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METROPOLITAN PHOENIX


Not just the State Capitol, Phoenix, and the many metropolitan towns that surround it, are filled with art, culture, great restaurants and fun events and activities.




ARCHITECTURE


ARCHITECTURE ROW

The best concentration of fun architecture in Phoenix can be found along Washington Street between First and Fifth avenues, from the terra-cotta City-County Building to the Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse. Walking through that corridor, you feel as if the architecture is singing a ditty to you. There's the Greek facade of the Walker Building, the postmodern Municipal Courthouse with its scooped-out front, the great arrogant greenhouse of the Federal Courthouse, the Dodge, the Orpheum and City Hall. All in a few blocks, it's some of the best architecture in the city.




MYSTERY CASTLE

Take a tour at one of Arizona’s most unique architectural structures, Mystery Castle, in Phoenix. The house, which was built by Boyce Gulley from 1930-45, consists of found materials, including automobile parts and Mexican artifacts. A wondrous work of folk-art architecture, the building, named a Phoenix Point of Pride, contains 18 rooms, including a chapel, dungeon and cantina. The castle is open October through May. Try to visit before it gets too hot! Call in advance to verify if it is open. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 800 E. Mineral Road Phoenix, AZ. 85042, Phone: 602-268-1581

MYSTERY CASTLE
MYSTERY CASTLE


TALIESIN WEST SCOTTSDALE, HOME OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

Located at Cactus Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Taliesin West in north Scottsdale is one of the homes and schools of the most famous American Architects, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Wright loved Arizona. In northeast Scottsdale he created one of his most stunning masterpieces, Taliesin West, a complex of buildings that served as his personal home, studio and architectural campus from 1937 until his death in 1959.

On 600 acres, Taliesin West today is the headquarters of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the site of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, and serves as the winter campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

A National Historic Landmark, Taliesin West was named by Architectural Record as one of the most significant works of architecture in the world. Wright described Taliesin West as, “a look over the rim of the world.” He "was struck by the beauty of the desert, by the dry, clear sun-drenched air, by the stark geometry of the mountains, the entire region was an inspiration… And out of that experience, a revelation is what I guess you might call it, came the design for these buildings.”

Taliesin West was constructed by Wright in the McDowell Mountain foothills beginning in 1937. The famed architect, considered by leading critics to be the greatest architect of the 20th century, spent winters at the camp until his death in 1959. During 2004, nearly 125,000 people visited the campus, making it one of the most-visited historical homes in the country and one of Scottsdale’s primary tourist draws.

In 1932 Wright founded the Taliesin Fellowship, an architectural apprenticeship program for young men and women at their home, Taliesin, in Wisconsin.

In late 1937 Wright purchased land in northeast Scottsdale, Arizona, where he and his young apprentices took on the task of building Taliesin West as a winter "camp." The complex of buildings included residential spaces, theaters, a shop, and an architectural studio and drafting room.

From its inception, the buildings at Taliesin West astounded architectural critics with their beauty and unusual form. In its 1956 report, Architectural Record called a visit to Taliesin West "an experience in color, light, and time . . . Most of all, the building is an experience in time: approach terraces, the steps, the long walk under the pergola, the penetration into the heart of the building itself: all these form a subtle sequence of varied spaces, scales, and shapes . . . Perhaps never since the baroque period has the element of time been used so skillfully in realizing the enchantment of an intricate work of art."

Taliesin West was built literally "out of the desert" by Wright and his apprentices who gathered rocks from the desert floor and sand from the washes to build the structures--still used today for the purposes for which they were designed. The site serves as a living, working, educational facility with an on-site architectural practice.

The living quarters were added by Wright in 1940 and contain a living space, private bedroom and work space. The wing, adjacent to the site’s famous living room, which Wright called the “Garden Room,” has been remodeled to restore the masonry and structural work to their original appearances, as well as a full restoration of the interiors.

