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Community

Japanese Friendship GardenThe mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden, Inc. is to maintain a beautiful, serene Japanese garden in the heart of Phoenix and provide educational and artistic programs and events that continue to deepen our relationships and celebrate the rich history and culture of Japan.Wrigley MansionThe Wrigley, a breathtaking landmark originally constructed in 1932 by chewing gum personality William Wrigley Jr., was thoughtfully designed as a 50th anniversary gift to his beloved wife. Sitting at the top of a hill, the mansion commands spectacular 360-degree views of the mountains and the city below. Its architecture includes curated elements of Spanish, California Monterey and Mediterranean styles.McCormick Stillman Railroad ParkMcCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona, is the most unique park of its kind in the country. Take a ride on the Paradise and Pacific Railroad and antique carousel. Visit a variety of shops and museum or play in one of the spacious playgrounds, or just relax in the grass under a tree or in one of the park's picnic ramadas.Arizona Military MuseumThe Arizona Military Museum is operated by the Arizona National Guard Historical Society, a private non-profit corporation. The officers and directors serve as docents, and they perform other necessary functions in conjunction with National Guard support to operate and maintain the museum.Burton Barr Central LibraryBurton Barr Central Library is located on Central Avenue just south of McDowell Road. Visit Valley Metro for public transportation routes serving the library.Tovrea CastleTovrea Castle is a historic structure and landmark in Phoenix, Arizona. Originally intended as a centerpiece for a resort and later a private residence, the castle is now part of the Phoenix parks system and is designated as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride. Plans were to fully open the site to the public in 2009, but cost overruns delayed the opening.[2] Currently the park shows over 5,000 individual cacti in over 100 different varieties, all maintained by volunteers of the Tovrea Carraro Society. Tickets for guided tours of the grounds, first floor, and basement have been offered since March 2012.COFCO CenterThe COFCO Center is a uniquely up-scale cultural, culinary and shopping attraction conveniently located adjacent to the Sky Harbor Airport. It is an elegantly integrated facility featuring exquisite fine Asian dining and shopping. Hall of Flame Museum of FirefightingThe 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. Taliesin WestFrank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours. Visitors experience Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.

Education

Grand Canyon UniversitySince 1949, Grand Canyon University has been a premier private university in Arizona, helping students find their purpose and achieve their potential through landing the career of their dreams, advancing their career and changing careers. Paradise Valley Community CollegeParadise Valley Community College is one of ten colleges, two skill centers, a corporate college and multiple satellite centers of the Maricopa County Community College District, an organization dedicated to educational excellence and to meeting the needs of businesses and the community of citizens in Maricopa County, Arizona. PVCC serves a predominately residential area in northeast Phoenix and northern Maricopa County. The college offers traditional programs in general education and transfer degrees as well as certificates and degrees in a number of occupational fields.Excelling SchoolsParadise Valley Unified School District is an award winning and excelling school district offering parents and students educational choices based on the best practices and most recent research available.Brophy College PreparatoryBrophy is more than a comprehensive college preparatory education. Yes, a Brophy graduate is ready for the rigors of college but, more importantly, he’s become a Man for Others, a young man whose heart and mind are open to the possibilities. Xavier College PreparatoryXavier College Preparatory is a Roman Catholic High School for young women. The 1160 students from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds hail from more than 150 different middle schools from across the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Entertainment

Turf ParadiseTurf Paradise is a thoroughbred and quarter horse racetrack in the North Mountain section of Phoenix.Great Arizona Puppet TheaterThe Great Arizona Puppet Theater is quite the venue with its soaring, handpainted arches. The Theater is housed in a beautifully restored historic building at 302 W Latham St. Phoenix, AZ 85003.Jambo Indoor Amusement ParkWith amusement park rides, a pirate-themed laser tag arena, minigolf, a video game arcade and a huge playground, Jambo! Park offers thrills for kids of all ages (and even grown-ups!). So come inside, enjoy the cool indoors, and let the adventure begin...Rainbow RydersTake a memorable hot air balloon ride in Phoenix and let your spirits soar above the majestic Deer Valley with an incredible birds’ eye view. Rainbow Ryders takes pride in hosting memorable balloon rides in Phoenix / Scottsdale every day, year-round for groups of all sizes.Lucky StrikeLucky Strike Phoenix is located in Downtown Phoenix in the CityScape Center. The 18,000 sq ft venue offers 12 state-of-the-art lanes and three tournament-quality billiard tables. This is the perfect spot to head to either before or after Suns’ or Diamondbacks’ games. Lucky Strike Phoenix has just one more reason to head to downtown Phoenix. - See more at: Celebrity TheaterCelebrity Theatre is a theater in the round located in Phoenix, Arizona. Beverly Hills architect Perry Neuschatz designed the 196-foot-diameter building as a multipurpose conference center. Gary Call was the associate architect. Owners planned to use Celebrity Theatre as a concert venue during the winter. It was further renovated significantly in 1995.

