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Phoenix has worked its way up the ladder of art cities that matter...
If your child loves animals, head to the Phoenix Zoo. A wide variety of critters, including rare ones, are housed in several distinct and natural-looking environments...
This airy, contemporary gallery space has eye-catching art and intriguing exhibits. Architecture fans can tour the circular Gammage Auditorium , Frank Lloyd Wright's last major building...
For cool metro and mountain views, huff it up for half a mile to the top of 'A' Mountain, so-called because of the giant letter 'A' painted there by ASU students, but officially known as Tempe Butte or Hayden Butte...
If the Phoenix Zoo is too tame, make the trip out to the private Wildlife World Zoo to feed giraffes and view kangaroos, tigers, antelopes and other exotic creatures, many of them endangered...
Downtown is unapologetically modern except at Historic Heritage Square ...
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is another beautiful Arizona building, and the art within is like the cherry inside a chocolate. Best of all, the museum anchors an area sprinkled with public art and eateries.
One of the buildings with genuine history in Old Town Scottsdale is the Little Red School House, now home of the Scottsdale Historical Museum, whose exhibits are well meaning but ho-hum.
Take the tots to the Arizona Doll & Toy Museum in the 1901 Stevens House. The 1912 schoolroom with a cast of antique dolls squeezed behind the wooden desks is adorable.
At the popular Arizona Science Center , play with 300-odd hands-on exhibits, watch live demonstrations or take in the mysteries of the universe at the planetarium.
On the lake, it has a sculpture garden and infinity pool, outside of the curved-steel building. Inside, there's a theater for the performing arts and a 3500-sq-ft gallery.
Have a picnic at Tempe Beach Park and watch kids letting off steam at the waterfalls, rock slides and shallow pools of the ingenious Splash Playground .
The Gammage Auditorium was Frank Lloyd Wright's last major building.
Have a picnic on the shore of Tempe Town Lake.
Join a tour of the 1895 Rosson House.
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