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In Phoenix: Travel to Natural and Manmade Entertainments

Less than 20 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport heading east are three attractions well worth seeing when you’re visiting in the Phoenix area.  Bring your camera, because you will want to record your views – they are unique!  All are around the area called Papago Park. 

Papago Park

Hole-in-the-Rock - great view

"Hole-in-the-Rock" - great view

An actual park, Papago Park has ramadas (covered picnic areas) and a rock formation that visitors can climb.  It is that rare stone in which nature has carved a window, called “Hole-in-the-Rock.”  Climb up from a path leading behind the opening and get a great view!  It is not a handicapped accessible visit – at least not the entire pathway. 


Other activities include hiking trails, fishing (license required), and archery.

In warm weather, you will want to bring water and a hat and arrive early in the day.  This time of year, the weather is perfect to take the several minute walk to the “window,” then go back and have a picnic lunch. – facilities

Next we talk to the animals… 

Phoenix Zoo

Next, you will want to visit the Phoenix Zoo.

Entrance to the zoo and all the fascinating creatures to visit

Entrance to the zoo and all the fascinating creatures to visit

Until January 10, Phoenix Zoo has their “ZooLights” program running every evening from 6-10 P.M.   Thousands of lights and special exhibits make this a memorable event with the “Land of the Dragon” theme entrancing children of all ages.  Admission is $10 for a ticket good any day of the week; there are $9 tickets fro Sunday through Thursday nights.

Otherwise, there are many animals to see during the daytime.  There are monkeys to see, plus camel rides, a petting zoo, giraffes and many other animals to visit. A safari train can take you around and point out animals and things to

There’s a lot to do at the Phoenix Zoo!  So, allow several hours.  If you get hungry, they have several on premises food opportunities with pizza, burgers and the like.

There are handicapped accessible paths, but there is a lot of walking.  Both strollers and wheelchairs may be rented during your visit.

And don’t leave yet…

Desert Botanical Garden


Entrance to Desert Botanical Garden with 3 Chihuly agave

Entrance to Desert Botanical Garden with 3 Chihuly "agave"


If desert plants are new to you, a trip (in the vicinity of the zoo) to the Desert Botanical Garden will amaze and delight you.  Set out in a park-like area, DBG has some unusual desert plants, a butterfly garden, endangered plants and some wonderful paths to stroll to see the plants. 

This time of year, (until December 30), Las Noches de las Luminarias lights up the walkways with thousands of small candles, a shimmering, glowing experience. 

DBG has numerous events to see a new aspect of the gardens.  Food is also available on the premises.

One exhibit left from a multi-month display is the “agave” from the Dale Chihuly glass exhibit.  The agave greet people just as they walk into the entranceway.  Although they are not real, they add another dimension to your experience as art mimics nature. (See our blog on April 3, 2009 showing the Chihuly exhibit intermingled with DBG.)

Again, allow at least two hours to see the many areas of the park.

These three locations will easily fill a day with memorable experiences and they are all within 20 minutes of Sky Harbor Airport. (traffic allowing)


More next week as we take you to other great places to see, things to do and places to shop in Phoenix and nearby locations in Arizona.

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