Wright continued to add buildings and make changes to the site for twenty years and served as his winter home, architectural studio, and campus for the Taliesin Fellowship.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation was established in 1940 as the repository of the life work of Frank Lloyd Wright and is committed to advancing the ideas and principles of organic architecture, organic education, and conservation of the natural environment. The Foundation also seeks to preserve and enhance the lifetime contributions and ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright, and make available to the public opportunities to study and experience organic architecture.

TALIESIN WEST SCOTTSDALE, HOME OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT





ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS


ALWUN HOUSE OF ALTERNATIVE ART

Alwun House, Phoenix's first alternative-art gallery, is still in business after 35 years. Currently on exhibit is a collection sampling the work of house artists over the years who have contributed their talents for a purpose. The gallery does go on summer break, so be sure to join its mailing list to be notified of special summer activities. For those not aware, alternative-art is not exactly for “tender” eyes. This might be styled as an “adult” art gallery. Details: 1204 E. Roosevelt St., 602-253-7887

ALWUN HOUSE


SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

You’ll see innovative, diverse works at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Walk through five galleries showing changing exhibitions of cutting-edge modern and contemporary art, architecture and design. SMoCA also hosts artist presentations, yoga classes and fashion shows featuring local bands and DJs, making it an integral part of Scottsdale’s nightlife scene. Check out the museum for free every Thursday. 7374 E Second St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Phone: 480-994-2787

SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART





BARS AND CLUBS


THE GRAPEVINE

An Old Time Local Favorite : Serving Old Town Scottsdale Since 1971

Whether you're visiting Scottsdale for the first time, or you're a native Arizonan, you'll love enjoying a cocktail and sampling our great food at the Grapevine Restaurant and Karaoke Bar in Old Town Scottsdale. Since 1971, the Grapevine has been quenching thirsty visitors to Old Town with handmade cocktails, unique margaritas and cold beers inside and on our upstairs patio. Our Old Town Scottsdale patio bar upstairs serves up the tastiest bar fare and Mediterranean inspired entrees.

Best of Phoenix Winner for Karaoke

If you're looking for the best karaoke bar in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, look no further than the Grapevine Restaurant and Karaoke Bar. With karaoke seven nights a week, The Grapevine is your place to let loose. Our karaoke hosts have a huge library of songs and the best equipment to make sure you're in the spotlight for your big night.

4013 North Brown Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, (480) 994-1792. Hours: open daily 11am; Karaoke nightly: 5pm to 1pm.

GRAPEVINE


THE LOST LEAF

This house turned bar is a favorite among downtown bohemians for its cozy, art-adorned interior that makes it a great place for good conversation with new and old friends. It even cultivates the neighborhood feel one step further by offering discounts on Sundays for bicycle riders and walkers. Lost Leaf carries more than 80 types of beers and 20 wines, making it a fun goal to try to sample them all. While you sip, enjoy poetry readings, live music or improv. 915 N. Fifth St. Phoenix, AZ. 85004 Phone: 602-321-8552

THE LOST LEAF


THE MONASTERY

If you’re craving a backyard barbecue but are still living in that tiny studio apartment, head to Monastery Bar, where you buy the meat there and cook it up yourself on the grill. It’s not too much work, though, considering you also can purchase alcohol while you wait. After getting grub, play horseshoes, darts or sand volleyball, or just mingle with other adults. After 8 p.m., the venue is open only to those age 21 and older. 4810 E McKellips Rd, Mesa, AZ 85215 Phone: 480-474-4477

THE MONASTERY


PAPAGO BREWING CO.

A brewery pub / restaurant that serves up about 30 beers, on draft, that change daily, and a food menu that includes snacks, hand-stretched brick oven pizzas, salads and sandwiches. Also available is a selection of over 200 beers in glass door refrigerators where you can pick and choose a beer, wine, mead or cider of your own desire. With a very unique interior, cork dart boards, board and card games available, it is a very enjoyable place to hang out and watch the Suns or Cardinals on TV. 7107 E. McDowell Road Scottsdale, AZ. 85257, Phone: 480-425-7439, Price Range: Under $20

PAPAGO BREWING CO.





EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES


With such a large and varied population, all with a wide array of interests, and in such a spread out area, Metropolitan Phoenix is constantly and continuously hopping with events and activities. Go to this page for a calendar of regularly scheduled fun events throughout the year. Visit regularly for updates and details.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN METROPOLITAN PHOENIX





LIVE MUSIC


THE LOST LEAF

This house turned bar is a favorite among downtown bohemians for its cozy, art-adorned interior that makes it a great place for good conversation with new and old friends. It even cultivates the neighborhood feel one step further by offering discounts on Sundays for bicycle riders and walkers. Lost Leaf carries more than 80 types of beers and 20 wines, making it a fun goal to try to sample them all. While you sip, enjoy poetry readings, live music or improv. 915 N. Fifth St. Phoenix, AZ. 85004 Phone: 602-321-8552

THE LOST LEAF


RHYTHM ROOM

There may be an indoor smoking ban in the Valley, but Rhythm Room still has that dark, smoky vibe going on inside. While the bar/music venue stays true to its name and hosts rhythm-and-blues musicians often, Rhythm Room also sees such national pop, rock and indie acts as MGMT and Alexa Ray Joel take the stage. The venue often is standing-room-only, so be prepared to get close to fellow fans. 1019 E Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ 85014, Phone: 602-265-4842

RHYTHM ROOM


KAZIMIERZ WORLD WINE BAR

It’s Kaz-MEER-ehz, but you can call it Kashmere, Kazbar or whatever other pronunciation you devise! Kazimierz is downtown Scottsdale’s hidden jewel, offering live entertainment, classic & craft cocktails, global small plates and over 2000 wines. Enjoy a glass, flight or bottle here…most bottles available for retail purchase as well! Live Entertainment Nightly 9 pm to Midnight ($5 cover). 7137 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, Phone: 480-WINE004. Hours: nightly, 6 pm – 2 am (kitchen serves until 1:30am most nights)

KAZIMIERZ





MUSEUMS OF SCIENCE, HISTORY AND CULTURE


ARIZONA CAPITOL MUSEUM

Designed by James Reily Gordon of San Antonio, the Arizona Territorial Capitol (and later State Capitol) was completed in 1901; recently celebrating 100 years. Made of native Arizona tufa and granite, the capitol is capped with a brilliant copper dome donated by the state copper industry. Adorning this shiny, new-penny crown stands the chalky white statue/weather vane, "Winged Victory."

This is not a "working capitol," but a capitol-turned-museum. (Official state business takes place in the modern buildings flanking the museum.) Once inside you will be thrilled to find that as a museum, it has the privilege of preserving the building's authentic antiquity. Because it wasn't used as a statehouse serving a growing population of state employees, it escaped the blows of 1960s modernization and maintained its turn-of-the-century atmosphere. It is quintessentially quaint. For example, the spittoons in the Congressional Chambers recall a more rough-hewn governmental body, and the old-fashioned wrought-iron elevator cage throughout the building's four floors reminds visitors of the early days of the clunking-clanging Otis invention. Little treasures like these appear every so often, reminiscent of simpler, slower times. Furthermore, nosy tourists get to peek and poke around much more openly than in a functioning statehouse with its state secrets and all. For example, you can visit the preserved 19th century Governor's office (complete with wax figure of the first state governor, Governor Hunt), the Secretary of State's office, the State Veterinarian's office (very interesting) and the Mine Inspector's office (also very interesting, especially the 19th century mining caps with little kerosene lamps on top that miners had to set aflame and wear on their heads before flashlight-equipped hard hats were invented.)

