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40 BEST Things To Do In Arizona (Something For Everybody!)

Alexis Musgrave

Alexis Musgrave, Updated October 6, 2022

The US state of Arizona is known as the valley of the sun and certainly lives up to its name. This desert state is full of sunlight and activities for everyone. The capital of Phoenix is full of adventures to be had inside the city and in the beautiful surrounding landscape.

Arizona has multiple national parks, desert adventures, and modern cities to enjoy. The majority of activities can be found in the Phoenix area. But those who like the smaller towns will still find activities to enjoy. Desert dune buggy rides, scenic roads, and hot air balloons are just a few activities that await you in Arizona!

Many travelers who think about visiting this desert state have no idea what activities are worth doing! This list will give you a handful of options for every exercise and adventure level. Even if you are not a full itinerary planner, having a few ideas will make sure the trip is fun! Whether you are on a romantic vacation or a solo trip, here are some of the best activities available.

Things To Do In Arizona for Free 

Even if your Arizona trip is not on a tight budget it is helpful to know of some affordable activity options. Arizona has many parks and preserves, which means lots of free outdoor adventures to be had! Here is a small sample of the best free activities to do in Arizona. 

1. Eddie Basha Collection 

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Map It: 22402 S Basha Rd, Chandler, AZ 85248, United States | Phone: 480-895-5230 | Website | Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm | Entrance: Free

Perusing around an art collection is a perfect way to spend an afternoon without spending a lot of money. The Eddie Basha Collection is one of the most interesting establishments of western and native American art and its mediums. Located just outside of Phoenix, this art gallery is a great location for a budget traveler!

This gallery has paintings, pottery, sculptures, baskets, and even old western rifles. With 11,000 square feet of space, you can easily spend two hours here enjoying the history and culture on display. 

Entrance to the gallery is free and it is highly accessible to those visiting the Phoenix area. It is best to check out their website to see the details of the exhibits available during your visit. They are closed on weekends and special holidays.

2. McDowell Sonoran Conservancy 

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Map It: Saguaro Loop Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 | Phone: 480-998-7971 | Website | Entrance: Free

Arizona landscapes are breathtaking and plentiful in the desert state. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is in Scottsdale outside of Phoenix and is free for the public to enjoy. With 11 distinct trailheads and over 250 miles of trails, there is something for everyone at this preserve.

This natural preserve is one of the biggest urban preserves in the nation! It is the perfect place for those who love nature but do not drive for hours to find it! The trails vary in intensity so that you can take a beautiful walk or a more incisive hike.

The conservancy highly values education, so you may be able to see an ‘Expedition Day’ during your visit. These activities are put on to teach people about the desert and its surprising inhabitants. The park is typically open from sun up to sun down and all of the trailheads are free to access! 

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3. Red Rock Scenic Byway

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Map It: AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86351| Website | Hours: 24/7 daily | Entrance: Free

The Red Rock Scenic Byway is a beautiful drive through the Red Rock Country of Sedona Arizona. It is about 110 miles north of Phoenix and a few hours south of the Grand Canyon. With impressive and stunning rock formations literally around every turn, it is a great way to see the sights.

This ‘museum without walls’ is about 7.5 miles long and full of hiking and biking activities. Just driving down the road, visitors report wanting to drive slower than the limit to fully take in the views. But if you like to get outdoors a bit more, you can explore the area more up close than through a window.

The road is free and always open. If you are visiting Sedona or looking for the perfect landscape for your vacation photos, this is the spot! It is a free and easy activity everyone can enjoy.

4. The Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center

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Map It: 147 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004| Phone: 602-254-9817 | Website | Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm Entrance: Free

Arizona has a rich and complex cultural history, and for looking to explore Arizona beyond the typical attractions this is a great place to visit. The Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center hosts an artists gallery, education events, and cultural celebrations that are available to the community.

The mission of this organization is to preserve Latinx and indigenous art and promote their artists. It is a quick stop if you are in downtown phoenix and a great way to promote the local community. Entry to the gallery is free and the ALAC is the perfect way to support artists and spend an hour of your day!

