Top 15 Things to See and Do in Phoenix | Stateside Movers

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Planning a trip to Phoenix? This big city set in the Sonoran desert makes a great vacation destination, especially in the winter months. But Phoenix is not just for out-of-town visitors. Locals can make a staycation out of a weekend or day off and explore the city through the eyes of a traveler.

Phoenix has so much to offer to residents and visitors alike. As a big city, it is home to a variety of cultural institutions and events as well as family-friendly sites like the zoo and children's museums. Phoenix also offers a host of outdoor activities, and with roughly 300 sunny days of sun each year, there are plenty of opportunities to get outside. This city truly has something for everyone. Here are the top 15 things to see and do in Phoenix:

1. Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum, the world's largest museum of this type, showcases more than 15,000 instruments from over 200 countries. It also houses a 299-seat theater and a cafe. Wear comfy shoes--the average visitor spends four hours here!

2. Phoenix Symphony

After the Musical Instrument Museum, you may be inspired to spend an evening at the Phoenix Symphony. This world-class institution offers a variety of musical programming with evening and matinee performances.

3. Orpheum theater

The Orpheum Theater is a gorgeous theater space that offers shows of every type including movies, plays, concerts, and more. The theater was built in 1929 and is worth a visit all by itself. The theater offers free guided tours regularly.

4. Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is another popular site in Phoenix. This unique museum is dedicated to Native American culture and art, with a focus on southwestern tribes. It houses traditional as well as contemporary art and frequently features live performances.

5. Pueblo Grand Museum

For another perspective on Arizona's Native Americans, visit the Pueblo Grande Museum. This the only preserved prehistoric archeological site in Phoenix. It provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about the Hohokam way of life through archeological activities and hands-on crafts.

6. Wrigly Mansion

Check out the Wrigley Mansion, once owned by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. Its hilltop location provides stunning views of the city. Come for a tour and stay for lunch or dinner at one of its fantastic restaurants.

7. Papago Park

Papago Park is a large municipal park located right in Phoenix, just minutes from the downtown area. Large buttes throughout the park are its hallmark feature. The park's trails are popular with bikers and runners. It also houses a municipal golf course, a fishing pond, a sports complex, and more.

8. Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden, located within Papago Park, is a great place to spend an afternoon or more. Visitors can stroll along one of its five trails that highlight Arizona's natural fauna. The Garden also offers exhibitions, events, and educational programs such as cooking, landscaping, and nature art classes.

9. Chase Field

Sports fans will love visiting Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Its conveniently located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, close to many hotels and restaurants. The air-conditioned stadium makes it comfortable for visitors even during Arizona's hot summers.

10. Phoenix Zoo

Families won't want to miss the Phoenix Zoo, also located within Papago Park. Not only does it house a variety of animals, but it also offers many extras that kids of all ages will enjoy such as animal encounters, camel rides, and a 4-D theater.

11. Children's Museum of Phoenix

Another great family destination is the Children's Museum of Phoenix. With interactive exhibits inside and out, a visit to this museum lets families combine learning and fun. There is nothing hands-off about this museum.

12. Arizona Science Center

The Arizona Science Center is another place that kids and adults will enjoy. It houses a planetarium, a theater, and several exhibits focused on dinosaurs, flight, solar power, and more.

13. North Mountain Park

New and seasoned hikers should head to North Mountain Park. There are several trails here of varying difficulty, from relatively easy to genuinely challenging, but all provide a stunning view of the city. The park provides parking, restrooms, water stations, and picnic tables.

14. South Mountain Park

After North Mountain Park, head over to South Mountain Park, although maybe not on the same day! South Mountain Park's claim to fame is that it is the largest municipal park in the world. Biking, hiking, and horseback riding are popular activities here.

15. Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain is the perfect spot for people looking for a challenging hike. There are two hiking trails, Chullo and Echo Canyon. Guided hikes are available from first aid-certified guides who also provide interesting commentary on Camelback Mountain and the Sonoran Desert. Anyone who goes hiking in Phoenix should bring extra water, as the dry heat can be very dehydrating.

These 15 suggestions are just a sampling of the many things to do in Phoenix. In addition to these destinations, there are countless restaurants and shops where visitors can while away the hours. Come see for yourself: there is never a shortage of things to do in Phoenix.

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