Don't miss the various exhibit rooms throughout the capitol/museum, such as:

The USS Arizona room, an exhibit of items salvaged from the sunken battleship, as well as personal accounts and memorabilia from survivors of the devastating Pearl Harbor attack. Dominating the room is a display of the USS Arizona Silver Service donated by Arizona citizens at the ship's launching in 1915, and decorated with scenes and themes of Arizona. Some of the pieces are accentuated with Arizona copper. The is a impressive and moving exhibit.

The "Merci Train" room is an exhibit of artifacts collected from the 1948 "Merci Train," a train of 48 boxcars (one for each state at the time) filled with gifts to the American states from the people of France in appreciation for the 1945 "Friendship Train" of boxcars filled with food, given by the American people to war-ravaged France and Italy. Some of the exquisite French gifts were family heirlooms and the accompanying notes will rip your heart out. Drew Pearson, an American columnist came up with the idea for the American Friendship Train, and French railroad worker and war veteran, Andre Picard, came up with the idea of the reciprocal Merci Train. It's an emotional and touching exhibit, and a side of WWII rarely mentioned in history books. . . the mending.

Also, while in the area, definitely don’t miss walking around Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza to the east of the State Capitol, the Capitol Museum and the government mall. Named in honor of Wesley Bolin, the late governor of Arizona who was better known as the perennial Secretary of State, the plaza covers two square blocks of the State Capitol grounds and is the site of 23 memorials commemorating the achievements of Governor Bolin and other prominent Arizonans. On the western end of the plaza is the statue of Lt. Frank Luke Jr., the noted “balloon buster” pilot in WW I, standing at the entrance of the Capitol Mall. The old bell sits in front of the Old Capitol building. On the eastern tip of the plaza rests the anchor of the USS Arizona, sunk during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor in 1941, as a memorial to the men who died aboard the battleship. The plaza is a frequent site for political rallies, peaceful demonstrations and memorial ceremonies.

1700 West Washington, Phoenix, Arizona, (602) 542-4581, Admission Free, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

ARIZONA STATE LIBRARY'S CAPITOL MUSEUM INFO


ARIZONA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

The Arizona Museum of Natural History, in Mesa, is Arizona's premier museum of cultural and natural history, exploring the Southwest's history from the time before the dinosaurs to the present day. See the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the state, visit a Spanish mission, search for the Dutchman's lost treasure, pan for gold in the History Courtyard, and more.

A great place for kids and adults. My son enjoys it everytime we go. Always something different and exciting.

Be sure to visit the website for updated information on special events and traveling exhibits and other significant details:

ARIZONA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY


THE ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER

One great museum option any day of the week is the Arizona Science Center. Kids will find lots of interactive games, and the current "Crime Scene Insects" exhibit allows them to check out equipment used by investigators, see a fly hatchery and more. Special exhibits occur regularly. 600 East Washington Street, Downtown Phoenix, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Member and Non-member prices vary according to Adult, Children, Student, Senior, etc., Phone: (602) 716-2000

THE ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER


CHALLENGER SPACE CENTER ARIZONA

Associated with the Smithsonian Institute, the Challenger Space Center provides an exciting space-based learning environment where schoolchildren, families, senior citizens, corporate teams and others fly simulated space flight missions where they become flight crews, mission controllers and scientists.

Flight missions, led by Challenger Flight Directors, seamlessly integrate the concepts of teamwork, communications and leadership, along with math, science and technology skills, to help participants work together to overcome obstacles and emergencies and complete a successful mission.

Equal to education missions designed for students and their teachers, the Space Center — a community resource center — also features numerous public programming opportunities including stargazing, an indoor planetarium, space camps, lectures, telescope classes, space storytelling and more, to enable families, youth groups, Scout troops, community members, corporate teams, senior citizens and others to experience the awe-inspiring Center’s 21,433 square foot facility and all that she has to offer.

