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.
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.
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.
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.
The ASU Kerr Cultural Center is named after the famous stage artist Louise Lincoln Kerr. This terra-cotta building is one of the city's major hubs for art and culture events. Equipped with fabulous acoustics and a cozy ambiance, the historic venue has hosted many live music shows, concerts as well as storytelling and theatrical performances. ASU Kerr is also an excellent space for any occasion and is rented for private and corporate functions. With its charming and elegant setting, it is one of the city's most noteworthy establishments in the entertainment sector.
The city of Tempe is a part of the Maricopa County, in the state of Arizona. Its history dates back to the 15th Century, when it was home to Hohokam tribe. Over the time, Tempe developed and transformed into an urban area complete with modern amenities and structures. If you are considering Tempe as a tourist attraction, it offers hosts of activities like kayaking, rock climbing, fishing paddle boating and so forth. It also has many restaurant and dining outlets, where you can savor local cuisine. In a nutshell, Tempe is a fun place to visit!
Chalk up your cue and rack up the balls in this spacious pool hall. Just a few blocks from Arizona State University, it is crowded nightly with students. Eleven full-sized tables offer challenging play, and rates vary by the hour depending on the night. Tuesday through Thursday, live bands play the hall while the weekend is reserved for the private DJ and his "illegal" house mix. Shows start nightly at nine. The place serves no food, but delivery from Slice's Pizza and Fat Tuesdays is available. No cover charge.
Hayden Square is an attraction in Tempe and is named after late U.S. Senator Carl Hayden. The square is surrounded by buildings that house various offices and homes. The square has a large number of businesses, restaurants, shops and a popular night club, all surrounding the open air amphitheater and fountain located here. The place is venue to Oktoberfest, the Festival of Lights, concerts and Super Bowl festivities. It is located less than than half a mile from Arizona State University.
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 the year 2002 as the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center on the Arizona State University Campus, this ceramic haven is a must visit if you are touring the city. The exhibits are carefully placed in glass displays while the heavy pieces are set at ground level. The pieces are mostly inspired by Asian culture and have the descriptions and information stated on a placard near the exhibit.
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.