Carnival Of Illusion - Magic, Mystery & Ooh La La

Fun Things to Do in Phoenix this Weekend

If you're looking for the best things to do in Phoenix, we have a great list for you including local hot spots, hidden gems, and fun and unique things to do in Phoenix. In addition to the top things to do in Phoenix, we also have great ideas for a romantic evening, cultural attractions, great shopping locations, and much more!

These are the local spots, not the chains. These are the undiscovered, the hidden, the fabulous, and the yet to be discovered things to do Phoenix today and this weekend. If you have suggestions of your favorite places, please drop us a line. (Thanks for all your emails!) So, enjoy checking out what 3,000,000 people love to do in Phoenix.

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BEST THING TO DO IN PHOENIX...

CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION - STEP RIGHT UP and get ready to Laugh, Have Fun, and Celebrate a magical night out with Carnival of Illusion! This top-rated attraction is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending their international travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Join the thousands of guests who celebrated with magical Birthdays, Anniversaries, Date Nights, Holidays, and Group and Corporate Events. This is a Must-See for tourists and armchair travelers alike. Carnival of Illusion is Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La!

An Evening of magical theater at Carnival of Illusion

CLICK HERE FOR SHOW DATES! Shows SELL OUT in advance due to the popularity and intimate nature of this boutique theater. Book your seats early! Advance reservations required.


 

Top Things to Do...

Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix - If you’re looking for a relaxing day in Phoenix, head to the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix. Enjoy nature and relieve day-to-day stress as you walk through the three and a half acre garden. As you explore the sculptured landscape, you’ll come across an amazing half acre Koi pond. Be sure to stop by the Japanese Tea House for afternoon tea and beautiful surroundings.

Spend a peaceful afternoon at the Japanese Friendship Garden
 

Musical Instrument Museum - With many diverse things to do in Phoenix, you’ll enjoy the Musical Instrument Museum as a fun and educational indoor attraction. Not only will you have the chance to catch a live musical performances, but have an educational experience as you tour the large museum. You’ll see an array of international instuments as well as instrument construction and sociology. It’s a great place to learn how others around the world experiene and share their music.

The Musical Instrument Museum is a Phoenix must see

Fun Café Things to Do...

Fiddler’s Dream Coffeehouse - Whether you’re a coffee lover or not, you have to check out Fiddler’s Dream Coffeehouse. The small venue is a local favorite for its musical environment and fully acoustic atmosphere. You’ll love the great music options, coffee, and tasty food. Fiddler's is much more than a coffeehouse but a fun community.

Check out a Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse for enjoying and relaxing
 

Royal Coffee Bar - Royal Coffee Bar isn’t just well known for its excellent coffee, but it’s delicious food too. The fresh roasted and hand made coffees are the perfect compliment to the excellent menu options. Plus, the coffeehouse is located in a beautiful old building, allowing you to savor Phoenix’s rich architectural history as well as the aroma.

The fun Royal Coffee bar in Phoenix for a great cup of joe
 

Historical and Cultural Things to Do...

Desert Botanical Garden - The Desert Botanicals Gardens brings the beauty of the desert to you. With a number of amazing exhibitions to preserve and protect the desert’s beauty, you’ll come to view the desert in a new light (and hopefully NOT a prickly one.) The garden is a great place to relax and reconnect with nature. While you’re there, you’ll also see local shows and performances with a beautiful desert backdrop.

A beautiful day of Arizona flora at the Desert Botanical Garden
 

Heard Museum - The Heard Museum is the big museum to learn about American Indian Arts in Phoenix. Established in 1929, the museum is home to a diverse collection of exhibitions and traveling events for an interesting few hours or even an entire day. You’ll also enjoy the museum’s festivals and excellent learning opportunities.

