Prescott Things to Do

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    Art For All!

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    This is a town and community sponsored mural that is well done. To bad it is tucked away in an alley. Described as the first community infused and democratically elected mural, it was completed in September 2007.

    The mural was designed by R.E. Wall, Margaret Dewar and a mosaic artist, Mary Schulte along with input from Prescott citizens. It is a mixture of paint and mosaic tiles. The mural celebrates Prescott's art history and role art plays in the lives of its citizens.

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    Whiskey Row

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

    This is the center of town today as it was over 100 years ago. There area is smaller now and has many souvenirs mixed in with the bars. Still an interesting walk and where a good amount of night life takes place. Nothing really special as far as that goes but it is a celebrated area for Prescott because it is a big part of the wild west history.

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    Yavapai County time line

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    Take notice of the sidewalk in front of the Yavapai County courthouse. This timeline list important dates that happened in Yavapai County over the past 430 years. It starts from 1581 and the last posting is from 1985. I guess nothing important has happened in the last 30 years.

    Interesting to see some of the events through time. Worth taking a few minutes to check out.

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    Court House Green

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    In the center of Prescott is the Yavapai County Court House. Around the courthouse is a beautiful park area. There are plenty of benches and I nice shaded place to relax. The park as several monuments and a timeline of Yavapai County history. There is also a plaque in the grass in memory of the community dog, Mike.

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    WATSON LAKE - Must See! For just $2

    by jumpingnorman Updated Apr 15, 2013

    February 2013 The Jumping Family was in Prescott, and I was looking at the map of Prescott and saw "bodies of water" on the map, but what stood out was Watson Lake. After googling it, it looks like a lot of people have enjoyed going there before...and so off we went!

    It is located just 4 miles from downtown Prescott and the greatest thing is that parking entrance is just for $2! Once we entered, we saw some huge ramadas where some people were having a party...we chose to drive further out to the lake and found a ramada close to the lakeshore.

    The lake looks amazing with its characteristic granite boulders...looks like a perfect place for those who love boating, rock climbing, and specially hiking! We just followed some pathway to get better views and pictures with the lake. But for avid hikers, there is the Peavine Trail - level, easy trail along the southeastern side of the lake, goes into the scenic Granite Dells region. It runs into Iron King Trail and runs about 4 miles toward Prescott Valley.

    We did not go fishing but I read that when with licenses, you can fish for largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill and sunfish.

    This will be the best that a $2 parking entrance can give you, and I salute the city of Prescott for preserving the beauty of this lake and making it available for families and adventurers.

    Watch our Video: WATSON LAKE by Jumping Norman

    Lake Hours: From May to September, the lake use hours are 7AM to 10PM. From October to April, the hours are 7AM to dusk.

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    Tour the Candle Factory

    by crainiums Written Apr 10, 2013

    The Armadilla Wax Works Candle Factory has big windows looking into the factory so everyone in the store can see the people pouring the candles. The workers pour liquid wax into molds, there is a large turning table so they pour a couple of candles, then turn the table and pour and few more and so on.

    Another person has a small torch and uses it on the outside of the candles. Then she slides them across a metal plate and puts a sticker on the bottom.

    When you go in for a tour you get to see the processes a little closer, feel the molds and even take a small candle out of a mold. They show how the scents and colors are mixed together, and give a closer look at how the wax is poured into the molds and how the candles are finished.

    There are tanks of colors in the factory store, customers can buy a dipper candle and dip it into a variety of different colors to create their own custom candle design. Kids love this - and so do adults - it's a fun activity.

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    Watson Lake

    by Africancrab Written Aug 22, 2012

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    When one talks of Prescott, the last thing to come to mind is water sports or water based activities. However, on a recent road trip to Northern Arizona with my family, we made a one night stop at Prescott. We toured the small historic city, spent a night at the Best Western, then decided to have a morning activity before heading back on the road.

    We headed to Watson Lake Park, a picturesque lake surrounded by quite unique rocks; great photo opportunities for the nature lover. On the edges of the lake are great hiking trails with many different bird species and flowers to see. The Pea-vine trail is the most popular hiking trail. I concentrated on the flowers and the unique rocks, while my daughter and husband concentrated on the water, wishing they could take a boat trip. We did not take a boat trip, it was Sunday and the park office was closed.

