Points of Pride

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​​We are proud to present the 31 favorite Points of Pride in Phoenix. 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. Use the interactive map below to help find any one of the current Phoenix Points of Pride.

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 first Points of Pride campaign kicked off in 1992 with the unveiling of the Points of Pride sign.  More than 150 locations, suggested by the public, were narrowed to 40.  Eventually 25 sites were selected, each displaying one or more signs on their property to recognize their designation.

Four more campaigns were held in 1996, 2000, 2004 and the most recent in 2008 with the addition of the newest sites, ASU at the West campus, Burton Barr Central Library and Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.

The Phoenix Points of Pride program was initiated by the Phoenix Pride Commission, created in 1991 to foster a sense of community pride among Valley residents. Though the Pride Commission no longer exists, their legacy lives on.

For more information, call 602-262-7177.

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    2400 E. Missouri Ave., 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.

    400 E. Van Buren St., 602-271-4000
    Located right in the middle of Downtown Phoenix, Arizona Center is the perfect place to connect with friends and family before a Diamondbacks or Suns game, or an event at the Phoenix Convention Center. Featuring a revitalized landscape, free WiFi, quaint meeting spaces, new storefronts, movie theater, and casual dining, along with an array of shopping, this flourishing hotspot has a mix of new experiences everybody will enjoy.

    4701 W. Thunderbird Road, 602-543-5500
    ASU's West campus, created by the state legislature in 1984, boasts nearly 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students in three nationally recognized colleges. Located in the heart of northwest Phoenix, it is the centerpiece of a burgeoning region of commerce, recreation, arts and lifelong learning opportunities. Offering more than 40 degree programs, the campus is a commanding and respected component of ASU's multi-campus "New American University" vision. Faculty and students continue to win a wide variety of national and international research and scholarship awards that reflect a commitment to community embeddedness and social responsibility.

    4044 W. Black Canyo n Blvd., 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.

    1221 N. Central Ave., 602-262-4636
    The 280,000-square-foot Burton Barr Central Library, designed by bruderDWL architects, is inspired by Monument Valley, resembling a curving copper mesa split by a stainless steel canyon. Housing a collection of nearly 706,000 items, more than 2,000 people visit the central library daily. The library is home to a number of unique collections, including materials about Phoenix and the state of Arizona in the Arizona Room, artist-made and fine press books as well as the Alfred Knight Rare Book Collection in the Rare Book Room and the nationally acclaimed Accessibility Services Center with assistive technology for people with disabilities.

    East McDonald Drive at Tatum Boulevard, 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.

    122 E. Culver St., 602-241-7870
    From 1921 to 1949, it was the home of Congregation Beth Israel, and later served as a Chinese-speaking and Spanish-speaking Baptist church. The Arizona Jewish Historical Society has restored this unique building as a museum and cultural center. It is named for local civic activists James and Bettie Cutler, and Rabbi Albert Plotkin, Rabbi of Congregration Beth Israel from 1955 to 1991.

    3711 W. Deer Valley Road, 623-582-8007
    The Deer Valley Rock Art Center has the largest concentration of Native-American petroglyphs in the Valley. Visitors hike a 1/4-mile trail to view more than 1,500 petroglyphs made between 800 and 5,000 years ago. Our museum aims to promote preservation, connection and respect for the site. We are a destination for families to learn about archaeology in their own backyard! The center is managed by one of the top archaeology programs in the country at Arizona State University.

    1201 N. Galvin Parkway, 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.

    2745 N. 15th Ave., 602-261-8991
    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. ​

    201 E. Jefferson St., 602-379-7800
    The Footprint​ Center is owned by the city of Phoenix and managed by a subsidiary of Suns Legacy Partners, owners of the Phoenix Suns (NBA) and Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). The a year including concerts, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice shows, other family shows, sporting events and conventions. More than two million guests attend events at the center annually.

    2301 N. Central Ave., 602-252-8848
    A sparkling glass and clay fence welcomes you to the Heard Museum's 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 Heard Museum Shop and a full-service menu awaits inside the Cafe at Heard Museum.

