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Things to Do in Phoenix


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Top Attractions in Phoenix

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What travellers are saying

  • Hans
    Kwadendamme, The Netherlands3,851 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Start early with the visit to avoid high temperatures mid day. On the other hand, along the paths, there are many points were you can refill your water bottle, there are trees that give some shade. The distance of the loops are not long and doable, also in a wheelchair. The trees, cactuses and shrubs are presented in a natural way, a great place to visit. You can make a reservation with a time slot.
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • CydLee
    Duluth, MN11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I excitedly visited the MIM on a weekday afternoon to learn about musical traditions around the world. Our enthusiasm was diminished a bit by MIM greeter who said it was obvious we were first timers that did not allow enough time for the museum. Perhaps the museum should not sell tickets beyond 2 p.m. then? We enjoyed three hours of MIM’s many galleries of impressive instrument collections and relevant/inspiring videos with corresponding summaries. We especially enjoyed the Artist and Experience galleries on the main level. The MIM experience deepens our appreciation for those who have and continue to make music possible.
    Written April 17, 2024
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  • Sterling B
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was really impressed with the depth of information covered regarding natives within Arizona and surrounding territories. Very rarely do I go to a museum and spend the estimated time there. 2 1/2 hours later, I still felt I had much more to see as they were closing. A great mixture of things to read and videos to illustrate things further. I only wish they had more interactive displays or more things you could touch. Overall a great experience though!
    Written May 8, 2024
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  • annika
    Baltimore, MD17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning view but only for experienced hikers! We were very excited to climb camelback mountain but soon realized that the hike is extremely difficult. Not all sources online really say, that you do need some kind of experience and you should be in good shape in order to successfully climb the mountain. We saw many people on the side of the trail having heat strokes or just heat exhaustion, because many of them underestimated the hike. It is extremely steep and it’s more climbing than hiking.
    The parking situation is very frustrating. Not enough parking opportunities for all the people visiting. We ended up parking at the Marriotts Resort parking lot and walked 15 min to the trailhead.
    Written April 2, 2024
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  • JoAnn M
    Indianapolis, IN378 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is an easy to middlin walk /hike up. Beautiful view as you walk up Get to the top and through the hole to watch sunset if you can --- WOW!!what a site!. My advide is to take water with you. There is no place to get anything on the way up. You can get dehydrated fast.
    The cactus are straight out of a movie or cartoon. The sky and rock are just stunning.
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • Laurie K
    West Seneca, NY705 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I were in town for vacation so we decided to get tickets for the baseball game. I ordered them right from the box office and they were cheaper than stub hub, or vivid seats which was weird, not as many fees. We also went online to purchase a parking spot which was only $20 which was pretty cheap for a bigger city. We parked 2 blocks away which was fine as it was a day game.

    I was so excited I was going to get to soak in the sun for 3+ hours and enjoy the day and the game…..NOT, the information guy told me they usually only have the roof open for night games and if it is going to be open it will be open before anyone arrives at the stadium for game time. He said most day games get too hot inside the stadium with the roof open, so I understood.

    We had great seats on the first baseline, but people are ignorant…..our section was playing musical chairs and they were more interested in visiting with friends getting up moving around going to get food etc than in the game so we moved over 2 sections sat in the last row, had a way better view and the fans near us watched the game……

    The stadium is very nice, super clean great choice of food and beverages and we liked the live DJ pre- game. We had a good time was a decent game even though the Dbacks lost.

    Would recommend if in the area and you love the game of baseball
    Written April 22, 2024
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  • W4835TAsandral
    runsl@yahoo.com30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great place to go for a short hike. It is scenic and right next to the botanical gardens, with a good location in Phoenix. Our trip was perfect as February is not too hot in Arizona; summer months may be a little trying so bring water. There are also picnic tables available.
    Written May 14, 2024
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  • Anita W
    Phoenix, AZ4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My kids love this area, great walking trails, beautiful scenery. Phoenix native speaking here. There is horse back riding for all ages, we especially enjoy the Perl Charles trail while riding. Check out there website its very easy to navigate.

    Written January 13, 2024
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  • MelvinPusfinger
    Temecula, CA642 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is not one of the top ranked zoos in the United States. Not quite in the same league as the San Diego zoo.

    Nevertheless, if you are looking for a very enjoyable day for the family, this is a great place to go for a family. Children younger than 15 will particularly enjoy it.

    An adult ticket cost $38 and a child is $28. So a family of five could run to approximately $170. Nevertheless, this is an all day activity and significantly cheaper than Disneyland. And you will get a great deal of exercise walking around the zoo. This is a very spacious zoo and you get to cover a great deal of territory.

    They was a pretty good assortment of animals here. Three lions, a leopard, at least one elephant, and plenty of monkeys. There was also a rhino and camels.

    Speaking of camels, the camel ride is very popular. Eight dollars per person but the kids will really enjoy it.

    There is a shut to take you around the zoo, but that will cost you extra. At least eight dollars.

    Free parking are not too far from the entrance. The gift shop is OK but nothing to write home about.

    All in all a very enjoyable experience. A very good family activity if you live in or are visiting Phoenix or nearby, Scottsdale.
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • Jackie H
    Greater London, UK257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a free afternoon in Phoenix before catching a flight home and decided to check this fire fighting museum out - such a worthwhile visit! So many fire engines parked in historical order (including one from 1700’s London!)
    All the fire engines are in pristine, shiny condition and are so well preserved!
    A must see for anyone with the remotest interest in fire engines and I’d imagine just the best day out for little fire fighters! Cute little gift shop too and all the team are ex fire fighters!
    Written April 24, 2024
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  • Linda W
    Arlington, VA402 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went specifically for the Barbie exhibition. It was very well done. Lots of information about the history of Barbie and many displays. There was even a life sized Barbie car for photo ops!
    Written April 19, 2024
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  • Kristen K
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were in Pheonix for one week and went to the children’s museum TWICE because our 3 boys (8, 7 and 4) loved it so much. They especially loved the 3rd floor with the pizza making and grocery store stations. So fun!!
    Written February 17, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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