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.
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.
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.
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.
Music lovers should head to the Musical Instrument Museum which has a collection of 15,000 musical instruments as well as multimedia exhibits. The collection of musical instruments comes from every corner of the world. Many so strange, they are exhibited along with an instructional video. Visitors get the opportunity to learn diverse music styles that exist around the globe. The museum also has live performances held at its theater.
Mesa Contemporary Arts is an exhibition area within Mesa Arts Center, a name synonymous with contemporary art. It houses five galleries, each displaying unique creations by aspiring artists as well as renowned ones. Visitors will be amazed to discover the creative vision reflected in each exhibition. 'Fire & Sand' and 'Glass Sessionism' are just two examples of this ingenuity. A testament to both the works and their creators, some of these exhibits have been being created for decades. Those who wish to hone their artistic skills after browsing through this inspiring collection can enroll in any of the workshops and lectures conducted here.
Head here to visit the prehistoric era and learn about the world as it was more than 65-million years ago. The Arizona Museum of Natural History has done a commendable job in preserving and presenting these creatures, in addition to other exhibits that are dedicated to local anthropology and natural history. The museum takes visitors right back to the time when the earth was formed. Galleries in the museum display replicas and give visitors the opportunity to understand more about the fascinating subject of paleontology. Ongoing exhibitions include Origins, Dinosaur Hall, Paleo Dig Pit, Heritage Wall, Fun with History!, Exploration Station, and many more.
Earlier known as the Arizona Museum for Youth, i.d.e.a. Museum is an amazing place for kids and those who are kids at heart always. The abbreviation for imagination, design, experience and art, this interactive facility opened its doors in its renewed avatar in 2014. This hands-on museum is a fun way to learn and imagine various art forms through activities involving science, technology, design, math and engineering. Check out the Whiteman Family Exhibition Gallery for their interactive art exhibitions where children can let their imagination run wild or ArtVille for those below four years that will help in developing skills. All their zones are related to hone ideas, skills and knowledge in an artistic way. They also have different programs throughout the year that are engaging as well.
The Mormon religion and its adherents have played a prominent role in the establishment and development of Mesa. The Mesa Arizona Temple opened in 1927, and it is still one of the largest operating temples in the Mormon religion today. This visitors' center welcomes people of all faiths to tour the building, stroll around the beautifully manicured grounds, or attend one of the many events held here. During the holiday season, the temple puts on one of the largest light shows in the city, creating just another excuse to check out the landmark and informative visitor center.
The Circus Farm is an entertainment venue as well as a training ground for the locals. You can drop by to enjoy their fire dancing, belly dances and circus shows. The open space also invites locals to learn this art and then perform here. Additionally, the space is open to host all community events and parties here.
Located in North Mesa, the Park of the Canals preserves both local history and terrain. Hohokam Indians inhabited many different regions throughout Arizona over 2,000 years ago, becoming one of the most prominent cultures in the Southwest and lending to area's significance. Particularly special, the Hohokam people are credited with providing the first canal system from the Salt and Gila rivers. In fact, the modern metropolitan city of over 3.5 million people still relies on the pathways of this ancient canal structure. As it's also a park, the city of Mesa has added a mini botanical garden, information center, playground, and picnic tables for your convenience and enjoyment.