Exploring Phoenix On a Budget: 10 Best Free Things to Do in Phoenix

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Looking for free things to do during your Phoenix visit? The Valley of the Sun is a great place to explore on a budget.

Start your explorations at South Mountain Park, where steep hairpin turns and steady rising elevation leads you to Dobbin's Lookout, a popular overlook offering incredible views of the whole city. This is a great and scenic attractions that doesn't require any spending.

Hiking enthusiasts will want to pay a visit to Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area, a well-tread system of hiking trails that are challenging but well worth the sweat – the views from up top are simply incredible.

If you're traveling with a history buff, a stop at the Arizona Capitol Museum is mandatory. This obscure gem is housed in the stone building that was once the state capitol. Some of the museum's most fascinating exhibits include artifacts from the USS Arizona, a 16-foot zinc Winged Victory statue, and works by Lon Megargee, Arizona's famed cowboy artist.

One of Phoenix's top cultural attractions is the Phoenix Art Museum. You can check out the museum for free every Wednesday evening during the voluntary donation period, which runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Finally, for a taste of the Old West, head to Goldfield Ghost Town, located just east of town on the site of an old town and gold mine operation. During the winter and spring high season, enjoy free gunfighter shows on Saturdays and Sundays.


Enchanted Island Amusement Park

Enchanted Island is located in the heart of central Phoenix's Encanto Park, one of the city's oldest and most picturesque parks. This small amusement park offers the perfect budget-friendly escape for families with young children. The park... Read More


Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art

The well-regarded, world-famous Heard Museum is one of the world's leading repositories of Native American art. It also features works by contemporary Southwestern artists, craft demonstrations, amphitheater performances, a caf--, and a gift... Read More


Goldfield Ghost Town and Mine Tours

Located 21 miles east of Mesa, this renovated ghost town is complete with rustic wooden buildings and desert landscapes. Choose from a wealth of activities while you're there, including mine tours, hiking treks, and panning for gold. A specialty... Read More


Desert Botanical Garden

Located in Papago Park, this garden features one of the world's largest collections of desert flora. A vast array of colorful wildflowers has been strategically placed to create a spectacular display and delight visitors in the springtime. Not... Read More


Mesa Arts Center

Completed in the spring of 2005, the Mesa Arts Center is the largest in the state at 212,755 square feet. The campus has four theaters, the Mesa Contemporary Arts galleries, and numerous studios, workshops, offices and classrooms. To save money on your travel to these places check out Expedia and get savings using the link below.


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