Spring in Phoenix means plenty of ways to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. However, many of the most-popular indoor attractions throughout Greater Phoenix also offer new exhibitions and experiences. And, if you're not quite ready to take the whole family out and about just yet, we also have activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your own vehicle.

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Arizona Renaissance Festival

Through April 3

Don't miss raucous revelry at the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 50 acre circus, a 16-stage theater, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast — all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure.

Arizona Renaissance Festival
12601 E. Highway 60, Gold Canyon

 

The FRIENDS Experience

Through May 8

Fans of the New York-based hit television show “Friends” now have the chance to immerse themselves in some of its famous scenes right here in Phoenix. The “Friends” Experience invites you to immerse yourself in the world of Friends like never before — explore 12 recreated rooms, including Joey and Chandler’s apartment, Monica and Rachel’s kitchen and Central Perk (you’ll even get to poke Ugly Naked Guy) — with interactive set recreations, original props and costumes, photo ops, a retail store and more. 

Paradise Village Gateway
10845 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

 

Artlink's Art Detour

March 1-31

Art Detour will return for its 34th year as a month-long celebration that will feature a variety of art forms, different activities and diverse communities that showcase the very best that Arizona artists have to offer. The event will feature hundreds of arts activities and “Articipants,” defined as arts venues, arts and culture organizations, arts-supporting businesses from across the Valley, and visual and performing artists from the entire state.

 

M3F Music Festival

March 4-5

M3F is a 100% nonprofit music festival that was established in 2004 and has become a musical destination for festivalgoers. This year's lineup features acts including Jungle, Kaytranada, Parcels and more. 

Margaret T. Hance Park
1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix

 

Body Language Festival

March 4-6

Body Language Festival was created with the intention of giving a home to the music the Arizona scene has wholeheartedly shown they are extremely passionate about time and time again. This first-time festival features some of the world’s heaviest hitters in the underground and house music world, including world-renowned, dance music pioneers Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Boris Brejcha and Kaskade.

Rawhide Western Town & Event Center
5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler

 

Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Festival

March 4-6

Patrons can enjoy the closeness of the fountain waterworks, while strolling with wine throughout the elegance of outstanding fine art at this fine art and wine tasting festival.  The festival is located in the home of one of the "world's tallest fountains" in Fountain Hills.

Downtown Fountain Hills
16810 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills

 

Phoenix Scottish Games at Gilbert Regional Park

March 4-6

Enjoy the traditional games, sights, sounds and bites of Scotland and the United Kingdom, including highland dancing, bagpipes, Clydesdale horses, genealogy and clans, whisky tastings, a British car show, and much more.

Gilbert Regional Park
3005 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert

 

Gilbert Outdoors Expo

March 5

Put on your camouflage and boots and head over to the Gilbert Outdoors Expo at the Riparian Preserve, where you will have a chance to brush up on various outdoor activities and learn new skills. Go fishing, explore wildlife, shop local hunting gear, and much more.

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
2557 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert

 

Melrose Street Fair on 7th Avenue

March 5

Each year, this event in Phoenix's gayborhood features more than 200 booths that showcase the work of local artists, indie crafts, and other products; food trucks and a craft beer garden; live music on the main stage; kids activities; more than 200 classic, antique and vintage cars and trucks on display; and more.

The Melrose Curve
Along 7th Avenue from Indian School Road to Campbell Avenue, Phoenix

 

Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market

March 5-6

A long-standing nationally recognized event, the fair is the largest art market in Arizona and the second largest market of its kind in the country. It features more than 600 Native artists from 116 tribal affiliations in the U.S. and Canada. A variety of traditional and cutting-edge media dazzle visitors each year.

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

 

Festival of Chariots

March 6

Come and experience the cultural traditions and the happiness of the Festival of Chariots, Ratha-yatra. Join the grand parade by manually pulling the colorful 4-story tall canopied chariot amidst delightful singing and dancing. The festival site hosts attractions for all ages with an array of exhibits, ethnic shopping, food court featuring India’s finest vegetarian cuisines, yoga, live, entertainment, magic show, henna, face painting, live kirtan music and so much more.

Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix

 

Mask Alive! Festival of Masks

March 6

Celebrating its 5th year, this community favorite event brings vibrant local arts and culture performances and interactive activities to the families of Arizona each year. This free event highlights a variety of artists in colorful masks that showcase the diverse cultures of the Valley, with dance, music, puppets, and art.

