ARES 2019 Conference

Visit Phoenix


Apache Junction- Website

Explore the Apache Trail and the Superstition Mountains.

Arizona Science Center: Website

Located in downtown Phoenix, this new museum is home to over 350 permanent exhibits.

AZ on the Rocks: Website

The largest indoor climbing gym in the state of Arizona. This family friendly facility offers a wide variety of different options for climbers of all ages and abilities.

Butterfly Wonderland: Website

Butterfly Wonderland, in Scottsdale, is the largest butterfly conservatory in the United States with over 3,000 butterflies.

Challenger Space Center: Website

The Space Center is in the process of moving location. Therefore, activities are currently reduced. Please check before the conference for current opening hours.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix: Website

One of the leading Children’s museums in the country, the museum has many hands on and interactive exhibits for children of all ages. Check opening times.

Cracker Jax Family Fun Park: Website

Attractions include; Bumperboats, go-carts, arcade games, volleyball and miniature golf.

Desert Botanical Garden: Website

Set on 140 acres the Desert Botanical Garden has been operating for over 70 years. It was established to research and help protect and preserve the natural beauty of the desert.

Fountain Hills: Website

A local artists community with over 150 pieces of public art and numerous galleries. It is also home to the world’s highest fountain, 560 feet.

Goldfield Ghost Town- Website

Close to both Mesa and Phoenix, you can tour the famous goldmine and ride on Arizona’s only operating narrow gauge railroad.

Hall of Flame: Website

The largest museum in the United States dedicated to firefighters. The museum includes over 90 restored fire apparatus.

Heard Museum: Website

Located in downtown Phoenix the Heard hosts over 200,000 visitors a year and is one of the leading museums to focus on the culture of art of the Native American population of the Southwest.

Musical Instrument Museum: Website

The world’s only global musical instrument museum. Not only is the Musical Instrument Museum one of the leading attractions in Arizona, it has been ranked as one of the top 20 museums in the United States.

OdySea Aquarium: Website

The largest aquarium in the Southwest, OdySea has the SeaTrek submerged escalator and the world’s only rotating aquarium exhibit, OdySea Voyager.

Pangaea – Land of Dinosaurs: Website

Pangaea is home to over 80 animatronic dinosaurs

Phoenix Art Museum: Website

Opened in 1959 the Phoenix Art Museum is one of the largest in the Southwest with over 17,000 objects. The museum has also has a well renowned collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography in Tucson.

Phoenix Zoo: Website

Home to over 3,000 animals, Phoenix Zoo is located in 126 acres of Papago Park.

Pueblo Grande Ruin: Website

An active pre-Columbian archaeological site of a Hohokam Community.

Rawhide: Website

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: Website

Established in 1999 SMoCA presents the best of contemporary art, architecture and design from across the world.

South Mountain Park & Preserve: Website

South Mountain Park and Preserve is over 16,000 acres and contains more than 50 miles of trails.

Taliesin West: Website

Scottsdale’s only National Monument, Taliesin West was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter camp and desert laboratory.

Talking Stick Arizona: Website

Part of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Talking Stick is a cultural and entertainment destination.

Western Spirit – Scottsdale’s Museum of the West: Website

Western Spirit is one of the leading attractions in Scottsdale and allows visitors to explore the history, art and cultural heritage of the American West and the neighboring provinces and states in Canada and Mexico.