Life in the Phoenix area is full of entertainment, tasty food, cultural events, and blazing temperatures. There is always something to do, somewhere to go, and something to enjoy; life is not boring in the Valley of the Sun. With so many things to choose from it can be difficult to decide where to go that is out of the ordinary and fun for the whole family.
Here is a list of unique things to do and sights to see when living or vacationing in Phoenix, Arizona.
“Mystery Castle” is located at 800 East Mineral Road in South Phoenix at the intersection of East Mineral Road and South 6th Place. The castle was given 5 stars and is said to be “amazing, unique, and interesting.” “Mystery Castle” is made totally out of recycled bottles, granite, and rock, and was built as a tribute from a father (Boyce Luther Gulley who died in 1945) to his daughter (Mary Lou Gulley) who still resides there today. Visitors will enjoy touring this 8000 square-foot castle which was built in 1930 and includes 18 rooms, southwestern antiques, and 13 fireplaces. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and $2.00 for children. For more information including business hours call 602-268-1581 or to learn more about “Mystery Castle” log on to www.wikipedia.org.
“The Japanese Friendship Garden” is open Tuesdays through Sundays at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and is located at 1125 North 3rd Avenue. The garden sits on 3 ½ acres and includes a “Tea Garden” and “Tea House” which has 1500 tons of hand-picked rock, footbridges, lanterns, a pond, a waterfall, and a variety of plants. Visitors can take a tour of the garden, enjoy a public tea, attend a workshop, watch a folk dance, and receive information about Japanese history. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students, children, seniors, and military members. For additional information about “The Japanese Friendship Garden” call 602-256-3204 or log on to www.phoenix.gov/parks.
To learn about the culture of the Native American people visit “The Heard Museum.” There are two locations where visitors can explore exhibits such as “Pop! Popular Culture in American Indian Art,” “Hopi Katsina Dolls: 100 Years of Carving,” “Arctic Spirit: Inuit Art from the Albrecht Collection,” “History and Collections of the Heard Museum,” “Old Traditions in New Pots: Silver Seed Pots from the Norman L. Sandfield Collection,” and so much more! After a day of touring visitors can get a bite to eat at the “Courtyard Café” and do some shopping at “The Heard Museum Shop.” The Phoenix Museum is located at 2301 North Central Avenue and the Scottsdale Museum is at 32633 North Scottsdale Road at “The Summit.” Admission prices are location specific: Phoenix: $12.00 for adults, $11.00 for seniors 65+, $5.00 for students with ID, $3.00 for children 6-12, FREE for children under 6, and FREE for Native Americans. Scottsdale admission fees are $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors 65+, $2.00 for students with ID, $2.00 for children 6-12, FREE for children under 6, FREE for “Heard Museum Members,” and FREE for Native Americans. For additional information, group rates, calendar of events, and directions call 602-252-8848 or visit them on line at www.heard.org.
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