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Fun spring activities to enjoy in the Phoenix area

Looking forward to fun activities to enjoy during the spring? It’s a great time to soak in the lively spring atmosphere, with the warmer temperatures creating the perfect environment for enjoying shopping, patio dining, hiking, and other recreational activities.

Here are a few activities that are in store for you in the Phoenix area:

Patio Dining

There’s nothing quite like indulging in a delicious meal while enjoying Arizona’s beautiful warm weather. It’s exactly why many restaurants in the area have patios.

Here are some of the best restaurants that currently offer patio dining:

Visit the Phoenix Zoo

A visit to the Phoenix Zoo is always a fun trip for the entire family. Spring is the best time to explore the zoo’s extensive network of trails, where you’ll find a fascinating collection of over 3,000 animals.

One of the best ways to experience the Phoenix Zoo is to join their Discovery Tour, a 75-minute guided tour of the zoo onboard one of their eco-shuttles. For more information on tours offered by the zoo, head to this page.

Explore the Desert Botanical Garden

Springtime is the perfect season to visit the picturesque Desert Botanical Garden, with countless wildflowers in full bloom, along with the thousands of cacti, agaves, trees, and other species part of the Garden’s living collection. Visitors will also be able to catch the Wind, Water, Earth art exhibition by Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz, which features large-scale living sculptures and installations inspired by the desert.

Check out Odysea Aquarium

Located in Scottsdale, Odysea Aquarium features a wide variety of numerous underwater attractions and exhibits such as Deep Ocean, Kids’ Cove, Penguin Point, Reef Jewels, Otter Banks, and more!

The sprawling multi-level facility holds over two million gallons of water, making it the largest aquarium in Arizona. Visitors can enjoy over 65 exhibits featuring more than 370 species of aquatic life.

Go hiking

Spring is when the desert comes to life, treating adventurers to spectacular views as they make their way through scenic hiking trails. One of the best hiking destinations in Arizona is the South Mountain Park and Preserve, as the trails here can accommodate hikers of all ages and skill levels. You can go for a short 20-minute hike, or if you’re feeling adventurous, go on a challenging daylong journey through rugged paths and uphill climbs.

If you want to take in magnificent sunrise or sunset views, Papago Park’s Hole-in-the-Rock Trail is the perfect choice. It’s a quick 5 to 10-minute hike to the summit – once you get there, the views are absolutely breathtaking! You can access the trail head by entering the Phoenix Zoo parking lot off Galvin Parkway.

Head left at the fork, then turn left into one of the entrances. Before you go, remember to visit each venue’s official website for COVID-19 guidelines and regulations, ticket reservations, and more information.

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