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.
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 CutlerYPlotkin 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.
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AK-CHIN PAVILION (formerly Cricket Pavilion)
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.
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
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.
ASU AT THE WEST CAMPUS
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.
BEN AVERY SHOOTING RANGE
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.
BURTON BARR CENTRAL LIBRARY
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.
CUTLER PLOTKIN JEWISH HERITAGE CENTER
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.
DEER VALLEY ROCK ART CENTER
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.
DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN
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.
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.
THE HERBERGER THEATER CENTER
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.
HISTORIC HERITAGE SQUARE
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.
JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN - Ro Ho En
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.
- MYSTERY CASTLE
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.
PHOENIX ART MUSEUM
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.
PHOENIX MOUNTAINS PARK AND RECREATION AREA
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.
- PHOENIX ZOO
455 N. Galvin Parkway, 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 tigers, lions, warthogs and more; the Children's Trail brings young guests together with small mammals from around the world, and includes Harmony Farm petting area; and the Tropics Trail highlights plants and animals from the rain forests of the world. See the Zoo's newest exhibit, Land of the Dragons, featuring up-close views of the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard!
- PUEBLO GRANDE MUSEUM AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
4619 E. Washington St., 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
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.
- SOUTH MOUNTAIN PARK
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.
- ST. MARY'S BASILICA
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.
- SYMPHONY HALL
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.
- TELEPHONE PIONEERS OF AMERICA PARK
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.
- TOVREA CASTLE AND CARRARO CACTUS GARDEN
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.
- US AIRWAYS CENTER
201 E. Jefferson St., 602-379-7800
The US Airways 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.
WESLEY BOLIN MEMORIAL PLAZA
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.