Phoenix Attractions - Things To Do

Heard Museum
Filled with the culture and art of the Southwest Native Americans, the history and civilization of the American Indian becomes alive with exhibits, festivals, and interactive learning. Founded in 1929, this museum is known as an outstanding and world famous destination for visitors.

Desert Botanical Garden
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, this botanical garden has an outstanding collection of desert plants situated on 50 acres. Rare and threatened species are shown, as one learns about endangered plants from other parts of the world. Hiking trails, the museum and garden combine to make an outstanding Phoenix attraction. The Marshall Butterfly Pavilion is the place to walk among the beautiful butterflies and is delightful for visitors of any age. The Wildflower Trail in the spring is not to be missed, as colors and blossoms abound. Bring your camera, and be sure to visit the gift shop for plants and cacti.

The Phoenix Zoo
One of the more popular attractions, it delights both visitor and residents. Voted one of the Nation's Top Zoos for Kids, events and activities highlight the visitor experience. A Safari train, Endangered Species Carousel and pedal boats make the visit uniquely fun. A great way to see the zoo, the Safari Train is for young and old and everyone in between; the tour guide points out attractions and gives insightful commentary.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
With an open natural setting, exotic animals can be found as well as tropical birds, monkeys, large cats and more. You might see antelopes and zebras as you walk along the unpaved paths.

Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat
Driving this historic trail is both memorable and fun. Beginning 25 miles east of downtown, it runs for 46 miles; Apache Junction to Roosevelt Lake provides awe-inspiring scenery and a driving challenge. Included sites along the way are Lost Dutchman State Park, Saguaro Lake, Goldfield Ghost Town, Tonto National Monument, the Canyon Lake Recreation Area and more. At Canyon Lake, one can take a Riverboat cruise on the Dolly Steamboat, a replica of a 103-foot steamboat.

Deer Valley Rock Art Center
Named a Phoenix Point of Pride, it is located in the northwest portion of the city and contains more than 600 boulders with 1,500 petroglyphs. You'll want to bring a camera and binoculars to this wonderful attraction.