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Top Things to Do in Phoenix

In this article, I’m going to share with you some of the top things to do in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, Phoenix is a massive metropolis, surrounded by some other large cities, like Scottsdale, Mesa, and Tempe, but this article is just going to be focused on the top things to do in Phoenix. So come along with me, let me show you around.

Arizona Falls

top things to do in phoenix Arizona Falls
Arizona Falls

Arizona Falls is a remarkable roadside attraction stationed over the central Arizona canal system. The artistic architectural structure diverts canal water into a series of waterfalls. The beautiful design of Arizona Falls celebrates water and power and its role in creating an oasis in the desert, while also paying homage to the Valley’s history with poetic sounds of falling water. The public space is where walkers, joggers, and bicyclists can sit and enjoy the cooling effects of the waterfalls as the meandering canal snakes through the Valley of the Sun, delivering the precious resource. So this is one of the first top things to do in Phoenix.

MIM (The Musical Instruments Museum)

Musical Instrument Museum
Musical Instrument Museum

Another of my favorite places here in Phoenix is the MIM (the Musical Instrument Museum). The MIM brings instruments from around the world to life and provides a truly unique experience.  There are over 7,000 instruments on display, from around 200 different countries. Most displays are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio and video elements that allow guests to observe and hear the sounds of the instruments being played. Visitors are invited to play many of the instruments in the “experience gallery.” There is also a state-of-the-art intimate performance venue where over 300 events per year can be enjoyed. The MIM is fast becoming one of the top attractions in Phoenix.

Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza

Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza
Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza

Located on the eastern side of the Arizona State Capitol building, Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza is an urban park and gathering place with memorials, monuments, and Gardens. There are 30 memorials in total honoring individuals, organizations, and events. Highlights include the mast and anchor of the USS Arizona Memorial,  ranging from World War one to Desert Storm, the Arizona 9/11 memorial, and memorials to Dr. Martin Luther King jr. and the Navajo code talkers.

The Farm at South Mountain

Form at South Mountain
Form at South Mountain

The Farm at South Mountain is yet another desert oasis where a 10-acre fertile plot of land has become an agro-tourism destination with gardens and a pecan orchard. They use the pecans in almost every dish you’ll find here at the Farm at South Mountain. During the winter months, after harvest, you’ll find thousands of these pecans lying on the ground that they kind of missed, and if you’re out enjoying lunch on one of the picnic tables, you could undoubtedly scoop up and enjoy them.

There are three on-site restaurants located in different parts of the Farm. One is focused on breakfast, another for lunch and one solely focused on fine dining for dinner.  Much of the ingredients are grown and harvested on-site making, this a true farm-to-table experience. The Farm at South Mountain is also famous for weddings and other events.

Heritage Square

top things to do in phoenix heritage square
Heritage Square

Located in the southern part of downtown Phoenix is Heritage Square, a striking reminder of the city’s vibrant Victorian past. This area features the Rosin House Museum, several restaurants, including the world-famous Pizzeria Bianco, a rose garden, an atrium, as well as the Arizona Science Center. Heritage Square also hosts several annual events and is walking distance to the sports arenas and other popular areas of downtown.

Speaking of downtown, the transformation over the past decade has been extraordinary. Phoenix is fast becoming known for its hip urban revitalization efforts with diverse cultures, fantastic art scene, and award-winning restaurants. There are also many cool historic communities to pursue. So Heritage Square is one of the most popular places that we include in our list of top things to do in Phoenix.

Papago Park

top things to do in phoenix papago park
Papago Park

Just minutes from downtown Phoenix is Papago Park, which offers exceptional hiking and a wide array of recreational facilities, composed primarily of sandstone, the Papago buttes rise and fall throughout the park. The trails that interlace the area are generally considered easy tracks.  One of the most popular places in the park is Hole-in-the-Rock, which provides excellent views of downtown Phoenix.

Desert Botanical Garden

things to do in phoenix desert botanical garden
Desert Botanical Garden

Last but not least, in the midst of the Papago Buttes is the Desert Botanical Garden, one of the most popular attractions in Phoenix. The Desert Botanical Garden showcases the unique life of the Sonoran Desert through the landscape architecture of a highly manicured garden that encompasses over 50,000 plants. There are a slew of annual events and special exhibitions on display that light up the gardens at night. The Southwest is truly a wondrous place, and there is no better venue to see the diversity of the desert than at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Well, that’s the complete list of top things to do in Phoenix. I hope you enjoyed this article, and if so, please hit the share button, and don’t forget to follow this website for more Trip travel articles.

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