One of the largest collections of Native American Artifiacts in Arizona
 

Phoenix Art Museum - The Phoenix Art Museum is more than just a museum. It’s also home to great entertainment, the Art Museum Café, and a beautiful gift shop. Yet the Phoenix Art Museum is best known for their modern art collection from international masters. You’ll tour exhibitions from around the world and the best art and culture Phoenix has to offer.

Phoenix Art Museum has a beautiful collection of Modern and Classical
 

Children's Museum of Phoenix - If you’re looking for things to do in Phoenix with kids, head to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix for an educational day touring interactive exhibits. With an emphasis on childhood education, the museum is an exciting place for children to learn through play for school readiness. Turn learning into fun at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Kids love the Children's Museum of Phoenix
 

Arizona Science Center - The Arizona Science Center is a fun place to spend the day with the entire family as there are a number of fun attractions in addition to the abundance of exhibits. Tour the exhibits, then head to the planetarium or catch a movie at the IMAX theater. Afterwards, grab a bite to eat or check out their full calendar of events for even more fun family things to do.

The whole family loves the Phoenix AZ Science Center
 

Fun Things to Do During the Day...

Phoenix Zoo - If you're into exotic live animals, the Phoenix Zoo is one of the top five zoos in the nation. The zoo is home to many beautiful animals from around the world and also has many family-oriented programs, educational adventures, and activities for any age. Spend a day with the family at the Phoenix Zoo and make some new non-verbal friends. And if you don't like the friend your with, smear some honey on their back when you visit the bear exhibit. (Just joking! We meant the lion exhibit!)

Another family day at the Phoenix zoo
 

Ponderosa Livery & Boarding Stables - Get a taste of the Wild West at the Ponderosa Livery & Boarding Stables. You’ll connect with nature as you tour the desert by horseback and even prove it to your friends if you dare not to bathe. With more than 50 miles of trails to explore, your guided tour will show you everything there is to see in the desert on horseback. Saddle up and have fun pardner!

Ponderosa Livery for adventures on horseback
 

Enchanted Island Amusement Park - Enchanted Island Amusement Park is a popular family attraction, which is home to the famous Encanto Carousel. Whether you’re enjoying the historic Carousel or cooling off in the splash zone, you’ll have a fun day at the amusement park. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the lagoon and arcade and bring your sunscreen!

Cool down outside at the Enchanted Island Amusement Park
 

Tovrea Castle - Everyone has to explore a castle once in their life and Tovrea Castle is the easiest way to do it without buying a plane ticket. Not only will you explore the castle, but find adventure in the Carraro Cactus Garden. With the castle sitting at the top of the hill, you’ll have unobstructed views of the 44 acres of beautiful desert landscape. You’ll enjoy the beauty of the desert as you literally walk through history upon the hill at Tovrea Castle. Warning: Touring the property with armor is not recommended.

Just outside of downtown Phoenix, the Tovrea Castle overlooks the I10.
 

Castles-n-Coasters - A fun thing to do in Phoenix for families is Castles-n-Coasters. Your family will have an exciting day riding the coasters and playing miniature (or putt putt) golf. It’s a great place for people of all ages as there are small, medium and large coasters, as well as a a cool miniatrue golf course. FOUR!!!

Castles and Coasters for tons of fun with the family

 

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium - To see exotic animals from around the world, head to the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium. Here, you’ll find Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals-- from large birds to wild cats. Unlike most zoos, this zoo offers an open natural environment so don't style your hair with albino alligator bait!

More animals locked up trying to make money off them.
 

Fun Shopping Things to Do...

Frances Vintage - If you love vintage clothing, you have to check out Frances Vintage. Not only will you find vintage clothing for all ages, but vintage novelty art, jewelry, and amazing styles. This one-of-a-kind store to find those special boots and cute little jacket. Just don't forget your watch and spend the entire day shopping!

Have a fun night walking the aisle for treasures at Frances Vintage
 

Desert Sky Mall - Desert Sky Mall is a bilingual shopping center, featuring retailers and entertainment geared to the Spanish speaking community. You’ll find excellent shopping and many family fun activities, including a soft play area for kids.

