Arizona November 11, 2016
11 Legitimately Fun Things You Can Do In Arizona Without Spending A Dime
Have any fun plans you’re looking forward to this weekend or during the holidays? If the answer is, sadly, no, then you might want to check out this list for some ideas. Everything listed here is free; you just need to make sure to plan in advance.
1. Hiking and nature walks.
This is a no-brainer. While some areas require a permit, you can also find plenty of other areas where you just need to pull up in your car and step outside to start hiking.
2. Or try out another kind of walk that involves art and music.
First Friday, Second Saturday, Third Thursday. Whatever your town calls it, these art walks are a great way to get out of the house and into galleries without spending a dime. That is, unless you find some great artwork you want to take home!
3. Get a bit of culture by visiting an art museum or concert in the park for free on select days.
Most museums around the state sponsor free admission days. For example, the Phoenix Art Museum is admission free on Wednesday afternoons and the Heard Museum doesn’t charge on the first Friday of the month. Meanwhile, places like the Tempe History Museum and the Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff are always free.
4. Check out a replica ghost town at Goldfield.
This cool little place is perfect to visit now that the day temperatures are more bearable. Walk around to get a taste of what the Old West was like and watch a couple of the live shows.
5. Or visit the real thing!
Visiting a real ghost town is free as well! One suggestion is Fairbank in southeastern Arizona where you can see some of the old buildings still standing to remind you of a time that now seems so far away.
6. Take a hike to see some very old ruins.
Places like Canyon de Chelly and Sycamore Canyon have well-preserved ruins that you can visit for free. Just remember when visiting to be respectful of the people who once lived there and the history they left behind: stay on designated paths, do not leave graffiti, and do not take anything from the area.
7. Spend some time at a movies in the park (or on the square).
Depending on where you live in the state, free movies in a public place is something you may find this time of year or during the summer months. Either way, who could pass up a free film?
8. Pay a visit to a swimming hole, like Grasshopper Point.
Keep places like this in mind when the temperatures start to rise again!
9. Watch the stars out in the wilderness or from the planetarium at Mesa Community College.
Other planetariums and other science museums also offer free admission days, just check ahead of time.
10. Pretend you’re a tourist by exploring your hometown.
This is especially good if you haven’t visited your town’s historical district or main sights in awhile, or at all!
11. Walk the beautiful grounds of a historic church.
Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson, Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, the Islamic Community Center in Tempe, the Mormon temples in Mesa and Snowflake, and countless others offer free tours of their buildings.
What are some other fun, free activities do you enjoy doing in our terrific state? Be sure to let us know your suggestions in the comments below or on our
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Want to find more fun things to do in Arizona? You should check out our article,
16 Things Everyone MUST DO In Arizona, for ideas!