Everyone can find excitement in exploring and discovering sights and activities where they live. At The Cays, we love to explore the state we live in. If you live in Arizona and find yourself in need of a destination, why not explore right in your own town? No matter where in the state you live, there are bound to be great activities that’ll catch your interests, from parks and museums to shows and tours. What’s even better is that many of these activities are completely free, so all you’ll really have to do is get there and enjoy. Here’s just a small selection of activities you can check out for a great, relaxing time.
If you’re an art lover, the ASU Art Museum is a safe bet, sure to have something you’ll find interesting. Located on the beautiful ASU campus, the museum is home to over 12,000 individual pieces divided into multiple collections, and has been called “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine. The ASU Art Museum’s history stretches back to 1950, and they entertain art lovers and scholars alike today with completely free admission, making it a must-stop on your trip.
In July and August, football fans will absolutely want to make time for the Cardinals Training Camp. Here, you’ll get to see your favorite Cardinals members practice new plays, hear from the coach, get some autographs and pictures, and see how the team is shaping up before the new season. Camp takes place at the University of Phoenix Stadium, which offers free parking and admission for the event. There’s even a great inflatable play area for your kids! Cardinal’s fans won’t want to miss these chances to get to know their team, explore the stadium, and enjoy a great time out.
Are you a fan of the great outdoors? You’ll want to explore the Sabino Canyon, a beautiful natural formation. Located north of Tucson in the Coronado National Forest, the canyon features numerous hiking trails of multiple difficulties, most notably a 3.8 mile paved path used for trams and cyclists. Visitors can also head down the Bear Canyon Trail and see the Sabino Dam up close, or head down the 3-hour hike to Seven Falls and enjoy wading. Guided tram tours are offered for a fee, but there’s no charge to explore the beauty of the canyon for yourself!
If you’ve got an eye for architecture, make the trip to Mission San Xavier del Bac, a beautiful church in the Santa Cruz Valley. Founded way back in 1692 and constructed over 100 years later in 1797, the church serves as a place of worship for the village of Walk on the Tohono O’odham reservation. A prime example of mission architecture, the mission is a beautiful landmark filled with murals, antique artifacts, and a gorgeous alter that really must be seen. The church is still active today, and its history and culture are just as rich and deep as you think it’d be. Visitors can visit the church’s full gift shop, watch a short movie on the church’s past, or even attend a mass.
If you’re from around Scottsdale, you may be surprised at the history and culture that hides in the streets and buildings around you. If you’re ready to find out more about the city, check out this tour of downtown Scottsdale. You’ll learn trivia, history and myths, find new spots to eat, drink and play, and learn about the architecture and development of the city. There are short occasional stops at galleries, shops and other assorted landmarks, and all of your transit is handled by a professional driven in an air-conditioned trolley. The tour and parking are absolutely free, but the LocalMotion Trolley Tour is a popular one so you’ll want to make reservations early to claim your seat.
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