21170 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382, (Deer Valley Road and 83rd Avenue), 623.322.2001

CHALLENGER SPACE CENTER ARIZONA


GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER

Located in the former Carver High School building built in 1926, this museum features the cultural heritage and experiences of the early pioneers who made significant impact on the development of the African-American community and the era of segregation. See emerging youth artists as well as local, regional and renowned visual and performing artists. Appointment required, closed on all major holidays. By appointment only: Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM; Closed Saturday & Sunday. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 415 E. Grant St. Phoenix, AZ, 85004, PHONE: 602-254-7516

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER


HALL OF FLAME FIRE MUSEUM

Now here is something really different and very interesting.

The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 1969. Most of the exhibits are American, but they also have pieces from England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan. The Hall of Flame sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which honors firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism.

The Hall of Flame is sponsored by the National Historical Fire Foundation, which was established in 1961 by George F. Getz, Jr. The Hall is in Phoenix, Arizona at 6101 East Van Buren St, near the border with Tempe, next to the SRP main offices, across the street from Papago Park and just down the road from the Phoenix Zoo. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5, and Sundays from Noon to 4.

HALL OF FLAME FIRE MUSEUM


THE HEARD MUSEUM

The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is located on Central Avenue in Phoenix. There are now two branches of the Museum: the Heard Museum North Scottsdale in Scottsdale in the North Valley and the Heard Museum West in Surprise in the West Valley. The overall mission of the Heard Museum is to educate the public about the heritage and the living cultures and arts of Native peoples, with emphasis on the peoples of the Southwest. The Heard Museum is not a history museum. It is a living museum featuring both artifacts and contemporary art of Native cultures. The main Phoenix location of the Heard Museum has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride. The Heard Museum was founded in 1929 by Dwight B. and Maie Bartlett Heard to house their personal collection of art. Much of the archaeological material in the Heard's collection came from La Ciudad Indian ruin, which the Heards purchased in 1926 at 19th and Polk streets in Phoenix.

LOCATION: Main Phoenix, 2301 N. Central Avenue (Central & Encanto), Phoenix, AZ 85004, PHONE: 602.252.8848, Convenient, access via light rail stop Central/Encanto/Heard Museum.

HEARD MUSEUM


MESA HISTORICAL MUSEUM

The Mesa Canal, Mormons and Hohokams have all played an integral part of Mesa’s history, which you can learn more about at the Mesa Historical Museum. Exhibits have included displays on Mesa’s architecture and the significance of baseball in the community, and there are always plenty of artifacts, including documents and photographs, to check out. 2345 N. Horne St. Mesa, AZ. 85203, Phone: 480-835-7358

MESA HISTORICAL MUSEUM


THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM

Music is something all humans share, a source of beauty and comfort in our daily lives, a means to give voice to our joy in times of celebration and a powerful force that brings us all together. Music is the lifelong friend that we all have in common. The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) celebrates music as all of these things—a sustaining human gift and wellspring of global culture. We invite people from every nation and walk of life to come and share in this common legacy, be amazed by the beauty and diversity of musical instruments from all across the globe, and be enriched by their sounds and the stories they have to tell. The world’s first global musical instrument museum has been over a year in the making and is now open in Phoenix, Arizona. 4725 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050 (Loop 101 and Tatum Blvd.) 480-478-6000

THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM


PHOENIX POLICE MUSEUM

The Phoenix Police Museum commemorates more than 125 years of service by Phoenix officers and recognizes those who have died during service. Exhibits include a re-creation of an early-1900s police station, a jail cell, a Sept. 11, 2001, display and vintage police vehicles. Museum admission always is free. 101 S Central Ave, Suite 100 Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: 602-534-7278

PHOENIX POLICE MUSEUM


PIONEER LIVING HISTORY VILLAGE

Historic Buildings from all around Arizona were transported to 90 acres off of I-17 just north of Phoenix at Pioneer Road exit.

Located 30 minutes north of downtown Phoenix, you'll visit over 90 acres of an old 1800's town, with no cars or smog!

Just authentic buildings and historically accurate reproductions.

