So you’ve got a Half Day to Explore Arizona…

By Lauren Scott, Arizona Farm Bureau Intern

If you’ve only got half-a-day to visit Arizona, you’re going to have to really pick and choose what you want to do. First, determine what kind of person you are: A foodie, and adventurer, a kid at heart, or a shopper. What you like will play a huge part in how you spend your time in the Phoenix area. To help you, I’ve made a list of some of the most popular and fun things to do in Phoenix that won’t take up your whole day!


If you’re a foodie:


If you’re an adventurer:

  • Take a hike! There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced hiking trails all around Phoenix. Here is a list of the top 10 hiking spots in the Phoenix area.
  • Walk the Desert Botanical Garden to see and learn about the flora and fauna of Arizona.
  • Goldfield Ghost town is 45 minutes East of Phoenix. Tour the ghost town, have lunch, and take a horseback trail ride, all in just a few hours’ time.
  • Take a hot air balloon ride over major cities in the Phoenix area.
  • Take a trail ride through the Sonoran Desert.
  • Fly high above some of Arizona’s lakes in a helicopter.
  • Learn how to rock climb or repel during one of these half-day trips.
  • Take an ATV/UTV tour through the Sonoran Desert.


If you’re a kid at heart:


If you’re a shopper:

  • Shop alongside ASU students at Tempe Marketplace.
  • Enjoy the weather as you walk store to store at the Shops at Norterra in Phoenix.
  • Shop both levels of the Chandler Fashion Center, a mall complete with a full food court and plenty of restaurants across the street in case you get hungry.
  • Head out to Desert Ridge Marketplace to shop in a beautiful outdoor setting.
  • If you’re looking for high-end discounted retail, visit the Phoenix Premium Outlets located in Chandler.
  • If you’re looking to stay in the Phoenix area, don’t forget about the shopping and dining available at the Biltmore Fashion Park.
  • If you want an outdoor shopping experience with everything from jewelry and clothing to bikes and bath products, shop at SanTan Village in Gilbert (especially after visiting Queen Creek Olive Mill and Schnepf Farms since Queen Creek is adjacent to Gilbert).
  • CityScape, in Downtown Phoenix, offers awesome dining, easy shopping, and lots of entertainment.
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square has all the stores you are looking for plus more. Visit this mall for stores you know, as well as premium shops.
  • Kierland Commons is located in Scottsdale, and offers many upscale shops, as well as fine dining.
  • Arizona Mills Mall has been a staple in Tempe for some time, so don’t miss out on a visit.

If you’re still undecided, then you’re going to have to pick and choose carefully from each category what you’d like to do. Some activities take a full half day, while other activities can be mixed and matched to create a custom, fun half day. With all these options you are sure to have an amazing day! Personally, I’d mix and match.

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