Parks & Recreation

Lake Pleasant Regional ParkOne of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun,” this northwest Valley park is a recreationist’s dream. The park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Ponderosa StablesPonderosa Livery Stable is the only guided horse rental concessionaire in South Mountain Park. We look forward to serving our out-of-town guests as well as the residents of Phoenix.Montezuma CastleMontezuma Castle National Monument protects a set of well-preserved cliff dwellings near the town of Camp Verde, Arizona, United States. The dwellings were built and used by the Sinagua people, a pre-Columbian culture closely related to the Hohokam and other indigenous peoples of the southwestern United States, between approximately 1100 and 1425 AD. The main structure comprises five stories and twenty rooms, and was built over the course of three centuries.Ben Avery Shooting FacilityThe Ben Avery Shooting Facility offers a fun and safe environment for all of your shooting needs. Men, women and children ages 5 and older of all experience levels are welcome. Trained safety officers are on the firing line at all times to oversee safety and to offer informal coaching when needed.Piestewa PeakPiestewa Peak at 2,610 feet is the second highest point in the Phoenix Mountains, after Camelback Mountain, and the third highest in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. It is located in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Piestewa Peak is named in honor of Army Spc. Lori Ann Piestewa, the first known Native American woman to die in combat in the U.S. military,and the first female soldier to be killed in action in the 2003 Iraq War.Camelback MountainThe summit of Camelback Mountain is at 2,704 feet above sea level. The mountain's two summit trails gain approximately 1,200 feet in elevation.Castles and CoastersWhether you're young or old, big or small, you'll find lots of fun, food and excitement at Arizona's Finest Family Fun and Thrill Park. From the thrilling sky high roller coasters and exciting Sky Diver, to the exotic world class miniature golf courses and enchantment of an old fashioned carousel, there's magic and new adventures waiting for you and your family at Castles ~n~ Coasters. Phoenix Badminton CenterOur commitment is to provide our members with a world-class badminton facility for the enjoyment of badminton. Whether you are a novice or want to be a national level player, we strive to provide the highest standard facilities, superior coaching / training programs, and numerous amenities and services, all custom tailored to meet the demands of our members.Enchanted IslandThe Valley’s best places to take the family is conveniently located just west of 7th Avenue on Encanto Blvd, right in the heart of Phoenix’s picturesque Encanto Park. Enchanted Island is filled with charm and magic, offering nine fanciful rides and a variety of popular attractions geared especially toward children aged 1 to 10.

Shopping

Arizona Biltmore Fashion ParkThe original luxury shopping destination in Phoenix is a newly polished classic. Lush lawns and shaded, flower-filled walkways lead to wonderful shops — think Saks, Ralph Lauren, Escada, Apple and more. A delicious collection of restaurants, including True Food Kitchen and The Capital Grille, let you order up levels of flavorful virtue. Relaxing and inviting, it's all tucked into a historic neighborhood of luxury homes, famous resorts and glittering high-rises. Scottsdale Fashion SquareScottsdale Fashion Square is an upscale, super-regional luxury shopping mall located in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is the largest shopping mall in Arizona and the American Southwest, with approximately 2 million square feet of retail space, and is among the top 30 largest malls in the country. It is one of the top 10 most profitable malls in the country with over $740 sales per square foot, more than $400 over the national average. The mall is located on the northwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Camelback Road in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has been owned by Westcor, a subsidiary of Macerich, since 2002. With the explosion of new retail developments and dining options in the nearby vicinity, the term Scottsdale Fashion Square has become more generalized in recent years to include the retail shopping districts adjacent to the complex, including the Scottsdale Waterfront and Southbridge.Happy Valley Towne CenterHappy Valley Towne Center offers the ultimate shopping experience in a distinctive outdoor setting. Immerse yourself in a unique blend of specialty shopping, restaurants and entertainment venues. The center bursts with color, energy and fun, creating a destination you'll want to come back to again and again. From apparel and appliances to food and furniture, Happy Valley Towne Center has everything you're looking for in one convenient location. Offering the foremost names in retail, including Lowe's, Barnes & Noble, Staples, Pier 1 Imports and WalMart ... complemented by an extensive selection of specialty stores. Why shop anywhere else? Experience the fabulous shopping at Happy Valley Towne Center. Happy Valley Towne Center is located on the south-east corner of I-17 and Happy Valley Road.The Shops at NorterraThe Shops at Norterra is a 350,000-square-foot lifestyle center featuring more than 40 diverse shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. The shopping center is conveniently located at the northeast corner of I-17 and Happy Valley Road in beautiful North Phoenix, adjacent to the USAA corporate campus. Phoenix Premium OutletsFind impressive savings at Adidas, Banana Republic, Coach, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Lucky Brand, Max Studio, Michael Kors, Nike, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and more.
Last Updated: 1/19/2018