Pioneer Park
526 E. Main St., Mesa

 

NASCAR Ruoff Mortgage 500 March Weekend

March 11-13

You’ll enjoy non-stop action featuring on-track access to sign your name on the finish line, FanShield Infield Experience access to meet the drivers and go inside the garage, and enjoy the Midway festivities and campground parties alongside friends and family.

Phoenix Raceway
7602 Jimmie Johnson Dr., Avondale

 

Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival

March 11-13, 17-20

The Ostrich Festival features live ostriches, national and local entertainment, thrilling stage shows, over 50 exhilarating midway rides and games, classic festival food, interactive activities for all ages, meet and greets with your favorite mascots, ostrich-themed educational activities, exciting attractions, upscale arts and crafts and much more. This year's performers include The Band Perry, Uncle Kracker, Walker Hayes, Flo Rida, Nelly, The Temptations and The Four Tops. 

Tumbleweed Park
745 E. Germann Road, Chandler

 

Jim Kieffer Community Cook-Off

March 12

Come taste some of the best wings and chili in Arizona as restaurants and individuals compete in this annual community cook-off. The event is great for the whole family and will feature live music, games, and a kids zone. 

Gila River Arena
9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale

 

Local Trade March Makers Market

March 12

This market features over 100 local businesses showing off their one-of-a-kind wares including art, apparel and accessories, jewelry, furniture, design, decor, health and beauty, local food and more.

Shops At Town & Country
2021 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

 

Superstition Blues & Brews Arts Festival

March 12

The Superstition Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for an amazing festival day with friends and family. Enjoy blues music from Hans Olson, JC & The Juke Rockers, Cadillac Assembly Line, Innocent Joe & The Hostile Witnesses and The Atomic 44s, 45 Arizona craft beers on tap, and multiple food trucks along with dozens arts and craft vendors to shop from.

Flat Iron Community Park
100 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction

 

Tap Into Mesa

March 12

The free-admission event located at Main and Macdonald in downtown Mesa showcases the very best craft beer selections, foodie and food truck specials to whet attendees’ appetites, live blues music, fun family activities, and a ticketed optional beer tasting tour of four pop-up craft beer gardens.

Downtown Mesa
S. McDonald and W. Main St., Mesa

 

Arizona Aloha Festival

March 12-13

Experience the spirit of aloha and celebrate the cultures of the South Pacific islands at the Arizona Aloha Festival. For 2022, this event has expanded to two days of live entertainment — including music and dance across several stages. Lectures and storytelling about Hawaii and Polynesia will take place at Hale Mana'o (the 'House of Knowledge); the Island Marketplace is filled with vendors offering traditional crafts, fresh flower leis, baskets, hats, carved bone necklaces, tapa cloth and more; island crafts for kids can be found at in Keiki Activities area; and ukulele lessons at Aunty Aloha's Ukulele Corner are also available for all ages.

Tempe Beach Park
80 W. Rio Salado, Tempe

 

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

March 18-20

More than 165 juried artists from throughout the United States and abroad will participate displaying impressive small, medium and life-sized bronze sculptures, sparkling hand blown glass vessels, rope baskets, wood, clay and mixed media sculptures, one of a kind handcrafted jewelry, exceptional photography and much more. The festival also accommodates the return of Arizona's largest wine-tasting event, providing a unique opportunity to sample an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines.

Downtown Carefree
101 Easy St., Carefree

 

Artopia

March 18–April 7

Artopia is an immersive art exhibit with large-scale light art installations and sculpture work from some of the most talented street artists from Arizona and around the country. Embark on a self-guided digital tour through a futuristic universe full of reactive light and sound, and end your trip at the Artopia Lounge to enjoy some drinks and explore the gallery at your leisure.

Location TBA

 

Chicago West Fest

March 19

This event celebrating Chicago, where the majority of Arizona transplants come from, includes live music stages, Chicago-themed food vendors, beer garden, kid zone, classic car show and more.

 

Mesa Convention Center
263 N. Center St., Mesa

 

Litchfield Park Home Tour and Vintage Market

March 19

This year’s self-guided tour is the best yet, showcasing architecturally unique homes all within Litchfield Park. Plus, back by popular demand, the Vintage and Homemade Goods Market will be in the north parking lot of Litchfield Elementary School and free to the public.

