Phoenix... land of the Gila Monster, the Haboob, desert golf, and the Superstition Mountains. There's never-ending sunshine, and adventures around every corner. Listed here are just some of the fun and exiciting things to do in Phoenix and around the area. Whether it's the arts, magic, the outdoors or a shopping extravaganza, Phoenix has it all. We have world class museums, theater, fine dining and posh resorts, living next to the bizarre, unique and off-beat. There's a ton of fun things to do in Phoenix this weekend and every night. So for fun and adventure on your Phoenix getaway, or new ideas for showing off Phoenix to your out-of-town guests, scroll down to see how Awesome Phoenix can be.
One of, if not THE oldest watering hole in Phoenix, the Bikini Lounge is home to an eclectic crowd, which seems to switch up depending on time of day. This joint dates back to 1946 and does its best to keep some of that old-style charm, including a cash only policy (who had credit cards in 1946?). You'll find DJ's spinning a mixed bag of tunes several nights a week, so you can feel the groove while sipping your drink. Drop in for a friendly game of pool, listen to the DJ spin, or come by to just hang with your buddies at this age defying gin joint. If you are looking for upscale, this isn't the place, but not everyone needs designer cocktails!
This stunning property is a must see for fans of Frank Lloyd Wright and all things architectural. This was one of Frank Lloyd Wrights homes and was begun in 1937. Using the talents of his many apprentices, he crafted an amazing space that speaks of the desert, sand, rocks and open sky. Many different tours are available to the public. Alongside that, this property serves as the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. This property is listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. Tours are especially rewarding as every space is fully open. Nothing is behind ropes or glass.
There are two parts to this Public Market... a wonderful cafe offering tasty treats, and the Saturday farmer's market held in the parking lot. The farmer's market consists of about 50 stalls featuring local food and craft. You will find such things as artisan bread, fresh local produce, goatsmilk soap, crafty housewares and even a few food trucks. Parking is not free and a bit congested. You can always opt for taking the light rail. Bring cash for the vendors, although many now take cards via Square. The cafe, unlike the market, is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and often receives rave reviews for its scrumptious food offerings. Yum!
This place does it all! A coffee joint, a restaurant and a bar all in one. For coffee, the Lux hand roasts all its own beans on premises and the barristas know their stuff. Grab a fresh pastry to go with that and you have a great way to start your day. Or order up from their food menu for breakfast lunch or dinner. The Lux is considered to be very hipster so be prepared to arrive with your mojo on. This place can get crowded at certain times of the day so if you are feeling social you can often find this place hopping. If you are not feeling the need for busy, try to time your visit there during off hours or after the morning rush.
With two locations in the Valley, one in Scottsdale and one in Gilbert, Top Golf is the place to be this summer. Even if you're a novice golfer, this multi-level driving range offers a wide variety of games, complete with clubs. Think of it as a cross between a driving range, bowling, and darts. You tee up, take aim at one of the many targets out on the range, and take your shot. Between turns, take a seat at your table and the friendly staff will take your orders for drinks and food. A great way to spend and afternoon or an evening. Looking for a way to bond with your teenagers? They might just think this is kind of fun, and that pops isn't so stodgy after all.
Flashlight Tours. Sure, it's really hot outside during the day and the last thing you want to do is go spend lots of time outdoors, despite how beautiful the Desert Botanical Garden is. But don't cross it off your list just yet! From May until September, the DBG offers some amazing flashlight tours through the garden at night. Experience the sights and sounds of the desert as nocturnal creatures come alive and night-blooming flowers pop open. Or, visit the gardens during one of their many events throughout the year including art exhibits and musical treats.
Experience the beautiful Arizona scenery from the comfort of a Dolly Steamboat cruise. The Nature Cruises allow you to experience bald eagles, bighorn sheep, and a myriad of desert flora and fauna in the spectacular cliffs that line the lake. The Dinner Cruises offer a different view at sunset, traveling upriver for another 3-4 miles and return under the stars while enjoying a delicious buffet dinner. Either way, you will find this is a fun treat for the whole family and you will experience the slow and easy pace of this old-world mode of travel.
Ready for some laughs? Visit the Comedy Spot in Scottsdale for an evening of laughter in a casual setting. Offering a restaurant and a full bar, this is a great place for a fun and unique night out with that someone special or with your gang of favorites. After you enjoy the show, keep the evening going by visiting the many nearby popular bars and restaurants in Old Town Scottsdale. For show times and full schedule visit their website. After all, they say laughter is good for you and you just might be treated to that rare but enjoyable good ol' belly laugh. The kind where you just have to double over and tears start streaming from your eyes!
If you are lucky enough to be in Phoenix between May and October (or unlucky if you don't like heat), then you will be blessed with the opportunity to see a natural spectacle that will either thrill or chill. Check out the bat cave, where every evening the bats leave their cozy nooks to go out into the night for a bug dinner & mosquitoe dessert. AZ Fish and Games Department provides information about these friendly and helpful little critters. Show time is at sunset each night, taking about 45 minutes in all for everyone to get up and go. Perhaps some bats are just a little lazier than others.
Well it's true after all...you can get something for free, and a free candy factory tour sounds rather sweet. You can visit this family owned candy factory in Glendale AZ, Mon. to Fri. for a free 30-minute guided tour of the candy factory. This is sure to be a hit with the kids, both big and little. Cerreta's has been making candy for over 40 years and you'll find everything here from brittles, to toffees to chocolates and more. Visit their website for times and/or more information, and be sure to take home treats for everyone. Can you imagine telling the family back home you went on a tour of a candy factory and didn't bring them any!?!
Fodor's Travel loves this company, and frequently rates it the best balloon flight in Phoenix. First watch as the balloon is inflated, slowing rising up from the desert floor. Then enjoy the serene experience of flying high over the Arizona desert in a hot air balloon, and viewing wildlife, desert flora and fauna and big blue skies. Your pilot will fly at several different altitudes, creating a dynamic experience and allowing for some fantastic photo opportunities. You'll be met after the flight by a crew bringing you gourmet treats, all served on a lovely table complete with linen and china. It's a magical experience that will not likely be forgotten.
This hotel opened in Scottsdale in 1956, notorious for its mid-century modern mixed with Southwest styling. This hotel provided a great get-away for many starts such as Bing Crosby and Zsa Zsa Gabor. The hotel might have disappeared and faded into history had it not been bought in 2002 and received an 80 million dollar facelift. Now the poolside fun continues with cocktails and two pools to choose from, one for laps and one for sipping something cool by the pool. If you enjoy the look and feel of mid-century modern, with all the modern amenities, then check out this charming little hotel for a weekend getaway.
Reserve a ride online on one of hundreds of bikes parked around Phoenix, enter your PIN to unlock it, and ride to your heart's content. No need to own a bike or worry about someone stealing yours. You can rent up to 4 bikes at a time. When done just return the bike to a Grid Bike hub or you can just lock it up at any regular bike rack (for an additional fee). There's an inexpensive monthly fee for those that wish to use the bikes more often, or just pay by the hour if you only want to rent once in a while. Perfect for taking a riding tour when guests are in town. This bike share program is great for the environment and fun for everyone.
Great name isn't it? And it is exactly what it sounds like. A fabulous place to go if you have always wanted to be a fireman, or if you have a son or daughter who still does! They have over 100 firefighting vehicles on display, including vehicles from many different eras and countries. See how they fought fires at the turn of the last century. Spend time in the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes with a special display devoted to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. There is also a gallery devoted to wildland firefighting. Located near the Phoenix zoo, they are open seven days a week.