Saturday, January 28, 2006

Best Places in the Phoenix Area You've Probably Never Visited

Looking for some new places to visit? Try these! I'll be updating this page, so be sure to bookmark it.

Waterfall Trail at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park
13025 N. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355
623-935-2505

Hike this trail after a good rain, and you will be rewarded with a waterfall at the end! It's .9 miles to the waterfall, relatively easy and flat, except at the end when it gets quite rocky (wear sturdy shoes). Besides the waterfall, you will see gorgeous views of the desert, petroglyphs and sometimes wildlife such as lizards, butterflies and frogs.

Easley's Fun Shop
509 West McDowell Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
602-271-9146

This is THE place to go to get magic tricks, costumes, masks, practical joke items and other novelties. Founded in 1947, Easley's has spread fun to Phoenix for generations. You'll enjoy just browsing their amazing selection, but you'll probably walk out with a trinket or even a silly mask!

Arizona Museum for Youth

35 N. Robson
Mesa, Arizona 85201
480-644-2467

This art museum is especially for kids birth to 12 years, but all ages will enjoy the many hands-on displays and creative activities. There's even a special area just for kids 4 and younger called Artville.

Candle & Gift Factory Outlet

2230 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-522-2704

Heavenly scents and dazzling colors greet you when you enter a building that gives little hint of all that's contained inside. Candles from votives up to 115 lb. giant pillars are creatively displayed with home decor items along paths that meander through several rooms. Among the many tempting scents are Hot Apple Pie, Refreshing Desert Rain, Lavender Vanilla, San Diego Ocean Mist, Caramel Corn and Creme Brulée. You might even be able to watch candle making in action!

Cerreta Candy Company
5345 W. Glendale Avenue
Glendale, Arizona 85301
623-930-1000

Mouth-watering treats abound at Arizona's very own Cerreta Candy Company. Here you'll find filled chocolates, French Mint Truffles, English Almond Toffee, Camelbacks Pecan Caramel Clusters and Picosas Hot Peanut Brittle Jalepeno along with many other goodies. Take the factory tour to learn all about how candy is made and you'll get a free sample. For a small fee, you can make your own chocolate pizza at the end of the tour. Yum!

Organ Stop Pizza
1149 East Southern Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85204
480-813-5700

Since 1972, fans of theatre pipe organ music and pizza fans have gathered in a unique restaurant that showcases the largest Wurlitzer theatre organ in the world. As you enjoy pizza, pasta or salad, you'll hear a variety of music and get to watch the air-powered pipes opening and closing. Lots of unusual instruments are also attached to the organ and hang above the dining area. Visit the stage to grab a form and request a song!

Pioneer Living History Museum
3901 W. Pioneer Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85086
623-465-1052

Many Phoenix kids have been on field trips to the Pioneer Living History Museum. Located in the scenic desert north of Phoenix, it's a village of 30 historic Arizona buildings from the 1880s to the turn of the century. If you grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder, you'll love the one room schoolhouse, the Blacksmith Shop and the white clapboard church. For special programs, historical reenactors in period dress interact with visitors.

Bookmans Entertainment Exchange
8034 N. 19th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85021
602-433-0255

I guarantee you've never seen a used bookstore like the ones in this Arizona chain. For one thing, the stores are huge - larger than most regular bookstores. And they carry more than books - DVDs, CDs, video games, magazines, audiobooks, board games, knickknacks and more. All of them are well-organized and priced reasonably. Children's books might be in short supply at other used bookstores, but here there is a large children's section with books in great shape. Relax in a comfy chair with your selections as you decide which ones to buy - at these prices, you might decide to buy the whole stack!

Wildlife World Zoo

16501 W. Northern Ave.
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
623-935-9453

If you've visited the Phoenix Zoo, you should also see Wildlife World Zoo. Built in 1984, it's on a smaller scale than the Phoenix Zoo, but that means less walking and closer views of the animals. You can feed giraffes from a platform and go inside aviaries to feed birds. You'll see white tigers, camels, lions, kangaroos, monkeys, zebras, pengins, lemurs, a white rhinoceros and even an albino alligator. Other attractions include a train, a boat ride, a merry-go-round and a sky ride.

3 Comments:

At 12/15/2006 5:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a soy candle site and was suprised to find your site and it has given me some good ideas for mine, cool. :)

 
At 12/15/2006 8:51 PM, Blogger The Native Phoenician said...

Thanks, glad you enjoyed the page. I haven't posted lately, but I hope to pick it up again. It looks like you have a good start on your candle page.

 
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