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2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2581
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  • Very good30%
  • Average28%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible14%
Travellers talk about
“gift shop” (4 reviews)
“tourist stops” (2 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PMAll hours
Fast food, American
2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

Typical roadside attraction, no surprises. Nice tourist shop and a Dairy Queen for eats. Clean restrooms.

1  Thank James E
Reviewed 23 November 2017

If you take "The Thing" too serious you will miss recalling the anticipation of youth, eager to see the mysterious unknown of those old roadside attractions, The Thing is for the young at heart. I liked it, my kids had fun with it and the...More

Thank Carl W
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Through out my childhood living in Arizona, I would drive past yellow billboard signs that had "The Thing" written in red on them. Oh the excitement! I really wanted to stop and see it. But I had to wait until I was a adult before...More

Thank Jerri O
Reviewed 1 August 2017

If you haven't been here you must come soon. I can't tell you anything as I pinky swore that I wouldn't. Its just something that you cannot imagine unless you are there. Unreal, unbelievable.

Thank MXKing
Reviewed 17 July 2017

strong coffee, tv to watch and made to order breakfast plus places for rvs to park, what else could a gal ask for?

Thank 567glennak
Reviewed 16 June 2017

My daughter did the tour by herself this time and could not stop talking about it for 2 hours. Thank you Mr. Hope, please keep the tour going, it is part of history.

Thank averyfamily3
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

There are reportedly 247 billboards between El Paso and Tucson that peak your interest about what "The Thing" is ... ... keep in mind people, this is a roadside attraction from the 50's. Or should I say leftover from the 50's. So if you have...More

2  Thank WMRoadtripper
Reviewed 22 February 2017

If you enter with a fun-loving attitude, then it's kind of cool. Right off of the freeway. Stop for gas, the Dairy Queen inside, and pay the 75 cents or so to walk through the exhibit that is The Thing!

Thank jeremyw561
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Chicken strips were cold/not fresh. Prices are way too expensive for a quick stop. Husband had to have everything remade. 25.00 for 3 people is nuts for fast food. Keep going either direction for better food.

Thank brendablades
Reviewed 26 August 2016

This review is about the Dairy Queen which is the only place to eat while at The Thing. They have a limited menu and it seems like most of the food is already prepared and all they do is to microwave it warm. I can’t...More

Thank henryonatrip
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Benson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-586-2581
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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.
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