Phoenix Points Of Pride
PHOENIX PRIDE COMMISSION
POINTS OF PRIDE
Points of Pride #1-13 and #14-30 plus map
Points of Pride en español #1 - 13 y #14 - 30 incluyendo mapa
The Phoenix Pride Commission is proud to present the 30 favorite Points of Pride in Phoenix selected by more than 40,000 Valley residents. The Points of Pride locations are places you'd be proud to tell your friends and visitors not to miss when they're in town. Or you may want to take your family on an outing to enjoy Phoenix's most popular landmarks.
The Points of Pride consist of parks, cultural facilities, historic residences and mountain peaks. All these unique locations are found within Phoenix city limits and contribute to the quality of life in the Valley.
The Phoenix Pride Commission was created in August 1991 to foster a sense of community pride among Valley residents. The commission has presented four positive, unique programs since its inception including successful Sunday on Central events, a testimonial advertising campaign, Phoenix Walk of Pride program and the Points of Pride competition. For more information about Phoenix Pride Commission activities, call 602-262-7176.
- Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa - photograph
2400 E. Missouri Ave. (map), 602-955-6600
A Valley landmark since 1929, the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa is regarded as one of the world's finest resorts. Known as the "Jewel of the Desert," the Arizona Biltmore provides a restful oasis of 39 acres covered with lush gardens, glistening swimming pools and Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architecture. Set in the heart of Phoenix at the foot of Piestewa Peak, the Arizona Biltmore has been a favorite of celebrities and U.S. presidents throughout its colorful history.
View a short two-minute movie about the Arizona Biltmore.
- Arizona Center - photograph
400 E. Van Buren St. (map), 602-271-4000
Rising up from a cool, inviting landscape in the heart of downtown Phoenix is the Southwest's "must-see" marketplace, Arizona Center, featuring shopping, dining and entertainment. Shoppers will find the perfect gift at any one of our specialty shops and marketplace carts. Dining is an adventure awaiting discovery with eight full-service and two quick-service restaurants, each featuring a comfortable patio area for dining "al fresco." First-run movies are shown at the 24-screen AMC theater. An Arizona discount flier is available on our Web site that offers specials for our shops and restaurants. Looking for the perfect setting for your next event? The Arizona Center is the location for your wedding, reception, corporate party or family gathering. Give us a call for details.
- Ben Avery Shooting Facility - photograph
4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd. (map), 623-582-8313
The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is a professionally managed and operated, safe, fun, family-based, customer-friendly, shooting sports recreational facility, which provides a quality experience with a homelike atmosphere for a variety of shooting sports, activities and events, now and well into the future.
- Camelback Mountain - photograph
East McDonald Drive at Tatum Boulevard (map) , 602-256-3220
The city's most prominent landmark, Camelback Mountain and the Echo Canyon Recreation Area, features sheer red cliffs, the Praying Monk rock formation and the familiar camel's silhouette. The 75.8-acre park is a favorite hiking and climbing spot. The summit trail is difficult.
- Cricket Pavilion - photograph
2121 N. 83rd Ave. (map), one-half mile north of the I-10 Freeway (between 75th and 83rd avenues), 602-254-7200
This 20,000 seat open-air amphitheater, which opened in 1990, presents the top names in contemporary music to more than 300,000 fans annually. Considered to be among the finest outdoor entertainment venues anywhere, it is the only building of its size in the Valley designed specifically for musical performances. The facility has hosted most of the nation's top entertainers, including Jimmy Buffett, KISS, Dave Matthews Band, Toby Keith, Ozzfest and Sting. It features superior sight lines, 40-foot big screens, unsurpassed acoustics and a permanent stage capable of handling the most sophisticated production.
- Deer Valley Rock Art Center - photograph
3711 W. Deer Valley Road (map), 623-582-8007
The Deer Valley Rock Art Center, a 47-acre nature preserve that contains more than 1,500 petroglyphs, merges past, present and future. Managed by Arizona State University's Department of Anthropology, the center features petroglyphs left on more than 500 boulders throughout the Hedgpeth Hills, a sacred Indian site. In the visitor's center, designed by famed Southwest architect Will Bruder, interpretive displays examine the process of petroglyph production, preservation and interpretation. The Glyph Shop offers a variety of items relating to rock art including books, clothing and jewelry. The site opened to the public in 1994 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours along the quarter-mile trail are available for school and adult groups or visitors may stroll along on their own.
