The Arizona Science Center
There are so many different things to do in Arizona…from the outdoors to museums we have it all. You can view vintage Kachina dolls, go camping, or ride down the river. The climate in Phoenix allows you to do just about anything. The old west is everywhere in Arizona. From legendary Tombstone and the OK Corral to the Desert Botanical Gardens. Museums galore. The Phoenix Zoo and the Botanical Gardens make a great start and can take up the entire day and fortunately they are just minutes apart. They are a must see while at Phoenix vacation rentals. Many of the museums below are within minutes of each other.
If you plan your trip by city you can take in a lot of scenery rather than spending the day driving from one place to another. The downtown Phoenix area is a good place to start. The Arizona Science Center, a four story building, opened in 1997 and cost approximately $47million dollars to build. You will find over 350 galleries that display geology, human physiology, transportation, physical forces, applied science and of course computer technology. The 350 galleries are all hands on experiences.
You can sit in an airplane simulator and cruise the skies, have a wheel chair race or design your very own sand dunes. The kids will enjoy the Fab Lab. You can make and launch paper airplanes, or climb a rope with a pulley. In the planetarium , which has the largest dome in the West, you can view “The Arizona Sky”, laser light shows dancing to rock music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
The theater is named after Iren P. Flinn and houses a five story screen. The shows vary and change depending on what is going on in the world. Past shows included “Whales”, “To Be an Astronaut” and “The Great American West”. There is a food court and a gift shop called Awesome Atom’s where you can find some pretty nifty games, books and other interesting items.
The Science Center is open from 10am – 5pm daily except for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Children three and under are free. Adults $6.50, Senior citizens and children 4 to 12 are $4.50. Tickets to the IWERKS Theater are separate, but can be combined with the above admission for an entire day of science, exploration and fun.