Phoenix attractions range from world-class sports venues to rugged mountain parks, and when it comes down to it, there truly is something for everyone in this Southwest capital. Many of the best Phoenix tourist attractions can be found right Downtown, and they include the Phoenix Symphony Hall and a few other quality theaters. The vibrant Downtown District is also home some of the best museums in Arizona. In terms of the Phoenix area attractions, the surrounding suburbs are also full of delights, with nearby Scottsdale being one of the top places to spend some time, thanks in part to the beautiful McDowell Mountains.
Figuring among the top Phoenix tourist attractions are an impressive number of golf courses, some of which can be found in Phoenix proper, and some of which are located in suburbs such as Mesa and Tempe. Other than Orlando Florida, no other city in the country can rival Phoenix as a golfing destination. In addition to more than 200 golf courses, the Phoenix area boasts numerous golf resorts. Scottsdale has some of the best golf resorts in the region, though Phoenix proper offers up a few gems of its own with the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa and the Arizona Grand Resort. Both of these golf resorts are close enough to the Downtown region to allow for easy access to the Downtown attractions.
Phoenix is very much a family-friendly travel destination, as there are numerous family attractions spread throughout the capital region. Many families with kids include a trip to Papago Park on the itinerary, and for good reason. One of the best all around Phoenix attractions, Papago Park is a wonderful municipal park that can be found wedged between Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale. Hilly desert terrain characterizes this delightful, 1,200-acre park, and beautiful sandstone buttes add to the relatively austere landscape. In addition to hiking and checking out Hole in the Rock, Papago Park visitors can also look into the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden. Both of these top-rated Phoenix tourist attractions are attractions within a larger attraction.
Other Phoenix family attractions that can make interesting additions to the agenda include the Phoenix Children's Museum, the Arizona Museum of Natural History, and the South Mountain Park, to name a few. The Children's Museum offers interactive exhibits that cater to kids, while the Arizona Museum of Natural History is especially kid-friendly with its dinosaur exhibits. Due south of the Downtown area, the South Mountain Park provides families with an excellent place to enjoy some outdoor recreation, with hiking and horseback riding among the most popular activities.
When it comes to Phoenix attractions that are part of a larger attraction, the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden aren't the only ones. The same label could be applied to the Rosson House. Built in 1895, this impressive Victorian abode was one of the top homes in town back in the day, and it anchors the historic Heritage Square. For those who are interested in historical Phoenix area attractions, both Taliesin West and the Wrigley Mansion are not to be missed. The former once served as Frank Lloyd Wright's winter camp, and it was where his renowned School of Architecture was established. The school is still based here, and if you aren't a student, a tour of this fascinating complex of buildings is worth considering. As for the Wrigley Mansion, it too was built by one of the city's adopted sons and served as a former winter retreat. Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. built this opulent and graceful mansion and presented it as a gift to his wife Ada in 1932. Worth noting is the fact that the Sunday brunches at the Wrigley Mansion are excellent.
Other fantastic Phoenix area attractions include the area museums. For art enthusiasts, a trip to the Phoenix Art Museum can be a great way to spend a few hours, while anyone who is interested in science is likely to enjoy the Arizona Science Center. The Heard Museum is one of the best Native American museums in the country. The Pueblo Grande Museum also offers tremendous insight into Native American culture with its replica and authentic ruins.
For cultural enthusiasts, Phoenix and the surrounding area offer a healthy amount of theaters to go with their museums. Downtown Phoenix is home to four of the best, and they include the Dodge Theater, the Celebrity Theater, the Orpheum Theater, and Symphony Hall. If sports are more your thing, there are plenty of Phoenix area attractions that cater to sports enthusiasts. They include the US Airways Center, Chase Field, and the University of Phoenix Stadium. The latter can be found in nearby Glendale, where the antique shopping is the best in the area, while the US Airways Center and Chase Field can be found right in the heart of Downtown Phoenix.
Water parks and spas only add to the list of Phoenix area attractions, and racing fans can always hope to catch a race at the Phoenix International Raceway when in town. While Las Vegas is relatively close, Phoenix visitors who enjoy a little gambling from time to time won't have to plan a side trip to Sin City if they want to tempt Lady Luck. Phoenix has several good casinos, and some of these casinos are even attached to hotels for those who want to stay close to the gaming action. The good news for those who happen to win some money at the casinos is the fact that there are so many other great Phoenix attractions to spend it on.