See the Opera House where Lilly Langtry sang; look through a rifle port in the actual cabin that survived Arizona's bloodiest range war; laugh your way through a "melodrama"; or browse through an 1890's dress shop, eat at an historic restaurant and saloon, and much more!

All of this, plus a blacksmith shop, sheriff's office and jail, complete ranch complex, and costumed interpreters including cowboys, lawmen, and lovely Victorian ladies - await you at Pioneer Living History Village, Arizona's most authentic Old West town.

Don't miss out on this bit of history!

3901 West Pioneer Road, Phoenix, 623-465-1052

PIONEER LIVING HISTORY VILLAGE


RAWHIDE AT WILD HORSE PASS

Dig into Arizona’s Western history at Rawhide, a spot that has been transformed to resemble the Old West, complete with staged gun fights, country music and gold panning. There also is a desert train ride, a theater with rotating shows and a shooting gallery. Workers here really take their jobs seriously and get into character. Admission to the park is free, but there is a fee for some attractions.

5700 W. North Loop Road Gila River Reservation, AZ. 85226, Phone: 480-502-5600

RAWHIDE


WESTERN SPIRIT: SCOTTSDALE'S MUSEUM OF THE WEST

This museum celebrates the art, history, culture and unique stories of the 19 states comprising the American West. The museum features regularly changing exhibitions, entertaining events, gallery tours, and engaging activities that bring to life the unique stories of the people, places and events that embody our Western heritage and play a role in shaping its future.

3830 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Az 85251, Phone: 480-686-9539

SCOTTSDALE'S MUSEUM OF THE WEST





PARKS, GARDENS, ZOO & NATURE SITES


DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN

Escape in the Desert Botanical Garden, where more than 100 endangered plants from around the world live. There are several paths to walk on and check out the greenery, and you can learn more about the plants on one of several tours offered weekly, including flashlight tours at night and bird walks. During the holidays, be sure to check out Las Noches de las Luminarias, when the garden’s paths are lit up with luminarias. 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ. 85008, Phone: 480-941-1225

DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN


FOUNTAIN HILLS FOUNTAIN & PARK

Fountain Park is a 64-acre recreation area in Fountain Hills, east of Scottsdale. The most notable feature is the World Famous Giant Fountain shooting water high into the air from the 29 acre lake. Included in the park are 35 acres of grass, a children's playground, benches, picnic areas, ramadas, little shops & more.

FOUNTAIN HILLS FOUNTAIN PARK THE FOUNTAIN


HIKING IN THE PHOENIX AREA

I am frequently asked about hiking areas and trails in short driving distances around and about the Phoenix Metro area. While I am certain that we do have a lot of hiking trails around the Valley of the Sun, I’m not actually very familiar with them. However, the following notable preserves are known to have numerous and extensive hiking trails: Papago Park; McDowell Mountain; South Mountain; Camelback Mountain; Piestawa Peak (formerly Squaw Peak); Superstition Mountains (east of Mesa). Meanwhile, you might try searching them on Google along with the term “hiking trails”.

These links can help:

PHOENIX HIKING TRAILS
PHOENIX PARKS
AZCENTRAL.COM TRAVEL SECTION


MCCORMICK-STILLMAN RAILROAD PARK

As a long time Scottsdale resident, I remember as a child when this Park was first built. I now take my son regularly. It is also a fun and interesting place for adults; children are not required.

Located on the southeast corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale Roads, there is no charge to visit this wonderful family oriented park with model train exhibits, a train museum, actual historic depots and other railroading buildings, including a model railroad store, a couple of snack shops, and of course a large scale mini-train that only costs $1.00 to ride, and an antique Carousel also only $1.00 to ride. There are also extensive playground equipment, ramadas available for rent for picnics and other gatherings, and birthdays for children under 8 can be coordinated by the Park staff for a very modest fee and include many activities including rides on the train and the carousel. Many fun events and activities are annually held at the Park, including the free Sunday night Concert Series mid-May through mid-July, the great annual Railfair in October with model railroad exhibits and other activities throughout the park, special events and activities for Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veteran’s Day, and the wonderful Christmas Lights display with rare nighttime train rides in December.

