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Observe the cosmos from the same spot where Clyde Tombaugh discovered the planetoid Pluto in 1930. In addition to cosmological wonders above, the planetarium has interactive exhibits, live shows, a massive theater and knowledgeable guides that explain the universe from below. The Clark Telescope is the main highlight and throughout the year, the observatory holds viewings of celestial events like meteor showers, comets, etc. A great place to visit for all ages and especially for those interested in astronomy.
Lumber barons Timothy and Michael Riordan built this 40-room mansion in 1904 to house their massive families. Its architect, Charles Whittlesey, also designed the magnificent El Tovar Hotel located at the Grand Canyon. What's most interesting about the structure is that the two sides are mirror images, with a huge common area in the center, to provide each family with identical private quarters and shared living spaces. The park also includes picnic areas and a visitors center that contains exhibits. Guided tours of the mansion and grounds are held at regular times throughout the day.
Jay Lively Activity Center is a popular ice skating rink that offers fun times for people of all ages. They arrange for public sessions where you can skate with your loved ones. The center is the home venue of the local team Nau Ice Jacks. You can come in here to put on your skates or to enjoy a match or two and, cheer for your home team!
Plant yourself and your family at this lovely hotel and let the memories just happen. Inside, guests will find spacious rooms appointed with microwave ovens, refrigerators, cable television, two phone lines with data ports and a complimentary copy of USA Today delivered to your doorstep. After a day of skiing Snowbowl, scaling Mount Elden, taking pics of Northern Arizona wildlife, fishing Mormon Lake, shopping for Native American art or wandering the tree-lined streets, you can unwind in the Garden's indoor Jacuzzi, or retreat to your guest room for a movie. Non-smoking and handicapped-accessible guest rooms are available upon request.
Located south of Flagstaff, Fort Tuthill County Park is home to the Coconino County Fair and Coconino County Horse Races. There are five areas which include the amphitheater, the fairground, the race track and an arena. Each one offers its own entertainment and during the summer, the area is bustling with variety of special events such as rodeos, fairs and other attractions particular to the venue.
The Courtyard Flagstaff is a popular choice among families and business travelers with its large rooms, excellent services and prime location. Located close to the interstate, it provides quick and easy access to a number of local attractions such as the Museum of Northern Arizona, Lake Powell, Coconino Center for the Arts, Oak Creek Canyon and the Meteor Crater. Guests can also stay back at the hotel and relax in the beautiful outdoor patio with a fire pit, indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, a well-equipped fitness center and on-site restaurant serving delicious American cuisine. Facilities like airport shuttle services, elegantly furnished rooms and a friendly, helpful staff ensure that you have a comfortable and memorable experience at the hotel.
Originally built as a hospital in 1908, this museum is operated by the Arizona Historical Society and serves as a tribute to Northern Arizona's pioneer days and agricultural roots. An antique railroad engine welcomes you to the grounds, and exhibits familiarize you with the area's first settlers and their many contributions to the birth and growth of the city. One of the museum's most popular events during the year is the winter "Playthings of the Past" exhibit, featuring toys and games from the late 1800s to mid-1900s.
Get your little ones the best quality products and unique toys at Babies to Kids. On offer at this well stashed, attractively laid out store is a variety of comfortable clothing, liners, detergents, wet bags, shoes, toys, books, carriers, nursing items, bathing supplies, and other accessories for your kids. Pick up the safest and possibly the cutest things for your bundle of joy.
Situated on 2,200 acres of forested land, this extended-stay resort features two swimming pools, tennis, golf, horseback riding and children's activities. When the high-desert altitude awakens your appetite, just walk to the on-site restaurant or retreat to your spacious guest condo for a quiet snack. One and two bedroom units include telephones and fold-out sofas. Some have full kitchens, Jacuzzis and fireplaces. If all of this isn't enough to quench your thirst for outdoor fun, the resort is within two hours drive from the Painted Desert and the Grand Canyon.
Among the verdant Ponderosa Pines, Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course offers zip-lines, ropes, traps, nets, bridges and suspended contraptions for those not afraid of heights. There are two different courses, one for adults and the other for kids, but both provide thrills and great views above the canopy. It's located in Fort Tuthill County Park, one of the many park gems among the larger Coconino National Forest.
It's almost a rare sight in Arizona these days, however there are still a few old-fashioned dude ranches interspersed around the state. The Hitchin' Post offers horseback-rides, wagon trains, sleigh rides and cowboy cookouts just like they used to do a century ago, albeit in more sanitary and safe conditions. It's definitely a good place to take the family and a great way to see the beautiful Northern Arizona landscape.
At the foot of Mount Elden, there once lived a civilization which traded as far as Mexico and the California coast. These people were known as the Sinagua. This site was thought to be part of an extensive trading post across the southwest. The remnants of the pueblo can be visited at anytime, however the Arizona Natural History Association, Northern Arizona University and the Coconino National Forest offer guided ones every day. Throughout the year, the archaeological teams educate the public in excavation techniques, artifact identification and other scientific endeavors. Overall, it's a great place for kids to discover the wonders of both natural as well as human history.
Located seven miles north of Flagstaff at the foot of the San Francisco Peaks, Snowbowl is a popular skiing spot for locals as well as tourists. The lodge offers 25 one-room cabins with front porches and gas fireplaces. The longest run is two miles and top elevation is 11,500 feet, which can be reached with the Agassiz Chairlift. The season runs from December through March (sometimes it is extended, however it depends on snowfall).