    222 E. Monroe St., 602-254-7399
    The Herberger Theater Center was conceived as a pivotal piece in the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Phoenix. Built 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. In that time, more than 3.1 million patrons, including 350,000 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 The Kax seating 110.

    115 N. Sixth St., 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.

    1125 N. Third Ave., 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.

    800 E. Mineral Road, 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.

    203 W. Adams St., 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.

    Galvin Parkway and Van Buren Street, 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.

    Central Avenue and McDowell Road, 602-257-1222
    Phoenix Art Museum is the southwest's premier destination for world-class visual arts. Popular exhibitions are shown along side the museum's collection of more than 18,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. A community epicenter for 50 years, the museum presents festivals, live performances, films and educational programs. Visitors also enjoy PhxArtKids, photography exhibitions from the Center of Creative Photography, the Sculpture Garden, dining at Palette at Phoenix Art Museum and shopping at The Museum Store.

    2701 E. Squaw Peak Lane, 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.

    455 N. Galvin Parkway, 602-273-1341
    Enter the Phoenix Zoo and explore a wondrous world of curiosity, imagination and discovery. Featuring over 1,400 animals, including Sumatran tigers, Bornean orangutans, Asian elephants, Komodo dragons, Andean bears, American alligators and many more — the Zoo is like no other place in the Valley! With outdoor cafés, shops, lush gardens, water landscapes and exciting up-close animal experiences like Stingray Bay, Giraffe Encounter, 4-D Theater and Monkey Village, along with the Safari Train, Endangered Species Carousel and 125 acres of natural habitats within beautiful Papago Park, your visit will be memorable for the entire family.

    4619 E. Washington St., 602-495-0901
    S'edav Va'aki Museum​ 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.

    5005 E. Camelback Road, 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.

    10919 S. Central Ave., 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.

    Third and Monroe streets, 602-354-2100
    Founded in 1881, St. Mary's is the oldest Catholic church in Phoenix and Mass is celebrated daily. St. Mary's was elevated to a minor Basilica in 1985 by Pope John Paul II prior to his 1987 visit to the church. The Basilica houses Arizona's largest collection of stained glass windows and in 1978, was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Via Assisi gift shop is located on the street level under the Basilica's main entrance balcony and is open Tuesday to Sunday. Docent tours are available for groups by appointment.

    225 E. Adams St., 602-534-5600
    Since it first opened its doors to resounding applause in 1972, Symphony Hall has become renowned for its ability to create a seamless interaction between audience and event. This unique quality has literally attracted millions of patrons and event-goers throughout its storied history. Since its $18 million makeover in 2005, the hall now radiates with contemporary style and grandeur. Home to Ballet Arizona, The Phoenix Symphony and Arizona Opera, the annual season is filled with stunning performances of grand art, dance and music that offer the finest artists of the world. Symphony Hall is a perfect venue for every type of event - from elegant to intimate to grand.

    2121 N. 83rd Ave., 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.

    1946 W. Morningside Drive, 602-262-6862 or 602-262-6713/TTY
    Telephone Pioneers of America Park is the nation's first barrier-free park, designed to meet the needs of physically challenged individuals. The park, built by volunteers on land donated by the city of Phoenix, was funded entirely through donations. The park features two beep baseball fields, a therapeutic heated pool, a wheelchair-accessible playground, an 18-station exercise course, racquetball, volleyball, tennis, basketball and shuffleboard. Ramadas, grills and picnic facilities also are available. The park houses the Adaptive Recreation Services office, which offers a variety of social and recreation programs and special events for people with disabilities, including Special Olympics and outdoor adventure opportunities.

    5025 E. Van Buren St., 602-256-3221
    Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights sits atop a cactus-covered hill in east-central Phoenix and has intrigued generations of Valley residents. Built in the late 1920s by Alessio Carraro and sold shortly thereafter to cattle baron Edward Tovrea, the castle reflects the rustic elegance of 1900s Arizona. 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 restoration of the castle and surrounding cactus garden has been named a Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Centennial Commission in honor of the state's 100th Anniversary and Tovrea's historic place in Arizona lore. Thanks to an innovative partnership with the nonprofit Tovrea Carraro Society history buffs can join public tours of the site.

    1700 W. Washington St., 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.       

    2501 E. Telawa Trail, 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.