Top Things to Do in Central Phoenix
Phoenix is a city that keeps going and going, kind of like the Energizer Bunny, but more in the sense that it continuously grows and has much to offer its citizens and visitors. With more than 1.4 million residents and covering more than 500 square miles Phoenix has become one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the nation. Visitors and residents are drawn to Phoenix because it offers a unique urban lifestyle with art, culture, sports, recreation, entertainment and more. What more could you possibly look for in a city? As the state capital of Arizona, Phoenix also offers many resources and opportunities, which attracts intelligent and creative individuals to relocate here. In Greek mythology, a Phoenix is bird that is continuously reborn rising from the ashes of its predecessor. The city of Phoenix fully embraces its name, because it rose from the demise of an ancient civilization and grew to the thriving metropolis that it is know as today. Central Phoenix is an exciting area and that means that there is always something going on. Being experts in all things Central Phoenix means that here at Phoenix Urban Spaces we got together and compiled a list of the top ten things to do in Central Phoenix. Now this is no easy task, but here is a (condensed) guide to Central Phoenix activities, events and more.
A great way to check out Central Phoenix while still enjoying a unique experience is on a Segway. Segway tours are fun, exciting and most importantly they are guided so you won’t miss any important landmarks or fun facts. Another tour to consider is the Phoenix City Tour and Heard Museum Tour. This tour will take you to see major city sights in Phoenix and Scottsdale and then you will visit the Heard Museum and learn about Native American culture, artifacts and history. If you are a baseball fan then don’t miss out on the Chase Field Tour. This baseball field is one of the top in America and the guided tour is the only way that fans can see behind the scenes at this premier baseball park. A fun tour with a festive touch to it is the Phoenix Ghost Tour. This guided walking tour makes its way through downtown Phoenix and shares stories of history speckled with paranormal activity and creepy facts.
As mentioned above, if you love sports and especially consider yourself a baseball fan you definitely want to check out the Chase Field Tour. Other than that, sports fans can score tickets to watch the Phoenix Suns, Diamondbacks or the Phoenix Mercury. Whether you love baseball, basketball, volleyball, football, hockey or golf, Phoenix has something for everyone.
A guide about things to do in a city is never complete without a list of influential museums. There are various museums to check out in Central Phoenix, but these are some of our favorites. The Phoenix Art Museum has been around for more than 50 years and offers festivals, performances and programs to enlighten, entertain and inspire its visitors. The museum prides itself on showcasing timeless and unique pieces of art and preserving older works of art. The Arizona Science Center is a very entertaining and enjoyable museum to visit where you will learn while having a good time. Visitors can learn about the way the body works and functions, Nano engineering and technology, the forces of nature, how things work and why they work that way, digital communication and so much more. You will leave truly enlightened! The Heard Museum is a big part of Phoenix because it details the lifestyle and culture of American Indian Tribes. This museum is often cited as the best western and Native American history museum in the world – it is a must see for history and museum lovers.
Do you love watching live performances? Whether you want to see off-Broadway shows, musical masterpieces or concerts, Phoenix offers many top-notch theaters where you can fulfill your performance needs. The historic Orpheum Theater has recently been renovated and is open for use! It hosts a variety of productions ranging from unique plays to beautiful ballets. The Phoenix Symphony has been open since 1947 and continuously serves the residents of Phoenix providing full-length classical and pop concerts. What began as a small group of musicians quickly grew to a full time orchestra performing at prestigious venues like Symphony Hall. If you are a big supporter of the arts, then you will enjoy the Herberger Theater Center. It is a non-profit organization, which supports the growth of performing arts and serves as a premier performance venue in Phoenix. The Herberger Theater Center is home to the Arizona Theater Company as well as the Center Dance Ensemble.
5. Art Galleries
The Phoenix Art Museum is one of the top art galleries to visit, however there are many other well-known as well as up and coming art exhibits worth visiting. The Bentley Art Gallery features contemporary painting and sculpture in the Southwest. The gallery represents important artists from the United States and Europe, and showcases works of art from the late 19th Century to the Modern Era. The Blink Art Gallery is a great place to find new local artists. It promotes new and emerging artists with rotating exhibits in oil, pastel, mixed media, acrylic and sculpture.
As you might expect, Phoenix has some of the best shopping in Arizona. As a matter of fact there are so many wonderful places to shop it would be impossible to list them all here. However, some of the top shopping destinations include the Desert Ridge Marketplace and the Biltmore Fashion Park. The Desert Ridge Marketplace has more than 75 retail stores in a beautiful outdoor setting just minutes from Downtown. The Biltmore Fashion Park in Central Phoenix offers more premium shopping at stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue. Other than malls and shopping centers, Central Phoenix is home to numerous crafty and unique boutiques that are always worth a visit!
Again, Phoenix has so many amazing dining options it is literally ‘Mission Impossible’ to list them all here. However we can direct you to a few extremely popular eateries. Do you love pizza? Well New York and Chicago deep dish don’t compare to Pizzeria Bianco. This pizzeria is legendary among the locals. How many places can really claim that they offer the best Pizza in the country? Pizzeria Bianco can. The food is exceptional and totally worth the wait. If you don’t like waiting long, we recommend you arrive very, very early. Another local favorite is Matt’s Big Breakfast. Breakfast is one of the best meals of the day and Matt’s will turn any person into a morning person. Try the hash browns, the bacon, the sausage and a little bit of everything else.
Pubs, piano bars, clubs and more, nightlife in Central Phoenix is exciting and varied so everyone can find something to do. Do you enjoy Irish pubs? Check out Seamus McCaffrey’s, you will have a good time here whether you’re Irish or not. Another local favorite is Carly’s Bistro. This little bar is famous for its Bloody Mary. The Duce is a fun and eclectic bar, which offers an experience unlike any other. Karaoke nights are offered three nights a week and excitement is had every day of the week.
9. Outdoor Activities
With more than 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, Phoenix is the perfect place for those who like to spend time outdoors. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation department maintains more than 200 city parks where you can play soccer, go hiking, enjoy a picnic, play some basketball, volleyball and more. Visitors and residents can also enjoy a large-scale desert preserve system, which gives access to the Sonoran Desert and its wildlife. Although golf and hiking are among the most popular activities in this area, there are many other recreational activities to choose from.
10. Annual Festivals, Celebrations, Fairs & Events
As if there isn’t already a wide selection of things to see and do in Central Phoenix, there are also various events, festivals and celebrations that are held throughout the year. Some of the most popular events include the Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium, the Ostrich Festival, the Festival of the West, the Downtown Phoenix 4th of July Celebration, the NASCAR Subway Fresh 500 and numerous parades and celebrations for local and national holidays.
It’s easy to see that there is no shortage of events to take part in and destinations to visit in Central Phoenix. Being bored is not an acceptable excuse, because there is always something to see or do in this growing city. Whether you are making the move into Central Phoenix or looking to relocate to a new condo or home, Roberta Candelaria is your go-to realtor in the area. For real estate options or simply for more Central Phoenix facts and information connect with us today!