- Desert Botanical Garden - photograph
1201 N. Galvin Parkway (map), 480-941-1225
The Desert Botanical Garden offers the finest collection of desert plants from around the world in a unique outdoor setting. The garden has more than 50,000 plants on display throughout five thematic trails, which illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert, and desert wildflowers. The garden offers lectures and workshops on desert landscaping and horticulture, nature art and photography, botanical art and illustration, health and wellness, and natural history. In addition, the garden offers specialized tours, concerts, special events, seasonal exhibits, an outdoor cafe, a gift and plant shop, and many activities for children and their families.
- Encanto Park - photograph
2745 N. 15th Ave. (map), 602-262-6412
Encanto Park is a 222-acre oasis with picnic areas, a lagoon, boat house, swimming pool, nature trail, Kiddieland/Enchanted Island amusement park, urban fishing and two golf courses. The park is an emerald-like jewel just a few blocks from the busy central corridor. The municipal golf courses offer modest fees and are busy all year long. The lagoon offers paddle boats and canoes as well as fishing and an opportunity to observe ducks and other waterfowl. The facility also features a softball diamond, and basketball and tennis courts. Encanto (Spanish for "enchanted") Park is a favorite Valley spot for weekend picnics and cookouts.
- Heard Museum - photograph
2301 N. Central Ave. (map), 602-252-8848
A sparkling glass and clay fence welcomes you to the Heard Museum's new signature experience, HOME: Native People of the Southwest, creating a distinctive display of color and light. World famous for its exhibitions, festivals and outdoor sculpture courtyards, the Heard Museum is a 21st century cultural and educational institution that is part of the legacy of Phoenix. An outstanding array of authentic Native American jewelry can be found in the museum shop and bookstore, and a full-service menu awaits inside the Arcadia Farms Cafe.
- The Herberger Theater Center - photograph
222 E. Monroe St. (map), 602-254-7399
The Herberger Theater Center was conceived as a pivotal piece in the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Phoenix. Build in 1989 to support and foster the growth of performing arts in Phoenix as a performance venue and arts incubator, the Herberger Theater Center has contributed to the cultural and educational development of the Valley. Since that time, more than two million patrons, including 300,000 school-aged children have shared the unique experience of live performing arts. Three theaters are located at the center including Center Stage seating 800, Stage West seating 325 and the Performing Outreach theater seating 110.
- Historic Heritage Square - photograph
115 N. Sixth St. (map), 602-262-5071
A reminder of Phoenix's proud past, Historic Heritage Square recalls the city's Victorian past. The Rosson House is the cornerstone of a city block of museums, gift shops and restaurants housed in buildings that date from the late 1800s and represent the only remaining group of residential structures from the original town site of Phoenix.
- Japanese Friendship Garden - Ro Ho En - photograph
1125 N. Third Ave. (map), 602-256-3204
The essence of the Japanese culture is brought to the desert through the three and a half-acre authentic Japanese Friendship Garden in downtown Phoenix. The garden and teahouse celebrate the spirit of understanding and promote educational and cultural awareness between the East and West. The garden features more than 50 varieties of plants, flowing streams, a 12-foot waterfall and a Koi pond. The garden is a joint project between Phoenix and its sister city of Himeji, Japan.
- Mystery Castle - photograph
800 E. Mineral Road (map), 602-268-1581
Adjacent to South Mountain, Mystery Castle is a native stone castle that features 18 rooms, 13 fireplaces, parapets, many charming nooks and crannies, and is furnished with Southwestern antiques.
- Orpheum Theatre - photograph
203 W. Adams St. (map), 602-534-5600
The once magnificent Orpheum Theatre, built in an elaborate Spanish Baroque style in 1929, was underused and in serious disrepair when the city of Phoenix purchased it in 1984. Shortly thereafter, the Junior League of Phoenix spearheaded a community effort to retain the architectural and historical integrity of the last historic theater in downtown Phoenix and helped place the Orpheum on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. An $11.4 million restoration, funded through city bond funds authorized by Phoenix voters in 1988 and private sector donations, transformed the theater into a technically modern, but architecturally and historically preserved, 1,400-seat venue for performing arts, community and civic events as well as a location for visitor and convention use in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Reopened in January 1997, the Orpheum can accommodate local, regional and national touring productions, performance companies and nonprofit performing arts groups.
