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Places You Should Explore in Phoenix This Summer

Phoenix is well known for its warm, sunny climate—but that’s not all there is to Arizona’s capital city. Phoenix has a rich cultural history, a thriving downtown scene, and plenty of activities to enjoy.

So, grab some passes to the local museums, go for a hike or sit back, relax and take in some live music. It’s all here for you in Phoenix.

Japanese Friendship Garden

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, or Ro Ho En, is 3.5 acres of authentic Japanese gardens, complete with a tea garden and teahouse.  It’s a peaceful setting with footpaths, lanterns, bridges, over 50 varieties of plants and a large Koi pond with more than 300 Koi.

The varieties of plants chosen can all withstand the desert heat and the landscape artists were from Himeji, Japan—they made over 60 trips back and forth in order to get it right.  Himeji is the sister city of Phoenix.  Many events take place at Ro Ho En throughout the year, such as kite festivals, Zen Garden Music festivals, and even drawing competitions.

Historic Heritage Square

Head to Historic Heritage Square to dine, shop or bask in history – it holds the last remaining group of structures from Phoenix’s original settlement. One of these original structures is The Stevens House.  It was built in 1901 and has Midwestern influences in its architecture.  It now houses a Doll and Toy Museum. There is also The Thomas House, which is a great example of neoclassical architecture—and, even better, it now houses Bar Bianco, next to Pizzeria Bianco.

The Rhythm Room

If you’re in the mood for a night out listening to some roots music and blues, then the Rhythm Room is your destination.  There is something going on here every night, be it punk, rockabilly, blues, country, rock…you will find live music and a dance floor.  Their diverse range of music is a great way to experience new types of sounds, and the drinks are good!  It’s an excellent venue because the acoustics are top notch.

The Heard Museum

Museum lovers will enjoy The Heard Museum, one of the Phoenix area’s finest cultural attractions. It has grown into one of the nation’s foremost destinations for learning about American Indian arts and culture.  It was founded in 1929 and today has a collection of nearly 40,000 pieces. They have ever-changing exhibits, but their major collection focuses on Southwestern American Indian cultural art. They often have presentations by artists.

Desert Botanical Garden

On a cool day, head to the Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix’s renowned desert museum.  It features desert plants, Chihuly glass, a greenhouse and fifty acres of cultivation.  Various events and exhibitions take place here throughout the year, such as their Flashlight Tours or their “Big Bug” exhibition.  The garden offers daily tours and gardening tips!

Castles N’ Coasters

If you’re up for a day of rides and games, head over to Castles N’ Coasters.  This park has the only roller coasters in town, and they also have a Zip-Line ride for the brave at heart.  In addition, there are plenty of family rides, mini golf, a little kids area, and plenty of arcade games.

Heers Management

If you’re moving to the Valley of the Sun, there are plenty of great apartments in the Phoenix area! Come visit, see the sites, and check out your housing options! Contact Heers Management for more information.

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