They are closed Mondays and Sundays, and it is best to check out their website before you visit. This way you can see if there are any special events or exhibits you do not want to miss. 

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5. Arizona Capital Museum

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Map It: 1700 W. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85007, United States| Phone: (602)926-3620 | Website | Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm| Entrance: Free

Arizona is one of the most recent territories to become a full state, being the 48th state in the country! This recent history has plenty of fascinating information you can explore at the Arizona Capital Museum in Phoenix. It is easy to reach if you are in the Phoenix area and a perfect stop for families or history buffs.

You will find exhibits about the natural minerals of Arizona, the old Governor’s office, the famous USS Arizona, and even a Lego creation of the Arizona flag! There are even more exhibits to enjoy on a free self-guided tour during the week.

The museum is open during the week from 9 am to 4 pm and they even have a cafe to enjoy before or after your visit! If you are looking for a cheap location to spend an hour in Arizona’s capital, this is a great place to visit!

6. Flagstaff Lava Flow Trail

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Map It: 171B Forest Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001| Phone: (928)526-0502 | Website | Entrance: Free

Arizona is a great place to explore the outdoors, and Flagstaff has a unique geological history that allows you to walk over old lava flows! The Flagstaff Lava Flow Trail is not associated with any larger park or preserve, and offers a quick beautiful hike overtop some fascinating rocks.

The trail is usually very quick, easy, and safe, but being mindful about when you visit and how the weather is quite important. If it has been raining or snowing, you may want to cancel your visit unless you are a practiced hiker.

This short but moderately challenging hike is very accessible to visitors. There are no specified hours about the trail but it is not recommended to visit after the sun goes down. This small hike is a cool and easy spot to visit if you are on a budget in the Flagstaff area!

7. Navajo Nation Zoological and Botanical Park

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Map It: 34 AZ-264, Window Rock, AZ 86515 | Phone: 928-871-6573 | Website | Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 4:30 pm | Entrance: Free

The territory Arizona is over has been the home to various indigenous tribes over the year, the Navajo being the most populous. With high levels of cultural significance placed on the respect for land and animals, the Navajo Nation has a Zoo and Botanical Park to work toward animal preservation!

On the border of Arizona and New Mexico, this zoo is the only Native American zoo in the United States. Many of the animals housed here were found injured on the Navajo reservation. Visitors can learn about the native animals on the Navajo lands and even a golden eagle sanctuary.

The zoo is only closed on Sundays and admission is always free! The zoo does take donations to help with the preservation and maintenance of the animals in their care.  It is a great stop on a road trip around the state and the perfect way to support and learn about native peoples and traditions. 

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8. Phoenix Art Museum

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Map It: 1​​625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 | Phone: 602-257-1880 | Website | Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm | Entrance: Free on certain days

The Phoenix Art Museum is one of the greatest in the state of Arizona, with constant and rotating exhibits that you may not expect for an art museum! This large facility offers much more than simple tours, with regular special events and lectures to enjoy.

By visiting this museum’s website, you will get a small taste of the extensive collections you can peruse on your trip to Arizona. You will also be able to see which special events, workshops, and exhibits are available to you during your trip!

The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays and open at 10 am. Although this museum is not always free for admission, you may be able to visit it on one of its free museum days. It is still an affordable way to enjoy the city of Phoenix with beautiful art with great air conditioning!

9. Arabian Public Library

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Map It: ​​10215 E McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255| Phone: 480-312-7323 | Website | Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10 am to 7 pm, Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm| Entrance: Free

Adjacent to Phoenix, the town of Scottsdale hosts the impressive Arabian Public Library. Although some may see it as just a public library, the impressive architecture and design of the building make it much more than that! 

The building has indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy a book or find peace during your visit. The library often holds reading events for kids, which could be great for those visiting the area with children!

Exploring the library is free and fascinating for those who love architecture. You can check out their website to see if they have any events that interest you while you are in town. It is a perfect quiet little spot where you can take in the sun with a good book during your vacation!

