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True to its name, the Legacy Gallery is a wonderful museum of fine art featuring more than 100 well known artists showcasing historic Western, landscapes, sculptures, wildlife and more. This two level establishment also highlights works of master artists such as Wieghorst, Russell, Remington and Taos Founders and is the base of the Scottsdale Art Auction. The life-sized bronze sculptures are a beautiful piece of artistic creativity and can add great value to any setting. Whether it is an aficionado or a newbie, everyone will enjoy the timeless classics displayed at the Legacy.
Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art displays a variety of frequently changing contemporary art exhibits and hosts special events for adults and families. Photographs, paintings and sculpture are just some of the highlighted mediums. Devoted to the art, architecture and design of our time, SMoCA offers free art lectures, symposiums, workshops and readings, providing a forum where visitors can interact with contemporary artists. Thursday is the best day to visit the museum as guest can take advantage of the free entry.
This 60-acre (24.28 hectare) park located within the Indian Bend Wash greenbelt is home to the Wedge Skate Park. It is every skater's dream complete with ramps, curbs and rails making it an awesome place to pick up new tricks. The park also offers an outdoor amphitheater, swimming pool, two lakes, two children's playgrounds. The 5K course along with softball, soccer, basketball and a sand volleyball courts make it a great place to come and work out. Or pack up the family, make some lunch and head on over to the picnic area for a great family out.
Want to go fishing while the kids enjoy a game of soccer? Then head to this 100-acre (40.46-hectare) park and have a lovely day out with family or friends. The gym and exercise courts at the community center include a variety of fitness options. An uncluttered pathway at Chaparral Park lets you choose between taking a walk or rollerblading. The ever-popular Mighty Mud Mania takes place every July and the kids will enjoy Tube Trouble where tubes grouped in sets of three form a challenging tunnel. With ballfields and soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts, a swimming pool and relaxing ramadas, there's something for everyone at this park.
This 70-acre (28.32 hectare) park in South Scottsdale has recreation facilities as well as meeting spaces that can accommodate up to 1000 guests. Facilities include five ramadas, one spray pool, two fishing lakes, two playgrounds and one basketball court. If taking a walk with your pooch is on the agenda, Vista Del Camino Park has the only dog run in Scottsdale. The 18-hole disc golf course is a fun place to spend an afternoon with friends or family.
Located on 30 acres (12.14 hectares) of land, this park has undergone massive changes since its initial construction. A favorite of railroad enthusiasts and the little ones in the group, this is a perfect place for a family day out. The park features an Antique Carousel and Clock Tower. The Model Railroad Building, which houses various artifacts relating to trains and rail, has been reconstructed as a 19th-century style rail-shed. Try something from the snack bar served out of a Southern Pacific caboose. The ticket prices and timings of the attractions vary, check the website for further details.
Cosanti features handcrafted wind-bells and sculptures by artist Paolo Soleri. Ceramic, blended from Arizona clay, stoneware and water, form pieces that are cast-molded from a slip, hand carved with designs and finally kiln fired. Bronze bells have also been produced since 1959, using a sand-casting method. Purchase of any of these unusual and beautiful pieces helps support the resident artist. The building, an architectural wonder in itself, is a designated Arizona Historic Site making it a must visit attraction in Scottsdale.
Set across 20 acres (8.093 hectares), Mountain View Park is a hub of the community. The community center features two activity rooms, a kitchen and stage that may be rented for private functions. The park can accommodate 200 guests outside and 400 inside and is a perfect spot for your family reunion or even a team building outing. Amenities include a full size basketball court, two picnic areas, three soccer fields, a lighted softball field and a volleyball area. Kids enjoy at the playground and scheduled programs hit the fitness needs of children between 12-17.
Congregation Beth Israel is the oldest synagogue in the valley and serves the Jewish community of Phoenix and Scottsdale. The onsite Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum conducts tours that offer insight into the Jewish culture and religion. The congregational library is one the largest Judaica libraries in the SouthWest and has a collection of over 12,000 religious texts.
Scottsdale Ranch Park offers amenities to all fitness fanatics. To all regime and work out needs, the park includes volleyball, basketball, racquetball, tennis and squash courts. For something a bit more challenging, the twelve station exercise will get your heart pumping. The tiny tots enjoy at the children's playground. Park facilities include 6 picnic ramadas taht can be reserved for special occassions. Park hours vary according to season; so contact the number listed for additional information.
Cactus Park offers an aquatics and fitness center where you'll find everything you need to kick start a healthy regime; from water exercises, specialty classes to public swimming on week-ends. Those who don't want to step into the water can shed their calories at the Cardio Room or Weight Room. Prices vary by program and the staff here will help develop a program that is just right for you. Families can enjoy a fun day out by booking a ramada. Parents can relax in the cool shade while the kids tire themselves out at the playground. The park also includes a sand volleyball court along with one full and two half basketball courts.
Located in the McDowell Mountains foothills, this National Historic Landmark was the former Winter home and school of the famed architect. Wright had been visiting Phoenix for years and he had stated that Arizona needed its own architecture. So in-between these visits, he purchased the land for a paltry sum and then subsequently began construction and attracting students. The structure today is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and is open for tours. Some of the highlights include Wright's former office, The Garden Room, the pool, theater and Main Studio.