Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and one of the most popular tourist towns in the United States. The town is situated at a height of about 1117 feet and receives more sunlight than any other town. Thus it is also called the Valley of the Sun. Located at the center of the Sonoran Desert, and this town is one of the country’s greenest and wettest deserts. A lot of tourists visit this town for its variety of things and also to get closer to nature. If you ever visit this town, you can be sure that you will not get bored since this town has something for everyone. With tons of activities to do and delicious food and drinks, this must be on the top of your vacation list. This list of 15 best places to visit in the Phoenix will help you plan your holiday and make sure that you truly enjoy being here.
Let's explore Phoenix points of interest and 15 best things to do in Phoenix:
1. Japanese Friendship Garden
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The Japanese Friendship Garden, also known as the Ro Ho En is the place you need to visit if you wish to spend time with nature. Here you will find a calm environment and a lot of greenery to feast your eyes on. This garden contains more than fifty different species of plants and about a thousand ton of handpicked rocks. With a delicately sculptured landscape in the background and a half acre Koi pond, this place is perfect for relaxing and getting rid of stress. The garden was built with the coordination between Phoenix and Himeji, Japan. After a trip to the garden, you can also enjoy some afternoon tea at the Japanese Tea House.
2. Phoenix Musical Instrument Museum
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If you are a musician then you will surely love the Phoenix Musical Instrument Museum. Even if you are not one, then also you will be fascinated by the varieties of musical instruments exhibited there. You will be able to learn all about their history and how they are constructed, and you can even try them out in the Experience Gallery. The museum has more than six thousand instruments sourced from over two hundred countries. Some of the instruments were even played by legends in the music world such as Carlos Santana, John Lennon, and Elvis Presley.
3. Heard Museum
If you want to learn about the native Indians in the southwest of the country then the Heard Museum will let you do just that. Established by Dwight and Maie Heard in 1929, this museum shows off the culture of the Native American. Here you will find local stories intertwining with artwork which makes for an astonishing piece of art. The museum conducts several festivals and art exhibitions, and you are free to choose any one of them. You can easily spend anything from a few hours to a full day if you enter this museum.
4. Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium
This zoo is among the top five zoos in the country, and so you can be sure of some quality experience here. You will see some of the most exotic animals and birds in this zoo. Feed a giraffe or enjoy a ride on an elephant, either way, you can be sure of some entertainment for your entire family. There are about fourteen thousand animals in the zoo, and they include more than thirty endangered or threatened species. The zoo also has several educational tours and programs for the entire family, and you can also sponsor an animal if you choose to.
5. Tovrea Castle
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The Trovea Castle is something straight out of a Disney movie. Built like a wedding cake and located at the top of a hill, this castle is a popular attraction in the town. The castle was earlier a resort, but then it became a Phoenix Points of Pride. Surrounding the castle is thousands of cacti in different varieties. Once you reach up there, you will be able to see the entire desert landscape. A worthy trip if you wish to see a beautiful castle atop a hill.
6. Kierland Commons
The Kierland Commons is a mixture of outdoor and indoor shops and restaurants. This is a prime spot in the town, and you will find all kinds of shops and restaurants around here. The sheer variety of shops will keep you interested for hours, and if your kids accompany you, then they can have some fun by the fountain. After your shopping, you can sit down and enjoy some delicious food from the restaurants and the bars making the atmosphere much livelier.
7. Arizona Science Center
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Science may have been boring for you, but in the Arizona Science Center your perception is sure to change. With more than three hundred permanent hands-on exhibits, you can enjoy a day filled with learning. You can try out making a paper plane that actually flies or print out something with the help of a 3D printer. There is also a planetarium and an IMAX movie theatre. After a long fun day, you can enjoy some local hot delicacies at the nearby food joints.
8. Phoenix Art Museum
The Phoenix Art Museum contains a number of contemporary pieces of art in a spacious building. There are several varied and unique exhibitions to feast your eyes on. This museum has earned the distinction of being the largest art center in south-west America. This center conducts many educational programs for kids and live performances. You can also pick up some mementos from the Art Museum gift shop. Your kids are surely going to enjoy the time spent in here.
9. The Wrigley Mansion
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Made by none other than the chewing gum pioneer William Wrigley Jr. this mansion has twenty-four rooms, twelve bathrooms and sixteen thousand square foot of total area. This mansion is humongous, and a tour of this mansion will surely take a few hours. The mansion also has a fine dining restaurant where you can enjoy delicious food. The mansion offers beautiful views of Phoenix.
10. Enchanted Island Amusement Park
If you are accompanied by your kids then the Enchanted Island Amusement Park is a must visit for you and your kids. The park was constructed and designed keeping in mind kids from 1 to 10 years of age. This park contains the famous Encanto carousel and many more fun filled rides which the kids can safely enjoy. The fish-filled lagoons, boat rides, and the arcade are the favorites among the kids. You can also rent out bikes and carts. The open grassy areas with ponds filled with geese and ducks lets the kids have a fun time playing around and exploring.
11. National Historical Fire Foundation
Here you will be able to know all about fire-fighting and its history since this museum is dedicated to preserving all ancient fire-fighting equipment and devices. There are about ninety fire-fighting instruments dating back to 1725 which have been completely restored. There is also a Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which is dedicated to firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. This is a nice place to visit and spend a day commemorating the heroic deeds of the brave firefighters.
12. Children’s Museum of Phoenix
This museum has about three hundred playa areas where kids can safely play and have fun. Apart from the play areas, kids will get a chance to know and learn a lot of things. The kids can have fun in the Desert Den and Noodle Forest and will get an opportunity to learn by observing various art projects. They can also spend time riding tricycles through small tunnels and also learn about gravity in the ball track area. The adults can either accompany the kids or simply relax in the sitting arrangements provided by the museum.
13. Chase Fields
If you are a baseball fan or not, the Chase Fields will surely astonish you. The field is a popular attraction among the locals as well as tourists. This field is the home of Arizona Diamondbacks and has a retractable roof and is air-conditioned. There is also a swimming pool and other activities that you can do with your family and kids. The field has real grass which makes it more amazing. If you are not much of a baseball fan, then you can check out the other facilities too.
14. Carnival of Illusion
This is a very popular show and is highly rated. By attending this show, you will have a chance to include a bit of magic into your life. In this show, old world tricks are shown in an intimate parlor, where you get transported away to another world, a magical world. The magic is presented with skill and plenty of humor so your entire family can enjoy this show. Two of the stars, Susan and Roland, often invite the audience into their tricks which makes the show much more interesting.
15. Papago Park
This is a municipal park that helps in conserving the desert ecosystem. You can enjoy a variety of adventure sports such as cycling and biking in the desert. There are also a number of lakes in this area where you can relax and appreciate the beauty and simplicity of the place.
These are some of the things that you can do while in Phoenix. You can rest assured that Phoenix will not let you get bored with its host of activities and places to visit.