Litchfield Elementary School
255 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park

 

Oak Street Mural Festival

March 19

Each year, Oak Street Mural Festival brings a fresh, new line up of muralists, performers, music, open mic artists, food and activities for this participant-driven event. with the support of the neighbors and in celebration of the neighborhood.

Oak Street Murals

 

Arizona Fried Chicken and Wings Festival

March 20

Enjoy over 10 local fried chicken businesses, featuring different varieties of fried chicken from Korean fried chicken to Nashville Hot fried chicken.

The Pressroom
3125 S. 52nd St., Tempe

 

Melrose Vintage Market

March 20

Melrose Vintage Market is a monthly free event for families, vintage enthusiasts, and dog people alike, with 45+ local vendors and pop up shops selling vintage furniture, decor, clothing and oddities.

Campbell Place Plaza
700 W. Campbell Ave., Phoenix

 

Tempe Festival of the Arts

March 25-27

This festival keeps it simple and will only feature its 300 artists and a wide array of food vendors. Over the 10-block footprint, this open-air and socially distant event gives the community an opportunity to connect to great art, enjoy our vibrant downtown area, and indulge their appetites with great snacks, cuisines, and more.

 

Downtown Tempe
1 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

 

102.5 KNIX Barbecue and Beer Festival

March 26

Arizona’s largest and best-loved BBQ event is expanding to Tumbleweed Park with an impressive lineup of country superstars, an enlarged VIP area, more than 30 BBQ pit masters, plus family-friendly shows and activities.

Tumbleweed Park
745 E. Germann Road, Chandler

 

World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

March 26-27

Top American Indian and Canadian First Nations hoop dancers will compete at the Heard Museum for the prestigious World Champion title and cash prizes. At this two-day competition, men and women compete on an equal field.

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

 

Katsina Doll Marketplace

April 2

The Nation’s largest gathering of Hopi katsina doll carvers will show and sell their unique creations at the Katsina Doll Marketplace: A Gathering of Carvers, in the Steele Auditorium. Enjoy musical performances, carving demonstrations and a drawing for the featured katsina doll.

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

 

Arizona Bike Week

April 6-10

You’ll find hundreds of vendors, builders, dealers and manufacturers, offering all the best elements of the powersports world, plus stunt shows, contests, daily live entertainment and bike shows in the ABW PowerYard and nightly concerts in the RockYard. This year’s incredible line-up features Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rob Zombie and Social Distortion.

WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

 

Maricopa County Fair

April 6-10

The fair features the largest county fair carnival in Phoenix with over 35 rides, food offerings like Steve's Flaming Hot Turkey Legs, Deep Fried Coffee, the Mac Doggie Dog and so much more. Like to shop? The shopping pavilion is filled with over 60 vendors plus there are over 25 more vendors outside. Agriculture and livestock are a part of the fairs history and tradition and is a mainstay.

Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix

 

AZ Desert Showdown

April 9

Enjoy a truck and car show, concert performances and two burnout pits full of action. This event is family friendly, so bring the whole crew and spend the day checking out the custom trucks and cars, listening to live music, watching burnouts, and enjoying great food in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
20000 S. Maricopa Road, Chandler

 

Celebrate Mesa

April 9

This family-friendly festival features bounce houses, kid's games, live entertainment, food trucks and more. 

 

Pioneer Park
526 E. Main St., Mesa

 

10th Annual El Puente Festival

April 10

Attendees will enjoy mariachi performances, ballet folkorico dances, and theatrics by some of the Valley's most talented young people from ages 6 to 17. Kids craft activities and opportunities to join in the performances is one of the highlights of this annual festival.

Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

 

FRIED: French Fry and Music Festival

April 18

FRIED lets the world’s favorite side dish take center stage alongside amazing indie bands and local artists that will all collectively make for one helluva party you don’t want to miss. Purchase mind-blowing French fry creations from over 20 makers for just $2-$3, and chill on the main lawn with a craft beer in hand while listening to a curated line-up of musicians, bands, and DJs.

Margaret T. Hance Park
67 W. Culver St., Phoenix

 

7th Annual Sangria, Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival

April 23

The 7th Annual AZ Sangria, Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival is coming to Mesa's Riverview Park for a day of tasing your way through over 20 food trucks offering unique flavors, including some great Latin Flare trucks. The event also includes sangria, craft beer, live entertainment (to be announced soon), vendors and more.

