Clarion Hotel Phoenix - Chandler
5121 E. La Puente Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Phone: (480) 893-3900
Fax: (480) 496-0815
Makutu's Island is a great indoor playground perfect for kids. It has the design of a tropical island with a big tree with a lot of tunnels, slides, rope ladders, tubes and fire poles - which means hours of fun and adventure for kids. Here kids can play, run around and climb in a safe environment. They have private rooms perfect for birthdays parties. The staff is friendly, has a positive attitude and is great with kids. There is also a cafe where you can purchase drinks and food. There is a lot of activities for all ages of kids and an area for the parents to relax and watch their kids have fun. Rated as one of the best indoor playgrounds in Arizona, it is a place where kids can play until they have tired themselves out.
Kids will have an exciting learning experience during a visit to SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium. Located at the Arizona Mills mall, there are 30 displays here that contain over 5,000 sea creatures. Specifically designed with children in mind, this aquarium has interactive touch pools that allows for a hands-on learning session. There is also a 360-degree ocean tunnel, where visitors are surrounded by sea life.
The Kiwanis Park is located in the southern part of the city of Tempe. This popular park is visited by locals and tourists alike, looking for a break from the bustling city center. Spread over an area of 125 acres (50.5 hectares), this park has facilities like baseball fields, basketball courts, a lake, walking trails, tennis courts, and a soccer field. The Kiwanis Park also has a community center, and plays host to community events. Call for more information.
Desert Breeze Railroad takes you back in time with an exciting glimpse of 19th-century Arizona. The train ride crosses an old saloon, goods outlet and a historic hotel.
Desert Breeze Park is one of the most popular amusement parks in Arizona. The park is equipped with a fishing lake, large playground, tennis courts and a narrow gauge rail. The train joyride takes you through some scenic spots of the park.
If an exhilarating rush of adrenaline is what you seek, Firebird International Raceway—450-acre raceway is the ultimate choice. Voted the "fastest track in the world" for 1998 and 1999, drag racing is taken to the extreme here, reaching speeds of up to 330.23 miles per hour. Hosted events include Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals and Coors Monster Trucks among others. VIP towers are featured where the seats are cushioned, the views phenomenal and catering is available. Ticket prices vary by event.
Established in 1978, Rio Salado College is an accredited college that offers flexible and innovative classes designed to fit a diverse range of students. Convenience is the focus here, with multi-media optimally utilized in the distance learning classes. Many classes are offered that start every two weeks, and courses in the FasTrack program may be completed in eight weeks. Many credit hours are transferable to universities. Check out the informative Web page for further information.
This culturally diverse public University is the third largest in the U.S., with nearly 50,000 full- and part-time students on all local campuses. The main educational center is located in Tempe, with satellites in Mesa and northwest Phoenix. In downtown Phoenix you will find another major extension. Quality degree programs are offered here from baccalaureate to doctorate. Awarded the status of Research I Institution in 1994, ASU is recognized as a leading-edge research facility. While you're on campus, check out ASU's Art Museum.
The Rawhide Western Town is a replica of a 1880's old west town. There are a lot of amusing attractions here, like a live stunt show - gunfights, explosions and a lot of cowboy action - the petting zoo with miniature donkeys, goats, sheep and pigs - and the mechanical bull. For the adrenaline-addict the Rawhide zip line crosses from above the streets of the old western town, and is a real adventure. You can also ride in a wagon with trained mules thought the Sonoran Desert trails - just like the early pioneers did. Or take pictures dressed in an 1880's costume or in the jail. They also have plenty of restaurant options where they serve thick and succulents steaks and even rattlesnake. Rawhide Western Town is the place for a big fun day for the whole family!
Step back in time to the Wild Wild West in Arizona's largest western theme park. Be careful when you walk through the streets, you never know when cattle rustlers might get involved in a shoot-out. Rides and attractions feature throughout the town. If shopping is your idea of fun, you won't be disappointed with more than 15 shops on-site and pick up interesting souvenirs, perhaps even a rattler head! Seasonal cookouts, a famous steak house and a saloon are open too; but be careful, the sheriff does not like rowdies. Admission is free except for special events. Please call or check website for current information.
This hidden gem is located in Tempe, a suburban neighborhood of Phoenix. In this historic distillery you can take a tour through the creation process of their hand crafted bourbon, gin and whiskey - all made with locally sourced ingredients. The Arizona Distilling Company is known as being the first distillery to produce liquor in Arizona after the Prohibition era. You can also taste the spirits after the tour, and enjoy the soft lavender tone in the gin and the smooth notes of caramel and vanilla in the bourbon. Arizona Distilling Company is perfect for discovering local history and enjoying some drinks with friends.
There are many parks in Tempe, however the Tempe Beach Park is the most recent and well-known of all parks in this college town. Locals come here for recreation on the lake, to bike, to have a picnic with family and friends or just to contemplate. There are many attractions nearby, like pontoon bridges, the Tempe Center for the Arts and the Boat Marina. At the marina, you can rent a boat and take a tour of the lake or if you prefer more manual efforts, rent a paddle-boat for two. There is also a special water splash playground that is designed for kids so they can get soaked during the dog-days of summer.