Much of what Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun have to offer is seasonal. Here are some great things to do and see in Phoenix while the weather is still mild.
Desert Botanical Garden: The Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden is a beautifully landscaped park with towering Saguaro cacti, bridges and educational displays for children. Throughout the year, visitors will enjoy such events as music in the garden, butterfly exhibits, holiday luminarias and much more. And when you are finished enjoying your day in this special desert paradise, stop by the well-stocked gift shop for a desert souvenir. More Information.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Catch the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team play while in the comfort of a closed, air-conditioned ball park, or even rent out the pool for you and a group of your friends. Come out to Chase Field for Opening Weekend, April 6-8, 2012 when the NL West defending D-backs host the San Francisco Giants. Arizona Diamondbacks Website
The Musical Instrument Museum: Phoenix’s newest must-see attraction is the first museum in the world dedicated to the celebration of global instruments. Founded by the chairman emeritus of Target Corporation, this $250 million museum features a collection of more than 15,000 instruments—including the last guitar Elvis played in concert and the piano on which John Lennon composed “Imagine.” More Information.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West: Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91. He alternated living at Taliesin East in Spring Green, Wisconsin and Taliesin West. You can take a guided tour of the home and grounds and visit the bookstore and gift shop. More Information.
Heard Museum: Learn about the Native American cultures of the Southwest. Enjoy special programs such as hoop dancing and educational lectures. The Heard Museum, located in central Phoenix, is world-renowned for its Native American history and art. But the Heard is also a living, vibrant cultural center. You can enjoy the huge annual Indian Market in March or take advantage of some special events like Easter and Thanksgiving meals prepared with a Native American flair. The Heard is located in a beautiful part of town with vintage homes and palm-lined streets. Official Website
Scottsdale Art Walk: Scottsdale used to be a separate city to the north of Phoenix, it is now considered part of the Phoenix area. Scottsdale has its own ambiance… part wild west and part upscale arts community. Be sure and visit the old town gallery area off First and Scottsdale Roads. On Thursday evenings enjoy an Art Walk from 7pm to 9pm. Start by making your way to along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale Downtown. Here’s a map to get you started. You’ll find traditional art galleries, modern art and Native American arts. Most galleries serve refreshments and so the streets take on a very social atmosphere. Official Website