Phoenix Attractions

Some of the best things to do in Phoenix will find you outdoors, exploring the red rock buttes, panoramic vistas, and lush desert gardens. In the past two decades, Phoenix made the sometimes-painful, sometimes-beautiful transition from mid-sized sunbelt city to sprawling desert metropolis. But with the growing pains also comes several advantages. Downtown Phoenix has shifted from a business-only center to a place where more people live, eat, and hang out, and many of the city's suburbs have raised their profile and contributed to the vibrant, always-changing nature of the Valley of the Sun.

Our top choice for things to do during your Phoenix stay is a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden. The Garden's paved, winding paths and dusty gravel trails showcase the native Sonoran Desert plants and trees that make this part of the world so special. The Desert Botanical Garden is also a nexus of cultural events, including musical concerts, art exhibits, and seasonal festivals. Chances are something of note will be happening during your visit.

For panoramic city and desert views and famously dramatic desert sunsets, tie on your hiking boots and explore iconic Camelback Mountain and Papago Park. If narrow mountain passages don't scare you, a drive up South Mountain Park is a must.

If you happen to find yourself in Phoenix during the sweltering summer months, seek refuge in the cultural offerings--and robust air-conditioning systems--of the world-renown Heard Museum and Phoenix Art Museum on Central Avenue. The Arizona Science Center, also located in downtown, is a great family-friendly museum with planetarium and reliably entertaining, revolving exhibits.

Desert Botanical Gardens

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1201 North Galvin Parkway
(Southeast of McDowell Road & 64th Street)

Bringing the Sonoran Desert to life... read more

South Mountain Park Scenic Drive

10919 South Central Avenue

World's largest municipal park... read more

Papago Park

625 North Galvin Parkway

Phoenix's scenic red buttes... read more

Heard Museum

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2301 N. Central Ave
East side of Central, between Thomas & McDowell Roads

World-famous collection of Native American Art...
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Phoenix Art Museum

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1625 N. Central Ave
(Northeast corner of Central Avenue at McDowell Road)

Paintings, sculpture and miniatures... read more

Arizona Science Center

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600 E. Washington St
(Northwest corner of Washington and Seventh Streets)

Interactive displays and a planetarium... read more

Camelback Mountain

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5700 North Echo Canyon Parkway
(southeast corner McDonald drive and Tatum boulevard)

Phoenix's iconic mountain... read more

Piestewa Peak

2800 East Squaw Peak Lane

Work Hard for the View... read more

Phoenix Zoo

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455 North Galvin Parkway
(64th Street between Van Buren & McDowell Roads)

Interactive, family-friendly zoo... read more

Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park

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4619 East Washington Street
(South side of Washington, just west of the State Route 202)

Walk among the historic Hohokam Indian ruins...
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The Raven Golf Club

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3636 East Baseline Road
(36th street & Baseline road)

Poetic scenery and glorious challenge... read more

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Squaw Peak

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2701 East Squaw Peak Lane
(at the corner of Lincoln Drive)

Fantastic views from the summit... read more

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Golf at the Boulders

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Play in the Sonoran Desert... read more

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COFCO Chinese Cultural Center

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668 North 44th Street
(Just south of the 202 Loop at 44th Street)

Chinese gardens and pagodas... read more

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Chase Field

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401 East Jefferson Street
(Fourth & Jefferson streets)

Arizona Diamondbacks home... read more

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Phoenix Coyotes

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2 North Central Suite 1930

Bringing whiteouts to the desert... read more

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"Head Out to Rocky Point" Shuttle Service

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Door-to-door shuttle service to Puerto Penasco from the Phoenix International Airport or any other Phoenix, AZ location. "Wanna go? Let US know!"... read more

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The Apache Trail

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HC02 Box 4800 State Hwy, 88

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Vaughan's Southwest Custom Tours, Inc.

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16015 North 40th Street
(physical address is for reference only; departure points vary; P. O. Box 31250)

A glimpse of desert splendor... read more

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Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum

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Savor the history of territorial Arizona... read more
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