If you (and your fellow construction financial professionals) do somehow find a moment where you are not connecting with peers and gaining industry-specific knowledge during CFMAs’ Annual Conference & Exhibition, these attractions highlight the cultural offerings, renowned landmarks, and world-class shopping and dining of the southwest’s most populous city.
Desert Ridge Marketplace
With 1.2 million square feet of retail space with outdoor fireplaces and unique water features, Desert Ridge Marketplace delivers an interactive shopping, dining, and entertainment experience in a vibrant, high-energy outdoor setting.
Musical Instrument Museum
MIM displays more than 6,500 instruments collected from around the world. Most displays are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio and video technologies that allow guests to see the instruments, hear their sounds, and observe them being played in their original contexts. Play instruments in the Experience Gallery and see instruments from music icons, such as John Lennon, Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley, and Carlos Santana, in the Artist Gallery.
Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world's finest collection of arid plants from deserts of the world in a unique outdoor setting. The Garden has more than 50,000 desert plants on display throughout five thematic trails that illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert, and desert wildflowers. Enjoy specialized tours, seasonal exhibits, concerts, family activities, Gertrude's restaurant, Patio Café, and the Garden's gift and plant shop.
The creative beat of the city's urban heart is in Roosevelt Row, home to galleries, mural-splashed business walls, and a monthly art walk. This arts district is a prominent stop for visitors and the downtown community along the First Friday self-guided art tour.
Originating with the ambitious vision of a dedicated philanthropist and other community leaders, the Phoenix Zoo has welcomed more than 43 million guests since 1962, fulfilling its mission of providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. Educational programming has also continued to grow in scope and reputation, beginning with the arts and crafts-based Summer Institute for Children in 1965, to today’s math and science-based ZooLab and Distance Learning programs offered through several Arizona school districts.
Phoenix Art Museum
An institution of exciting art and learning since 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has become the largest art museum in the southwestern United States, providing access to art from all over the world to the people of Arizona. Throughout the year the museum presents festivals, live performances, and independent art films, plus family and school educational programs that enlighten, entertain and stimulate.
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