Do be sure to visit this excellent website with all kinds of information, details, etc.

MCCORMICK-STILLMAN RAILROAD PARK


PAPAGO PARK

Known for its red-rock buttes, Papago Park is home to two of Phoenix’s best-known landmarks, Hole in the Rock and Hunt’s Tomb, as well as a variety of flora and fauna. The 1,200-acre scenic park is heaven for hikers and mountain bikers, who take advantage of its numerous nature trails. There’s lots to do, with picnic sites, fishing lagoons and a zoo, a botanical garden, a fire museum and a golf course nearby. 625 N Galvin Parkway Phoenix 85008, Phone: 602-256-3220

PAPAGO PARK


SCOTTSDALE GREENBELT

The Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt is an oasis of parks, lakes, paths and golf courses traversing 11 miles through the heart of Scottsdale. The greenbelt features more than 24 grade-separated crossings, meaning users can avoid major cross traffic. This world-renown flood control project is rated among the top urban "green spaces" in Arizona. Great for jogging and bicycling, fishing and picnics, with a dog park and sport facilities and so much more.

SCOTTSDALE GREENBELT


SEA LIFE AQUARIUM

See tiger sharks, eels, rays, sea horses, an octopus and thousands of neon tropical fish at this new aquarium filled with more than 5,000 marine creatures. Featured is a 360-degree tunneled walkway where tropical fish, rays and sharks swim above, below and around visitors. A children's play area, a video room and an educational center are also on-site. Sea Life Aquarium, Arizona Mills Mall, 5000 Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, AZ 85282, PHONE: 480-478-7600

SEA LIFE AQUARIUM





RESTAURANTS


CARLSBAD TAVERN

A pretty place, especially the patio. The main dining room is like being in a dark cavern, such as Carlsbad Caverns. The décor includes bats. Fine New Mexican eats, such as the ossobuco pork shank and chile-infused carne adovada. Also Mexican and Italian dishes. Cuisine: New Mexican 3313 N. Hayden Road Scottsdale, AZ. 85251 Phone: 480-970-8164 Price Range: $20 to $40

CARLSBAD TAVERN


FOX RESTAURANT CONCEPTS

Healthy gourmet and principally locally and organically grown, Fox Restaurant Concepts is a company inspired by remarkable dining experiences. Given the freedom to dream up the best in innovative food, drinks, service, ambiance and architecture, the Fox Restaurant Concepts team has found profound success in developing restaurants that our customers and our community have wholeheartedly embraced. From our beginnings as a single restaurant in Tucson in 1998, as with every new restaurant concept, we are looking to make a connection. We want you to love our restaurants. With 15 concepts, 39 locations and counting, we invite you to get to know the many personalities of Fox Restaurant Concepts.

Their most notable restaurants in the Phoenix area include: True Food Kitchen, Blanco Tacos, Zinburger, Culinary Dropout, The Arrogant Butcher, Olive & Ivy, Flower Child. Link to all the different restaurants through this one website.

FOX RESTAURANT


GEORGE AND DRAGON

A little piece of England is in the George and Dragon, a pub modeled after overseas bars, with stone walls and a fireplace, British decorations and flags hanging from the ceiling, and the Union Jack decorating tables. The space has a huge selection of alcohol, including imported British, Welsh and Scottish beers, as well as a wide selection of scotch — and all drinks are $1 off from 4-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For food, try some traditional British fare such as shepherd’s pie ($10.50) or a Cornish pasty ($10.95). Don’t worry, there are American selections for the not-so-daring. Make some new friends at the pub during a poker tournament or while playing at one of the two pool tables. 4240 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ. 85012 Phone: 602-241-0018

GEORGE AND DRAGON


THE GRAPEVINE

An Old Time Local Favorite : Serving Old Town Scottsdale Since 1971

Whether you're visiting Scottsdale for the first time, or you're a native Arizonan, you'll love enjoying a cocktail and sampling our great food at the Grapevine Restaurant and Karaoke Bar in Old Town Scottsdale. Since 1971, the Grapevine has been quenching thirsty visitors to Old Town with handmade cocktails, unique margaritas and cold beers inside and on our upstairs patio. Our Old Town Scottsdale patio bar upstairs serves up the tastiest bar fare and Mediterranean inspired entrees.

