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Cactus Wren - Original image from Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior Arizona
Original courtesy Boyce Thomson Arboretum
Arizona is loaded with fun places to go, things to see & do while visiting. Some of the many Apache Junction area attractions are listed below. Included are attractions with appx 25 mi of Superstition area destinations. Attractions and recreation will be mentioned throughout pages of CArizona, this guide to Superstitions area attractions is a handy reference for planning activities during your Arizona vacation.
Apache Lake
Apache Trail Guide for hiking, camping, fishing, boating will be added soon.
Mesa Southwest Museum
53 N Macdonald Street
Mesa Arizona
Permanent exhibits include Southwest Dinosaurs, frontier history, and ancient Arizona cultures. Hands-on displays.
Arizona Historical Society Museum
1300 N College Avenue
Tempe Arizona
Located at Papago Park. An eleven minute video provides 11,000 years of Arizona history.
Papago Park
Galvin Pkwy & Van Buren Street
Phoenix Arizona
1,200 acres of rolling desert hills and rugged mountains feature the "Hole in the Rock" landmark. Adjacent to the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden. Papago Park is home to a golf course, fishing lagoons, hiking trails & a museum.
Arizona Museum for Youth
35 N Robson
Downtown Mesa Arizona
Museum provides hands-on art activities for children. A HoT SpoT activity, especially for pre-teen children.
Phoenix Museum of History
105 N 5th Street
Downtown Phoenix Arizona
Located at Heritage Park. The museum feature Territorial-era pioneer artifacts, prehistoric & historic Native American artifacts.
Arizona Science Center
600 E Washington Street
Heritage Square - Downtown
Phoenix Arizona
The Museum provides hands-on science exhibits. Children of all ages enjoy the colorful exhibits and child friendly environment. A HoT SpoT activity for visitors or residents.
Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix Arizona
Located at Papago Park. More than 1,300 animals. Features include a tropical rain forest, an African savanna, a petting zoo, and a Southwestern desert trail. The Arizona exhibit is great.
Arizona State Capitol & Museum
1700 W Washington Street
Phoenix Arizona
Arizona territorial and state government history. The building is handicapped accessible. Tours daily 10 am - 2 pm A HoT SpoT tour for history buffs.
Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E Washington Street
Phoenix Arizona
602-495-0900 (recorded)
National Historic Landmark. Hohokam Indian ruins from AD 500 to 1450, exhibits document Hohokam civilization and other Southwestern cultures.
Champlin Fighter Museum
4636 E Fighter Aces Drive
Flacon Field
Mesa Arizona
Displays historical combat aircraft.
Roosevelt Lake
Guide for hiking, camping, fishing, boating will be added soon.
Canyon Lake
Guide for hiking, camping, fishing, boating will be added soon.
Saguaro Lake
Guide for hiking, camping, fishing, boating will be added soon.
Chandler Historical Museum
178 E Commonwealth
Chandler Arizona
Collection of prehistoric Southwestern pottery and exhibits on the history of Chandler.
Salt River Lakes
Information will be added soon on the Salt River Lakes - Apache, Roosevelt, Canyon, Saguaro - some of the most popular recreation sites in Arizona!
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Parkway
Phoenix Arizona
More than 20,000 desert plants are displayed. The garden also provides tours, exhibits, classes, and field trips. A HoT SpoT to see cool desert plants.
San Carlos Apache Reservation
East of Globe Arizona 520-475-2331 Summer weekends traditional Apache ceremonies, Nov All Indian Rodeo/Fair, year round hunting, fishing, hiking, camping (contact Reservation for permits). Casino.
Gilbert Historical Center
10 S Gilbert Road
Gilbert Arizona
The center displays items from Gilbert's early days. Building is listed on Register of Historical Places.
Tonto National Forest
2324 E McDowell Road
Phoenix Arizona
2.9 million acres ranging from Sonoran desert to ponderosa pine forests. Lakes provide watershed, wildlife habitat, and recreation. Salt River & Verde River are popular for tubing, rafting & fishing. Some areas are closed in the summer.
Lost Dutchman State Park
5 mi E of Apache Junction
Highway 88
Located at the foot of the Superstition Mountains, site of the Lost Dutchman gold mine legend. Campsites, programs, interpretive trails.
Usery Mountain Recreation Area
N Usery Pass Road
Apache Junction Arizona
Camping facilities and a field archery complex.
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
McDowell Mountain Road
Fountain Hills Arizona
Camping & mountain biking are popular at this scenic location.
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