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Hillary Rosen

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Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?

Will be on a budget and want to find some affordable (or free!) fun things to do. I love the outdoors, art, museums, etc. What are your favorite cheap things to do?

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    It depends on where you're staying and when you'll visit. Papago Park and Phoenix Mountains Preserve are two of the best areas of urban outdoor parks you'll see anywhere. Neither have user fees. You can also stroll around McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park for free - it's a very pleasant place to hang out. You can also check out the "First Friday" events the first Friday of every month. That's in the artsy/hipster district near 7th Street and Roosevelt. There are also food truck gatherings now and then - I want to say Friday afternoon near the hipster district. There are also Saturday and Wednesday farmers markets there. Oh, and Tempe Town Lake is a good place to roam around.

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    Phoenix Art Museum is super underrated. I think it's free on Wednesdays!

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    If you'll be here in August, it's a little tough to do a lot of outside activities because of the heat, but there are a lot of great hiking trails inside Phoenix and Scottsdale that are free - but make certain you go early in the morning (5 am), take plenty of water, tons of sun screen. If you're here on the first Friday of the month, there is a free art walk on Friday night in downtown Phoenix. There is also an extended hours gallery tour every Thursday night in Old Town Scottsdale. There is a charge for it, but it's well worth the price to go to the Musical Instrument Museum - MIM. It's one of the best facilities in the world - more of an interactive experience than traditional museum. Also, depending on where you stay, pool time is also a great idea in Phoenix in the summer.

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    South Mountain has some good hiking (ie: Fat Man's Pass, bring plenty of water!!!) The Musical Instrument Museum - MIM costs, but is a great museum. Old Town Scottsdale is nice to walk around & there are some works of art in the Civic Plaza Park

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      McDowell Mountain Park is pretty great stuff, especially for mountain bikers. The Scenic Trail out there is one of the shorter ones that goes to some nice views. Good call, Gretchen. Bring plenty of water and maybe something salty if you do this, though, Hillary. We have dozens of people get rescued here every year - dehydration is one of the key factors in the rescues. · (0 likelikes)

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