- Papago Park/Hole-In-The-Rock - photograph
Galvin Parkway and Van Buren Street (map), 602-256-3220
This fabulous park, located on 1,200 acres of rolling desert hills and rugged mountains, features a golf course, museums, picnic areas, fishing lagoons (urban fishing license required), hiking trails and the Hole-In-The-Rock landmark.
- Thomas J. Pappas School - photograph
355 N. Fifth Ave. (map), 602-452-4750
The Thomas J. Pappas School was founded in 1989. In its early existence, there were only eight children and the school was held at a shelter. Soon it became obvious there were going to be more children, and it needed to move to other locations in the downtown Phoenix area. In 1997, the new Pappas School was built for children Kindergarten to 5th grade. The school's mission is to develop within all students the leadership qualities to fulfill their roles as responsible citizens of a changing world and to provide enrichment opportunities to curtail homelessness.
- Patriots Square Park - photograph
Washington Street and Central Avenue (map), 602-262-4627
Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Patriots Square Park features two-and-a-half acres of open space with grass, trees, benches, an outdoor performing arts stage and two food kiosks. The park often is a site for community celebrations, including the Arizona Asian Festival and Cinco de Mayo, and serves as a decorative "cover" for a large underground parking garage. NOTE: The park is open for regular use. Due to construction of the new Light Rail Project, the park will not be rented or used for special events until construction is completed. This restriction is estimated to run through December 2008.
- Phoenix Art Museum - photograph
Central Avenue and McDowell Road (map), 602-257-1222
The largest in the Southwest, the museum features about 16,000 art works in its collection of American, European, Asian, Latin American, Contemporary and Western American art and fashion design, and hosts half a million visitors each year. Enjoy international exhibitions and the work of renowned artists. Not to be missed are the Thorne Miniature Rooms of historic interiors and the interactive ArtWorks Gallery for children. Take advantage of the audio guide to create your own tour, visit the Museum Store for unique gifts and the Art Museum Cafe for great food, and attend art classes, gallery talks and family programs.
- Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area - photograph
2701 E. Squaw Peak Lane (map), 602-262-7901
Piestewa Peak, part of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, is one of the city's best-known landmarks. The park features a 1.2-mile trail to the peak's 2,608-foot summit, which offers a spectacular view of the Valley of the Sun. The area boasts dozens of miles of trails that allow you to enjoy the glory of the Sonoran Desert in relative solitude.
- Phoenix Zoo - photograph
455 N. Galvin Parkway (map), 602-273-1341
The Phoenix Zoo is the nation's largest privately owned, nonprofit zoological park. The Zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals, including 200 endangered or threatened birds, mammals and reptiles from around the world. Each lives along one of four distinctive trails. The Arizona Trail features plants and animals of the American Southwest; the Africa Trail presents meerkats, lions, warthogs and more; the Children's Trail brings young visitors together with small mammals from around the world, and includes a barnyard petting area; and the Tropics Trail highlights plants and animals from the rain forests of the world. See the Zoo's newest exhibit, Monkey Village, where you walk with the monkeys in the exhibit!
- Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park - photograph
4619 E. Washington St. (map), 602-495-0901
Pueblo Grande is the only National Historic Landmark in the city. The park includes a 1,500-year-old Hohokam culture ruin along an interpretive trail as well as an onsite museum with three exhibit galleries and a theater featuring exhibits of the Hohokam and other cultures of the Southwest. The site also includes some of the last remaining intact Hohokam irrigation canals. Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of southwest cultures, past and present.
- Shemer Art Center and Museum - photograph
5005 E. Camelback Road (map), 602-262-4727
The Shemer Art Center and Museum is located in an historic home built in 1919. Nestled in Arcadia, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Phoenix, Shemer boasts a panoramic view of Camelback Mountain with a touch of nostalgia. Donated to the city in 1984 by Martha Evvard Shemer, the residence has become a cultural center for all ages. The range of exhibitions is diverse, including traditional and nontraditional works by Arizona artists. Fun and affordable visual art classes are offered year round by practicing artists. Its mission is to provide the community a unique and inviting atmosphere to enjoy, promote and learn about visual art through exhibitions, classes and outreach programs.
- South Mountain Park - photograph
10919 S. Central Ave. (map), 602-495-0222
Serving as the "exclamation point" of pride, South Mountain is the largest municipal park in the world. The 16,500-acre park is home to more than 300 specimens of plant life and a wide variety of fauna, including rabbits, foxes, coyotes, snakes, lizards and birds. The park features picnic areas and ramadas, hiking trails and spectacular lookouts. South Mountain Park is the home of the 10,907-square-foot South Mountain Environmental Education Center, 602-534-6324.