10. White Tank Waterfall Trail

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Map It: 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell | Phone: (602) 506-2930  | Website | Hours: May – October: 5 am – 9 pm, November – April: 6 am – 8 pm | Entrance: Free

You may not think of running waterfalls when the word ‘Arizona’ comes to mind, but there is a beautiful and easy hike to reach near Phoenix! The White Tank Waterfall Trail is in White Tank Regional Park and is only about a 45-minute or 3 km hike.

However, since Arizona is still a dry state this waterfall is only impressive depending on the weather. You may not see much water falling if it has not rained for a few weeks. However, if you are lucky enough to hike there after a rainstorm, visitors report a beautiful gushing sight to behold!

The trail is very mild and accessible to people of all fitness levels. It is a great way to get out of the city and into a beautiful little desert canyon! The trail is open at different times depending on the season, so be sure to check out the park’s website to plan your visit accordingly. 

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Things To Do In Arizona for Couples 

The enchanting landscape, clear nights, and beautiful sunsets make Arizona an inherently romantic place. So it is full of possibilities whether you are planning a luxurious romantic getaway or just looking for a weekend away with your significant other! What follows is a list of some of the best things to do for couples in Arizona. 

1. Visit the Grand Canyon

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Map It: 20 South Entrance Road, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 | Phone: 928-638-7888 | Website | Hours: 24/7 | Entrance: $35 per vehicle

The Grand Canyon may be the first place you imagine when you think about Arizona. However, it is in no way an overrated tourist attraction. The striking majesty of this world wonder is enchanting for nature lovers and city dwellers alike. You can tent-camp or go glamping for an overnight stay if you love the outdoors. Or you can take a day trip to enjoy the views and spend time with your partner.

Since there is so much to see at the Grand Canyon there are endless possibilities for your romantic getaway. You can have a romantic dinner at El Tovar Hotel or take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad. You can also watch the stars in the clearest skies you have ever seen. There is simply so much to do you are guaranteed to have a great time,

The national park is open 24/7 and entry is $35 per car. You should be aware it can get incredibly busy in the summer. You may want to check their website to see how crowded the parking lots and entrances are to avoid traffic.

2. Phoenix Desert Sightseeing Tour

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Map It: 16802 AZ-88, Tortilla Flat, AZ 85117 | Phone: (480) 827-9144 | Website | Hours: Dependent on Tour | Price: $40

Despite the state of Arizona essentially being a large desert, there are large bodies of water to be found here! One of which is Canyon Lake, where cruises are offered to take you sightseeing the natural beauty of the area. You may not think there is abundant wildlife here, but you can see plenty of species if you look closely.

The best part is these boats are air-conditioned! You will not have to worry about overheating while you and your partner keep an eye out for bighorn sheep! Despite the sightings not being guaranteed, the tour describes the natural flora and fauna of the lake on this one-and-a-half-hour trip.

You need to make a reservation for the cruise, and it can be easily done through the website. They offer different tours so you and your sweetie can pick the right one and explore the desert lake together! The tickets are only $40 per person and the lake is just a bit outside of the Phoenix area. 

3. Desert Botanical Garden

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Map It: 1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008 | Phone: (480) 941-1225 | Website | Hours: 7 am – 8 pm daily | Entrance: General Admission: $14.95 – $24.95 Youth: $14.95

Strolling through a beautiful garden is a great way to enjoy the world’s natural wonders with your partner. The Desert Botanical Garden is a great way to see the true beauty of the desert and help conservation efforts! This is a very affordable activity and a perfect spot to set up a romantic moment!

This organization holds educational events throughout the year about desert wildlife and the functions of these hardy creatures. In addition to the educational side, the DBG also holds cultural events. You can check out their calendar to see if any special events are available during your visit.

Even without a special event, this is one of the most enticing locations in Phoenix. With galleries, a butterfly pavilion, and even a library, you can spend plenty of time learning about the fascinating desert ecosystem. 

