PHOENIX (KRLD) — If you’re planning on traveling to Phoenix to see the Texas Rangers in Spring Training, odds are, you’ll have some time to burn.
KRLD’s Andrew Greenstein has some entertainment options for you and your family!
Rawhide is a re-creation of an 1880s western town. The authentic frontier town is Arizona’s largest western-themed attraction. Attractions include live action stunt shows, a petting zoo, gold panning, a stagecoach and a mechanical bull. You can even arrange to get one of your friends arrested! There’s also a steakhouse featuring live country music. Admission is free, although it will cost $5 to park. DIRECTIONS: Take I-10 east to exit 162 (Wild Horse Pass Boulevard). Take a right and then take a left onto South 48th St. Turn right onto North Loop Road and follow to the parking lot. rawhide.com
Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden features more than 50,000 plant specimens in beautiful outdoor exhibits. Its goal is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world, with an emphasis on the southwestern United States. Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission — Adults: $22, Seniors 60+: $20, Students 13-18: $12, Kids 3-12: $10, Under 3: free. DIRECTIONS: Take AZ-101 south to I-10 east to AZ-202 east. Exit 52nd St. and take a right. Take a left onto East Van Buren St. and take a left onto North Galvin Parkway, and Desert Botanical Gardens will be on the right. dbg.org
The Heard Museum’s mission is to promote a greater understanding of the way of life of the indigenous people of America, with an emphasis on Native American tribes and other Southwestern cultures. Open Monday to Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sundays 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission – Adults: $18, Seniors 65+: $13.50, Students w/ID and children 6-12: $7.50, Children 5 and under and American Indians: free. DIRECTIONS: I-10 east to 7th St., take a left and take a left onto McDowell Rd., turn right onto Central Avenue, and the Heard Museum will be on the right. heard.org
Pueblo Grande Museum
Step back into prehistoric Arizona with a trip to the Pueblo Grande Ruins. Open Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Sunday 1:00-4:45 p.m. Admission – Adults: $6.00, Seniors 55+: $5.00, Children 6-17: $3.00 (free on Sundays), Children under 6: free. DIRECTIONS: Take AZ-101 south to I-10 east to AZ-202 east. Exit at N. 40th St. and take a right. Take a left onto Washington St. and the museum will be on the right. pueblogrande.org
Hall of Flame Museum
The Hall of Flame Museum has more than 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus, including dozens of fire trucks. It also sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, honoring those who have died in the line of duty and those decorated for heroism. Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sundays noon-4:00 p.m. Admission – Adults: $7.00, Seniors 62+: $6.00, Students: 6-17 $5.00, Kids 3-5: $2.00, Under 3: free. DIRECTIONS: Take AZ-101 south to I-10 east to AZ-202 east. Take exit 6 (Priest Dr.) and go north. Turn right onto Van Buren St. and take the first right onto Prospect Dr. The museum will be on the right. hallofflame.org
If you’d like to take a day trip and get away from the hustle and bustle of greater Phoenix, there’s no better place to go to than Sedona. The area is world renowned for its red sandstone formations and its New Age tourist industry. It’s a two-hour drive from Surprise. Take AZ-303 to I-17 to AZ-179.
Casinos in Greater Phoenix
Casino Arizona at Salt River, AZ 101 & McKellips, Scottsdale
Casino Arizona at Talking Stick, AZ 101 & Indian Bend, Scottsdale
Fort McDowell Casino, AZ-87 & Fort McDowell Rd., Fountain Hills
Gila River Casino Lone Butte, 1200 S. 56th St., Chandler
Gila River Casino Vee Quiva, 15091 S. Komatke Lane, Laveen
Gila River Casino Wild Horse Pass, 5550 W. Wild Horse Pass, Chandler
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15046 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa