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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tempe Beach Park is the recreational lifeblood of Downtown Tempe, where locals come for recreation around the massive Tempe Town Lake. There are many attractions nearby, like pontoon bridges, the Tempe Center for the Arts and the Boat Marina. At the marina, you can rent a boat and take a tour of the lake or if you prefer more manual efforts, rent a paddle-boat for two. There is also a special water splash playground that is designed for kids so they can get soaked during the dog-days of summer.
This volcanic butte at the end of Mill Avenue has many names; the original inhabitant Hohokam Indians regard it as ʼOidbaḍ Doʼag, the city of Tempe as 'Hayden Butte' after the city's founder, and ASU students affectionately know it as 'A Mountain'. Regardless of the nomenclature, everyone can agree that the butte provides a nice hike with some beautiful views of Tempe and its environs once you reach the top. In addition to some great exercise, on the way you will see ancient petroglyphs from the aforementioned Hohokam, native wildlife and the massive letter 'A', which celebrates the nearby university.
If you are looking to explore some new creations in contemporary art, then visit the Harry Wood Gallery that is located in the Art Building on the Arizona State University Campus. The gallery is named after the head of the Arts Department Professor Harry Wood. The main objective of the gallery is to provide exhibition space to graduate students who want to present their art thesis. Other annual exhibitions like the Nathan Cummings Foundation Juried Travel Exhibition, Juried Undergraduate Exhibition and many more are presented here.
If you are into the art of photography or a student of photography then do drop in at the Northlight Gallery which is a part of the Arizona State University's Herberger Institute School of Art. The gallery was established in the year 1972 by the Professor Jack and fellow students. Works of upcoming as well of renowned artists have been kept on display in the form of photos and visual installations. A few of the international artists include Eugene Atget, Linda Connor, Betty Hahn and Mary Ellen Mark and many more.
Get a dose of local history at the Museum of Anthropology, which is a part of the Arizona State University. Grab the opportunity to view the exhibits displayed, that will give you an insight in the rocky arid desert, that Arizona was continues to be. The exhibits also take you into the lives of the natives, who have occupied this land for years and the cultural changes they have undergone with the advent of modernization. Do not miss out on the exhibit 'Room for the Dead', which offers you a glimpse into every aspect of a native's life. Another favorite of the visitors is 'Choosing the Good', which displays research done on the manner in which people from different communities form across the globe, resolve the same dilemma in different ways.