- St. Mary's Basilica - photograph
Third and Monroe streets (map), 602-354-2100
Founded in 1881 , St. Mary's is the oldest Catholic church in Phoenix. Prior to Pope John Paul II's visit to Phoenix in 1987, the Holy Father elevated St. Mary's to a minor Basilica. Mass is held daily and tours are available on each Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. and by appointment. Experience Arizona's largest collection of historic stained glass windows. The Via Assisi gift shop is located in the front of the Basilica and open Tuesday to Sunday.
- Symphony Hall - photograph
225 E. Adams St. (map), 602-534-5600
In the heart of downtown Phoenix, Symphony Hall sits as the cultural centerpiece of the Valley's vibrant arts community. Major upgrades and improvements from a voter-approved $18.5 million renovation included new electrical and sound systems, new floor configuration for better sightlines to the stage, new seats, extra elevators, upgraded restrooms, an expanded lobby and easier box office access. The home of The Phoenix Symphony, Ballet Arizona and the Arizona Opera, Symphony Hall also hosts diverse events from touring Broadway shows to appearances by top musicians and performing artists.
- Telephone Pioneers of America Park - photograph
1946 W. Morningside Drive (map), 602-262-4543 and 602-495-2404 pool
A park of a very different kind, Telephone Pioneers of America Park in northwest Phoenix is a unique point of pride. It opened in 1988 and is the nation's first barrier-free park for physically challenged individuals. The park, which was built by volunteers on land donated by the city of Phoenix, was funded entirely through donations. The $2.5 million facility features two beep baseball fields, a therapeutic heated pool, wheelchair accessible playground equipment, handball, volleyball, tennis, basketball and shuffleboard. There also are ramadas, grills and picnic facilities. Adaptive Recreation Services is housed out of the park and they offer a variety of outdoor recreation programs and special events for people with disabilities. The pool is open nine months out of the year to provide ongoing therapeutic exercise for people with disabilities.
- Tovrea Castle and Carraro Cactus Garden - photograph
5041 E. Van Buren St. (map), 602-262-6412
Another familiar Phoenix landmark, Tovrea Castle sits atop a cactus-covered hill like a giant tiered wedding cake. This one-of-a-kind castle was built in the 1920s by Alessio Carraro and sold shortly thereafter to cattle baron Edward Tovrea. The castle reflects the rustic elegance of 1900s Arizona. Now owned by the city of Phoenix, the castle is an historic preservation project of the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office and the Parks and Recreation Department. The city has completed a garden restoration project on the grounds. The castle, currently under restoration, will be open to the public on a limited basis upon completion.
- US Airways Center - photograph
201 E. Jefferson St. (map), 602-379-7800
As the home of the Phoenix Suns; the Arizona Rattlers arena football team; the Phoenix Mercury; and the Phoenix Roadrunners, an East Coast Hockey League; the one million-square-foot, 20,000-seat, multipurpose US Airways Center plays host to more than 200 diverse sports and entertainment events a year. Opened June 1, 1992, two million people visit the center each year, pumping millions of dollars into the Arizona economy and helping revitalize downtown Phoenix.
- Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza - photograph
1700 W. Washington St. (map), 602-542-4581
About a mile and a half west of downtown Phoenix, in the shadow of the State Capitol, the Capitol Museum and the government mall, is Wesley Bolin Plaza, honoring the late governor who was better known as the perennial Secretary of State. The plaza covers two square blocks of the State Capitol grounds and is the site of 23 memorials commemorating the achievements of Governor Bolin and other prominent Arizonans. On the eastern tip of the plaza rests the anchor of the USS Arizona, sunk during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor in 1941, as a memorial to the men who died aboard the battleship. The plaza is a frequent site for political rallies, peaceful demonstrations and memorial ceremonies.
- Wrigley Mansion - photograph
2501 E. Telawa Trail (map), 602-955-4079
Dominating the crest of a 100-foot hill and presiding over the magnificent neighborhoods of the Biltmore area, sits the elegant Wrigley Mansion. Completed in 1931, the mansion was built by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. as a 50th wedding anniversary present for his beloved wife, Ada. Currently, the mansion operates as a private club, with dues of only $10 per year, featuring world-class cuisine with polished service and personalized attention for all guests. Public tours are available.
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