Arizona Outdoor Fun lets riders whip around winding lakes, trails, and tight canyons the way nature intended—atop landscape-chewing wheels. When not busy peddling a cache of extreme all-terrain Honda vehicles and dirt bikes, Rhino UTVs, and agile sport quads, their expert guides lead fun, scenic ATV tours around the Verde River and Bradshaw Mountains, sharing tidbits about local Native American culture, plants, fossilized cowboy hats, and wildlife. They also deal in aquatic sports with boat rentals including wakeboard boats, pontoon boats, and fishing boats, small vessels such as jet skis, and kayaks and canoes that run on man power. Master mechanics at the shop’s garage keep all vehicles ready for adventure, drawing on more than 25 years of experience to repair personal ATVs and other recreational crafts, including scooters and go-karts.
Arizona's landscapes are a vast and rugged place, home to deserts, canyons, and raging rivers. Arizona Tour & Travel helps guests experience this masterpiece of nature firsthand. For more energetic excursions, guides also enable off-road adventures that send visitors through the back-country or rafting the rapids of the Colorado River. On the many tours to choose from, guests may see everything from sweeping views of the Grand Canyon and red rock formations in Sedona to Monument Valley, Navajo tribal lands, and historic ruins.
The two British buddies who dreamt up Real London Bus Company imported authentic London-style double-decker buses to shuttle guests around the city. With a fleet of four busses that can ferry up to 65 passengers each, they operate assorted tours throughout the area—including pub crawls to local dives and treasure hunts that explore downtown Phoenix, Mill Avenue, and Old Town Scottsdale—with the help of knowledgeable though decidedly nonandroid guides. They also make their busses available for special events such as proms, weddings, girls' nights out, or charters for corporate occasions, including past clients Go Daddy and Coors Light.
A center for the arts in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, the Shemer Art Center and Museum was originally built as a small home in Arcadia in 1919. Over time, it was expanded by various owners who added bedrooms, a kitchen, and a garage until it was finally converted into an art museum.
Recently named one of the 21 Points of Pride that make Phoenix unique, this nonprofit now reaches out to local residents with a bevy of art classes, exhibitions, and programs. Classes in the garage-turned-studio teach students how to paint landscapes on canvas, build ceramic models, and apply printmaking techniques to blank pages, and one-off workshops bring in local artists to share their knowledge of topics such as digital photography and jewelry-making. Regular exhibits display works by Arizona artists and poets, and a sculpture garden creates a tranquil setting for experiencing large-scale art and much-larger-scale negative space on the center's grounds.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: The six-passenger bicycle is pedal powered by its riders, and is easy to pedal.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Pub crawls and restaurant tours
Recommended Age Group: Adults
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
We brought the family business from Flagstaff to Phoenix for the winter in the Roosevelt Row neighborhood: an up-and-coming arts district of downtown Phoenix. It is awesome to be able to take riders to unique local bars and restaurants they might not otherwise have found, had they not been on a tour.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Being able to drink and pedal is also fun. Because your sober driver is always provided, you can pedal without the worry of getting a ticket or controlling the steering.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
The VIP food and drink discounts are awesome. Being able to walk into bars and restaurants with a little six-man crew is so fun, especially for a celebration with friends or family. Listening to music while pedaling is the best part. The bike itself is just hilarious to ride down the street?truly a unique way of traveling.
Although classrooms can be vibrant centers for learning, they’re usually stocked with pencils and notebooks instead of a forest of suspended green noodles or a flying bathtub with wings. At the Children's Museum of Phoenix, both of these engage young minds alongside other hands-on exhibits that have earned the museum a glut of awards, including a place among Parents magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Museums in 2011. The museum fosters creativity and skill development in children from birth to age 10 with open-ended play activities that range from bouncing orbs in the Grand Ballroom to building forts with a wealth of safe construction materials, instead of mom’s favorite sheets and a nail gun.
Perhaps the most eye-catching feature of the museum can be found in the atrium, where the Schuff-Perini Climber soars high into the air. Created from standard building materials, found objects, and out-of-context items such as its flying bathtub, the structure entices youths and inspires their imaginations. Another impressive contraption makes up the Whoosh! exhibit, where children feed scarves into a jumble of tubes that suck the fabrics up to heights of 20 feet before spitting them out to float gently down and be caught in waiting fingers. At each of these exhibits, a baby zone keeps the tiniest museum-goers safe, and they can find a space especially for them in the Place for Threes & Younger.