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6 Exciting Attractions to See in Phoenix

Many people visit Phoenix for its constant sunshine and relaxed atmosphere.  There are many things to see and do in this desert city to suit everyone's taste: from museums to outdoor activities to art walks. There is no excuse to be bored in this city.  Here are six things to do in Phoenix and its surrounding area. 

Heard Museum  If you are interested in Southwestern American Indian culture, head to the Heard!  The museum hosts programs, exhibitions and festivals and is a great place to take the family.  Fulfill your anthropological curiosity for the afternoon and spend some time with a rotating exhibition of fine art, handicrafts, costume and photography.  

Desert Botanical Garden  Located in Papago Park in Central Phoenix, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world's largest collections of desert flora.  The garden spreads over 50 acres of land and it contains 139 endangered, threatened and rare species of international plant varieties. Bring comfortable walking shoes and drinking water. Pathways are paved with bricks and the gardens are wheelchair accessible. 

Musical Instrument Museum  This is a wonderful opportunity for music lovers (and everyone else) to explore the physical side of music making.  The Musical Instrument Museum contains a collection of more than 10,000 musical instruments from all over the world.  Many instruments are paired with an audio recording for a reference.  The MIM also has a concert hall where various world music instruments are performed on regularly.

Scottsdale Art Walk  Every Thursday evening you have the opportunity to visit more than 100 galleries in Scottsdale.  The local gallery association tries to coordinate openings to fall on Thursdays during the walk where you get a chance to meet the featured artist.  Several times a year there are live music performances alongside themed events. 

Mountain climbing  Piestewa Peak is a large mountain that is part of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Climbing the mountain is great for adventure seekers who want to escape the city for the day.  The Summit Trail is 1,190 feet, which is not that far, but it is a steep incline and offers a tiring workout.  Dogs and bicycles are not allowed. 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum  Like the Desert Botanical Garden, The Boyce Thompson Arboretum has a collection of desert plants.  Walk along the 1.5-mile-long trail to see approximately 3,200 varieties of desert species.  Visit during wildflower season and witness the vibrant colors of desert flowers in person.  

Enjoy these six fun, exciting, and education attractions in the Phoenix area!

 

image of Desert Botanical Garden from flickr.com

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