5 Free Things To Do in Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona is a state that is full of fun events, beautiful views and history. While it is easy to find the most popular attractions and activities, it’s not always easy to find the free ones. Whether you live in Phoenix or you’re visiting from out of town, ‘free’ is always a bonus. We’ve gathered a list of 5 Free Things To Do in Phoenix to save you the search. Let’s get you out there enjoying all the beauty Phoenix has to offer!
Arizona Capitol Museum
The Arizona Capitol Museum is a great option for anyone visiting Arizona. If you’re not quite familiar with the history behind this extraordinary state then this is the spot to learn more. They accept charitable donations, but General Admission is free for all. The museum serves as a symbol and consists of a wide variety of experiences that educate on all aspects of Arizona’s history. You can expect to see unique exhibits like the Arizona State Flag made from lego bricks and the USS Arizona: Flagship of the Fleet. Reviews of the tour are positive and mention that it’s informative, makes history exciting, a great activity for families and not too long of a tour. The combo of free general admission and free parking in Downtown is quite unheard of. Chuck this activity to the top of your Free Things To Do in Phoenix list!
Hotel Valley Ho
Hotel Valley Ho located in Old Town is the cutest little desert getaway. The hotel was opened in 1956 giving it the ultimate 50’s vibe without looking outdated. This gem has an incredible bonus that March through October, their OH Pool is free and open to the public Sunday through Monday! Saturday’s are reserved for hotel guests and cabana/daybed reservations. The OH Pool is a decently large pool with a mammoth amount of sun chairs, a huge bar, and menu listing various handcrafted cocktails and light poolside fare. All of which are not free but a treat to have available. Live music and beautiful Arizona sun is what you can expect when adding this sweet spot to your Free Things To Do in Phoenix. This is not the best activity for children as it is mostly an adult scene.
Camelback Mountain is by far one of the most popular Arizona attractions. The name comes from the shape of the mountain resembling a camel and its hump. The trailheads ascend 1,420 feet and is a 360 degree view of the city. Both trails, Echo Canyon and Cholla, are rated as difficult and strictly prohibit dogs. You can expect stunning views, wildlife and one heck of a good workout. It is not suggested as an activity for children due to the difficulty level. Be sure to eat a good meal before and bring a ton of water, especially in the Summer. Despite the mountain’s beauty, you always hear about the occasional hiker having to be lifted from the mountain due to fainting, heat stroke, etc. Don’t let that scare you, take the right precautions and you’re in for a treat of a hike.
The first Friday of every month, Downtown Roosevelt Row turns into an Art Walk where you can find local vendors, food trucks, artists, street performers, gallery exhibits, live music and more. The event is from 6PM-10PM on the first Friday of every month. It’s the perfect activity for anyone as its kid and adult friendly. It has turned into one of the nation’s largest self-guided Art Walks! An added bonus is the Phoenix Art Museum makes General Admission tickets free on the night of First Friday. This makes for a great place to start the night and finish it off walking through Downtown enjoying all the Art Walk has to offer.
Papago Park & Hole in the Rock
Papago Park and Hole in the Rock are a little slice of Mars here in Phoenix. The desert park is 1200 acres into Phoenix and 296 acres in Tempe. 6-15 million years ago, Papago’s geological formations of red sandstone formed from accumulation of materials eroding. Papago Park is a mix of light to moderate trails, a gorgeous view of Downtown and a stage and seating that is built into the boulders. Evidence shows that Hole in the Rock was once used by the Hohokam. They recorded the position of sunlight shining through the latter opening to mark the seasons. This quaint activity is an awesome choice to add to your Free Things To Do in Phoenix list and is surrounded by so many other great sites like the Phoenix Zoo, Hunt’s Tomb, Old Town Scottsdale, Mill Ave and more!