s the capital of Arizona, Phoenix has no shortage of things to do on the weekend. You can see a NASCAR race at the Phoenix International Raceway, watch a Diamondbacks game, and go horseback riding through South Mountain Park. Here are Tripping.com’s top 10 things to do on a weekend in Phoenix.
Headed to Phoenix for the Weekend? See These 10 Places!
1. Piestewea Peak
Spend the weekend hiking the various trails of Piestewea Peak, which is 2,608 feet at its’ highest point. For an easier hike, try going on the Mohave Trail. More experienced hikers and those looking for a challenge will enjoy the Summit Trail. If you love bird watching, Piestewea Peak is the place to go since there are over 54 species of birds in the area.
2. Arizona Diamondbacks
Get out your baseball glove and fan gear and go watch an Arizona Diamonds baseball game this weekend at Chase Field. Chase Field even includes air conditioning and a retractable roof, which help to make it one of the most innovative stadiums in America.
3. Castles N’ Coasters
With four 18-hole miniature golf courses, Bumper Boats, Go Karts, and countless rides and arcade games, you can easily spend your whole day having fun at Castles n’ Coasters. Note that hours vary by activity and ride.
4. Phoenix International Raceway
Attend car races such as the NASCAR Xfinity Series 200 and the Can-Am 500 at the Phoenix International Raceway. You can even bring your RV and camp out for the weekend at the racetrack.
5. Kierland Commons
If you’re in need of some retail therapy, head over to Kierland Commons, which is a popular shopping and dining spot in Phoenix. Stores include Vera Bradley, J. Crew, Madewell, and more. For dining, some popular restaurants include The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, and Shake Shack, which is coming soon. Kierland Commons is open Saturdays from 10am to 9pm and Sundays from 12pm to 6pm.
6. Pioneer Living History Village
Explore an Old West Town at Pioneer Living History Village. The town not only includes an authentic sheriff’s office, saloon, and blacksmith shop, but it also has employees dressed as cowboys from the 1800s to give you a more engaging experience. The Pioneer Living History Village hours is open on weekends from 7 am to 11am from June to the beginning of September and then from 9am to 4pm from September to May.
7. South Mountain Park
With 150 animal species and 17,000 acres of land, there’s plenty to explore and see when adventuring through South Mountain Park. The park is a popular destination for horseback riding, biking, and hiking.
8. Phoenix Zoo
Explore the Monkey Village, go on a camel ride, and see a show in the 4-D Theater. You can also take a ride on the Endangered Species Carousel and the Safari Train. The Phoenix Zoo’s hours vary by season.
9. Ben Avery Shooting Facility
Do some target practice at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, which is one of the biggest shooting facilities in the country. The facility is open Saturdays from 7am to 7pm and Sundays from 7am to 5pm.
10. Heard Museum
Learn about the culture of American Indians and view authentic pieces of art at the Heard Museum. The Heard Museum includes 12 galleries, outdoor gardens filled with sculptures, and free tours. The museum is open Saturdays from 9:30am to 5pm and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.
This article was written by Colleen Regan.