Fun Things to Do in Phoenix
For Phoenix transplants and locals, there is nothing more fun than going around the metro and doing all the tourist-y things. Phoenix has great weather all year round, is a favorite tourist destination and simply amazing. You will never want of new stuff to do and try out. So what are you waiting for, it is time to head out of your beautiful and cozy home with that newly-installed two-car garage door in Phoenix and enjoy the city.
Here is a list of wonderful places to spend time in Phoenix:
Desert Botanical Garden
This should definitely be on your to-go list. The Desert Botanical Garden offers wonderful experiences during the day. But if you want a cooler walk, try going there at night and have a different experience. Simply check out what’s on the calendar as the facility offers a lot of activities such as concerts, plant sales, art exhibitions and sculptural installations. They even offer flashlight tours at night so you can see desert blooms and bugs that come out at night time.
Arizona Science Center
Spend an afternoon in Phoenix’s Arizona Science Center, with a lot of exhibitions and activities that will bring out the geek in you. There are permanent exhibitions with films and visuals in the Dorrance Planetarium, anatomy activities, physics and construction themed interactive displays, public art installations and musical shows.
Japanese Friendship Garden
For peace and harmony and the ultimate Zen experience, there is no other place to go but the 3.5 acre Japanese Friendship Garden – the symbol of friendship between the city of Phoenix and the Japanese city of Himeji. This wonderful spot with its purple leaf plums, Japanese maples and evergreen pears was built by 50 Japanese architects through 60 trips. It is open to the public all week round except Mondays.
Phoenix Art Museum
In Central Phoenix, you can find the Phoenix Art Museum with its collection of modern art, couture exhibition, sculpture garden and its current contemporary show. The entrance to the museum features Josiah McElheny’s The Last Scattering Surface with its handblown flass, chrome-plated aluminum, electric, hanging installation. To see what’s on schedule, check out its website.
Part of the Hilton Hotels’ luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, this place is a must-visit. Enjoy great views, nice restaurants and the Frank Lloyd inspired architecture. It also features a 92 foot water slide, pivate cabanas and a multitude of pools. Visit the resort to know why it’s always at the top of poolside vacation destinations and why it has been featured on the Travel Channel Show Great Hotels.
Yep, there is a castle in Phoenix. Small but charming near Loop 202, this attraction was built in 1930 by Alessio Carraro who developed a resort and housing subdivision east of Phoenix. This castle was part of a Carraro hotel and was sold to Edward Ambrose Tovrea and his wife Della, where the name Tovrea Castle came from.
The ASU Planetarium can be found in Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, together with the Science Theater. While built for undergraduate students studying space sciences, the planetarium is open for free public tours, stargazing nights, 3D astronomy shows and lectures.