A great list of things to do when you visit Arizona, with places for , , , , , , and many destinations in-between!
- Hike in the
- Go back in time at the (February through March)
- Take a 4-5 hr drive from Phoenix on the
- Check out the for a fun western experience
- Dinner and music at the !
- Take a cruise on the on Canyon Lake
- in Avondale has lots of kids play areas plus a small pond
- Take your children to (ages 0 to 5)
- is a popular west valley golf range
- Visit in southern Arizona, a turn-of-the-century
- Go underground and tour the
- Check out the , established in 1882
- There are numerous Bisbee Ghost Tours (and other tours) available in
- has lots to see and do
- See animals from all over the world at the
- Enjoy the shops, art galleries, and restaurants in and check out Easy Street and Ho Hum Dr. where there’s a huge sundial
- is north of Phoenix, and has lots of cool western stores, restaurants, and shops
- Buffalo rides, and bbq! Eat dinner at in Cave Creek.
- See amazing art at the
- Be a cowboy and experience the wild west at the
- See and locomotives at the (closed in summer)
- Go shopping at the
- Take the family to for a nice lake, train ride, splash pad, and playground
- If you’re into car racing, there’s lots to see and do at
- The Koli Equestrian Center offers horseback riding adventures
- Go racing at ! High performance driving school.
- Check out in Chandler for a fun night out!
- Stop and get a homemade popsicle at
- Have breakfast at at the Chandler Airport and watch the airplanes take off
- Go on a (first Saturday of every month from November through April)
- Visit at Tumbleweed Park, a free, 2.5-acre playground for kids
- The is extremely popular (Saturdays in winter)
- offers a look at ancient rock art
- See the in Flagstaff
- Ski (or in summer of Mt. Humphries on a ski lift)
- Walnut Canyon near Flagstaff
- in Flagstaff
- Explore the past at National Monument
- Camp or hike at the
- Hike or ride bikes at
- Ride or hike the which is part of the Flagstaff Urban Trail System
- Play in the snow at the (sled, or snowshoe)
- Swim at the (lazy river, pool, hot tubs, water slides)
- Take the kids to
- in downtown Flagstaff (summer)
- for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers at the Flagstaff Public Library
- has open gym on Mondays and Thursday afternoons
- has playgrounds and a skate park for teens
- Check out which has a model train going around the ceiling
- Visit historic
- Check out (560 ft high) which is one of the top four in the world
- Check out the
- Dine at , one of the best restaurants in Gilbert
- Take the family on a (held every third Saturday of the month, October through March)
- Ski (about 4 hrs from Phoenix)
- Take a relaxing trip to
- , AZ home to a bunch of great restaurants and antique stores on the way to the White Mountains
- Go (October though April)
- Take a day-trip to and see real indian ruins (about two hours from Phoenix)
- Nearby is , one of the best lakes in the area!
- Even bigger is which is about 18 miles in length
- Visit the !
- At 8,803 feet, is the highest point on the North Rim of the
Grand Canyon ()
- (at the bottom of the Grand Canyon but worth the hike) or
- River Raft the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon
- Go to the (if you dare!)
- Drive the , which is a fun road with great views
- Visit the
- Check out the worlds first Electric Vehicle Museum in Kingman at the
Lake Havasu City
- (see London Bridge up close)
- Have pizza at the and enjoy live music on the huge pipe organ!
- Take the children to the in Mesa for all-day activities.
- The in Mesa is fun for all ages!
- Check out the for a great hike!
- Go to the water park! is one of the best in the valley!
- Check out the at Falcon Field in Mesa where you can see old WWII airplanes and even take a ride!
- Take a ride on the in Northern Arizona
- Visit the in Northern Arizona
- Visit (old copper town)
- See bears and other wildlife at near Williams
- (Holbrook, AZ)
- Go horseback riding in Northern Arizona! There are lots of trails and beautiful scenery to see, and of to from
- (the second largest man made lake in America)
- Stay in a cozy (hundreds of cabins all over Arizona!)