 

Mesa Riverview Park
2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

 

Melrose Vintage Market

April 24

Melrose Vintage Market is a monthly free event for families, vintage enthusiasts, and dog people alike, with 45+ local vendors and pop up shops selling vintage furniture, decor, clothing and oddities.

Campbell Place Plaza
700 W. Campbell Ave., Phoenix

 

Arizona Women's Expo

April 30 - May 1

Explores your own personal style, renew your soul and uncover your passions while you relax and rejuvenate, explore a new interest, purchase a great find, connect with inspiring keynote speakers and re-ignite your inner you.

Phoenix Convention Center
33 S. Third St., Phoenix

 

Rainbows Festival

April 30 - May 1

Presented by Phoenix Pride, Rainbows Festival has been dubbed  “Arizona’s Greatest Street Fair." The annual event is a celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and draws a crowd of more than 25,000 community members, friends, families and allies. Historic Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix plays host to more than 150 exhibitors and sponsors throughout the two-day event and two stages offer a variety of entertainment throughout the weekend.

Heritage Square
115 N. 6th St., Phoenix

 

Uncorked AZ Wine Festival

May 7

This event features over 50 wineries from across the globe with more than 100 wines to taste. Also gourmet food trucks, live DJ, and more.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

 

Arizona Restaurant Week

May 20-29

For 10 days, diners can enjoy specially dedicated menus designed to showcase the true culinary talent that exists  within the state — from the finest five-star restaurants to locally owned and chef-driven “hidden gems.” Participating restaurants offer culinary adventurers a unique tasting opportunity in addition to their regular menus, featuring three-course prix-fixe menus for just $33 or $44 per person.

 

Phoenix Fan Fusion

May 27-29

Phoenix Fan Fusion is the premiere pop culture event in the desert Southwest that attracts thousands of comic book enthusiasts for a one-of-a-kind experience. Get ready for collectibles, cosplay, special celebrity appearances and more. 

Phoenix Convention Center
33 S. Third St., Phoenix

 

Things To Do Outdoors


 

Desert Botanical Garden 

Stroll the winding paths of this 140-acre venue that showcases the world's finest collection of arid plants — from towering saguaros to delicate blooms — from deserts of the world, all in one unique, outdoor setting. The garden has more than 50,000 desert plants on display throughout five thematic trails that illustrate such topics as conservation, desert living, desert wildflowers and plants and people of the Sonoran Desert. Please note: Advance ticket reservations for the garden is required. Be sure to read the current safety measures before making your reservation. 

Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m.–8 p.m.

1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
480-941-1225 

 

Japanese Friendship Garden

Tucked away on the edge of downtown sits a 3.5-acre oasis. Named Ro Ho En — Ro is Japanese for heron, Ho means Phoenix bird, and En is garden. The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix is a joint project of the City of Phoenix and our Sister City Himeji, Japan. 

Part of the garden’s vision is to provide a place of beauty and tranquility as an escape from the everyday pressures of life, for meditation and relaxation and to enrich and restore the body, mind and spirit. Stroll the grounds on a self-guided tour. Check out the unique landscaping, waterfalls, Koi ponds and tea house (closed until further notice). Please note: the garden is not accepting tour requests at this time. Before your visit, please refer to the garden’s guidelines here

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 5–8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.–12 p.m. and 5–8 p.m. 

1125 N. Third Ave., Phoenix
602-274-8700 

 

Phoenix Zoo

Featuring over 3,000 animals, including Bornean orangutans, Asian elephants, Sumatran tigers, Komodo dragons, Masai giraffes and many more, the Phoenix Zoo has been a Phoenix mainstay since 1962. Alongside animals, there are outdoor cafés, shops, lush gardens, water landscapes and exciting up-close animal encounters like Stingray Bay, Giraffe Encounter and Monkey Village. Due to the summer heat, the zoo opens and closes at earlier hours. Before you go, check out their safety procedures

Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m.–2 p.m.

