The following area attractions are arranged based on their distance from
Musical Instrument Museum – 4.5 miles from Anasazi Village
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050
Time: Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Christmas 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thanksgiving closed
Admission: $10-$20 depending on age of children. Special exhibits are more.
Explore a world of music! This is one of the top 20 museums in the
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park – 5.5 miles from Anasazi Village
7301 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Time: Daily (weather permitting), closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Attraction hours vary seasonally.
Admission: $0-$10 depending on activity.
It’s a model railroad. It’s a carousel. It’s a museum. It’s a hiking park. It’s a playground. It’s a train ride. Actually, it is all these things! This park features a 10,000 square foot model railroad building that houses four model railroad clubs, a museum that captures generations of railroad history, an exact 5:12 reproduction of a
Medieval Times – 6.5 miles from
9051 E. Via de Ventura,
Time: Thurs – Sun, performance times vary by date but are normally at 7 p.m.
Admission: $36-$46 with ticket packages costing $15-$25 more per person
The first castle and dinner show in
Arizona Boardwalk – 7.0 miles from
(Formerly OdySea in the Desert)
Time: Daily, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on Friday & Saturday)
Admission: Free for some events but other attractions at this location vary in price
Arizona Boardwalk is a one-of-a-kind entertainment destination that features 6 major attractions (more coming soon) including OdySea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,
Wonderspaces Arizona – 7.3 miles from Anasazi Village
Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, 7014 E. Camelback Road,
Time: Daily, 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Visitors to one of the newest art galleries in the Valley will be able to “paint” with their bodies using infrared lights and a projection screen, walk through 8,000 lights that illuminate and change colors around them, and be part of a virtual-reality dinner party about an alien abduction.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art – 8.0 miles from
Time: Daily, Tue - Sun, hours vary. Closed on Monday.
Admission: $7-$10 with some free admission days and times
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is an artist and audience-centered institution that brings communities together under the shared philosophy that art has the power to engage our imaginations, challenge our perceptions, and inspire change. Use the website also as a portal to the
Desert Botanical Garden – 9.1 miles from Anasazi Village
Time: Daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Closed July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas
Admission: Garden admission $10-$25, special events are extra, free on second Tuesday
In 1939, a small group of passionate local citizens saw the need to conserve the beautiful desert environment and this same passion can be felt today. On the trails, you’ll experience the unique and beautiful plants that thrive in some of the hottest and driest parts of the world. Download a Trail Guide before your visit and see their website for additional information.
Arizona Science Center – 10.7 miles from
Time: Daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: Museum admission, $13-$18
Check the website for current attractions plus the events, programs and permanent exhibits offered. You will be amazed at all the world class presentations available to you! There is literally something for everyone no matter what your background and special interests may be.
State Farm Stadium Tour – 16.4 miles from Anasazi Village
Time: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. except blackout dates
Admission: $7 - $9
Discover why the Arizona Cardinals and the Fiesta Bowl call State Farm Stadium home. Go into the areas not seen by the fans on game day including the press box, an exclusive private loft, the NFL visiting team locker room, and a look up and around from the stadium floor.
Phoenix Raceway – 23.8 miles from Anasazi Village
7602 S Avondale Boulevard, Avondale, AZ 85353
Time: Determined by event being hosted
Admission: Price varies by event, discounts offered, and packages ordered
While best known for hosting 2 NASCAR weekends per year, this “Jewel of the Desert” hosts many other races and events other times of the year. The biggest event in 2020 will be the finals for the NASCAR championship. Before your first visit, be sure to read the FAQs under the “Visiting” menu and study the map (provided in the address link above) to understand the parking area locations. Most of the events at the Phoenix Raceway will appeal to car buffs and gearheads but a few events will appeal to everyone.
This is a curated list of what I consider to be the best year round local attractions in the area near
Last updated: March 14, 2020