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Culture and recreation starts when people flock to Phoenix in order to take advantage of the warm weather and sunny skies. Visitors will find many areas of open land, within the city, where great many outdoor activities can be enjoyed. South Mountain Park contains 58-miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. It is also one of the largest municipal park in the world. At night, the downtown area is alive with many after-hours activities. Those activities range from major sports events to performing arts. Phoenix also has a rich Native American and pioneer history which is reflected in its museums. Most famous is the Heard, which houses the world’s finest collection of Native American art and artifacts.
While in town, be sure to stop by our visitor centers. They are located at 2nd and Adams Street in downtown Phoenix, and at the Biltmore Fashion Center at 24th Street and Camelback Road. From historic buildings and cultural museums to sports arenas and nature parks, these Phoenix gems are sure to impress you.
Browse the galleries in the Downtown Arts District which is open seven days a week. The Art District is located along Main Street, Marshall Way and throughout Fifth Avenue and Old Town Scottsdale. Call the Scottsdale Gallery Association for a brochure at 480.990.3939. Sculpture a trail tour around the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall which are led by the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. For tour dates and times, call 480.994.2787. Taliesin West visitors can take a desert walk past ancient petroglyphs and experimental desert-residences. There is also a behind the scenes tour of the winter home and studio of the late Frank Lloyd Wright. To check tour dates and times, call 480.860.2700.
Phoenix is perhaps best known for golf. With more courses per capita than any other state in the west. The Greater Phoenix area accommodates nearly 2.5 million golfers per year. Whether you’re a golfer, history buff, or just want to lounge in the sun, Phoenix is guaranteed to provide a memorable experience.