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Planning a short break to Phoenix? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Phoenix. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Phoenix. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Arizona Science Center

he center located in 600 E. Washington Street and is aimed mainly at entertainment for children, although it also offers entertainment for adults. The center features the most modern interactive displays ranging from interesting facts such as the human body to living and surviving in the desert. It also features a large ant farm, a cloud creator and a flight stimulator. There is also a planetarium where visitors can sit back, relax and watch the typical life of a star as it unfolds above them.

The center is open daily from 10am - 5pm and admission cost is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $7 for children between the ages of 3 and12. A separate admission cost is required for the planetarium, visitors should enquire regarding the cost upon entry to the center.

Phoenix Art Museum

The museum is located on 1625 N. Central Avenue and is the largest art museum in the Southwest. The museum is home to an impressive collection of art ranging from the Renaissance period up until the present. Items on display range from a large variety, these include items such as decorative arts, historical fashions, religious art, and, without a doubt, the most exciting works by members of the Cowboy Artists of America.

The museum is open Tue & Wed, Fri - Sun from 10am - 5pm and Thurs 10am - 9pm. Admission cost is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $2 children between 6 and 17. Admission is free of charge on Thursdays.

Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum

The museum is located on 6101 E. Van Buren Street and is known as the world's largest firefighting museum. The museum features an exciting collection of vintage fire trucks ranging from 1725 to a collection of classic trucks from the 20th century. The museum features a total collection of 90 trucks which are on display. The museum also features a theatre which offers displays of helmets and other memorabilia.

The museum is open Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm and Sun 12pm - 4pm. Admission cost is $5.50 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3.50 for students between 6 and 17 and $1.50 for children between 3 and 5.

The Bead Museum

This fascinating little museum is located on 5754 W. Glenn Drive. It features the most amazing displays of body jewellery and beads which come from all over the world. There are gorgeous displays available of modern and ancient beads, exhibitions range from a collection of beaded bags, rosaries and all other items imaginable.

The museum is open Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm and Thurs until 8pm and Sun 11am - 4pm. Admission cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children.

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

The park is located on 4619 E. Washington Street and is home to the ruins of a historical Hohokam village which was mysteriously abandoned in 1450. Housed in the museum, you will find a great collection of artefacts which were excavated from the ruins, such as claypots, utensils and other items used during the everyday lives of the inhabitants.

The museum is open Mon - Sat 9am - 4:45pm and Sun 1pm - 4:45pm. Admission cost is $2 for adults, $1.50 for seniors and $1 for children between the ages of 6 and 17. Admission is free on Sundays.

The Phoenix Zoo

The zoo is located on 455 N. Galvin Parkway. The zoo's main focus is on animals which come from a climate similar to that of Phoenix. It however also features an exhibition of the rainforest which is absolutely astonishing. If features a stunning display of the African savannah and a baboon colony. The animals are kept in an enclosure which is as close as possible to the animals natural habitat. The zoo also offers a wonderful opportunity to indulge in a relaxing day of bird-watching.

The zoo is open Sept-May daily form 9am - 5pm and June-Aug daily from 7am - 8pm. Admission cost is $9 - $12 for adults, $7 - $9 for seniors and $5 for children between the ages of 3 &12.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

The park is located in Scottsdale on 9736 N. Fort McDowell Road. This is not just another average zoo, here the animals actually do some exciting shows for the visitors. It features the most fascinating water shows done by animals such as tigers, wolves, and bears. One of the specific highlights is watching the hyenas splashing about in the swimming pools, they are actually pretty playful animals.

Scheduled shows are available and can be booked by contacting the park on Tel: 480/837-7779. Opening hours depend greatly on the season. Admission cost is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and $6.95 children between 3 and 12.

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Mystery Castle

The castle is located on 800 E. Mineral Road. It features a significant example of the fascinating work of folk-art architecture. The castle was constructed and built in the 1930s and early 1940s by Boyce Luther Gulley for his daughter. The castle is built almost solely from stones which he found on the property. The castle has 18 rooms, 13 fireplaces and a great selection of very unusual touches.

The castle is open for public viewing Thur - Sun from 11am - 4pm. Admission cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 children between 5 and 14.

Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum

The mining museum is located on 1502 W. Washington Street. The museum features the most amazing collection of minerals excavated from the mines of Arizona. These mines include the Copper Queen, Sleeping Beauty, and Lucky Boy. The minerals which are on display include gold, silver, copper, chalcoaluminate, chrysocolla, chalcanthite and many more.

The museum is open Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm and Sat 11am - 4pm. Admission is free of charge.

Shemer Art Center

The center is located on 5005 E. Camelback Road and is housed in a 1920s Santa Fe Mission home. It features some very fascinating art shows. The exhibitions feature artwork from local artists and tends to change on a monthly basis. Art on display includes items such as ceramics, jewelry, photography, and visual art. The center also offers a great selection of art classes.

The center is open Mon and Wed - Fri 10am - 5pm, Tues 10am - 9pm and Sat 9am - 1pm. Admission is free of charge.

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Superstition Farm - Local Interest

Superstition Farm, a working family dairy farm has just recently opened its doors for public tours. The Stechnij family, all native Arizonians, own and operate the 27 acre dairy in East Mesa. Supersitition Farm allows guests to "Gather their Senses" by SEEING the day to day work on the farm, HEARING the sounds of the farm life, TOUCHING the animals, TASTING the food on the farm and SMELLING that fresh country air. The farm tours include a hayride tour of the dairy, education in the resource center where guests will learn the tools of the farm trade and how their milk gets to their refrigerator. Children will enjoy running through the Haymazing haymaze and petting the farm animals in the animal expo. Picnic tables are availble for guests that want to bring their lunch. Please visit our website at


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