Spring Bucket list in Arizona

Right as the temperatures start to rise, the springtime in Arizona is a magnificent time. It is perfect for checking off things on your Arizona bucket list. The best part is that there are so many activities you can do outdoors and not burn up (yet). Here are 25 Things to Check Off on Your Spring Bucket list in Arizona.

Pat’s Run

Pat Tillman was an American hero who left his NFL career to join the military. He was an Arizona icon as he was a star player for ASU and then drafted to the Arizona Cardinals. Unfortunately, he was killed in Afghanistan serving his country. His legacy lives on each spring as he is celebrated during this run.

Desert Botanical Gardens

A great place to bring the whole family, the Desert Botanical Gardens is home to 140 acres of 50,000 plant displays, and 379 rare and endangered species. Stroll through a number of trails at your pace, soaking in all the desert mountain views that surround the gardens.

Rose Garden

A hidden gem located at the Mesa Community College, the Rose Garden is home to 9,000 rose bushes. You wouldn’t know it, but that makes it one of the largest in the country. The best part is that entry to the Rose Garden is free.

Camelback Mountain

One of the most symbolic landmarks in all of Arizona, you just can’t miss Camelback Mountain. If you have a bucket list, hiking Camelback Mountain should really be near the top. It is iconic, fun and offers breathtaking views of the whole city.

Phoenix Zoo

One of the state’s finest attractions, the Phoenix Zoo has something for everyone. There are over 3000 animals housed there and almost 400 different species. The Phoenix Zoo offers yearly memberships, camps, programs and tons of events.

Arizona Renaissance Festival

A sprawling 30-acre village of arts, crafts, kiddie rides, jousting tournaments and feasts of food will leave you with no question as to why this is on your spring bucket list. Chivalry is back alongside the Pleasure Fest, Climbing Tower and battle-ax throwing challenges.

Dobbins Point

The perfect spot to catch a sunset, and home to the largest municipal park in all the United States, Dobbins Point at South Mountain Park makes the cut on your spring bucket list in Arizona. Just simply drive up and enjoy the views.

Bat Cave

Not for the faint of heart, the Bat Cave in Phoenix is a spooky fun way to see thousands of bats take flight. The cave is located near a flood control tunnel at 40th St and Camelback. Show up about 15 minutes before sunset to see a spectacular sight.

Spring Training Game

Arizona is just one of two places you can check out MLB spring training games. The Cactus League has stadiums throughout the whole valley, giving any baseball fan a fun springtime game.

Riparian Preserve

Located at Water Ranch in Gilbert, the Riparian Preserve is a peaceful and serene beauty of nature. It is home to migrating birds and other wildlife.

The Farm at South Mountain

A great outdoor dining atmosphere, The Farm at South Mountain is the place to be this spring for a delicious dinner.

The Desert Bar

Probably the most secluded place to grab a meal, The Desert Bar in Parker is an Arizona treasure. It might be a bit of a drive, but the food and the views are worth it.

Ostrich Festival

Alongside the feathered friends, this festival has music, food, games and rides. It’s a true family-friendly event.

Salt River

Grab a tube or a kayak and enjoy the Salt River this spring before it gets too hot. That sunburn will really hurt.


Located in Papago Park, the Hole-in-the-Rock is an easy trail to some of the most incredible and fun views of the city.

First Friday Art Walk

A great and fun way to enjoy the downtown art scene is to take advantage of the First Friday Art Walk. Roosevelt Row is home to art galleries of various types. Take a stroll and enjoy the incredible talent.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park trail

Another great (and rather easy) hike, this trail might just lead you to a waterfall. On a clear day, you may even get a glimpse of the city from 25 miles away.

Goldfield Ghost Town

Your bucket list just has to involve a ghost town, or it just isn’t true to Arizona. Goldfield Ghost Town has it all, from old west gunfights, to panning for gold and tons of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Springtime is the perfect time for a visit.

Arizona Hot Springs

Located north of Kingman, Arizona hot springs are a nice way to soak your bones and enjoy a warm, spring afternoon. It just requires a 3-mile hike.

Dolly Steamboat

A twilight dinner cruise with 28 miles of red-rock cliffs is what you get with a Dolly Steamboat dinner cruise.

Wrigley Mansion

Known for the chewing gum and the Chicago Cubs, William Wrigley Jr. had this mansion built for his wife. The home is a historic landmark with lots of great stories.

Tovrea Castle

That building sitting atop a hill as you drive past on the 202 is actually a castle! Called the “Jewel of the Desert,” this Arizona landmark is a must-visit site. Take a tour and learn the history of this unique gem.

Grand Falls

The Colorado River fills the Grand Falls with rushing water until the monsoons hit in the summer months.

Japanese Friendship Garden

A beautiful 3.5-acre park boasting 1,500 tons of hand-selected rock, 50 varieties of plants, and a koi pond with over 300 fish. A respite and relaxing retreat.

Cerreta’s Candy Company

Rounding out the list is a stop at the sweet spot, Cerreta’s Candy Company in Glendale. Get a tour of this fine factory a