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.
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.
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.
Since 1874 until the present day, there has been a granary at this site. Conveniently located at the shores of the Salt River, the mill was a catalyst in the development of Tempe by providing a source of income for nearby resident farmers. The two prior mills were lost to fire and this reinforced concrete structure was built in 1918. The mill was the oldest Valley factory still in continuous use before operations ceased in 1998. It subsequently fell into disrepair, however the city decided to preserve the site as a historical monument at the base of Tempe Butte. Today at the mill, visitors can walk around the building, throw a picnic or on occasion, catch a show at the manicured amphitheater.