With so much going on in the Phoenix area – both inside and out-of-doors – consider taking a little extra time to visit a local attraction or two around attending Sales Convention, March 12-14.
Musical Instrument Museum
With over 360 exhibits, celebrating music and musical instruments from every nation on earth, the Musical Instrument Museum is a Phoenix must-see. As you move through its galleries, a headset seamlessly syncs the sound of thousands of cultural instruments, pop culture artists and live music experiences.
Celebrate the history, traditions and culture of twenty-two regional Native American tribes through art and exhibits that tell the stories of the Southwest’s native peoples.
Known locally as RoRo, this walkable creative beat in the heart of urban Phoenix boasts national acclaim for its mural-decorated businesses, monthly art walk, late-night “Vampire Hours” boutiques (open until 9PM or later), restaurants and galleries.
Heritage Square and The Rosson House Museum
The Rosson House Museum is a fully-restored 1895 Queen Anne Victorian house that offers visitors a glimpse of Phoenix and Territorial Arizona history. Heritage Square dining includes local favorites such as Pizzeria Bianco and the Japanese tapas-style eatery Nobu at Teeter House. Both restaurants are James Beard Award winners.
Phoenix Art Museum
As the largest fine art museum in the Southwest, the Phoenix Art Museum boasts a collection of global masterpieces from Asia, America, Europe and elsewhere along with contemporary works and rotating exhibits.
Old Town Scottsdale
Where old world meets new, the Southwestern arts and upscale galleries blend with trendy boutiques and hip eateries lining the streets of Old Town, creating a popular destination for shopping, dancing and nightlife.
Lovers of clean architectural lines will appreciate Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and headquarters of both the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Taliesin Fellowship. Inspired by the desert surroundings, explore the romantic setting of this dramatic structure and its famous garden. Built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, it is considered to be among the most personal of the architect’s creations.
Arizona Science Center
Providing hands-on, informal access to the Arizona Science Center’s rich history of learning opportunities, exploration, innovation and collaboration, the Center boasts over 164,000 square-feet of space. Features include the Dorrance Planetarium and the 5-story Irene P. Flinn Theater, along with special exhibitions.
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix: Ro Ho En
Deriving its name from 鷺 RO—the Japanese words for Heron (the bird symbol of Phoenix’s sister city—Himeji, Japan) and 鳳 HO—the Japanese word for the mythical Phoenix bird, and 園 EN—Japanese for garden, Ro Ho En is devoted to the friendly relationship between the two cities. Stroll through three and a half acres of authentic Japanese gardens include a tea garden and tea house, stone bridges over flowing streams at a 12-foot waterfall, lanterns, a Koi pond populated by over 300 exotically colorful Koi, and more than fifty plant varieties.
Desert Botanical Garden
With 50 acres of winding paths this desert garden displays an amazing array of arid plants, including both towering saguaros and tiny blooming cacti. As a backdrop for seasonal events, visitors enjoy local performers of blues, jazz and folk music.
OPENING MARCH 2017 BUTTERFLY EXHIBIT: Be among the first to explore the new butterfly exhibit that incorporates a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber, allowing viewers to experience all stages in the life of a butterfly.
Originally constructed in 1932 by the Wrigley chewing gum founder, William Wrigley Jr., as a gift to his beloved wife to commemorate their 50th anniversary, the mansion offers spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and the city below from the windows of its mix of Spanish, California Monterey and Mediterranean styles.
Pioneer Living History Museum
In North Phoenix, the Pioneer Living History Museum spreads over 90 acres of an old 1800’s town. Although you won’t find a car or any modern conveniences there, you can visit the Opera House where Lilly Langtry sang; check out the view from a rifle port in an actual surviving cabin from Arizona’s bloody range war; enjoy a “melodrama”; or pursue an authentic 1890s dress shop. You’ll also encounter authentic and historically accurate reproductions of a blacksmith’s shop, a jail and sheriff’s office, a ranch and costumed cowboys, Victorian ladies and, of course, the lawman.
Castles ~n~ Coasters
An amusement park and family entertainment center, Castles ~n~ Coasters includes 10 acres of rides such as the Desert Storm roller coaster and the Splashdown log flume ride, arcades, four 18-hold miniature golf courses, batting cages, go karts and more.
Recent additions include:
XD Dark Ride – a 7 Dimensional adventure that includes Dolby Digital sound, up to 2Gs of force and 400 seat movements per second, blowing air and a shooting competition where you and friends get to compete fighting off zombies and monsters.
On the Ropes – a three-story elevated obstacle course to test your balance, skills and courage!
Sky Wire – an exciting new Zip-Line activity letting your soar over the lush, world-famous miniature golf courses.