10 Things to Do in the Phoenix, AZ Area

Phoenix Arizona is a premier vacation and travel destination where visitors can experience fun group tours; the Sonoran Desert; outdoor sports such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and backpacking; horseback riding; award-winning golf courses; wonderful shopping; great spas, and much more.

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Things to Do in Phoenix

In addition to the activities in the greater Phoenix area, Phoenix is located within driving distance of many other great attractions listed in our day trips and tours section. What a better way to enjoy all the sights and activities, than in an affordable sports car rental?

Arizona Science Center
This museum features futuristic architecture by Antoine Predock and attempts to turn learning into fun. Interactive exhibits including All About Me and Fab Lab are cleverly designed to educate and entertain. Experience the night sky or a laser light show under the dome of the Dorrance Planetarium. Attend a film, if you prefer, in the Irene P. Flinn Theater with its five-story-high screen.

Desert Botanical Gardens
See more than 20,000 specimens in one of the world’s best gardens. Selected to help save endangered plants, the focus is on native flora, with special emphasis placed on succulents. The cactus collection is world-renowned, with more than 1,300 examples. March through May offers prolific blooming, so plan your trip for these times, and don’t forget your hat and sunscreen. The Desert Botanical Garden has one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. It is one of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. At the Desert Botanical Garden you will find 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, there is no finer place to enjoy desert beauty than the Desert Botanical Garden. The Garden is located in Papago Park in Central Phoenix.

Biltmore Fashion Park
Arizona’s world-class shopping experience is found at this destination mall near the Biltmore Resort. Setting this facility aside from the mundane is the exquisite garden, which is utilitarian as well as beautiful. Culinary herbs, grown in the garden, are harvested and utilized by chefs from Biltmore’s award-winning restaurants. Renowned names such as Neiman Marcus, Gucci and Sak’s Fifth Avenue are cornerstones of this center. Fine eating establishments include Christopher’s Fermier Brasserie and Ayako of Tokyo.

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Mystery Castle
This unusual piece of architecture, built from recycled bottles, granite and bricks in 1930, is a tribute from a father to his daughter. Located near South Mountain, you may take tours through the castle. Largely constructed of native stone, the 8,000-square-foot castle contains 13 fireplaces, 18 rooms and various features of interest. Southwestern antiques furnish this unique facility.

Heard Museum
Every major city, and most minor ones, have museums. The Heard Museum is unique, however, not only in the exhibits that are displayed, but the style and grace with which it displays them. You will never tire of visiting the Heard Museum, with its more than 32,000 pieces of cultural and fine art. There are permanent exhibits, like the famous Barry Goldwater collection of Kachina Dolls, as well as special exhibit year-round.

Chase Field (formerly Bank One Ballpark)
Chase Field was the first baseball facility in the world to combine a retractable roof, air conditioning, and a natural turf field. Chase Field’s retractable roof can be closed in less than 5 minutes, in case we get one of those rare days of inclement weather. If you are a baseball fan, a visit to this state-of-art facility will be a special treat. There are also trade show, religious events and concerts held at Chase Field. If you aren’t that interested in going to a game, or when isn’t scheduled when you’ll be in town, you can still see it. Just go to lunch or dinner at Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill. It is located in the left-field corner of the Ballpark. Friday’s Front Row is open 363 days a year from 11 a.m. to 12 midnight. If it is a game day, you have to call them to buy tickets to eat there. Fifty percent of the ticket price is credited to your food and beverage bill. Chase Field is located at 401 E. Jefferson in downtown Phoenix. Guided Tours of Bank One Ballpark are also available.

Phoenix Zoo
Phoenix ZooThe Phoenix Zoo is one of the younger zoos in the country. Not only is it a successful zoo, but it is a privately owned, nonprofit zoo. That means that it operates strictly without any government funding. The Phoenix Zoo is totally supported by donors and private organizations. Recognizing the important role that zoos must play, the Phoenix Zoo has been very active in wildlife conservation programs. The Phoenix Zoo is open every single day of the year, including December 25th. In the summer it is advisable to get there as early as possible, since many animals head for shade and hide during the heat of the day.

Scottsdale Art Walk
There are more than 100 art galleries in Scottsdale. You can enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalks every Thursday evening, year-round (except Thanksgiving) from 7 – 9 p.m. Each week, Scottsdale Gallery Association members host special exhibits – many with artist receptions – and join together for an informal come-and-go “open house” throughout the district. Casual and eclectic, it’s a great time to visit the galleries and learn about featured artists. Several times per year, the Scottsdale Gallery Association holds Special Event ArtWalks with live music along the streets and special themed events.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary ArtThe Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is relatively new in the community, and focuses on modern and contemporary art, architecture and design. There are five galleries that showcasing changing exhibitions and works from the Museum’s growing permanent collection. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art features an outdoor sculpture garden. The Museum presents a variety of educational programs and special events for adults and families, including lectures, docent-led tours, workshops and classes.

Shop at Scottsdale Fashion Square
Scottsdale is known for many things, and shopping is one of them. A list like this would not be complete without a recommendation for a shopping destination. There are newer malls in the greater Phoenix area, but none are as appealing as Scottsdale Fashion Square. In a city that’s not known for haute couture, you’ll be able to satisfy that urge here. When the rich and famous, locals and visitors, need an upscale mall, this is where they go!