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Things to do in Phoenix

Phoenix's unique geography, Native American background, and Western culture give the city its unusual cultural offerings. Phoenix's museums make good use of the sunny weather with skylights, manicured gardens and outdoor courtyards. Stroll through one of Phoenix's most famous, The Heard Museum, and enjoy art and artifacts from American Indian tribes native to area. The museum has the world's largest collection of Hopi Kachina dolls. Phoenix Art Museum has a permanent collection of American, Asian and European art masterpieces. Save time to stroll the sculpture garden and the peaceful museum café.

Phoenix's newest museum is The Musical Instrument Museum, celebrating global instruments, and music-making devices from 200 countries and territories.

Desert Botanical Garden showcases desert plants in it fifty-acre grounds. Hike the trails and visit nearby Phoenix Zoo.

Phoenix has a lot of options when it comes to entertainment. Catch a ballet or an opera at The Herberger Theater Center. The Phoenix Theatre, founded in 1920, is the nation's longest running community theater. Arizona State University's Grady Gammage Auditorium hosts hit Broadway musicals, grand opera, dramatic productions and university lectures.

Sports enthusiasts can play golf at Phoenix's championship courses, or catch Super Bowl, college championship playoffs or the PGA Tour. Phoenix has teams in all four major pro sports as well as NASCAR events.

  • Arizona State Fair

    Originally founded as the Arizona Territorial Fair in November 1884, this three-week event now takes place in mid-October at the Arizona State Fair... More
  • Bar Bianco

    While waiting for a table at the next-door Pizzeria Bianco, enjoy handmade cocktails and appetizers at this candlelit bar, located downtown on Heri... More
  • Bentley Projects

    Here lies the coolest spot in town when it comes to art and architecture. (It’s also the sister location to Bentley Gallery, which is part of Scott... More
  • Betsy Donley

    With more than two decades of experience, travel agent Betsy Donley uses firsthand knowledge to craft luxury African trips and fly fishing expediti... More
  • Bunky Boutique

    Across the street from the Phoenix Art Museum, Bunky Boutique shares a space with Giant Coffee in the white, cube-like Merz Project Building. The s... More
  • Camelback Mountain

    This red-hued beauty is an attractively rugged cliff perfect for hard-core hikers. Its Echo Canyon trail, which starts at 5700 North Echo Canyon Pa... More
  • Casino Arizona

    You know what they say about casinos—once you’re inside, day and night blend and time stops. Same goes for the ones that ring metro Phoenix, so cho... More
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  • Chez Nous

    All walks of life used to converge in the after-dark over stiff martinis at Phoenix’s most beloved dive bar. This trashy little spot finally fell p... More
  • Civic Center Mall

  • Desert Botanical Garden

    Here you can hike deep into the desert without leaving a paved path or proximity to a cold drink. This 50-acre refuge has undergone a transformatio... More
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  • EnviroCar

    The agency offers chauffeured transportation with a hybrid fleet. More
  • First Fridays Art Walk, Phoenix

    On the first Friday evening of every month, Artlink, Inc., a nonprofit organization run wholly by volunteer art enthusiasts, hosts a free self-guid... More
  • Five15 Arts

    Established in 2002, Five15 is an artist collective that features the work of a different member each month. Located behind an unassuming brick faç... More

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