 3rd & Toughnut.
The Bird Cage Theatre has its original saloon bar inside.
Bird Cage Theatre - The original building, one of the few surviving the May 1882 fire that destroyed much of the town. It contains amazing artifacts from historical Tombstone, and it's a historical story itself. At the end of downtown Allen Street, corner of 6th.
Walk South on the 4th Street Boardwalk to the Rose Tree
A unique place, as it has the largest rose bush in the world - see it to believe it!
This Tombstone Arizona fancy had made the Guinness Book of World Records.
We passed it up for quite a while. When we finally went in - we were amazed!
The museum building is historic. Once home to the family & the woman who received a rose cutting from her Scottish immigrant friend. From that - this Lady Banksia rose has grown.
It blooms every April, & is spread over a large trellis.
Located on the corner of 4th & Toughnut Streets.
The historic Tombstone Epitaph
Tombstone Epitaph - Learn the techniques used by Tombstone's 2nd newspaper. It was published by John Clum, the 1st mayor of incorporated Tombstone (3rd of the townsite), starting in 1880. It's still published today. This Tombstone Arizona draw is another of our preferences!
Tombstone Western Heritage Museum - Fremont & 6th Streets. Specialists in Wyatt Earp memorabilia, they also have one-of-a-kind items from the other Earp brothers and the Cochise County Cow-Boys. Admission price is a steal & the proprietor is extremely welcoming! If you're an Earp history buff, this is a must-see among these Tombstone Arizona attractions!
Gunfighters Historical Museum - Lots of great old Wild West historical memorabilia, including the OK Corral gunfight. On Toughnut Street, right at the end of 4th Street. It's a Tombstone AZ attraction that doesn't cost much - but gives you a lot. We love roaming its displays.
Old West Books - A good read on Tombstone's history, and the old West can be found all around downtown. Most have other items such as T-shirts, book-marks, etc. On Allen Street: at 401 - Tombstone Old West Books; at 504 - Silver Hills Trading Co. Then there's Red Marie's at 12 S. 5th St. owned by retired town historian Ben Traywick. Great Tombstone AZ appeal for those who love the history!
Wild West Clothing - Probably the best known is Spur Western Wear on 414 Allen St. Bronco Trading is at 410 Allen St. The Branding Iron is on 503 Allen. Shady Lady's Closet at 406 Allen is more of a general women's wear shop, though it does have items with a Western flair & always a sale going on.
Wild West Mercantile Shops - Find great mercantile shops along Allen Street. Look for a variety of items - souvenirs, T-shirts, books, & more. Our favorite is Red Buffalo Trading Co. at number 412 - we can always find what we're looking for here, and they've always got some bargains going on! T. Miller's Mercantile at number 530 is also a good place for locating unique stuff. Madame Mustache at number 455 has quite a variety of items, including vintage clothing.
Gift Shops - Arlene's is a Tombstone legend, with 2 galleries; one on each side of Allen St. Original Red Dirt Shirt Store at 405 Allen carries just what the name says; the dye comes from organics at volcanic red dirt areas. Desert Eagle Trading Post on Allen between 5th & 6th has Native American jewelry & crafts. Harley-Davidson Co. is at 526 Allen. Tombstone Art Gallery has original works of art, crafts & quilts, at 383 Allen just West of the Visitor Center. China Mary's at 215 Allen is a consignment shop, but has wonderful antiques, gifts, apparel, & Western wear.
Antiques - Tombstone General Store on Fremont St has many many items from odds & ends to one of a kind finds & antiques! Tombstone Mercantile on Fremont St has a number of exquisite old West antiques & more.
Adult Oriented Attractions
Features That are Alcohol-Related
But note that the Crystal Palace and Big Nose Kates offer lunch & dinner and welcome families for meals. Later on in the evening, the saloons are suitable for an adults night out.
Old West Saloon
Some authentic Tombstone saloons are still in town today. Only one is still in business as a saloon in an authentic manner. Another uses part of what-was to recreate its own version. The others can be viewed as they stand in place in the buildings where all the action was...
The Crystal Palace Saloon has been on this corner since the 1880s, originally named Gold Eagle Brewery.
...that is still in business today.
Located on the corner of Allen Street & 5th Street, it began as the Golden Eagle Brewery.
Originally the building housed a butcher business & market as well as the bar & lunch counter.
On May 26, 1882 a fire spread through downtown Tombstone & destroyed the Golden Eagle building.
Afterwards a new 2-story building was built on the corner, & the new Saloon & gaming parlor was renamed The Crystal Palace.
It shared space in the building with a restaurant & barber shop.
Upstairs were offices leased by Dr. Goodfellow & Virgil Earp.
Prohibition brought on changes - the original bar & roulette wheels were sold & made their way to Naco, Mexico.
It was renovated into a theater & other incarnations before becoming a Saloon again.
In 1964 a remodeling effort for historic authenticity put a replica of the original bar in place - including bullet holes that had been there!
Fridays at 7 pm come by for Kareoke sponsored by Big Rig. Saturdays at 8 pm dance to a live band. Afternoon entertainment, lunch & dinner, pool table, family suitable.
We personally love this place - the atmosphere, the history, the hospitable staff. We encourage you to stop in, say hello!
At Big Nose Kate's - have a meal, look around!
Big Nose Kate's Saloon - at 417 Allen St.
It was originally the Grand Hotel. It first opened on Sept. 9, 1880.
In 1880s Tombstone, The Grand fronted on Fourth Street. It was a majestic hotel, taking up 2 lots.
