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.
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.
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.
Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts transformed a small western town into a well-respected cultural community. Throughout the years, the arts are explored through music, dance, drama, and other artistic mediums. Programs promoting the importance of the arts to children of all ages are conducted regularly. Lectures, workshops, and classes are held on a variety of thought-provoking subjects. The Virginia G. Piper Theater, Dayton Fowler Grafman Auditorium and other spaces within the center are available for rent.
Formerly called the College Theatre, the Harkins Valley Art was completed in 1940 and it's one of the most beloved movie theaters in the entire Phoenix metro area. The Valley Art still retains many of its architectural nuances from yesteryear, however it also offers stadium-rocker seating, cutting edge technology and a renovated snack-bar. Whether a Hollywood blockbuster or an international independent picture, this historic building offers the best of celluloid shows in a wonderful ambiance.
Mill Avenue is the main entertainment and shopping district in the college town of Tempe. The district not only contains city hall and government offices, but major attractions like Tempe Town Lake, Tempe Butte and Tempe Beach Park. In addition to these outdoor attractions, Mill also has tons of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. The Ave is also the site of many of Tempe's major events, festivals and parades.
Established in 1950, the Arizona State University Art Museum is housed in Nelson Fine Arts Center and the Ceramics Research Center on ASU's principal campus in Tempe. Featuring seven galleries, you will find an impressive range of contemporary art displays in this sprawling center. Spend the afternoon on an art-appreciation tour showcasing opulent ceramic and print collections as well as exhibitions by American and Latin artists. While the rotating exhibits change every quarter and gives the museum versatility, the expansive permanent ones offers an interesting aspect of art that is an imitation of real life. The Art Museum is an amalgamation of rich culture and artistic creations.
Housed within the Arizona State University Tempe Campus, Wells Fargo Arena plays host to many sporting events and can seat 14100 patrons at once. The venue is a grand space equipped with state of the art facilities making it ideal for basketball matches, gymnastics, wrestling championships, and volleyball tournaments. Apart from this, it also hosts graduation ceremonies and concerts at regular time intervals.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed the striking ASU Gammage auditorium in 1959. Host to a number of plays, concerts, and musical performances, the venue is grand and the experience of watching the performances here, unforgettable. They also offer their venue for rehearsals and workshops. The round structure is a local landmark and it is located in the Arizona State University campus.
As the heart of Phoenix's beating art scene, Tempe Center for the Arts is one of the city's primary event venues. The center includes a number of expansive spaces such as the 3500 square-foot (325.16 square-meter) gallery, a 200 seat studio theater and proscenium theater that seats 600. A vibrant schedule of events bring in the best of local and national talent to the stage with many performances suited for the youth. Events like Ballet under the Stars, open air concerts and public art displays are some of the many initiatives taken up by the center to get the community involved in its programs. For more on the services, schedules and facilities, call ahead or check out their website.