Being the state capital of Arizona, Phoenix is a good place to live in or visit because it has a warm climate during winter which attracts many people. This city has diverse cultural practices from different people especially the Indians and the Spanish cultures due to colonial influences. In addition, the area has many historic neighborhoods, museums, golf courses and three mountains where people can hike, climb or even bike. Here are 10 things you can do in Phoenix, Arizona:
Also, here’s a list of things to do in Phoenix nightlife if you’re interested
1. Heard Museum
This museum is popular in Phoenix and it’s primarily devoted to promote art and culture of Indians found in the southwest. Among other displays, the museum has pottery, textiles, basketwork, jewelleries and a large collection of kachina dolls. If you are interested in learning about native history or seeing traditional arts, this is an ideal place for you because it’s very resourceful.
2. Talies in West
Talies in West is a building which was built using native materials such as rubble stone and redwood by Frank Lloyd Wright and his apprentices from 1937-1959. It is located in Scottsdale and it was the home and the architectural school of Frank Wright who was a celebrated architect. Today, Taliesin West is the international headquarters of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and still it’s where Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is found.
Being a part of Phoenix’s original town site, this area is popular because it has eight houses which were a part of the city in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Most of these houses are used shops and restaurants attracting tourist to see them. Heritage Square comprises of the following 8 houses:i. Silva House. Thomas House iii. The Duplex. Bouvier-Teeter House. Steven Haustgen House. The Victorian Eastlake style Rosson House was built in 1895 is the main tourist attraction of this cityvii. Midwestern style Stevens house was built in 1901 and today is serves as the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum viii. The Burgess Carriage House is located at the centre of Heritage Square. The building was built in 1900, and today it is used as the Rosson House Ticket Office and Information centre
4. Desert Botanical Garden
This garden is located in Papago Park with a range of desert vegetation from different parts of the world and a cactus garden. This botanical garden covers about 140 acres of land with 55 acres already cultivated with tens of thousands of desert plants. The garden is attracts visitors and researchers due to its high variety of desert species plants. Due to its acreage and numerous of desert plants, the garden is tendered by over 1,000 volunteers and more than 100 employed staff. If you are a learner or you are interested in knowing about desert life, Desert Botanical Garden is an ideal place where you can get enough exposure.
5. Phoenix Art Museum
The building of this museum was designed by New York architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien and Associates in mid 1990s and then expanded by the same architects in 2006. The building is about 230,000 square foot and it has numerous art collection of European Renaissance and Baroque, the Far East and the American west. You can also get live performances, films, fashion design and other contemporary work in the museum.
Since the museum was founded in 1959 and its eventual development over time to become the leading art museum in the American south-west, Phoenix has grown to be a metropolitan city from a desert town. Visitors and tourists from all over the world come to Arizona to see its beautiful sceneries, historical arts and even its modern improvements.
6. Hall of Flame Fire Museum
This museum provides a historical look to the profession of firefighting and also plays tribute to firefighters who have been noted for their heroism acts or have been killed in the line of duty. When you visit the museum, you can see old fire engines and other strange fire extinguishers dating back to 1725. However, there are also exhibits from Europe and Japan used to display the international perspective of firefighting. The Hall of Flame Fire Museum also sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes which has a memorial to the names of firefighters and police officers who were killed in 2001 at the World Trade Center. The National Firefighting Hall of Heroes mainly displays the names of those killed since 1981 to date.
7. Phoenix Symphony
This is the only full-time professional orchestra in Arizona. The symphony performs pops, chamber, classical and family programs from September to May. Performances are held at Symphony Hall found in Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center.
8. Papago Park
This park has about 1,200 acres that offer nature trails, a golf course, fishing lagoons and cycling paths. You can, therefore, visit the park for a walk, cycling, playing golf or even fishing. You should also know that Phoenix zoo and Desert Botanical Garden are located in Papago Park.
9. Arizona Science Center
This science centre has five galleries which have different themes for numerous interactive exhibits. Also, the center has an IMAX theatre, a 200 seat planetarium and also featured exhibitions. As a science center, Arizona science center has programs aimed at promoting global awareness on certain issues such as climate change and global warming.
10. Phoenix Zoo
This zoo is located in Papago Park and it’s famous for its Sumatran tigers and orangutans. However, there are more than 1,400 animals in Phoenix zoo including even the endangered species who are protected from being extinct.
If you visit this zoo, there are four trails that you can follow depending on what you want to see or know about: the Africa Trail, Arizona Trail, children trail and Tropics trails. In each trail, you will find specific animals, events and programs which makes the trail unique. For instance, Phoenix Zoo is a children’s favorite because it has numerous play areas, evens and programs for children e.g. camel rides, daily animal shows, Stingray Bay and the petting zoo.
It is evident that there are a lot of things you can do in Phoenix, Arizona. However, you need to do research on the places you would like to visit before you take off.