Things to Do in Phoenix, AZ
For the Family
It’s often best to keep the kids entertained first when traveling as a family. Finding interactive activities to immerse the entire family is always a great way to make memories and break away from phones and tablets. Today, these immersive activities can be entertaining for adults too! For instance, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a great option for all ages. The first exhibit waiting for you is “the climber,” a huge structure that weaves through all three stories of the building. The museum also features an Art Studio where your kids can work on a fun, creative project or join in on a group to create an even bigger masterpiece while working on their team skills. There are plenty of other things to explore for the toddler to the teen in your group.
If you’re an animal lover, the Phoenix Zoo should be on the top of your list. With more than 1,400 animals, this place will keep everyone entertained. The zoo is divided into four sections, or “trails.” Definitely make the Children’s Trail a priority, where they can get some face time with animals like emus and tamarins. The kids will love the huge petting zoo, camel ride, carousel and all the other exciting attractions the Phoenix Zoo has to offer.
If you have time, also check out the Arizona Science Museum, which has educational attractions for everyone from preschoolers to adults. For those 21 or older, make sure to check out Science with a Twist while the kids are watching one of the daily demos.
If you have a future musician on your hands, plan a trip to the Musical Instrument Museum. The whole family can learn to play instruments from around the world and learn a little bit about the cultural history that surrounds them. You can even see instruments donated from stars like John Lennon, Elvis Presley and Taylor Swift.
For the Foodie
If you’re the kind of person who plans your trip around each meal, you’ll want to head uptown to Southern Rail immediately after checking into your hotel. Most are partial to the brunch menu, but you’ll be wowed no matter what hour you step through their door. If you’re looking to get the true American South experience that they boast, try the fried green tomato benedict, shrimp ‘n’ super creamy grits, or the bread pudding French toast. If you’re stopping by for dinner, look no further than the fried chicken– they honor this classic but offer enough of their own twist to set them apart.
If you’re looking for an easygoing location to enjoy some drinks, delicious food, and even a few yard games, you will love Culinary Dropout attached to The Yard. Blow off some steam with a local craft beer in hand while you dominate corn hole or ping pong at The Yard and grab a bite at Culinary Dropout right on site. The best part is you don’t have to break your diet like you would in traditional bar settings. If you stop by for brunch, grab a Bloody Mary and an egg white frittata. For happy hour, we love the grilled cheese sliders and the pork belly nachos. If you’re traveling with your whole clan, don’t be deterred – they even have a kid’s menu.
Another one of our favorites is a food truck that just took its business to solid ground, Short Leash. With multiple locations throughout the city, you can find one that works best for your trip. Regardless of location, they are serving up some of the best hot dogs we’ve had outside of a baseball game. We recommend the Bratwurst Stuffed Pretzel or Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Brats. If you wake up craving a dog, reach for the Breakfast Corn Dogs.
If you’re not a hot dog person, check out Barrio Café, known for its creative Mexican dishes like their Frito De Pescado and Camaron as well as their impressive folk art collection. For an Italian fix, head to Pizzaria Bianco for wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas that some have proclaimed as “Arizona’s Best Pizza.”
For the Leisure Lover
Sometimes we go on vacation just as an excuse to stay at a great resort. Often, we won’t even leave the property if the delicate balance of scenery and amenities has been perfectly met. Even if you’re planning on being on the go for most of your trip, having a great place to crash is vital. The first on our list is always the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Not only is the property a gorgeous Southwestern utopia, but the rooms look more like they belong in someone’s perfectly manicured mansion instead of your usual hotel. The Alvador Spa on the property has attracted many VIP clients, including George W. Bush in 2004, and features all the spa indulgences you love as well as wellness workshops to get you feeling inspired.
If you’re looking for great onsite views, The Phoenician is the perfect place for you. We could talk at length about the topnotch restaurants, 27-hole championship golf course, tennis complex, gorgeous spa, or the cozy rooms with private balconies, but we’d rather discuss the scenery. Set with the backdrop of the serene Camelback Mountain, you’ll feel like you’re on the set of a movie.
For an equally luxurious experience a few miles out of town, try Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. There is a certain gold standard that the Four Seasons always provides, and this location is no exception. They have all the high-class amenities the adults crave with plenty of options for the kids as well.
No matter what brings you to Phoenix, we are sure that you’ll fall as in love with the cosmopolitan heart of Arizona as we have. Need a bus to complete your trip? Call Phoenix Charter Bus Company any time at 602-283-3377 to organize your group transportation.