Awaken your senses in this 320-acre living classroom: Walk the 3 miles of trails while viewing over 3,200 plant and trees from North and South America, Africa, the Mediterranean, Asia and Australia. Experience the fragrance of the Gum Bark trees and the scent of the eucalyptus trees. Listen for and/or see the more than 270 species of birds who call the Arboretum home. Seasonally watch the flutter of the butterflies and dragonflies or catch glimpses of a variety of hummingbirds.
Anthropology, Archaeology, Botanical Garden, Culture, Nature Centers, Park, University
Deer Valley Rock Art Center is an archaeology museum and 47-acre Sonoran Desert preserve. Voted a Phoenix Point of Pride and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Center has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley. Visitors hike a handicap accessible quarter-mile trail to view over 1,500 carved symbols on rock made between 500 and 7,000 years ago.
Natural History, Nature Centers, Park, Science, Zoo
Founded in 1988, the International Wildlife Museum has over 400 kinds of insects, mammals and birds from all over the globe. Some of the collections are more than 100 years old and all the species found at the museum were donated by various government agencies, wildlife rehabilitation centers, captive breeding programs, zoos and individuals. Dioramas depicting wild animals in their natural settings, videos, and hands-on exhibits provide fun and educational experiences for all ages.
Children's, Nature Centers, Park, Science, Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals including 200 endangered species and participates in 37 Species Survival Plans (SSPs) to breed and maintain endangered species populations in captivity.
Art, Botanical Garden, Culture, Nature Centers, Park
Embrace the authentic beauty of the Sonoran Desert year-round at Tohono Chul Park, a charming botanical garden, set on 49 acres of lush desert. Locals and visitors alike delight in the experience of having nature at their fingertips, marveling at soaring Saguaros and the unexpected encounter with a resident hummingbird on winding nature paths.
Camp Verde, Arizona
Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Culture, Park
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center & Museum is a research institution on the archaeology of the area with a museum of artifacts from throughout the area.
Children's, General, History, Historic House, Park
World's Smallest Museum, one of Arizona's finest roadside attractions in Superior on historic US 60, showcases "artifacts of ordinary life," and by doing so, honors the world's extra-ordinary workforce! From a large iron kettle filled with ancient bits and pieces of pottery to the computer on display, a true memorium is subtly woven in one's mind that honors common people.