Dancing at the Desert Sky Mall too?
 

Kierland Commons - Phoenix is home to great weather year round, which you’ll enjoy as you shop the outdoor market of Kierland Commons. If you shop till you drop as they say, then refuel at some great restaurants on property. To cool off on those hot summer days, stop for some ice cream and relax by the water fountains. At night, the streets come alive with bar scenes and live entertainment so you can cover that ice cream with a splash of Kahlua or Baileys!

Day or night Kierland Commons is the place to go for outdoor shopping.
 

Biltmore Fashion Park - If you love shopping in luxury, Biltmore Fashion Park is the place for high end stores as well as local non-chain retailers. As you walk the lush lawns and shaded walkways, you’ll have a fun shopping experience as you try on the latest trends. You can even make a full day of it by getting lunch at one of the fine restaurants or visiting their neighbor the Arizona Biltmore Resort.

Biltmore Fashion Park is the classic near downtown mall.
 

Big Attraction Things to Do...

Chase Field - One of the biggest attractions in Phoenix is Chase Field, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Whether you’re a diehard baseball fan or just want to spend a day with the family, Chase Field has some ideas for you... Watch a game, tour the stadium, or get a bite to eat. There’s also a swimming pool for those summer nights when it's too hot to watch the game.

Big time sports in Phoenix
 

University of Phoenix Stadium - The University of Phoenix Stadium has a retractable roof over the field. That's right, just in case it snows in Phoenix, they can close the roof! This stadium is well known for hosting many top sporting events and even a Super Bowl. Sports fan will love checking out the different games and events at the stadium, or catch a tour to learn more about the stadium.

University of Phoenix Stadium houses some of the biggest sports events in the city.
 

Wrigley Mansion - Wrigley isn’t just a piece of gum, it’s also a mansion where they used to live and entertain the rich and famous. In fact they sold so much gum they built mansions all over the country. This landmark Phoenix over-the-top "house" hosts many social and special events and offers fine dining for a romantic evening and a great view. And if that floats your boat, Wrigley Mansion is a private club with a minimal annual entrance fee.

The Wrigley Mansion overlooks the Arizona Biltmore Resort
 

Fun Things to Do Near Phoenix...

Arcosanti Arcosanti is a 40 year project featuring ecological urban desert living. The forward thinking urban laboratory focuses on water conservation, renewable resources, architecture, environmental crisis, and other desert living topics. You’ll find many educational programs, classes and workshops as well as some cool and trippy architecture.

The Arcosanti project features urban living experiments
 

Fun Desert Sports Things to Do...

Hot Air Expeditions - You haven’t seen Phoenix until you’ve seen it from a bird’s eye view! Get carried away in a hot air balloon as you sore through the sky for a thrilling balloon ride over Phoenix and scream so the people below can hear you. As you take in the fresh air, you’ll have excellent views of the desert and Valley of the Sun if you can stop screaming enough to enjoy them. (Is that why they give you a free glass of champagne?)

YIPPEEE for hot air ballooning for the brave and wild!
 

Arizona Outdoor Fun - Arizona Outdoor Fun provides many F.U.N. things to do in Phoenix. There are an abundance of outdoor activities and tours to take you through the desert. Check out their list of activities and cross off some of those bucket list categories of yours.

If you don't have any respect for our desert, check this out.
 

Octane Raceway - If you have a need for speed, head to Octane Raceway. The raceway is the place to add a little thrill into your day with go-karts, rock climbing, racing, and so much more. The indoor facility is the perfect place to spend the day with the family, especially during the hot summers and scare the heck out of your mother with all that speeeed!

Fast indoor go carts at the Octane Raceway
 

Come back soon as our list is constantly changing for the favorite Phoenix things to do. Whether it's night life, theater, outdoors, or the arts, we want you to have the list of the best things to do in Phoenix. Thanks for visiting!