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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?

5 Answers

top answer by
Justin from Phoenix

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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  1. Papago Park (attraction)
  2. Phoenix Mountains Preserve (attraction)
  3. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park (attraction)
  4. Tempe Town Lake (attraction)
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answered by
Anthony from West Covina

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

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  1. Phoenix Art Museum (attraction)
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answered by
Susan from Phoenix, Arizona

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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  1. Phoenix (city)
  2. Scottsdale (city)
  3. Old Town Scottsdale (attraction)
  4. Musical Instrument Museum - MIM (restaurant)
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South Mountain Village 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 Space Park

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. South Mountain Village (neighborhood)
  2. Musical Instrument Museum - MIM (restaurant)
  3. Old Town Scottsdale (attraction)
  4. Civic Space Park (attraction)
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answered by
Gretchen from Phoenix, Arizona

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  1. Camelback Mountain (attraction)
  2. McDowell Mountain Regional Park (attraction)
  3. The Riparian Preserve At Water Ranch (attraction)
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