455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
602-286-3833

 

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park

Pueblo Grande Museum is an archaeological site once inhabited by the Hohokam culture, just east of downtown Phoenix, next to Sky Harbor International Airport. It's a National Historic Landmark and Phoenix Point of Pride accessible by the Sky Train and the Valley Metro Rail. Part of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department since 1929, it's the largest preserved archaeological site in Phoenix. Though the indoor galleries are closed, there is a fully accessible 2/3 mile trail that takes you through a prehistoric Hohokam archaeological site with a platform mound, ball court, and replicated houses. Before you visit, see the museum's safety precautions here. 

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix
602-495-0901

 

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

Home to Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals with 600 different species, visitors can feed giraffes, parrots and stingrays, see wildlife on the Log Flume ride, African Safari Train, Australian Boat Ride, Wildlife Skyride, or exotic Merry-Go-Round. 

Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (zoo) and 9 a.m.–7 p.m. (aquarium)

16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park
623-935-WILD

 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Open since 1929, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is one the best spots to explore desert plants. About an hour outside of Phoenix, it is the oldest and largest botanical garden in the state, with more than 2,600 species of plants from across the world. 

Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

37615 E. Arboretum Way, Superior
520-689-2723

 

Lowell Observatory

Open your mind to awe and wonder under the famously dark skies of Flagstaff, Arizona, the world's first International Dark Sky City. Look up from anywhere in the city to see more stars than you can count. For the best views, head to Mars Hill and the grounds of 125-year-old Lowell Observatory. This is where Pluto was discovered in 1930, an event you can relive during one of the observatory's many guided tours. On clear nights, gaze at the moon, planets or deep-sky objects through the giant Clark refractor, built in 1896. Lowell is currently in a phased reopening, so there are some limitations. Check them out here

Hours: Wednesday through Monday, 6–8:30 p.m.

1400 W. Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff
928-774-3358

 

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Nestled against the beautiful Mingus Mountains in the Verde Valley sits a wildlife park entirely different than any typical zoo or animal park. Here, you'll experience the splendor of the animal kingdom closer than you ever thought possible, blending the spirit of Africa with the harmony of nature. Whether it's the exciting shows like Tiger Splash and Predator Feed, or an immersive safari tour that will have you surrounded by free-roaming African plains animals, or whether it's a hands-on, close encounter with the wiliest critters, there's something for everyone here.

Hours: Open daily, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

3505 W. State Route 260, Camp Verde
928-567-2840

 

Go See Wildflowers

Put on your hiking shoes and get ready for a beautiful display of color from the desert this spring. Find the best spots to see wildflowers in the Greater Phoenix area during March and April, when the Sonoran Desert is in full bloom. Hikes range from easy to difficult.

 

Bike or Ride on a Guided Tour

Whether you're in the mood to explore the Sonoran Desert on an ATV, mountain bike, segway, or horse, you'll find what you're looking for. There are plenty of tour guides to show you the most beautiful areas in our state — including some of the spots with cooler temps. 

Find tours for bikes, ATVs and more here.

 

Take Flight in a Hot Air Balloon

Up, up and away! Check one off the bucket list with as you soar over the Sonoran Desert in the basket of a hot air balloon with Hot Air Expeditions or Rainbow Ryders. This gentle ride offers a bird’s-eye view of coyote and jackrabbit paths, and looks out over the mountains that surround the city from breathtaking heights. Check each operator's cleaning practices/procedures and seasonal coupons via the links above.

Hours: Sunrise flights available year-round; sunset flights available November through February/March.

Locations vary by operator.

 

Shop A Local Farmers Market

Local farmers markets remain key players in Phoenix's farm-to-table movement. Thanks to year-round sunshine and growing seasons, residents and visitors can shop for farm-fresh goods any time of year. And, just in time for fall, we’re highlighting the best farmers markets in Phoenix for safely picking up local fruits and veggies, bread, coffee beans, cheeses, treats, and a wide variety of other locally made products. 

Hours: Most markets operate on Saturday mornings (with a few exceptions). 

Locate a market near you.

Things To Do Indoors


 

Arizona Science Center

Nestled in the Heritage and Science Park, the Arizona Science Center is a unique landmark designed by renowned architect Antoine Predock. The combination of ramps, hallways, galleries and terraces in this 140,000-square-foot building creates an intriguing environment of investigation and discovery. The center invites you to explore four levels of exciting “hands-on” exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium and a five-story, giant-screen theater. Please note: Advance ticket reservations are required. Be sure to read the current safety measures before making your reservation. 

