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“Enchanting Story & Fun Tour”

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights
Ranked #87 of 228 things to do in Phoenix
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Phoenix, AZ
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47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Enchanting Story & Fun Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Many times while driving by on the freeway I saw this "interesting building on a hill" and always wondered what it was. Locals called it the Wedding Cake. It opened to the public in 2012 and we had to see it right away. It's a not to be missed piece of Phoenix history. A love story, a business endeavor, and a local family. It's well done.

Visited September 2012
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Cleveland, Ohio
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128 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Couldn't take the tour, but the scenery was nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

We tried to take the tour while we were in Phoenix, but they were booked up from the end of March until the middle of June. We stopped by to just look from the outside and had a great conversation with one of the volunteers who runs the tours. Since it is all run by volunteers, the number of tours are limited. This is something I would like to go back and see when I can take the tour.

Visited March 2013
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4 Thank James E
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Phoenix , Az
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53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A pleasant tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

My wife had been wanting to see Tovrea for years. The small group informal tour was a nice way to see it . We thoughorly enjoyed the tour. Best done during the cool months so make sure you book far in advance.

Visited February 2013
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4 Thank tachedub
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Phoenix , Az
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53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Finally open for tours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

My wife has been wanting to see Tovrea for years. You need to book in advance due to the limited number of people toured per day. We really enjoyed the informal style small group tour.

Visited February 2013
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5 Thank tachedub
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glendale, az
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Visit Tovrea Castle in Phoenix”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Wedding Cake House on the Hill always captured my attention. I have lived in Arizona for almost 30 years, and always wondered about it. A little research told me (thanks, Wikipedia!): that it was originally intended as a centerpiece for a resort and later a private residence, and is now part of the Phoenix parks system and is designated as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride. Although the castle had long been recognized as a city landmark, the deteriorated state of the grounds and the building left it unsuitable for use as a city park. After finalizing the purchase of surrounding properties, the city of Phoenix began an effort to restore the building and revitalize the gardens.

Stop by and tour the grounds if you can. There is a magnif9icent cactus garden.

Visited September 2012
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6 Thank gloria n
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