Carefree Cactus Gardens (480) 585-0754
25601 N. Scottsdale Rd., Carefree
The gardens boast one of the largest cactus greenhouses in the area.
Deer Valley Rock Art Center (623) 582-8007
3711 W. Deer Valley Rd.
The center, at the foot of Adobe Dam, offers interpretive exhibits and a nature trail to the Hedgpeth Hills petroglyph site, the largest concentration of petroglyphs in the Phoenix area. The site is operated by Arizona State University and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Desert Botanical Garden (480) 941-1225, (480) 481-8134
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
The garden, located in Papago Park, displays nearly 20,000 desert plants and offers horticulture classes, workshops, tours, exhibits, field trips, and special events.
Encanto Park (602) 262-6412
15th Ave. and Encanto Blvd.
This 222-acre park is a popular downtown destination featuring canals, a lagoon, a swimming pool, an amusement park, a nature trail, and two golf courses. Boating, picnicking, soccer, softball, tennis, basketball, racquetball, and general exercise areas are available.
Heritage & Science Park (602) 262-5029
115 N. 6th St.
The park, encompassing four city blocks in downtown Phoenix, contains the Phoenix Museum of History, the Arizona Science Center, and Historic Heritage Square. Historic Heritage Square, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contains the Rosson House Museum, the Silva House Museum, and the Arizona Doll & Toy Museum.
Historic Heritage Square/Heritage & Science Park (602) 262-5071
115 N. Sixth St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Recording: (602) 262-5029, (602) 262-6713 (TDD)
Historic Heritage Square is a striking remnant of Phoenix’s Victorian past. The Rosson House is the cornerstone of a city block dating from the late 1800s. Museums, shops and restaurants now inhabit the block, which encompasses the only remaining group of residential structures from the original townsite of Phoenix. Historic Heritage Square is a part of Heritage & Science Park that includes the Arizona Science Center (602) 716-2000), Phoenix Museum of History (602) 253-2734), restaurants and a parking garage. The park is operated by the city of Phoenix Parks, Recreation and Library Department in conjunction with the Rosson House-Heritage Square Foundation.
Historic Heritage Square is one of the Phoenix Points of Pride. It is one of three significant sites that together make up Heritage & Science Park, the others being the Arizona Science Center and Phoenix Museum of History. Call (602) 262-5029 for recorded information about Heritage & Science Park.
Discount parking is available with validation at the Heritage & Science Park garage, Fifth and Monroe streets. Take your parking ticket to be validated at one of the museums or restaurants for discount. First hour free; hours 2-4, $1; and hours 4-8, $2.