4. Visit the Phoenix Zoo

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Map It: 455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85008 | Phone: (602) 286-3800 | Website | Hours: Monday- Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm | Entrance: Adult (14+): $29.95, Child (3-13): $19.95

More natural explorations await you and your partner at the Phoenix Zoo! With over 3,000 animals to see on their campus, you can see all the endangered species this zoo is protecting. The zoo is a very classic date to take your partner on, however this activity never loses its magical touch!

This zoo in particular focuses much of its resources on conservation. So you can see the efforts they are making and enjoy the natural wonder of these efforts. By offering special tours, shows, and interactive exhibits, you and your partner are sure to enjoy yourselves!

The Phoenix Zoo is open every day of the week, beginning at 9 am. You should be mindful of the Arizona heat when walking around the zoo and be sure to drink plenty of water. You can buy tickets and book special tours online at their website to plan for your romantic trip!

5. Explore Antelope Canyon

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Map It: Antelope Canyon, Arizona 86040, USA | Phone: (602) 364-3700 | Website | Hours: 8 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: Free

As one of the most popular places in Arizona, you may not find a private moment at Antelope Canyon. However, the brilliant sweeping colors and intricate passageways of this natural wonder are not to be missed. As a famous Instagram photo spot, it is a great place to take impressive photos of you and your partner.

You can hike through the Upper or Lower part of the canyon, with the Upper being very easy and the Lower being more adventurous. It is nearby the Grand Canyon, so if you are already there it is easy to stop by. You will not want to miss this natural wonder! 

Entrance into the canyon is free and open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. As an incredibly popular destination, you should be aware that the passageways could get crowded during your visit. If you visit in spring or fall you will run into fewer crowds than in summer or winter. You can check out their website to learn more about the canyon and stay updated on the crowding!

6. Visit Tlaquepaque

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Map It: 336 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336 | Phone: 928-282-4838 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: Free

Walking around an cultural shopping area of Tlaquepaque is a great way to spend time with your partner while in Sedona! The traditional Spanish style of architecture of the shopping village sets a beautiful ambiance for your couple time. With boutique shops and art galleries, you can spend an afternoon pursuing this cultural hot spot in between other activities. 

However, Tlaquepaque is more than just a shopping center. They hold regular cultural and community events open to visitors that are full of festive fun! By checking out their website you can see what events will be happening during your visit and plan to fill in some time with free activities.

The Tlaquepaque Shopping Village is open daily and closes at 5 pm. To walk around the village is free as well as many of the events they put on. This is a great spot to visit if you are looking to explore the city of Sedona. 

7. Enjoy the Activities of Lake Havasu

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Map It: 314 London Bridge Rd. Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 | Phone: (928) 453-3444 | Website | Hours: 8 am – 8 pm daily | Entrance: Free

If you happen to be on the far western side of Arizona, you want to check out Lake Havasu! Right near the Nevada, California, and Arizona borders, this lake has over 400 miles of coastline to enjoy. It is a nice beach with plenty of water and land sports available, you can have a great time in this desert oasis.

The city on the banks of the lake is bustling with activities as well! The lake is open from 8 am to 8 pm daily, but you can also camp here. This area is a great vacation spot for you and your partner to enjoy the sun and water away from the other popular tourist areas.

8. Take a Spa Day at Spa Avania

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Map It:  7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd, Scottsdale Arizona 85258  | Phone: (480) 444-1234 | Website | Hours: Thursday – Tuesday: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm | Price: Dependent on treatments

Even a relaxing vacation can feel exhausting, so take some vacation from your vacation and go to the spa! The Spa Avania is one of the top-rated spas in Scottsdale, with a wide variety of treatments to choose from. You can sip some relaxing tea by the mineral pool after a relaxing couple massage, just before you head to the sauna to sweat off the rest of your stress!

The spa is closed on Wednesdays but opens every other day of the week starting at 8:30 am. Packages and treatments all have different prices. So if you know what you like you can check out their prices to see if Avania is a good fit for you. A spa day is great for everyone, but one of the most relaxing ways to connect and enjoy your partner!

