Dinosaurs! Need we say more? OK, we will.
The 80,000 square-foot Arizona Museum of Natural History offers visitors a trip to the Southwest’s prehistoric — and more recent — past. You can explore 60,000 objects, 10,000 historic photos, and a range of exhibits and activities that cover archaeology, paleontology, geology, art and other disciplines.
Marvel at dinosaur bones and fossils. Visit the massive dinosaur mountain diorama. Pan for gold or participate in an archaeological dig. There’s plenty of things for everyone.
The museum also hosts special events like the monthly Science Before Saturday that focuses on topics like the science of Star Wars or animation.
Location: 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa
Tuesdays to Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $12 adults, $8 students, $7 ages 3-12, Free for kids 2 and under, $10 seniors. Occasionally free on Sundays.