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Phoenix's perpetual sunshine might tempt you to find a secluded resort and spend all your days sipping margaritas next to the swimming pool. Don't give in. Exploring our city and finding things to do in Phoenix's desert horizons will broaden yours.
Experience the Culture
For a uniquely Southwestern experience, stroll through the Desert Botanical Garden to see desert plants.
Visit the Heard Museum for Native American art and culture.
The Phoenix Art Museum is home to classic and contemporary works from around the world, while SMOCA is dedicated solely to modern works of art, design and architecture.
- For families with kids, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, the Arizona Science Center and the Phoenix Zoo are must-dos.
Phoenix is located in one of the lushest and most colorful deserts in the world, and rugged mountains define the city's horizon. Enveloped by such breathtaking scenery, outdoor enthusiasts who visit Phoenix usually come to the same conclusion as coyote pups and jackrabbits: The Sonoran Desert is a great place to play.
In fall and winter, sunshine warms hiking and biking trails. Visit our outdoor activities page for tips on safely exploring the desert.
- In spring, blooming cactuses and wildflowers carpet hillsides and valleys.
Phoenix is famous for palm-tree-shrouded resorts, desert golf courses and elegant fashion centers. So relax your way, whether it's on a golf course, in a spa or by shopping. Or if you want to get out on the town, check out our entertainment options for where to go after dark.
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