The first floor had an office, a dining room and a bar. A kitchen in the rear could prepare food for 300 people.
The 2nd floor contained the public foyer which led to the hotel rooms.
If you look at the archways on the storefronts along Allen St. adjacent to Big Nose Kate's today - they were originally part of the Grand Hotel Building.
The Tombstone fire of May 1882 destroyed the hotel, except for these archway fronts, some floor beams & (per Big Nose Kate's) the long bar in its saloon.
After the fire, its owner did not rebuild the hotel. Instead he built a new building large enough for 3 businesses, plus a basement. Half the main floor became the saloon with 4 card rooms, the other half a restaurant called Jakey's. The basement held another saloon, the "Fountain" along with a lunch counter.
But today as Kate's - it's a bar/restaurant, family suitable. They serve food, have daily entertainment, have a lot to look at.
Take a selfie: In provided Old West duds! Or getting hung in the hangman's noose! Or inside the coffin - just like was taken of the McLaury's!
Servers/bartenders - John or Mike will be especially helpful!
Oriental Saloon Building
The Oriental Saloon - Milton Joyce leased rooms on the Northeast corner of 5th and Allen Streets, in the Vizina & Cook Building.
In late June of 1880 there he created a deluxe bar and restaurant
Its bar & sideboards were built for San Francisco's Baldwin Hotel, but were undersized. So Joyce purchased them.
Tombstone's 1st major fire on June 22, 1881 caused total destruction of the saloon, along with the rest of the building. Vizina & Cook rebuilt.
Tombstone was a little better prepared for the larger fire it faced in May 1882. Although the fire department still didn't have pressurized water they were able to keep streaming water onto the property & forestall most damage.
Repairs were made & business continued.
The saloon business ended with prohibition - and various tenants have occupied since.
The original post '82 building stands, along with the historic bar that can still be seen. It's currently a clothing store and gift shop.
The Bird Cage Saloon - The original "Belly-Up Bar" is still inside the main lobby today. The Bird Cage Theatre was open 24 hours every day of the year. It was known as the party place to go throughout the country in its heyday. Crafted in Pittsburgh PA - it made a long trip to arrive in Tombstone for the Bird Cage's grand opening on 12/26/1881.
Old West Bar
Today, the drinking establishments in Tombstone are inspired by the old West. Some are located on properties which had saloons in the past - maybe even in tents - which came & went. Others are on properties which are definitely in locations which are historic.
Some serve food and are suitable to bring your kids in for a meal. Others are adult honky-tonks. Check out these Old West Bars styled in that theme...
Entry doors into Johnny Ringo's
Johnny Ringo's Bar - A little away from the main part of town, but walking distance. This Tombstone Ringo is definitely worthwhile. Going East on Allen St. until reaching 10th, you'll see the Steakhouse - turn left, right behind the restaurant is the bar. Welcoming owners, Steve & Addie, have a large bar, TVs, jukebox, lots of tables, provide you with snacks here & there. Have absolutely the best pizza in town! Super fabulous bartenders too! Lots of locals - regulars come in. But there's plenty of room for visitors. Sunday evening karaoke attracts lots of singers! It's our local neighborhood bar - we stop in about once a week. Say hi if you see us!
Silver Strike Winery & Tasting Room on Allen St.
Silver Strike Winery - 334 Allen, between 3rd & 4th Streets. A wine tasting room & winery. They present wine from Mediterranean grapes of vineyards in the Dragoons & in Elgin, based on the philosophy of "Do as little as needed." They produce the wine based on bio-dynamics - eliminating unnatural chemicals. We've done their tasting - excellent choices!
Bill singing Kareoke at Doc's
Doc Holliday's Saloon - 517 Allen, probably the longest bar hours in town. Almost every evening something going on: Tues. is Texas Hold-Em, Wed. through Sun. is their very popular Kareoke. Drink prices reasonable, snacks available - they serve some food basics, like pizza & hot dogs. Look for their amusing quotes as you pass their front door.
Four Deuces Saloon - Small but Lively!
Four Deuces Saloon - Corner of 3rd & Allen St. This area (you'll see the proclamation on the bench out front) was the original "Chinatown" - called Hop Town. A lot of locals regularly frequent the 4 Deuces. The bar itself is small, about 8 or so bar stools. Then there's about 6 or so tables. There's a large patio area, though with much more seating outside. Usually there's entertainment on Saturdays. No credit cards taken - so cash is essential. There's a bar-top ATM machine - but it can be touchy to operate. Normally they don't serve food - only for special events. Their prices are quite reasonable. It's a very friendly establishment. You usually strike up a conversation here. Caution: don't touch the bell on the bar - ring it & you're buying drinks for the bar! We've been treated by visitors a time or 2. Thank you!!
Cerveza's Cantina - Located in Old Tombstone Western Theme Park. A beer & wine bar, with on-tap beer. They do feature mixed drinks made with wine, such as Margaritas. It's a cute little outdoor bar.
Bill's going in for an IPA.
Tombstone Brewing Company - The newest edition to town, it's still even in the development stage. A little off the main path - but if you're into craft beers & IPA, check it out. That's all that's served now. The interior has style, and they're getting in food trucks on occasion. They're providing their beers to Tombstone saloons - ask if they're available, they do run out! They're on Toughnut Street, West of the Courthouse, between 1st & 2nd Streets. Beer lovers - this is a Tombstone Arizona attraction you shouldn't pass up!
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