Winter Events Include: 

Hours: Daily from 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
602-716-2000

 

Heard Museum

Home to one of the most extensive collections of American Indian art in the United States, Heard Museum features some 40,000 fine artworks and cultural artifacts, with a focus on tribes of the Southwest. Explore traditional and contemporary works — from Hopi katsina dolls and Navajo textiles to Navajo and Zuni jewelry and Southwestern ceramics from prehistory to the present — throughout spacious exhibit galleries, a contemporary art gallery, the outdoor sculpture gardens, trading post-style shop and more. Know before you go: museums updates and safety precautions

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 

2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
602-252-8840 

 

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) 

Explore interactive galleries and immersive exhibits showcasing more than 8,000 instruments from more than 200 world countries across the globe, as well as collectibles from legendary musicians. MIM is holding socially distanced concerts now as well, so check out our concerts calendar. Engage in the sensory nature of music and how it affects our emotions through state-of-the-art, interactive media that takes visitors on a journey to hear the sounds and observe instruments being played in their original contexts. Check out the MIM’s safety precautions here.

Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
480-478-6000 

 

Phoenix Art Museum

Since it opened in 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has become the largest art museum in the southwestern U.S., providing access to visual arts and educational programs in Arizona. In the past 50 years, millions have visited the museum to view the more than 400 national and international exhibitions it has hosted. These are shown alongside Phoenix Art Museum's collection that has grown to over 17,000 objects of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, photography and fashion design. 

Winter Events Include: 

Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
602-257-1880

 

Butterfly Wonderland

America’s largest butterfly pavilion entertains, educates and enchants visitors of all ages with the wonders of one of Mother Nature’s most beloved creatures. This state-of-the-art facility includes the conservatory, where 3,000 butterflies fly freely; Butterfly Emergence Gallery; Tropical Waters of the World exhibit, with a stingray and shark observation pool; Honey Bee Extravaganza; Spineless Giants and Rainforest Reptile exhibit; a 3D theater (reduced showtimes); Butterfly Treasures Gift Shop and a Café (limited offerings). Find out how Butterfly Wonderland is keeping guests safe and what to expect on your visit here

Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. 

9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale 
480-800-3000 

 

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

iFLY, the world’s largest indoor skydiving operation, delivers the dream of flight to adventure seekers of all ages and abilities. Experience the sensation of skydiving in a safe, comfortable and fun environment – without having to jump out of an airplane. With the help of iFLY certified flight instructors, you'll experience the sensation of free fall — creating conditions that allows you to fly on a smooth cushion of air — and check true human flight off the bucket list. Check out the safety procedures here

Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

9206 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
480-712-4359

 

Mavrix

Mavrix is an entertainment destination featuring 22 bowling lanes, 85 arcade games, a state-of-the-art laser tag arena, billiards, dozens of 4K televisions, and a 5,000-square-foot restaurant and bar that features a chef-curated menu, local beers and craft cocktails. Check out their safety measures before you go. 

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3–11 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m.–1 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11a.m.– 1 a.m.

9139 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
480-291-7500

 

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament 

Take a journey back in time, and experience an evening of chivalry, revelry, sport and pageantry inside a magnificent 11th century-style castle. Queen Maria Isabella welcomes you to dine with her and her royal court. Always a generous host, she has commanded her royal chefs to cook her favorite meal just for you. Feast on a sumptuous four-course banquet, while medieval Spain comes to life before your eyes. Cheer on your brave knight in a spectacular tournament performance — including majestic horses, authentic jousting and a live sword fight — and may the best knight win. Limited guest capacity will ensure you're a sword's length away from others at all times, and advance purchase is recommended. Take a look at the castle's reopening plan and guest guidelines here.

Hours: Most shows take place at 4 or 7 p.m. on selects dates (castle opens 75 minutes prior to showtime).

