Leisure and Recreation in Phoenix
With an average of almost 300 days of sunshine in the state of Arizona, it’s not hard to find something wonderful to do outdoors; however, if nature is not your calling, there’s lots to do indoors as well. Hiking, biking, cycling and golfing are just the tip of the iceberg. In Phoenix and Tucson, you can take part in more than 250 organized races that bring the community together for either a cause or just for the fun of it. Both cities are plentifully bestrewn with mountains and buttes, trails and parks perfect for hikes, biking and for outdoor events. Resorts abound in both cities, boasting acres of rolling greens for golfing aficionados. If golfing, hiking or biking are not your scene, hit the luxurious spas that offer a plethora of pampering from simple facials, manis and pedis, to opulent all-day getaways. Once you’ve finished your day, get out at night to attend one of the many arts and entertainment venues that sprinkle both cities. If arts are not your thing, you could attend a sporting event, with Phoenix home to professional basketball, football, hockey and baseball teams. Off season, there are Spring Training games to attend, allowing you see teams you may otherwise not be able to watch. Other great activities for families include exploring the various museums, from science, technology, art to children’s museums where kids can be kids and adults can be, well, kids too! No matter what you’re in the mood for, there is always something to do in the two major metros of Arizona.
Sometimes it seems the most difficult choice residents in Phoenix have to make when it comes to answering that age-old question of “What to do?” is simply “Where to begin?” Factor in the city’s revitalized downtown, and it can become problematic trying to decide how to schedule in all of the exciting activities Phoenix has to offer. Outdoors or indoors, a sporting event or an evening at the ballet, it’s obvious that Phoenix and its surrounding communities have more than enough choices to satisfy everyone.
Start, perhaps, with a day of doing some shopping, or maybe even spend the day at the Phoenix Zoo. Go for a day of biking along the numerous trails criss-crossing the area, or take a scenic drive around the area and do a little exploring. Cap off the evening with dinner and drinks at one of Phoenix’s top restaurants.
Phoenix offers golf enthusiasts a rich paradise to discover, with lush, green fairways and landscaping featuring native desert plants and grasses to create beautiful settings in which to play a round of golf. Well over 100 private and public courses and country clubs, most of which are nationally certified, make the area a Mecca that many golfers visit again and again.
Phoenix is known for its numerous museums, theaters and galleries, and has long been home to a diverse and thriving cultural scene that has devoted itself to celebrating the different cultures found both at home and around the world. A lively music scene supports everything from traditional and classical to jazz and rock. From homegrown productions to touring professional companies, Phoenix supports its arts in a big way. Check out the listings that follow for just a small sampling of what Phoenix and the surrounding communities have to offer.
And for those who find pleasure in the culinary arts, Phoenix possesses a veritable treasure trove of foodie destinations. From the neighborhood eatery specializing in classic comfort food to the very best of ethnic cuisine to high-end avant-garde bistros presenting the latest in gastronomic art, the Valley of the Sun provides for every taste imaginable.
Phoenix can also satisfy the tastes of hardcore sports fans. The area provides residents with year-round spectator opportunities, including nationally ranked college and professional teams that run the full gambit of sports, as well as being one of only two areas in the country for professional baseball spring training.
Every week something is going on in the Phoenix area. Special events focused on the arts, sports, automotive technology, food, wine and the holidays, to name just a few subjects, guarantee something to do no matter what a person’s interests and tastes are. Read on, and see just what you can experience as a resident of Phoenix. Then, move here and enjoy!