Phoenix is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the entire country. It’s a haven for museum hopping, theatergoing, art shows, shopping, golfing and gourmet dining. There are so many things for seniors to do in Phoenix, it’s hard to know where to start. So we’ve created a shortlist to help you experience Phoenix’s finest. If you’re visiting or considering a move, let these activities be your guide to what to do in Phoenix. Be sure to check with the Arizona Office of Tourism for the latest openings as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
1. Take a Scenic Drive to Dobbins Lookout
With an average of 330 days of sunshine annually, clear skies make for beautiful sunsets, sunrises and stargazing. Head out to Dobbins Lookout on South Mountain and observe the splendor of the city framed by cacti and desert wildlife. This is a great way to get out of the house while staying safe and maintaining social distancing recommendations.
2. Find Your Zen in the Serenity of the Japanese Friendship Garden
Phoenix’s sister city is Himeji, Japan, and the Japanese Friendship Garden is a beautiful tribute to it. Participate in a walking tour and enjoy a Japanese tea ceremony.
3. Golfers, Welcome to Paradise
Phoenix and Scottsdale are international golfing destinations. Golf is a great way to get out of the house and get some exercise while staying safe and maintaining social distancing recommendations. There are hundreds of courses to play, and once it’s open, you can tour the PING golf factory.
4. Bask in the Desert Botanical Garden
One of the most well-known Phoenix attractions, the Desert Botanical Garden in Papago Park, showcases the natural beauty of the desert, along with local art installations, musical acts and special dining experiences. You can take a group tour or adventure on your own. Their Instagram offers a glimpse of the striking floral display that awaits.
5. Go Rafting, Kayaking or Canoeing on the Salt River
For all you adventure lovers, let the splash of the Salt River cool you off on a hot Arizona day. The river runs right through Phoenix, so there are plenty of kayak, canoe and raft rental companies to guide your journey.
6. Appreciate the Fine Arts at the Ballet, Opera or Museum
Ballet Arizona and Arizona Opera offer discounts for seniors and captivating experiences.
7. Stroll Through an Art Museum
A relaxing way to beat the heat is to stroll through one of Phoenix’s popular art museums. You can see works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at Phoenix Art Museum, and marvel in the extensive collection of Native American art at the Heard Museum. If you’d prefer to see these works from home, many collections are available to view online.
8. Calling All History Buffs to Tour the Arizona State Capitol
If you want to dive into Arizona’s history, tour the state capitol. The building was the last home for Arizona’s Territorial government and is constructed of indigenous malapai and granite. There’s an entire room dedicated to the USS Arizona, which was attacked and destroyed in Pearl Harbor.
9. Try Your Luck at a Casino
There are many casinos around town where you can get in on the action, enjoy a cocktail and engage in friendly conversations at the bar. If a seat at the table isn’t available, there are many games to play online.
10. Explore Scottsdale via the Scottsdale Trolley Tour
If you’re curious about what your future home could look like, hop on the Scottsdale Trolley Tour and let it take you around town, highlighting the best of the city.
Enjoy the Phoenix Lifestyle at Sagewood
Whether you’re a longtime resident or first-time visitor to the area, you can take advantage of everything Phoenix has to offer and more as a resident of Sagewood. Set on 85 acres of Sonoran Desert with views of the McDowell Mountains, Sagewood offers easy access to the many area attractions of Phoenix and Scottsdale. Learn more about what makes Sagewood number one on the list for seniors seeking an active, fulfilling lifestyle in the Valley of the Sun.