9. Japanese Friendship Garden

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Map It: 1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003 | Phone: | Website | Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 8 AM – 12 PM, Friday – Sunday: 5 PM – 7:30 PM | Entrance: $10

Whether you are in the desert sands or the concrete streets, Arizona’s heat can be sweltering. So a great way to cool off is to take a walk through Phoenix’s Japanese Friendship Garden! You can enjoy enchanting koi ponds, exotic plants, and striking sculptures during a romantic walk with your love. 

The garden is closed on Mondays and only open in the evenings on the weekend. Entrance into the garden is $10 per person, and this is mostly to help keep the beautiful area well maintained. However, you may catch a special event during your visit where the entrance includes performances and extra activities!

10. Phoenix Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Map It: 702 W Deer Valley Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85027| Phone: (800) 831-7610 | Website | Hours: 5 am – 6 pm daily| Price: ~$200

As the most romantic item on this list, a Hot Air Balloon ride overlooking the red desert is a once-in-a-lifetime experince. Especially with some cheese and grapes, it is likely the most romantic event one can enjoy. It is a grand activity that you or your partner will not soon forget. And with the mild Arizona weather, there are plenty of opportunities to take your love to the sky!

There are many different types of trips in a Hot Air Balloon to take. You can take a private or shared ride in the morning and afternoon to see the sunrise and sunset. They are located in Tuscon and Phoenix, so you have options depending on where you are. 

This company is open daily from 5 am to 6 pm, which is the best hours to call with questions about the trip. If you would like to as special additions to your voyage you can call to request them. Depending on what package you pick, the price will be roughly $200 for a two-person trip. Even though it is the most expensive item on this list, it would be the defining event of your Arizona adventure!

Things To Do In Arizona for Singles

All the attractions of Arizona are intended to be enjoyed by everyone, making it a great place for solo travelers! Phoenix and Scottsdale have some of the best attractions in the state that are perfect for your solo adventure. Here is a list of some city activities perfect for singles in Arizona.

1. Take a Walking Tour of Phoenix

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Map It: 525 N. 1st Street  Phoenix, AZ | Phone: ​​480-343-3024 | Website | Hours: Dependent on Tour | Price: $18 per person

Being in a new city and trying to explore on your own can be difficult. But you do not need a buddy to enjoy a walking tour of the city of Phoenix! This two-hour walking tour teaches you stories about the historic buildings you see, the filming locations of Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘Psycho’, and more.

It is a very affordable way to explore the city and learn about its colorful past. You may be able to make some friends along the way! They even give you recommendations on the best restaurants, so afterward you can refuel after your walk. You can check out the website to book your tour or see if it is a good fit for your itinerary!

2. Explore the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

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Map It: 7374 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | Phone: 480-874-4666 | Website | Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm | Entrance: $12 per person

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is a great place to walk through enticing exhibits for some alone time. The Museum is very central to Scottsdale and still easy to access from the main Phoenix area. Despite not having a large collection, it is a great way to spend an hour enjoying unique local art.

The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and they open at 11 am for the rest of the week. If you like to save a few dollars, entry tickets are only $10 if you pay online! You can check out their website to see their current and future exhibits to see if one interests you as you plan your visit to the Arizona area.

3. Join a Mountain Yoga Class

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Map It: Dependent on hike | Phone: 602-456-2107 | Website | Hours: Dependent on classes | Price: $250

With such breathtaking surroundings, why not focus on your inner breath with yoga on top of a mountain? The hills surrounding Phoenix are filled with perfect meditation spots, and these instructors will lead you on the hike to these locations for a unique yoga session.

You can choose hikes of different intensities depending on your liking and might meet some friends along the way. This trek is a great way to define your visit to Arizona, or initiate a new beginning! You can check out the different hikes offered on the website and see which one calls to your spirit.

