Deals in Phoenix

Phoenix Guide

More than 30,000 acres of desert surround the area that’s presently known as Phoenix. Given the paucity of water, it’s hardly surprising that the Hohokam people who originally inhabited the area were eventually uprooted by a prolonged drought. When Civil War veteran Jack Swilling came through hundreds of years later, he saw the ruins of the Hohokam’s canals and set about building a new irrigation system to take their place. A town quickly sprang from the formerly barren desert. No name fit this town better than Phoenix, an allusion to the mythical bird that literally rose from the dust.

Swilling’s early canals are still in use today: the Arizona Canal Trail runs alongside one of Maricopa County’s most vital waterways and provides cyclists with 16 miles of scenic pathways. The trail passes landmarks such as the historic Arizona Falls and the Wrigley Mansion, and it’s secluded enough to keep the city noise at bay.

If city noise is actually what you’re looking for, Phoenix’s downtown will readily oblige with its eclectic mix of things to do. The city’s proximity to Mexico has always influenced its cuisine, but in recent years James Beard Award-winning chefs have introduced the flavors of Asia and Europe to the downtown culinary scene. Less edible works of art are on display at the Phoenix Art Museum, which holds one of the Southwest’s largest collections. The unveiling of Her Secret Is Patience, a stunning outdoor sculpture designed by Janet Echelman, has finally given the city its signature artistic landmark.

Phoenix is one of the country’s largest cities—at more than 519 square miles, it even outranks nearby Los Angeles. This size explains how the city is able to accommodate nearly 60,000 hotel rooms, more than 200 golf courses, and upwards of 30,000 acres of desert preserves.

The Sonoran Desert, where Phoenix is located, is the hottest in North America. Here, explorers can admire—from a safe distance, of course—the world’s only population of wild Saguaro cactus or ascend mountains such as the 2,608-foot Piestewa Peak, which is home to more than 50 species of birds. 

When searching for things to do in Phoenix, look closely at some of the lesser- known offerings in the city.
 

Up to 60% Off Dance Classes for Parent and Child

Downtown Phoenix

$70 $35

Parents and children enjoy a bonding experience while being introduced to ballroom dancing in styles such as rumba, waltz, and swing

Arizona Diamondbacks – Up to Half Off Game

Chase Field

$14 $7

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Led by one of baseball's most potent offenses, the Arizona Diamondbacks close out their opening month against the Phillies and Rockies

Up to 58%% Off Ice Skating

Camelback East

$16 $8

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Guests lace up figure or hockey skates during public skate sessions offered seven days a week

$39.99 for $200 Toward Trips and Camps for Teens

Deer Valley

$200 $39.99

Experienced guides foster positivity, critical thinking, and social interaction in kids aged 9–16 during wilderness excursions

Jambo! Park – Up to 48% Off Amusements

Phoenix

$63.96 $33

Indoor playground entertains kids with rides, towering play structures, mini golf, and laser tag

Arizona Science Center – Up to 52% Off Family Membership

Downtown Phoenix

$115 $55

Full year of museum admission, special-exhibition, IMAX(R) and Planetarium discounts, along with Evans Sky Cycle rides

50% Off Five-Day Kids' Robotics Camp

Multiple Locations

$199.95 $99

Instructors teach the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with challenging robot kits

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$24 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

50% Off at The Phoenix Ale Brewery

Central City

$40 $20

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The Phoenix Ale Brewery churns out fresh ales and wheat beers in a wide range of unfiltered flavors for extra taste and texture