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.
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.
Guides enthrall you with tales of cowboys, soldiers, outlaws and Indians, who roamed these parts not so long ago. Learn about desert plants and animals while experiencing the tranquility of the Sonoran Desert. All rides at Cave Creek Outfitters include round-trip transportation from Scottsdale Resorts. Half-day and full-day rides require a minimum of two people, so call to reserve your ride.
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.
Get out of the city and experience the beautiful sun-kissed Sonoran desert with its jutting peaks and unique desert wildlife. Pinnacle Peak Park is a perfect hiking destination for adventurers and thrill seeking tourists with even horseback rides available. The observation area at the summit gives you an unparalleled and splendid view of the ravine. The park is not without essential amenities and has a restroom, picnic tables, parking area, drinking fountain and ramada for convenience.
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.
As a settlement, the city of Mesa's history dates back 2,000 years, when the Hohokam people settled here and built the famous irrigation canals. After their mysterious departure, there were several groups of settlers that arrived in Mesa, and the city was registered in July 1878. Today, Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona and a hub for tourism. Among the attractions that bring visitors to the city are the Mesa Grand Ruins, Park of the Canals, Arizona Museum of Natural History and the LDS Mesa Arizona Temple. The city is also home to several prominent cultural venues like the Mesa Arts Center and the Mesa Amphitheater. Do visit the town's website to know more about Mesa.
The Mesa Arts Center is a beautiful architectural building that incorporates the Ikeda Theatre. This theater can seat about 1600 guests, and the arrangement is spread over three floors. The venue also features some modern and adjustable acoustics that can be made suitable for different kinds of musical performances. Watching a performance at this theater will definitely be a memorable experience.
If you're a fan of contemporary art, then the Mesa Arts Center is the place for you. This downtown attraction displays works created by both well-known figures and lesser-known artists. Be amazed by the world of canvas and colors or stop by for a concert, event, or performance art show. As a venue, the Mesa Arts Center offers comfortable seating with great views of the stage, as well as superb acoustics that are sure to delight you. There are four performance venues and five art galleries in total on the premises, not to mention quite a few unique classroom studios, guaranteeing a good time for art lovers in Arizona.