Phoenix, Arizona Tourism
The capital city of Arizona is a beautiful metropolis known as “The Valley of the Sun.” It is a magnet for those seeking activities such as golf, spas, contemporary restaurants, cultures and more. Come see what delights you will find!
Museums, Monuments and More in Phoenix
The Antique Gallery/Central Antiques - with 30,000 square feet of antiques and heirlooms, you are sure to find just what you want for your home or office. Storekeepers have items ranging from European porcelain to English silver and American antiques from every period.
Arizona Science Center - This is a great place to visit, especially for families. You will find over 300 hands- on exhibits, a planetarium, geology displays, and a 5 story film screen where science films are shown.
Celebrity Theatre - Looking for nightlife? Book your seat here where you can enjoy music, comedy and theatre. What makes this theatre unique is that no seat is more than 75 feet from its revolving center stage.
Char’s Has the Blues - More nightlife can be found at the mecca for fans of the Blues. The place may be small but it has a big appeal.
Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum - Come see the largest museum of this type in the world. With 5 galleries, the Hall of Flame showcases over 100 pieces of firefighting equipment spanning more than 2 centuries of firefighting.
The Heard Museum - This is an internationally acclaimed museum renowned for its collection of Southwestern art. You will see dolls, jewelry, textiles, contemporary artwork and historic items. In addition, there are artist demonstrations, music and dance performances.
Heritage Square - History buffs will have a great time touring the turn of the century houses here and then continuing to the Arizona Science Center and Phoenix Museum of History that make up the Arizona Heritage and Science Park.
Phoenix Art Museum - This is one the largest art museums in the Southwest and showcases over 17,000 pieces of artwork as well as numerous travelling exhibits. Enjoy self-guided tours and special days for children.
Pioneer Living History Museum - Life in the Old West is something that many of us have heard about, but few of us have gotten to experience. Spend a day here to get a glimpse into the ways of the West. You will find a blacksmith shop, the bar, the general store, and the community church-- all open, as well as several other “city” locations.
Outdoor Recreation in Phoenix
Camelback Mountain - If you are looking for a beautiful location where you can hike to your heart’s content then this is just the place. With several trails to choose from, you will find an assortment of flora and fauna and see some of the indigenous animals to Arizona.
Desert Botanical Garden - A 150 acre garden featuring over 120 varieties of cacti, thousands of plants, and a 1/3 of a mile walking trail. On Friday nights during part of the year, the Garden hosts local bands providing music and entertainment for its guests.
Encanto Park and Recreation Area - This downtown park is great place for a picnic and offers swimming, boat rides, fishing and feeding the ducks. There is also an assortment of rides geared toward 2-10 year olds.
Papago Park - For hiking, biking, fishing and golfing spend a day at this impressive 1,200 acre park.
Phoenix Zoo -Lions and tigers and bears –oh my! Take a walk on the wild side as you see more than 400 mammals and 500 reptiles and amphibians at this beautiful zoo. You may walk the trails, bike, or take a train ride to see the zoo’s inhabitants.
Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park - Commemorating the Hohokam Indians who once lived here, this park contains the ruins of their village, a ceremonial platform mound, and excavated ball court, and reproductions of the homes. Guided or self-led tours available daily.
Phoenix Botanical Garden
Photo Credits: Picture of the City of Phoenix, AZ by Humberto Moreno; Catus by John Morgan; Photo of Phoenix Botanical Garden by Paula Henry