- Visit Volcano National Monument, preserved on earth (35 miles east of Flagstaff)
- (a day trip from the valley)
- Stand on the intersection between Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado at
- Tour in the High Desert
- Check out the in Winslow
- in Northern Arizona is absolutely beautiful – named for the many colors you can see
- If you’re in northeastern AZ don’t miss the amazing
- See the beauty of near the four corners region
- Pretend you are John Ford filming in (near four corners)
- Check out the
- Explore near Las Vegas
- Check out the attraction (learn about earth and plants cycles)
- The provides a historical museum about Oracle
- View the beautiful and amazing colors and shapes of in Page, AZ
- See the and learn about Major Powell and the Colorado Plateau
- Check out , a less busy version of Antelope Canyon that’s good for photographers
- See Horseshoe Bend near the Utah border in Page, AZ, an overlooking the Colorado River
- features a hard to reach (by permit only) rock that’s beautiful
- offers classical music for everybody, and you can see and purchase tickets online
- Take a in the Phoenix area
- Take a on South Mountain (south of Phoenix) and get the cookout ride!
- Have lunch at the (reservation required)
- The is one of the best in the country
- Check out the world’s first global in Phoenix ()
- and see the museum about the USS Arizona
- at South Mountain built in 1945 (may not be open for tours) which was
- The is held every October, and you can try tacos from over 50 vendors
- During the holidays (November to January) check out for an amazing light display
- If you are really into hiking, you should
- Go sailing on (north of Phoenix)
- Eat some
- Eat pizza at the famous
- Hike (aka Piestewa Peak) in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve
- Learn about Native American Indians at the
- Check out the great art at the
- Pick fresh vegetables at
- Learn about desert plants at the (read our guide to the )
- If you’re
- Check out the and see lots of old fire fighting equipment
- Take a tour of (that castle near the freeway with all of the cactus around it)
- Take the family go kart racing at
- Visit an old 1800s town at in North Phoenix
- Visit the and learn about prehistoric Arizona
- Hike (second highest point in the Phoenix Mountains)
- Tour at Heritage Square (next to Science Museum)
- Check out the monuments at
- See the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix called
- Visit for a nice quick hike
- Catch a unique film and craft beer at
- The best venue for live music events is
- might be one of the best breweries in the
- There are lots of farmers markets, but the on Saturday mornings is terrific
- Check out every year in Phoenix
- Watch horse races at
- is a beautiful place to visit and dine (the fancy restaurant is called )
- Go on a glider ride with (by Lake Pleasant)
- Go bowling at the new (Downtown Phoenix)
- Head north to the and shoot some shotguns! ( shotgun rentals)
- Have fun with crafts and make something at
- Hike in Paradise Valley
- Visit the of Paoli Soleri in Paradise Valley – spectacular displays of windbells and sculptures available for purchase
- Check out the natural land bridge at north of Payson
- Check out the ! A geological feature that cuts across the state for 200 miles!
- The Zane Grey Museum in Payson is really cool
- Check out the
- Take the kids to the and learn about space exploration
- Check out
- Stop off at the experimental town of
- Catch a show at the (currently showing Peter Pan, Driving Miss Daisey, Fiddler on the Roof, and about 7 more)
- Check out the new in Scottsdale
- Catch the in February in Old Town Scottsdale
- Take a of Scottsdale!
- Tour in Scottsdale,
- . The “Best Run City In The World.”
- See amazing artwork and get shop till you drop in
- Eat ice cream at , Scottsdale’s oldest (since 1958!)
- Taste some unique ice cream flavors
- If you are into gaming, check out the Talking Stick Resort
- Check out the for live events in Scottsdale
- Check out the recently opened to see western art
- See beautiful Arabian horses every February at the
- Check out the beautiful in Old Town Scottsdale
- Golf at the where the Waste Management Open is held every January
- Every January the comes to Scottsdale and is one of the best car shows in the world
- Go hiking at ! One of the best hikes in the valley!