4. Take a Segway Tour in Scottsdale

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Map It: 7330 East Earll Drive Suite R Scottsdale, AZ 85258 | Phone: 480-306-4801 | Website | Hours: Monday – Sunday 8 am – 10 pm | Price: $75 per person

Walking tours are a great way to explore a city, but it will be more fun on a segway! The cloudless Arizona skies make it the perfect place to try out these interesting devices and learn a bit about the city. You can join a public tour and zoom around the sidewalks while enjoying the sun.

This is one of the more expensive activities on this list, but the company is well known for great experiences. You can visit their website or call the number above to arrange your reservation. A Segway tour is a fun way to treat yourself to a new activity and meet others during a solo trip!

5. Visit the Arizona Science Center

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Map It: 600 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 | Phone: 602-716-2000 | Website | Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:30 am – 4 pm | Entrance: Adults – $22

Even as an adult, it can be fun to visit museums you would have visited in your school-age years! The Arizona Science Center is the premier science museum in the state. It is full of permanent and rotating exhibits for you to explore. They are open seven days a week and are a great activity to do on your own. 

An adult ticket is under $25 so it is an affordable activity that could use up a few hours of your day. Additionally, they have a special IMAX theater that shows special science films that you can see! If science is your thing, or you are just looking to spend a few hours in Phoenix, this is a great spot to go.

6. Visit the Lux Cafe Bar

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Map It: 4402 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012 | Phone: 602-327-1396 | Website | Hours: Daily 6 am – 12 pm | Entrance: Free

The Lux Cafe Bar in Phoenix Arizona is the perfect place for singles in the area to meet each other. The brilliant combination of coffee and cocktails appeals to people who love either beverage in a classy social setting. This is one of the top-rated bars for singles in the area. It is perfect if you want to get a cup of coffee in the morning or an espresso martini in the evening!

Luz is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm and they do tend to have pricey drinks. However, there are other locations in Scottsdale and Flagstaff! So you can visit this hotspot even if you are not in the center of Phoenix. The flexible space of the Lux Cafe Bar makes it interesting and well suited for singles looking to meet others!

7. Walk Through Butterfly Wonderland

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Map It: 9500 E. Via de Ventura Scottsdale, AZ 85256 | Phone: 480-800-3000 | Website | Hours: Daily 9 am – 5 pm | Entrance: $26 per person

Nature lovers will love a walk through the Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale Arizona. It is the perfect spot for singles to enjoy this rainforest experience and the delicate nature of rare butterfly species! Despite the singular name, this facility holds many other exhibits than just butterflies such as an edible insects station.

The area also has plenty of other attractions, so it is a great place to visit to spend some time exploring the Arizona Boardwalk. The Butterfly Wonderland is open daily starting at 9 am. Entrance is $26 per person, but there are plenty of exhibits to see as well as special demonstrations!

8in Indoor Skydiving

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Map It: 9206 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 | Phone: 480-712-4359 | Website | Hours: Sunday: 9 am – 9 pm, Monday & Tuesday: 10 am – 5:30 pm, Wednesday – Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm| Entrance: $70 for two flights

For those who are looking for a bit of adrenaline in Arizona, indoor skydiving is a great activity for you! Without jumping out of a plane of course! You will have instructors helping you every step of the way to ensure you are safe in their wind capsule and having fun.

The experience for two flights, including the gear, is $70 per person. Although it is not great for budget travelers, it is surely an experience you will not forget! This location is highly well-rated and will certainly leave an exhilarating mark on your Arizona experience. This is also a perfect activity for singles, as you save a ton of money going by yourself!

9. Visit the Heard Museum

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Map It: 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 | Phone: 602-252-8840 | Website | Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm | Entrance: $20 per person

For those who are fascinated by art and culture, the Heard Museum displays historical and contemporary Native American art. This organization is committed to advancing Native American art. Visiting here is a great way to give back and enjoy these marginalized individuals contributions to the art scene!

The Heard Museum is closed on Mondays, but open the rest of the week starting at 10 am. You can check out their website to get a taste of the exhibits they have during your visit or if there is a special event you are interested in. Visiting community-based places like this is a great way to travel sustinably, and you get to appreciate beautiful art!

