Things to do in Phoenix

Phoenix is known for its year-round sun and warm temperatures, it anchors a sprawling, multi-city metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun. Phoenix is home to world-renowned cuisine, with many restaurants just steps away from ASU Law. Phoenix is also home to every major sport including football, basketball, baseball, and hockey. Arts and culture for every taste are spread throughout the area from ballet and opera to Broadway theater productions and concerts. Thousands of residents and visitors gather downtown every month for “First Friday” events to explore art galleries and boutiques, taste the fare of the area’s best food trucks, and visit with local vendors and musicians. The Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is a day trip from downtown Phoenix. Enjoy popular year-round outdoor activities like hiking and mountain biking at places such as South Mountain, Camelback Mountain, and Piestewa Peak. And just a few hours in any direction, you can be skiing and river rafting or on the beaches of Southern California or Sonora, Mexico.

 

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See a Spring Training game

Even if you’re not a baseball fan, who can resist a cold beer, a hot dog, and a gorgeous afternoon? A favorite is Scottsdale Stadium, but you might want to try more than one ballpark, with new ones popping up all the time. Details here for the Cactus League.


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Visit the Desert Botanical Gardens (DBG)

See one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants.  The DBG offers various hiking trails and art exhibitions.  In March, the butterfly exhibit will incorporate a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber to let visitors view all stages of a butterfly’s life. The exhibit will feature significant educational displays about the butterfly life cycle, pollination and how to create a butterfly friendly garden.


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Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

MIM displays more than 6,500 instruments collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories. Visitors can observe the instruments being played in their original contexts and all guests are invited to play instruments from around the world in the Experience Gallery.


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Hike Camelback Mountain or Piestewa Peak

You can hike up famous Camelback Mountain or Piestewa Peak or any of the other beautiful paths in the area.


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Explore the Arizona Science Center

Located in central Phoenix, the museum has more than 300 hands-on exhibits, an IMAX theater and one of the largest, technologically advanced planetariums in the U.S.


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 Golf

The Phoenix metro area has some of the nation’s top golf courses.  For recommendations, please contact Andrew Jaynes (andrew.jaynes@asu.edu).


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Heard Museum

It has been called “the nation’s most prestigious private Indian arts center” by USA Today.


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Phoenix Art Museum

The museum contains popular and unique art exhibits and various other cultural events.


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Phoenix Zoo

The zoo has about 1,400 animals in exhibits replicating their natural habitats.


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Day Trips

Phoenix is the home to some of the country’s most scenic sights that you can explore for the day and be back in town by night.  These include one of the seven wonders of the world, Grand Canyon National Park, and the beautiful red rocks of Sedona.


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Penguins, otters, sea lions and more than 500 other species of marine life can be observed in the Arizona desert.  The 2 million-gallon aquarium is among the largest in the nation, surpassing major aquariums in Houston, Seattle, San Francisco and New Orleans.

 

For a general list of things to do in Phoenix, please click here.