Have an Arizona adventure

Legend has it that the city of Phoenix, got its name from Darrell Duppa, a Camridge-educated pioneer who thought a civilization would rise from the ashes of the Hohokam river. Over 16 million people visit the area every year.

It's no wonder why: The National Climatic Data Center has found that the city is sunny for 85 percent of daylight hours. That means a lot of light and warmth and great opportunities to explore the nearby parks, mountains and canyons. Visit these attractions to see what Phoenix is all about:

Children's Museum of Phoenix
Do you have little ones with you on your Arizona adventure? Head to the Children's Museum of Phoenix! This isn't a museum full of historical artifacts hidden away behind glass. Here, you can run and play to learn!

Head to the art studio to work with paints and use your creativity. Pretend to be an architect at "BlockMania" and build whatever you want. Make a giant fort or a tent at the "Building Big" exhibit or check out "The Grand Ballroom" to play a with balls in mazes and tracks. Toddlers love "Ian's Corner," where they can drive a car shaped like a pickle, pencil or even toothpaste!

Little ones also enjoy pretending to be in the grocery store at the Market Role Play Paradise. Your kids will laugh and explore here, while gaining insight into the world and how it works. And you'll have fun watching them go from exhibit to exhibit, filled with wonder!

Chase Field
Drive your Phoenix rental car to 401 East Jefferson Street in to see the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball team play at home. This ballpark opened in 1998 and covers about 1.3 million square feet. It is a multipurpose facility that can host:

  • Soccer matches
  • Football games
  • Basketball games

The stands include six levels providing excellent viewing for the non-sporting gatherings that go on here, like trade shows, band pageants, religious gatherings and exhibits. It also hosts running and walking events such as 5K races.

Although people often think of the Cardinals as the only MLB team in Arizona, the Diamondbacks were the first team in the league from the state. Don your red and black and cheer for the Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

Musical Instrument Museum 
Drive your Phoenix rental car to 4725 East Mayo Boulevard to see and try some seriously cool instruments! Check out guitars played by Johnny Cash as well as Pablo Casal's cello. Learn about Latin American culture at the "Recycled Orchestra," exhibit and you might get ideas of how to build your own cool musical instrument!

The Mechanical Music Gallery features instruments that don't need a person to work, like a player piano and mechanized zithers. Looking for a hands-on area? Head to the Experience Gallery where you can hear and play drums and other instruments from all over the world!

Want to know about how the items in the museum are kept in such good shape? Visit the Conservation Lab where museum preservationists carefully handle the artifacts here to keep them clean and in working condition.

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