10. Take Part In a Food Tour

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Map It: 7333 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | Phone: 480-620-4047 | Website | Hours: Daily 8 am – 8 pm | Price: $80 per person

This is the best event for single foodies, as a Scottsdale food tour will let you try some of the best dishes and drinks in the area alongside those who share your interests! Arizona Food Tours is one of the longest-running and top-rated food tour companies in Arizona. So you know you will not be disappointed by the tour guide or the food!

You can pick between a few different tours depending on your preference for food, wine, or cocktails! The tours visits 4 locations and prepare the perfect menu items for you to choose from, for just $80! Tours are offered daily, but be sure to check their website to pick your tour and make your reservation. 

Things To Do In Arizona at Night

With evenings being quite warm in the Arizona desert, nighttime is the best time to get out and enjoy the area! You can stargaze, go to a theme park, and even enjoy the desert sunset in the evenings. Here is a quick list of some of the best activities to do in Arizona at night.

1. Go Stargazing at Mt. Lemmon

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Map It:  9800 E Ski Run Rd, Mt Lemmon, AZ 85619 | Phone: 520-626-8122 | Website | Hours: Based on reservation | Entrance: ~$20 per person

If you are a night sky enthusiast in the Tuscon area, the Mt. Lemmon Sky Center is for you! Home to the Stewards Observatory and over 9,000 feet in the air, this spot has some of the strongest telescopes in the southwest. You can enjoy special events hosted by the Sky Center to observe special astrological events.

Despite Arizona usually being quite warm, you should bring a good jacket if you visit in the fall and winter. It can get quite cold on top of the mountain! Additionally, you have to make reservations through their website. So check it out to see what they have available during your visit.

2. Go On a Sunset Helicopter Ride

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Map It: Scottsdale Airpark – Scottsdale, AZ  | Website | Hours: Dependent on reservation | Price: $740 for two people

There is nothing more thrilling or enchanting than seeing an Arizona sunset from the sky. Although this is the most expensive activity in this entire list, it is truly one of the most magical experiences that not many people get to enjoy! From Scottsdale, you will get a rare look at the city of Phoenix and the surrounding mountain during the most spectacular time of the day.

The private flight is meant for two people and is driven by very experienced pilots. The plane departs at different times during the year to best accommodate the ideal sunset views. Although the flight is only 30-minutes long, you will have memories of the dazzling sunset on the red rocks of Arizona for a lifetime!

3. Visit the Castles and Coasters Theme Park

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Map It: 9445 N Metro Pkwy E, Phoenix, AZ 85051 | Phone: 602-997-7575 | Website | Hours: Daily: 10 am – 10 pm | Price: $45 for unlimited rides

Since the heat of the Arizona sun can be a lot, the best time to visit the Castles and Coasters Theme Park is at night! The warm evening air is perfect for riding rollercoasters and eating churros with those you are visiting with. You get to take advantage of a classic fun theme park to spend your evening enjoying the perfect temperatures.

The park has over 20 rides, mini golf courses, and arcade games to spend the evening enjoying. The park closes at 10 pm, so it is best to arrive at sundown so you and leisurely enjoy the park! This is a great option for family, couples, and solo travelers alike. 

4. Experience Wonderspaces

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Map It: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | Phone: 480-718-2156 | Website | Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 12 pm – 10 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm | Entrance: ~ $20 per person

The Wonderspaces art exhibit is one of the most unique experiences in Scottsdale! This spot is an ever-changing art show filled with immersive and virtual reality exhibits. With installations you can write on or even let you be the focus of the exhibit, this is a fantastic art experience well suited for solo travelers. 

They are closed Monday and Tuesdays and open late in the evenings most days. Ticket prices can vary from $14 – $26 depending on when you buy them online. However, it is important to note the tickets can only be purchased online. So be sure to visit the Wondespaces website to reserve your spot!

