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5 Activities Within 1 Hour Of Phoenix Everyone Should Try

Kevin Owens

With over a decade of experience in selling metro Phoenix real estate, Kevin Owens' name is synonymous with Valley of the Sun real estate...

With over a decade of experience in selling metro Phoenix real estate, Kevin Owens' name is synonymous with Valley of the Sun real estate...

Aug 9 3 minutes read


It's the weekend...you're looking for something new and fun to do but not sure what? We've all been there, searching "things to do" lists online, only for most of the things listed to be a little too out of reach for the spur of the moment. While you can definitely drive up to the Grand Canyon, we get sometimes that's not the most convenient option! We're here to provide you a list of exciting activities, that require little to no planning, and are a whole lot of fun!

Explore Lake Pleasant

Lake pleasant is just outside of the city and is full of water activities for a day full of fun in the sun! On Scorpion Bay Marina you'll find Paqua Park- a large obstacle course on the water! If you want to get your adrenaline going, you've also got H2-WHOA (get it?), a giant water slide located on the Pleasant Harbor Marina!
If you're looking for activities fitting for a group setting, you also have the option of boat rentals. This is great for a day of relaxing and enjoying company on the water while listening to your favorite tunes (like our playlist). Jet ski rentals are also available and are another great way to explore the lake with an added thrill!

Experience Butterfly Wonderland

Did you know that you can find a magical rainforest conservatory in the middle of Scottsdale? Butterfly Wonderland gives Arizonans a truly unique opportunity to get to know up to 70 different species of butterflies without leaving out desert home. Your visit here will feel like you're stepping into a different world and this is a special experience that anyone can appreciate and enjoy! 

Visit Saguaro Lake Ranch

At Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch you get the ultimate Arizona experience, making it the perfect place for a staycation! The Ranch itself is full of rustic Arizona charm, with spectacular views of the Bulldog Cliffs which you bask in awe of by their pool. They also offer tons of outdoor activities if you're looking to just drive up for the day (conveniently located only about an hour out of the city). Kayaking, trail riding, and tubing are all available on property for you to get active and in touch with nature. If you're lucky enough to stay here through the night, you're in for a magical star gazing experience!

See A Show At ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage is both an architectural landmark and highly coveted center for performing arts. At Gammage, you can experience all kinds of performances from artists all over the world and Broadway touring productions! One production we're particularly excited about is "SIX" which is going to be at Gammage from October 4th-9th! Other exciting productions that are scheduled to come to town include To Kill A Mockingbird, Jesus Christ Superstar, Frozen, and Annie!

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