What Are Some Things to Do in Oatman, Arizona?


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Some things to do in Oatman, Arizona, include shopping, enjoying a restaurant or saloon, and feeding or posing for pictures with burros that roam the streets. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned at the Oatman Hotel in 1939, and the honeymoon suite is a major attraction in the town. The town stages live gunfights on the main street on weekends, with guns firing blanks.

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One writer states that he and his wife enjoyed the best chili they'd ever tasted at the Mission Inn on the main street. He says the country music was great, and they enjoyed the company of locals at the bar, including a woman who called herself a sit-down comedian telling hilarious stories. Beer 30 is open for lunch and serves hot dogs and Polish dogs.

The town's main street features wooden sidewalks lined with an array of shops selling items such as handmade leather goods, high-quality knives and handcrafted Indian jewelry. Betty the Bead Lady once sold beads to the Navajo Indians and operates three shops in Oatman.

Shoppers can buy pellets and carrots to feed the many burros that roam the streets. Miners brought the burros to the town in the 1800s and turned them loose when mining activity declined. The burros enter the town, where tourists greet and feed them, in the mornings, and then at dusk they wander back into the surrounding desert hills.

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