Phoenix Attractions

Phoenix AttractionsVisiting Phoenix anytime of year is fun and adventurous. The local climate is favorable for outdoor activities all year long. Whether it's golfing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, or just taking photographs, you'll find Phoenix has plenty to do.

If it's golfing you enjoy, you've come to the right place. Metro Phoenix has approximately 35 public and private golf courses. Many are award-winning courses designed by professional golfers. Some of the more popular courses are the Raven Golf Club, the Links Course, the Foothills Golf Club, and the Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the nearby TPC Scottsdale course where the Waste Management Phoenix Open is held annually.

Hiking, Biking, and Picture Taking
There are plenty of trails for hikers and bikers, and they're all within short driving distances from downtown Phoenix. The most popular place is South Mountain Park with over 30 trails. It's the largest municipal park in the US and also offers horseback riding. Bring your camera, and make sure you see the 'forest' of Saguaro Cactus.

Two other popular places are Camelback Mountain and Papago Park. At Camelback Mountain, you can hike to the 2700 ft. summit. Once atop the summit, enjoy the panoramic views. There's no facilities so wear cool clothing, comfortable shoes, and bring water. Papago Park offers both paved and dirt trails. Visit Hole in the Rock where kids can easily climb and enjoy great views.

Horseback Riding
If you've never been on horseback, Phoenix is the place to learn this skill. Enjoy a ride into the desert sunset or to a western barbecue. Ponderosa Stables is a great place for beginners where you can enjoy a ride and a T-Bone dinner. Clay Canyon Ranch also offers desert rides along with a western barbecue. Don't be afraid, as both places have horses skilled in all levels of riding.

Family Fun
Phoenix has many family-oriented attractions. Learn western culture by visiting Pueblo Grande. Pueblo Grande is an ancient ruin from a Native American village. Hands-on activities, hiking, and tours are available.

Kids love the zoo, and you'll find over 1,200 animals at the Phoenix Zoo. It's 125 acres of wildlife including Giant Galapagos tortoises, baboons, fish, reptiles, and a Monkey Island.

For something different, visit the Desert Botanical Gardens. With more than 50,000 desert plants, you'll quickly learn about the flora and fauna in the southwest desert. There's five scenic trails and a nature based program for preschoolers.

Whatever outdoor activities you like to do, you'll find it in Phoenix.