5. Go on a Party Bike Bar Crawl

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Map It: 705 N 1st St #2022, Phoenix, AZ 85004 | Phone: 844-654-5544 | Website | Hours: Daily: 8 am – 11 pm| Price: Private tour for 15 people is $500

The Party bike Bar Crawl is a great evening option for large groups looking to see the nightlife of the city! For 2 hours you and your people can pedal your way through Arizona’s capital with your favorite drinks in hand. It is perfect for pub crawls or even corporate bonding events.

Currently, you can only book a private party bike that can seat 15 people! Split all these ways, it is not a very expensive excursion and is highly recommended on Tripadvisor and Yelp! You need to visit their website to see their options and make an official reservation.

6. Enjoy Eludesions Escape Room

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Map It: 2710 W Bell Rd Suite 1200, Phoenix, AZ 85053 | Phone: 602-633-3994 | Website | Hours: Thursday: 5:30 pm- 8 pm, Friday: 4 pm – 10:30 pm, Saturday: 11 am – 10:30 pm, Sunday: 11:30 am – 6:30 pm| Price: Dependent on room

At our core, everyone is a puzzle solver, and that is why escape rooms are so fun! Whether you have completed a room before or not, the Eludesions Escape Room is a great place to spend your evening in the capital of Arizona. It has a good variety of escape rooms and reasonable prices. You are sure to enjoy your time solving these large puzzles!

An escape room is great for family, friends, or even one very motivated individual! The hours this facility operates vary from day to day, so it is easy to check out their website and book your escape room experience there.

7. Enjoy The Duce

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Map It: 525 South Central Avenue, Phoenix, 85004 | Phone: 602-866-3823 | Website | Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 4 pm – 1 am | Entrance: Free

The Duce is a unique and gritty prohibition-themed bar that is one of the favorite spots for tourists and locals alike. All their alcohol and drinks are themed to the prohibition days. Which gives this bar a unique and entertaining twist. They regularly host musicians and other events that make it easy to spend the evening having fun!

They are closed Monday and Tuesdays but stay open late into the evening for the night owls. You can check their event schedule ahead of time to plan out your evening visit around a live artist or a karaoke night!

8. Explore the Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory

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Map It: 2757 E Guadalupe Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234 | Website | Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 6:30 – 9:30 | Entrance: Donations welcome

The Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory is the best location to see the night sky in Phoenix, Arizona! They have great weekend events open to the public to see the plants and other space stuff through high-powered telescopes.

Their website is full of astrological information to tell you what you will see on the day you decide to visit! The observatory is on the outskirts of the larger Phoenix area and is free to visit! They only suggest a $5 donation for your group to enjoy the telescopes.

9. Investigate the Wrigley Mansion

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Map It: 2501 E Telawa Trail, Phoenix, AZ 85016 | Phone: 602-955-4079 | Website | Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 3 pm – 9 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 2 pm | Price: $17 per person

The Wrigley Mansion is a spot unlike any other to enjoy your Arizona evening. This old estate and restaurant is home to some fascinating architecture and history, that is perfect for simply enjoying or learning about on a guided tour! The tour allows you to see parts of this old house that other visitors can not, and gives you the chance to possibly spot a ghost.

The tours are available at different hours than the restaurant, but you can see all this estate has to offer on their website. This is a relatively inexpensive way to explore an impressive location, and the ghost tour can be a spooky way to spend your evening!

10. UTV Sunset Desert Tour

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Map It: 4220 W Opportunity Way STE 116, Phoenix, AZ 85086 | Phone: 877-613-9653 | Website | Hours: Daily: 8 am – 6 pm| Price: ~ $190

If you loved the idea of a helicopter sunset tour, but not the price point, to may be able to take a thrilling ATV tour to see the desert sunset! For three hours you can take a guided tour through the desert and end with a pristine view of the sun’s final rays. It is a great activity for those who love the desert and do not mind the dust!

The Desert Wolf Tours are some of the highest rated in Arizona, so you are sure to have fun and be safe for the adventure! The company offers other activities and tours, so be sure to look at their website to find the right experience for you.

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