Top Attractions in Phoenix

From the majestic Grand Canyon to kid-friendly attractions like the Phoenix Zoo and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Phoenix presents a myriad of activities the whole family will enjoy.

1. Grand Canyon

Widely considered Arizona’s top destination and most recognized landmark, the Grand Canyon encompasses 277 miles of the Colorado River and surrounding land. Exhibiting incomparable vistas of the canyon walls and river streaming below from its rims, it’s worth the trek at least once. You can hike, camp, whitewater raft, take guided tours, and so much more.

2. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Arizona’s largest water park, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor features 30 acclaimed water slides, interactive structures, a giant wave pool, a lazy river, and much more. Test your mettle on “North America’s first gravity-defying dueling water coaster that blasts riders uphill across 830 feet of hair-raising drops and breathtaking curves.” Moreover, enjoy the new Paradise Island, a 12,000-square-foot activity pool with thousands of gallons of cool water to help soothe oneself from the Arizona heat. Additionally, guests can enjoy water volleyball and basketball, dining, and beyond.

3. OdySea Aquarium

OdySea Aquarium in nearby Scottsdale offers 200,000 square feet of interactive, educational marine life exhibits. Displaying 6,000 animals representing over 300 species, OdySea Aquarium features unique exhibits such as the only Russian Sturgeon touch exhibit as well as the world’s only revolving aquarium experience. During your visit, view animals such as seahorses, otters, penguins, turtles, sharks, and more.

4. Arizona Science Center

Located in the hub of downtown Phoenix, The Arizona Science Center in Heritage and Science Park features over 350 permanent interactive exhibits guests can enjoy. Offering educational and entertaining exhibits for visitors of all ages, the center maintains a multi-level complex of hands-on activities, a world-class planetarium, and a 5-story screen theater. Visitors can see exhibits such as the largest touring T. rex dinosaur, a touchable brain model in The W.O.N.D.E.R Center, and an elemental immersion theater, among so many others.

5. Roosevelt Row

Walk through the artists’ district of Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. Home to renowned galleries, inspiring murals, delicious local restaurants, boutique shops, and more, there is so much to see and do in the area. Beginning at 7th Avenue and spanning east to 16th Street, historic Roosevelt Row has operated as a center of commerce and culture since the early 1900s. During the late 1990s, the district exploded into a dynamic cultural beacon for the local area with numerous artist galleries opening up throughout the years. 

6. Desert Botanical Garden

Explore the serene landscape of the Desert Botanical Garden that holds five thematic trails representing the natural rugged beauty of the Sonoran Desert plant life. With 50,000 desert plants such as a variety of cacti, wildflowers, succulents, and trees, there is so much to admire. Additionally, the Garden hosts tours, special events, concerts, family-friendly activities, and much more.

7. Camelback Mountain

Visiting Arizona is all about exploring the great outdoors, and Camelback Mountain in Phoenix is no exception. A popular hiking destination, Camelback boasts excellent views of the city landscape and extending valleys, and houses an abundance of beautiful flora and fauna. Note that there are two hiking trails, with Echo Canyon sporting the steeper climb and Cholla exhibiting a longer trail. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, and know your limits!

8. Papago Park

Papago Park offers a multitude of recreational activities just minutes from the downtown area. Visitors can enjoy gorgeous hiking and biking trails, a fishing lagoon, the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Garden, the Papago Golf Course, and more attractions and activities. 

9. Phoenix Zoo

Situated on 125 acres within acclaimed Papago Park, the Phoenix Zoo serves as the home to over 3,000 animals such as Asian elephants, giraffes, Sumatran tigers, and many more animal species. In addition, guests can experience the zoo’s verdant gardens and water landscapes, cafes, animal encounters, a safari cruiser, and more family-friendly activities. 

10. Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum has developed into the largest art museum in the southwest region. Featuring over 19,000 objects of art representing various regions and periods of time, guests can travel the world and through historical eras when navigating the museum’s exhibits. From American and Latin American art to Asian and European art, patrons will feel enriched and educated by the museum’s carefully curated displays. 

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