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10 Free or Almost Free Things to Do in Phoenix

10 Free or Almost Free Things to Do in Phoenix

The saying “the best things in life are free” holds (mostly) true in Phoenix, a city where plenty of attractions, events, and things to do are budget-friendly. Here’s how to get a true taste of Phoenix for free, or, almost free during your next stay in The Valley of the Sun.

1) Talk a walk through Historic Heritage Square.

Part of Heritage & Science Park, this city block is found on the National Register of Historic Places and features beautiful Victorian homes from Phoenix’s original settlement. A perfect place for a leisurely stroll, be sure to check out Rosson House in the Heritage Square — originally one of the most prominent homes in town.

2) Get active in South Mountain Park.

A 16,000-acre park full of trails, wildlife, and a drivable road to a lookout with panoramic city views, South Mountain Park is a must-see in Phoenix, and is actually the world’s largest city park. Pack a picnic lunch and head out for a hike to discover ancient history, stunning nature, the famed Mystery Castle, and more.

3) Peruse the Phoenix Art Museum.

Offering free admission on Wednesdays from 3pm to 9pm, there’s no better time or place to get your culture on than the Phoenix Art Museum. The United State’s largest art museum for visual art, explore art with a special emphasis on American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern and contemporary influences.

4) See the action at the Cardinals Training Camp.

During the summer months, take advantage of the Cardinals Training Camp at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Admission and parking are free!

5) Explore the Desert Botanical Garden.

Boasting 140-acres, the Desert Botanical Garden is about educating, researching, and preserving desert plants of the world, and particularly those of the Southwestern U.S. Be sure to visit on the second Tuesday of each month when admission is free between 8am – 8pm.

6) Visit the Arizona Capitol Museum.

Pop into the Arizona Capitol Museum for a taste of Arizona’s time as a territory and the early days of its statehood. From flags documenting Arizona’s history, to the USS Arizona display, there’s plenty to explore.

7) Uncover history at the Hall of Flame Fire Museum.

A tour of the Hall of Fame Fire Museum will cost you a couple bucks, but it’s money well spent to explore over an acre of fire history exhibits, including 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus dating from 1725 to 1969.

8) Learn something new at the Arizona Science Center.

Free admission to the Arizona Science Center with a Culture Pass lets you explore interactive experiences, including favorite exhibitions Solarville, Forces of Nature, My Digital World, and of course, an IMAX Theatre.

9) Saddle up for adventure at Goldfield Ghost Town.

About 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix but well worth the desert drive, Goldfield is a real ghost town from the gold rush era. Most of the attractions in town are under $10 each or free. Pan for gold, explore authentic Old West buildings or head underground for a tour of the former gold mine.

10) Step up to the plate with Chase Field tours.

Home to the Diamondbacks of the MLB, Chase Field tours are a sure home run for fun in Phoenix. Boasting some unique features like a pool in right field, one of the league’s largest video scoreboards and several restaurants, this tour is the ideal way for any sports fan to spend their day.

Now that you’ve got some inspiration for (nearly) free fun in Phoenix, it’s time to plan your trip! Find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties in the Phoenix Metro area.