    The park has a campground large enough for individuals and families. Pets are allowed. The campground is equipped with bathrooms and parking space for cars and a reasonably sized picnic area to the side.

    In summary, you can trade the historic town's bar scene for a great outdoors time bouldering, hiking, boating or bird watching at the Watson Lake Park. The Flora and Fauna is great around the lake's edges. It is quite peaceful out there. As always, do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today, you never know when you will get another chance.

    Fees:
    There is $2.00 entrance fees to the park, a small price to pay for what you actually get.
    $15 to rent Kayaks
    $10 for Tandem Sea Kayaks

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  • Wine Tasting at Granite Creek Vineyards

    by vineyardgal7 Written May 1, 2011

    Must see, must do! Wine is delicious, staff is friendly and the grounds are beautiful. I never go to prescott without spending an afternoon at the Winery. Granite Creek Vineyards is just about 15-20 minutes from downtown Prescott and totally worth the drive.
    My husband and I love it so much we even got married there last year!
    The website is www.granitecreekvineyards.com and it will give you an idea of how beautiful this place is.
    I highly recommend spending an afternoon at Granite Creek Vineyards!

    Some of the Granite Creek Vineyards Wine 'Blue' one of their resident peacock flock The Vineyard Overlook Lawn The vineyard in Summer Grapes just before Harvest
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    Fremont House

    by Jonathan_C Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    As a resident of Fremont 'center of the universe' I was of course excited to find a Fremont House way out here in Arizona. But it turns out there is no connection between the two. My Fremont is named after a town somwhere in Nebraska while the Fremont House in Prescott is named for the famous rascal and fool John C. Fremont who was Arizona's first territorial governor.

    If we needed any reminders that family connections can elevate a dangerously incompetent individual to high office we need look no further than John C. Fremont. From misguided attempts to summit Pike's Peak to aborted California revolutions, Fremont left a wake of death and chaos wherever he went. If it weren't for the clout of his father in-law, senator Thomas Hart Benton, he would have suffered a well deserved ignominious fate. An adventurer, Fremont's biography makes for a good read but be sure to get one that gives the whole story about this 'man of action'.

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    living history

    by Jonathan_C Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    While visiting Sharlot Hall you may have the opportunity to see one of the 'living history' programs that focus on life in Arizona between 1864 and 1867 when Prescott was the terrirotiral capital. The ladies here were preparing a tasty meal of buiscuits and stew while entertaining us with stories of life and cooking in the Old West.

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    Whiskey Row

    by Basaic Written Apr 27, 2009

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    Across the street from the Yavapai County Court House is the area known as Whiskey Row. There used to be 50 bars and saloons along this road. Today there are still some fine bars here; but they are mingled with trendy shops, bistros, and other businesses. Two of the better bars currently on Whiskey Row are The Birdcage and The Jersey Lilly. The Hotel St. Michael is an historic building that anchored one end of Whiskey Row.

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    Other Museums

    by Basaic Written Apr 27, 2009

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    There are also the Phippen Museum which houses a collection of fine arts and the Fort Whipple Museum which was a US Army fort in the 1800s and is now a VA Hospital in Prescott. I intend to visit these the next time I am in the area.

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    The Smoki Museum

    by Basaic Written Apr 27, 2009

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    The Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture is another fine museum located in Prescott. It was built as a replica of a Hopi Pueblo and houses very nice displays of art, jewelry, pottery and other cultural items. Admission is $5. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 4 PM on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays. They have special events throughout the year so check their website. There is no photography allowed inside the museum.

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    Sharlot Hall: The Bashford House

    by Basaic Written Apr 27, 2009

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    The Bashford House is a fine example of the Victorian Style of architecture. It was built in 1875 and moved to this site in 1974. Today it serves as the Museum Store and has a wide variety of items including plants.

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    Sharlot Hall: Governor's Mansion

    by Basaic Written Apr 27, 2009

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    The first stop on your tour will be the Governor's Mansion, which was built on this site in 1864. It housed the first terretorial governor, John Goodwin. Later Governor McCormick and his family lived here. The "mansion" became a museum in 1928.

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