Best of Phoenix Winner for Karaoke

If you're looking for the best karaoke bar in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, look no further than the Grapevine Restaurant and Karaoke Bar. With karaoke seven nights a week, The Grapevine is your place to let loose. Our karaoke hosts have a huge library of songs and the best equipment to make sure you're in the spotlight for your big night.

4013 North Brown Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, (480) 994-1792. Hours: open daily 11am; Karaoke nightly: 5pm to 1pm.

GRAPEVINE


GREEN

You can chew on more than your principles here -- global accents give the good-for-you fare a boost. Crunchy veggie samosas, eggless egg rolls, mock crab puffs and flatbread with vegan “cheese” and tomato sauce are some of the attractions. 100% vegan and also organic. The soy ice cream deserts are one of their incredible attractions. 2240 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 8 Tempe, AZ. 85281 Phone: 480-941-9003

GREEN


POMEGRANATE CAFE

Delicious vegan, vegetarian and raw cuisine and beverages, Pomegranate Cafe was voted "New Times Best Phoenix Vegan Restaurant of 2012". This healthy concious cafe serves locally grown foods, with organic and wholesome ingredients, along with teas, coffees and a variety of decadent pastries that you can eat guilt-free. They also have events and classes. Located at 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 28, in Ahwatukee in Phoenix AZ, visit their website for hours, events and menus.

POMEGRANATE CAFE


RULA BULA

Great Irish pub, handsome-looking pub with handsome fare. Sure there’s corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips. But there’s also boxty, a traditional griddled potato pancake rolled around Guinness-braised beef. And you don’t have to be Irish to enjoy the nightlife here. Rula Bula is one of the busiest spots on Mill Avenue, drawing crowds for its laid-back atmosphere, huge patio seating and live music. 401 S. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ. 85281, Phone: 480-929-9500

RULA BULA


SUGAR BOWL

This Old Town Scottsdale gem has been around since 1958, and it’s no wonder, considering the friendly service, tasty food and, of course, the delicious ice cream. You can’t help but smile in the diner, which has pink booths and chairs and classic Coca-Cola signs throughout. There also is an arcade. The menu features a selection of sandwiches, burgers, salads and soups, and you definitely have to save room for dessert. There’s ice cream, sherbet, malts, sodas and sundaes. There’s no way you could go wrong with the Sugar Bowl Treat Banana Split ($5.50), a tasty take on the classic. 4005 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ. 85251 Phone: 480-946-0051

SUGAR BOWL


TRUE FOOD KITCHEN

Sam Fox and Dr. Andrew Weil have teamed up to create a restaurant with good food that also happens to be good for you. Look for pasta sauced with organic yogurt, vivid salads and expertly crafted cod and sea bass. Biltmore Fashion Park 2502 E. Camelback Road, Suite 135 Phoenix, AZ. 85016, Phone: 602-774-3488

One of the many in the Fox chain of restaurants. From the True Food Kitchen page, you can link to the many other of their great restaurants around Phoenix and Arizona.

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN


VINCITORIO'S RESTAURANT

Enjoy daily-made pastas, sauces made from scratch, pizzas and Italian wines by the glass. Look for fettuccine with chicken and asparagus, lasagna, agnolotti and panna cotta with marinated berries and a raspberry mango sauce. 1835 E. Elliot Road Tempe, AZ. 85284 Phone: 480-820-2786 Price Range: $20 to $40

VINCITORIO'S RESTAURANT





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