9051 E. Via De Ventura, Scottsdale
480-291-7555

 

Octane Raceway

If you have a need for speed, Octane Raceway is home to the only full-time indoor/outdoor track in the U.S. So, prepare to put your pedal to the metal and reach 45+ mph on the kart track. But pump the breaks for Velocity VR, mini-bowling, arcade and Brickyard Bar & Grill. Before you're off to the races, learn about their latest safety guidelines

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3–10 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m.–12 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–12 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

9119 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
602-302-7223

 

OdySea Aquarium

As the largest aquarium in Arizona, OdySea is home to more than 2 million gallons of water — featuring  370 species — and 65 exhibits, including the world’s only Russian Sturgeon touch exhibit, two stingray touch exhibits and a tide touch pool (some touch exhibits may be closed temporarily). This family friendly, under-the-sea experience also includes interactive activities: SeaTREK underwater walking adventure, walk-about Animal Ambassadors and Q&A sessions with animal care specialists. And don't miss Pip, Polly, and the rest of the African black-footed penguin squad at Penguin Point. 

Advance online reservations (30-minute time slots) are strongly recommended. Find our what else the aquarium is doing to provide a safe environment here. OdySea Aquarium is located at Arizona Boardwalk, which is also home to Pangea: Land of the Dinosaurs and more.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
480-291-8000

 

Wonderspaces

This evolving art show features extraordinary installations from around the world in a casual and safe, 16,000-square foot venue. Wonderspaces partners with artists to deliver experiences to new audiences through touring shows, including the 13 immersive, interactive and conversation-provoking works currently on display in a socially-distanced environment. You'll want to have your camera/phone ready for the one-of-a-kind photo ops throughout these current exhibits. Please note: Individual artwork rotates in every few months, creating an ever-evolving, year-round show. Check out Wonderspaces health and cleanliness protocols here.

Hours: Advance tickets are for entry at a specific date and time. Visitors are welcome to stay as long as they please during operating hours (the average time spent at the show is 90 minutes).

7014 E. Camelback Road, #584, Scottsdale
480-718-2156

 

Crayola Experience

Dozens of hands-on creative activities and a full day of fun awaits your entire family in Chandler, just a short drive away from Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. Bigger, brighter and bolder than ever, the colorful adventures of Crayola Experience help kids (and adults) explore art and technology, express their creativity and experience color in a whole new way. Check up on the safety measures here

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

111 W. Chandler Blvd., Ste. 2154, Chandler
602-581-5370

 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is where families with children ages 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO playground. With features that include global and local landmarks made from over a million LEGO bricks in MINILAND® to fun and exciting LEGO themed rides: Kingdom Quest and Merlin's Apprentice. Watch as your favorite LEGO characters come to life in the 4D Cinema. Then get hands-on with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build-and-play areas where kids' imaginations can run wild with endless possibilities.

Hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Ste. 135, Tempe
855-450-0558

 

SEA LIFE Arizona

Discover thousands of amazing creatures and walk through the 360-degree ocean tunnel. SEA LIFE Arizona is built for kids with child-level viewing bubbles and an interactive scavenger hunt. 

Hours: Monday through Friday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Ste. 145, Tempe
855-450-0559

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Bearizona Wildlife Park, Williams

If you're up for a drive on the wild side, and maybe some cooler temps among the Ponderosa pines, Bearizona is where it's at. About 170 miles north of Phoenix, this wildlife park invites guests to observe North American animals — including Black bears, elk, wolves, bison — in their natural environment along a scenic, 3-mile drive. Visitors are also welcome to stroll along winding forest walkways for an up-close look at the antics of bobcats, bear cubs, javelinas and more at Fort Bearizona. The park's COVID-19 updates can be viewed here.

Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. 

1500 E. Route 66, Williams
928-635-2289

 

Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Camp Verde

Experience Africa — via Safari Tour vehicles — right  in the heart of Arizona. At Out of Africa, the Tiger Splash gives you the chance to see Bengal and Siberian tigers interact in a predator-and-play relationship, romping and splashing in a large pool. The Giant Snake Show teaches kids about various giant snakes and guests can even touch and hold some of the largest species. While this attraction isn't entirely in your own vehicle, the scenic hour-and-a-half drive from downtown Phoenix is. And we highly recommend hitching a ride on the African Bush Safari (a 40-minute narrated tour) for a look at the animals inside their habitat.

Hours: Open 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. 

3505 W. Camp Verde Bridgeport Highway, Camp Verde
928-567-2840

 

Take a Scenic Drive

These intra-city road trips allow you to travel from point A to point Beautiful, and you don't ever have to leave your air-conditioned car. Some of the best scenic drives in Arizona are right here, including Dobbins Lookout, the Apache Trail and Wrigley Mansion.

Learn about local scenic drives.