- Every Thursday Scottsdale hosts an informal walking tour of Fifth Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale called
- Check out some of the amazing
- Check out the race cars at the
- Check out the golf event every February in Scottsdale
- Hit golf balls at the “resort golf experience” at Talking Stick
- Shoot some guns at the
- Go Kart Racing is fun at the in Scottsdale!
- Swim with dolphins at !
- See a theatre production at the in Scottsdale
- Hike in Oak Creek Canyon at the (my favorite day hike in Arizona)
- Cool down at in Sedona (2 hrs north of Phoenix)
- Take !
- Get some great photos and hike at (one of our favorite hikes!)
- is one of the bet hikes in Sedona with magnificent views
- There’s some good restaurants and shops at
- Check out the nestled among the red rocks
- Drive up the famous (truck recommended)
- Down near the Mexican border you don’t want to miss
- Hike or camp at (3 hrs east of Tucson) which has an elevation of 10,724 ft
- where the only Civil War battle in Arizona was fought (on the way to Tucson you will )
- Hike in the (The 10,000 foot mountains are in the southeastern corner of Arizona) and see the “wonderland of rocks” at the
- is 2 1/2 miles of caves (near Benson, AZ)
- Check out the and see an old indian community
- right here in AZ
- In October you can at numerous farms statewide
- Arizona is serious about and has hundreds of beautiful
- Taste espresso at great in Arizona
- Go on a
- in Arizona! There are online for
- Visit some of Arizona to see wildlife
- Go on a hike! Check for a map and list of cool hikes
- See birds, animals, and plants of the southwest at
- The has 26,000 square feet of indoor aquarium
- See an improv show at the
- Take a stroll along or (kayaks, pedal boats, electric boats, and stand-up paddleboards)
- Enjoy Cactus League Spring Training!
- Watch one of the many performing arts shows at (a Frank Lloyd Wright designed building).
- features the third largest wave pool in the world!
- Downtown Tempe and Mill Ave are spectacular evening walks
- The splash pad at Tempe Marketplace is really amazing — a good place to take the kids!
- Visit for laser tag, video games, food and bowling!
- – Friday evenings in May
- Check out the at Arizona Mills (a LEGO play area with rides)
- is a family entertainment center (video games, pizza, etc.)
- There are lots of great shows at
- Visit (wild west town), home of the O.K. Corral
- See the planted in 1885
- Check out , the gravesite of many gunfighters (with a bunch of funny grave markers)
- See , which was a saloon and more from 1881 to 1889
- The is home to the original courthouse built in 1882
- Stroll down (the main street) which looks and feels like the old west
- Check out which is the first state park and best preserved Spanish Colonial Presidio
- Play golf at the
- Check out the , near Tucson and see a intercontinental ballistic missile
- Do some climbing, hiking, or bouldering on
- Visit the in Tucson
- The is one of southern Arizona’s great gems… see old airplanes!
- See the near Tucson (a mission founded in 1692)
- Step back into the wild west at
- over Arizona
- Visit at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains
- Drive or hike into the area of the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson
- Check out just about 15 minutes west of Tucson
- Check out for a western experience
- Take a 20 minute flight in a light-aircraft or ultralight with !
- Visit near Tucson
- The is a very popular show
- See petroglyphs in the on the west side of Phoenix
- The in Wickenburg is one of the best western museums in the nation featuring western artwork
- Check out , a National Heritage Area that is being transformed into an agricultural oasis and riparian area
- Get coffee at
- The was opened in 1876 and held more than 3,000 prisoners over 33 years
- The has more than 50 buildings related to the mining operations from the 1800s
As you can see from our list, Arizona is a hive of outdoor activities. Despite being known for warm summer temperatures, Arizona visitors can find fun things to do all year!
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