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Desert Botanical Garden: Perfect for Relaxation in Phoenix, AZ

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ is an amazing desert garden filled with a huge range of different plant species. It is the ideal place to visit in groups of any size and it is open 7 days per week from 7am until 8pm. Once inside the garden you will be able to explore, check out exhibitions and even learn a thing or two at one of the educational classes that are run by experts. So what else can you do in the Desert Botanical Garden? Well, why not take one of the many beautiful & scenic trails (you can pick up information on these via the website or once you get to the gardens)? These trails give you the perfect opportunity to walk round at your own pace, relax and take everything in. If you prefer, you can join one of the informative tours of the garden which set off at frequent intervals and are run by friendly and knowledgeable guides. You might want to experience one of the events that happen in the Desert Botanical Garden and throughout the year there are several to choose from. You might want to wander round one of the sculpture exhibits, enjoy the Topia 2013 ballet which is performed on the 80 foot panoramic stage, or enjoy music in the garden. If you are in the garden as night starts to fall you can watch the sun go down – a sight that will stay with you forever. So if you want to relax in stunning surroundings and learn more about desert plant life, the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ is...

Corral West Horse Adventures: Become a Cowboy for the Day! (Phoenix, AZ)

Every child has surely wondered what it would be like to be a cowboy. If you have, then you will love Corral West Horse Adventures where the emphasis is on having fun with all of the family. Here you will be able to enjoy different activities on horseback which include rides such as a 1 to 2.5 hour Trail Ride Loop and Sunset Rides. On these trails rides you get to live out that quintessential cowboy fantasy experience: riding into the sunset! Both of these options will include your leader taking into account the experience of the riders in your group so that no one feels out of their depth. Corral West Horse Adventures also do cookouts and campfires, where you can take a ride into the desert and enjoy a good old-fashioned cowboy-style cookout under the stars. This is great for people of all ages and children under five will go free. Wagon rides are the perfect choice for anyone who does not feel so confident in the saddle but who still wants a wonderful experience. These can be a 45 minute ride or a longer ride where you will go further and have a campfire in the desert before heading back home. There is a minimum of 10 people that can book onto these making them a good choice for parties or special occasions. As well as being able to live like a cowboy for a day you can buy Sheriff’s badges, straw cowboy hats and western bandanas to make you look the part. So if you want to live like a cowboy for a day this is the...

Castles N Coasters: Thrills, Spills & Family Fun (Phoenix, AZ)

Castles N Coasters is the place to go if you are in Arizona and you are looking for somefamily fun and adventure! This amusement park has something for people of all ages and as soon as you get there you will start having fun.  So, what can you expect when you get there? Well, if you are a fan of white knuckle rides you are in for a real treat. You can experience G-forces on the Desert Storm, plummet to the ground from on high on the Free Fall, speed around the tracks on the Patriot or drop 120 feet down to the ground on the Sky Diver. If you prefer to be in charge why not see how fast you can do a circuit on the Go Karts? Kids love On the Ropes – a huge adventure playground which encourages kids and adults to climb and explore like never before. To take things at a slower pace the Miniature Golf is perfect and if you are a fan of arcade games you will love the 12,000 feet dedicated to them in the Castles N Coasters arcade. If you want to get a bite to eat or cool down with a drink there are two snack bars which serve a variety of different items. Castles N Coasters is open 7 days per week and it is the ideal place to go with groups of friends. There are packages available for children’s parties which are very popular and these are available in different price options. If you would like to bring your groups to the Castles N Coasters for some family...

Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ): Experience the Culture and Art of American Indians of the Southwest

The Heard Museum is absolutely unmissable for anyone who wants to know more about the art and culture of the American Indians of the Southwest. The museum is open 7 days per week and has so much to see and do that you might need a full day to explore everything. Inside the Heard Museum there are exhibitions of American Indian art, photos, videos and stories which are designed to be inspirational and thought provoking. In addition to the exhibitions, you might also want to take a look at the Art Fence. This is an installation that is based on an ocotillo fence and mixes contemporary touches with the traditional. The Heard Museum also has the “Fear of a Red Planet” mural that takes you back through history, showing scenes of different events that have affected the lives of American Indians. The museum is also home to a huge collection of Katsina dolls and if you like the look of them you can buy your own from the gift shop and learn how they are carved. Children will love the galleries and the interactive activities where they can make their own items including bandolier bags and paper flowers. Once they have finished their creations they can take them back home to show off to friends and family. If you would like to purchase a gift, simply go the Heard Museum Shop which is packed full of American Indian-inspired items. The Courtyard Cafe is the perfect place to stop off for something to eat and drink before you find out even more about American Indians in this fascinating museum. If you would...

Holland Performing Arts Center in Downtown Omaha

The Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha is a wonderful place to visit if you want to experience a show with some of the finest acoustics ever. The center is located in downtown Omaha and it has been designed to create a fantastic atmosphere for its visitors which will help them to get even more out of their trip. Accompanying the excellent acoustics are the great views from the building which offer guests a chance to enjoy the scenery outside while relaxing inside. Inside the building you will be able to take in concert in the Peter Kiewit Concert Hall which seats a total of 2,000 people and gives patrons unsurpassed views of the stage. With comfortable seating and a relaxed air you are sure to have a great time. The Suzanne and Walter Scott Recital Hall is a smaller room which seats 300 people and this is the place to be if you want to take in a show while enjoying fine food and drinks as the room contains tables and chairs. When the weather is good the 1,000 seat capacity outdoor space is ideal for fun in the sun. As this venue is able to hold thousands of people coach parties are welcome and schools love to visit here as there are several different educational classes and experiences that they can take part in. If you enjoy shows and are in Omaha you will want to take a trip to the Holland Performing Arts Center as it will be an experience to remember. If you would like to bring your groups to the Holland Performing Arts Center, Arrow Stage Lines...

Lauritzen Gardens: Relax at the urban oasis that is Omaha’s Botanical Center

Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha are the ideal place to visit if you are interested in plant life and want to see fantastic examples spread out in fantastic arrangements over several different gardens. In order to maintain interest in the gardens running all year, plants are specially selected for planting arrangements to reflect the seasons. This means that there are always plants that look their best throughout the year. Aside from ensuring that the Lauritzen Gardens look their best all year round, this also provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about what plant species look best in each season. Although the Lauritzen Gardens have only been in existence for the past couple of decades, they have been growing steadily since they first opened and new areas have been added each year. Today you are able to take a leisurely stroll through gardens that include: a herb garden, spring flowering walk, children’s garden, a rose garden, waterfalls, trails, a Japanese garden and much more. In fact when you are in the botanical gardens you will see so many different sights that you will feel as though you are taking a trip around the world in plants. Also at the gardens are a visitor center (this is open all year round), a library based on horticultural study, a gift shop, banqueting spaces and classrooms. The gardens are ideal for school visits and there are educational programs suitable for a range of different ages. If you love flowers, plants and nature you will love Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha. Make sure you pay it is a visit the next time that you are in...

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