There’s no shortage of awesome things to do in Phoenix, Arizona. With so many educational and exciting activities across the city, there’s something fun for every member of your family.
Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights
Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights is a 5,000 square-foot landmark that has stood tall against the desert landscape since 1930. The four-story castle can be seen from the freeway and sits on 44 acres of untouched desert. The castle is maintained by the Tovrea Carraro Society in an effort to preserve and protect the space it is on.
Schedule a 90-minute tour to see the castle’s main floor and basement, cactus gardens, and the extensive grounds surrounding the castle. As you stroll through the grounds, keep an eye out for some of the desert plants and wildlife that may be found hiding. Special events are schedule throughout the year at the castle including Super Moon Tours and Twilight Summer Tours. The Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights is open for tours every month except July and August. Tovrea Castle is located at 5025 E. Van Buren St. and open Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Desert Botanical Garden
Bring the family for a day of exploring at Desert Botanical Garden, one of only 24 botanical gardens that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. More than 50,000 species of trees, cactus, and flowers from around the globe are found on 140 acres of land, with 55 acres under cultivation. The garden is also home to more than 350 endangered and rare species of plants. Both permanent and traveling exhibits are featured at the garden.
Hike along one of the Sonoran Desert nature trails and paths and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The fragrant and colorful Center for Desert Living Trail demonstrates strategies for better ways to work with nature in a desert environment.
The Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway and open Sunday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Castles ‘n Coasters
Enjoy an adrenaline rush from one of the many rides at Castles ‘n Coasters. This family-friendly attraction features daring roller coasters, interactive experiences, bumper boats, a carousel, and more. In addition to exciting rides, the park also includes four 18-hole mini golf courses and an arcade full of games. Race your friends and family on the go-kart track or take a walk through the action-packed funhouse where you’ll feel as though you’re in another dimension. Test your skills on the three-story ropes course that includes 28 elements to challenge you or see how fast you go on the zip line.
Castles ‘n Coasters is located at 9445 N. Metro Parkway E. and it’s hours vary throughout the year.
Whether you’re a nature lover, history buff, or enjoy a good thrill, you’ll never be bored in Phoenix. With so many awesome things to do, you’ll find fun and entertainment year-round.