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Join Us in Tempe for a Wonderful Convention Adventure!

The Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society invites you to the CSSA’s 37th Biennial Convention in beautiful downtown Tempe., Arizona. Tempe is part of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area and home to Arizona State University and the Mill Street Entertainment District with just a short light rail ride to many other interesting venues in Phoenix. The convention is from July 26 to July 30, with tours beginning on the 27th, which you won’t want to miss! There will have great speakers, plant and pottery vendors, auction and silent auction, local sales area, and great food at the opening reception, the banquet and breakfast each morning of the convention, as well as the tours.

Our convention hotel, The Tempe Mission Palms is located in the heart of Tempe within walking distance of many restaurants, bars, clubs and theaters. It is a luxury hotel with pool, exercise room, airport shuttle, valet parking and many other amenities. Our special convention rate is only $85.00 per night plus taxes. The light rail stop to other adventures is just out the back door of the hotel.

The Phoenix area is a vacation wonderland, so you may want to extend your visit as the hotel rates are extended and there are so many interesting things to do and see in the Phoenix area.



Mill Street District Tempe

Adjacent to the Tempe Mission Palms, Mill Avenue is lined with restaurants, shops, bars, and entertainment. If you're looking for a fun place to have lunch, dinner, or check out some of the local nightlife, this is it.


Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Town Beach

Located just a short walk from the hotel is Tempe Town Lake.This two mile long lake features something for everyone, including five miles of bike/walking paths, boat rentals and fishing. The lake also hosts dozens of special events annually including Ironman Arizona, the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, and Arizona’s largest independence celebration.

.5 miles


Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) is home to one of the world’s most spectacular living collections of the world’s desert plants. Unusual plants including giant cacti, century plants and others in a natural setting create a striking visual treat.The DBG provides a world-class experience for every visitor.Through permanent trailside exhibits, temporary art exhibitions and seasonal experiences the visitor experience is transformed into one of discovery and meaning about the desert and desert plants.

3.2 Miles


Downtown/Old Town Scottsdale

If there’s one place where you can get a taste of all the best Scottsdale has to offer, it’s downtown.This vibrant heart of the city is comprised of eclectic shops, fine art galleries, stellar museums and award-winning restaurants.The Arts District has the highest concentration of galleries in the nation and is a celebration of creativity in all genres and mediums.With nearly 30 restaurants, nightclubs and lounges clustered in a few square blocks, this is THE place to be after dark.

6 miles

Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum is the largest art museum in the southwestern United States, providing access to art from all over the world to the people of Arizona.The Museum exhibits a wide range of fine arts, from ancient to modern.Visitors may also enjoy vibrant photography exhibitions through the Museum's landmark partnership with the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography, the lushly landscaped Dorrance Sculpture Garden, dining at the Museum's restaurant Palette, and shopping at the Museum store.

9.5 miles

Heard Museum
The Heard Museum is dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures; the Heard is an institution that successfully combines the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with the beauty of art. See world- renowned displays of Kachina dolls, fine ceramics, habitations, textiles, baskets, and jewelry.The Heard Museum Shop features only the best authentic Native American hand-made jewelry, textiles, baskets, sculptures, and other handcrafts, at reasonable prices for works of high quality. If you wish to purchase Native American handcrafts while attending the Convention, this is the place to do so.
9.9 miles


Taliesin West is a national historic landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale,AZ. Frank Lloyd Wright’s beloved winter home was established in 1937, and has been diligently handcrafted over many years into a utopian world unto itself. Taliesin West possesses an almost prehistoric grandeur. It was built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it the most personal of the architect’s creations.

19 miles


Wrigley Mansion

Wrigley Mansion, a breathtaking landmark originally constructed in 1932 by chewing gum personality William Wrigley, Jr. was a thoughtful design as a 50th anniversary gift to his beloved wife. Sitting at the top of a hill, the mansion commands spectacular 360-degree views of the mountains and the city below. Its architecture includes curated element of Spanish, California Monterey and Mediterranean styles. Reservation for tours is recommended.
19 miles

The Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches our world by collecting, preserving, and making accessible an astonishing variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM offers guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming, and exceptional musical performances. MIM fosters appreciation of the world’s diverse cultures by showing how we innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music-the language of the soul.

24 miles


Boyce Thompson Arboretum

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA) is in Superior, about an hour east of Phoenix in the mountains.The Arboretum brings together plants from the Earth’s many and varied deserts and dry lands and displays them alongside unspoiled examples of the native Sonoran vegetation. Memorable experiences await you as you walk the main trail, with otherworldly shapes and forms in the Cactus Garden.You will find peaceful reflection in the cool shade of the towering trees in Queen Creek Canyon and intellectual stimulation in the displays in the Smith Interpretive Center.You will see expansive southwestern vistas visible from the high trail. There are many other gardens to enjoy. BTA is currently moving and installing 75,000 plants from the Wallace Garden to enhance their collection.

51 miles

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