Things to do in Phoenix with Guests

Things to do in Phoenix with Guests

This time of year brings flocks of people to the Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun. Perhaps you have some guests heading your way and you want to know what things you can show them or what experiences they will enjoy in Phoenix. The good news is that there is plenty to do and see when you have guests visit. 


People come to Phoenix to get at taste of the Southwest. There’s no better place in all of Arizona to experience the wild west than Rawhide Western Town and Event Center. This place has it all.
Rawhide is a unique experience that boasts an authentic 1880’s replica town that includes Main Street, gunfights, stagecoach, train rides, burro rides, mechanical bull, gold panning, shooting gallery and many wild west details. Check the website for details as the event calendar is ever-changing.

Desert Botanical Gardens

Not too far out of the city, the Desert Botanical Gardens is a fabulous place to explore when guests come to visit. This is a living museum of over 50,000 plants from around the world. You can check the website for tours, events, workshops, seasonal exhibits, special events, concerts and tons more. Also, the second Tuesday of each month the gardens waive the entry fee. It’s a great day to go!

Hole in the Rock, Papago Park

Hiking in Phoenix is definitely a popular activity that your out of town guests can enjoy with you. Hiking the Hole at Papago Park is a unique hike with a unique view, through a hole! It is a short trail, but the picturesque views are worth the trip. To top off the hike, you can make your way over to the Phoenix Zoo for another fun activity.

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

This activity is a bit of a drive, but it is worth it. This Arizona State Park is home to the largest natural travertine bridge, a host of wildlife, short, but strenuous walking trails and the Goodfellow Lodge. There’s plenty to do and see if you come for the day or stay for the night.

Casa Grande Ruins

A National Monument in Arizona, the Casa Grande Ruins are a sight to see when you have guests come to town.

Explore the mystery and complexity of an extended network of communities and irrigation canals. An Ancestral Sonoran Desert People’s farming community and “Great House” are preserved at Casa Grande Ruins. Whether the Casa Grande was a gathering place for the Desert People or simply a waypoint marker in an extensive system of canals and trading partners is but part of the mystique of the Ruins.”

Saguaro Lake

Year round you can boat and fish with your out of town guests on Saguaro Lake. A great way to enjoy the lake is on a Desert Belle Private Charter boat. You can opt for a narration cruise, music cruise or wine cruise. Either way, you are sure to have fun on the water with your guests.

Mystery Castle

Imagine a monument made in dedication to Phoenix that has 18 rooms, 13 fireplaces, charming nooks and crannies, and southwestern style antiques throughout. The imagination can end if you take your out of town guests to the Mystery Castle. You can explore and investigate this mysterious and historical home. It has even been recognized by Life Magazine, HGTV Extreme Homes, McCall’s and tons more.

Tovrea Castle

A ‘Jewel in the Sonoran Desert,’ the Tovrea Castle is a great place to explore with your out of town guests. If you have ever traveled along the 202 near Van Buren St, then likely you have seen this castle, high atop a hill. You can tour the outbuildings, Cactus Gardens, and then the castle via tour guide. There is a lot of history, architecture and nature to enjoy.

Goldfield Ghost Town

You can show your out of town guests what Arizona used to be like at the Goldfield Ghost Town. This historic town in Apache Junction has enough entertainment to last all day long. You can stroll up and down Main Street, shop at the unique stores, pan for gold, take a train ride, witness an old west gun fight, tour an underground mine, enter the Mystery Shack, glide through the air on the zipline, take a horseback ride or check out the reptiles. You can refuel and refresh at The Mammoth Steakhouse and Saloon or at one of the many other vendors on the premises.

World Wildlife Zoo

The west valley is home to a huge zoo that has so much to do. The World Wildlife Zoo is Arizona’s home to the largest collection of exotic animals the state has ever seen. If you have guests coming in from out of town, this place will keep the group busy all day long. 

Besides the animals, there are additional attractions to enjoy. There are 10 rides at the zoo including a log flume ride, skyride and safari tram. On site, there are also plenty of food options to keep you full all day long.