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9 Exciting Things to Do in Phoenix, Arizona

The southwest is an incredibly beautiful and unique part of the country, and with so many things to do in Phoenix, Arizona, it would be impossible to get bored there! Here are some of the most popular things to do in the city, so be sure to plan a trip long enough to squeeze them all in.

Go to a Professional Sports Game Chase Field, Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Go to a Professional Sports Game

Phoenix is home to three professional teams: the NFL’s Cardinals, the NHL’s Coyotes, and the MLB’s Diamondbacks. All three venues are incredibly well built and always offer a good time for both residents and visitors to the area.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium, & Safari Park Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park
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Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium, & Safari Park

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium, & Safari Park in Litchfield Park is an experience unlike anything else that you could do in Phoenix. With over 600 animal species who call the park their home, you’ll see everything from penguins to tigers.

Hike the Superstitions Superstition Mountains
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Hike the Superstitions

The Superstition Mountains are one of the best places within the Phoenix area to go for a hike or spend a little time outdoors. There are lots of fantastic trails to check out, so be sure to bring your water!

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Picnic at Papago Park

Nothing says “Arizona” quite like a picnic in the gorgeous desert terrain, which is why everyone should bring lunch to Papago Park at least once in their lives. Do some hiking and peek through the famous “hole in the rock.”

Kayak Down the Salt River Arizona's Salt River
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Kayak Down the Salt River

At Fort McDowell Adventures, you can rent one of their kayaks for a day of cruising down the great Salt River. Along your journey, you’re bound to see plenty of wildlife and beautiful plants that are native to Arizona.

Try Your Luck at the Wild Horse Pass Casino Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Wild Horse Pass
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Try Your Luck at the Wild Horse Pass Casino

The Wild Horse Pass Casino opened in 2009 and has since become a state favorite for playing some games of chance. The 100,000 square foot casino has over 1,000 slots in addition to table games including blackjack and poker.

Watch the Bats at Sunset Row of flying bats colony
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Watch the Bats at Sunset

Every day around dusk, there are places around Phoenix where you can go to watch 20,000 bats fly off at once to start their hunt for food. The best spot for viewing is on the north side of the Arizona Canal.

Book a Dinner Cruise on the Dolly Steamboat Canyon Lake
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Book a Dinner Cruise on the Dolly Steamboat

There’s no better way to end the day than with a dinner cruise on Canyon Lake just outside of Phoenix. This slow-rolling boat is relaxing, romantic, and completely regenerates the soul on a lazy Arizona evening under the stars.

Golf Talking Stick Golf Club
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Golf

With over 200 golf courses in Greater Phoenix, you’ll have your pick of some of the nation’s finest links. Plus, the year-round sunshine means you can pick up your clubs and play any time of year. Check out some of the area’s finest.

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