Top Adventures To Have In Phoenix
1. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
A hot air balloon ride is the best way to see the amazing natural scenery in Phoenix. Most trips last between 45-60 minutes. This allows for plenty of time to take pictures, have a meal, and see several areas in the desert. The hot air balloon excursion
is dependent on weather, but rides are available at sunrise all year and sunset November through March.
2. Hike Camelback Mountain
Camelback Mountain is one of the top hiking destinations in the United States. Located in Phoenix, it draws visitors from around the world. According to the City of Phoenix website, Echo Canyon Trail and Cholla Trail are rated Extremely Difficult and subject hikers to steep elevation gains, very rugged terrain and harsh elements associated with the Sonoran Desert. Don't let that deter you, the Echo Canyon Trail is a part of Camelback Mountain, and is a much less difficult area where sightseers can drive close to and still experience an outdoor hike. The Echo Canyon Trailhead has free parking and park entrance. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Don't let that deter you, the Echo Canyon Trail is a part of Camelback Mountain
, and is a much less difficult area where sightseers can drive close to the trail and still experience an outdoor hike. The Echo Canyon Trailhead has free parking and park entrance. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.
3. Explore the Desert Botanical Gardens
Desert Botanical Gardens includes 5 individual trails developed to highlight the beautiful Sonoran desert. Permanent paths combine with temporary exhibits that rotate. The variety offers a unique experience to everyone, even frequent visitors. On your visit, you can plan to join a tour
or explore the gardens on your own.
4. Get Cultured at the Heard Museum
Heard Museum is an indoor option for culture enthusiasts. Your visit to the Heard Museum includes 12 exhibition galleries
, free guided tours, outdoor sculpture gardens, a renowned café, a contemporary art gallery and trading-post style shopping, plus much more. The museum's primary focus is on Native-American art. The 40,000 piece concentration of items includes Hopi katsina dolls; Navajo and Zuni jewelry, Navajo textiles, Southwestern ceramics from prehistory to the present and baskets from the Southwest, California, the Great Basin and the Northwest, according to the Heard Museum.
5. Catch a Show at the Orpheum Theatre
Orpheum Theatre, located in downtown Phoenix. It underwent a $14 million renovation and is now used to feature high-quality productions
. Featured major broadway, comedy and concert shows performed at the theatre in addition to world-class performances from Yo-Yo Ma and Father John Misty. Several restaurants are nearby.
6. Take the Kids to the Children’s Museum
Children's Museum of Phoenix is also located downtown. This is a perfect indoor option for groups that include kids up to age 10. Adults can help the younger museum attendees use the exhibits, or allow "Playologists" to engage with children. Playologists
are museum staff members trained to assist visitors in making the most of their time.
7. Get an Adrenaline Rush at Castles-n-Coasters
Castles-n-Coasters is an amusement park that includes mini golf, Go Karts, Bumper Boats, roller coasters, a high ropes course, and a zip-line. If that isn't enough, there is also an enormous indoor arcade. Castles-n-Coasters
has rides for adventure seekers of all heights and ages. Little ones can enjoy a carousel while thrill riders have access to several fast rides. A 3D theatre is one the attractions recently added to the park.
Whether planning outdoor or indoor entertainment, Phoenix provides exciting and unique experiences all year-long.