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The Thing

2631 Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2581
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Good way to take a break.

We finally got to see the thing. It was a good place to stop and walk around. Don't expect to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
Very intriguing

Stopped here last night and it was only a dollar to enter.. kept seeing signs so took the family to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Holland, Michigan
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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!
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good37%
  • Average21%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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2631 Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2581
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Reviewed 2 days 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

We stopped here after seeing road signs for miles. Worth a dollar to see. The store has TONS of souvenirs!! More than expected at a great price. I bought several. Lol

Thank dianagreg1
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We counted over 20 billboards on our way from Katchner Cave. I figured if they advertised that much, we had to stop. We didn't see"the thing" but enjoyed the gift shop. There were all kinds of tacky souvenirs and treasures. Fun shop.

1  Thank Jennifer P
Reviewed 12 April 2017

My family and I have always make sure stop stop here for over 20 years! Even if all we did was get gas and stretch our legs, this is a piece of Americana! And as long as it is open we will be back again...More

Thank averyfamily3
Reviewed 4 April 2017

You need gas, or a dairy Queen treaty, and or some local curios, this would be a good stop. "The Thing" as it is known is not worth the price of admission. I will leave the rest up to you to decide. What is good...More

Thank Robert H
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What are the hours for The Thing?
24 July 2015|
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.