10 Best Attractions near US Airways Center: Explore Downtown Phoenix and Beyond

Located a short walk from the US Airways Center, the Arizona Science Center is one of Phoenix's most popular attractions. The center has seven themed galleries with more than 300 hands-on exhibits, making it ideal for visitors of all ages. Kids will love exploring the interactive displays, while adults will enjoy the planetarium and IMAX movie theatre.

Art lovers should plan a stop at the Phoenix Art Museum, which is just a short drive from the US Airways Center on Central Avenue. This is perhaps the most important art museum in the Southwest, with a strong Western, European and Latin American permanent collection.

Not far from the Phoenix Art Museum is the iconic Heard Museum, one of the finest collections of Native American art in the world. Don't leave without browsing the gift shop, which is a great source for authentic Native American arts, crafts and jewelry.

If you're in the mood to explore Phoenix's desert scenery on foot (or by car), head south of the US Airways Center to South Mountain Regional Park. It's the largest municipal park in the United States. Take the slow drive up the mountain for excellent panoramic views of the city from atop the popular Dobbins Point lookout.



Enchanted Island is located in the heart of central Phoenix's Encanto Park, one of the city's oldest and most picturesque parks. This small amusement park offers the perfect budget-friendly escape for families with young children. The park...  Read More



Built for a local doctor and his family, this residence was constructed in 1895 in Eastlake style. The Victorian home boasts a wide verandah, an octagonal tower, and ten rooms. It was equipped with running water, electricity, and a medical...  Read More



A maze of well-maintained hiking trails crisscrosses one of the largest municipal parks in the world. For a spectacular view, drive to Dobbins Lookout Point and gaze at the city from 1200 feet. Then, trek to Happy Valley via a trail through...  Read More

Arizona Capitol Museum


Housed in an impressive stone building that once served as the state capitol, this museum documents Arizona's time as a territory and its early statehood. The structure itself is crowned with a copper dome and a 16-foot, zinc Winged Victory...  Read More



Located in Papago Park, this garden features the world's largest outdoor desert plant collection. A vast array of colorful wildflowers has been strategically placed to create a spectacular display and delight visitors in the springtime, and...  Read More

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park


This museum and its adjacent park are built on the site of 1500-year-old Hohokam Indian ruins. Exhibits showcase lifestyles of the Hohokam and of other Southwestern tribes, and visitors learn about Phoenix's cultural heritage through displays of...  Read More



The Children's Museum of Phoenix, located in the 70,000 square foot historic Monroe School building in downtown Phoenix, offers three floors of exhibits designed to engage young children and the adults who love them. Exhibits are hands-on and...  Read More

Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art


The well-regarded Heard Museum specializes in Native American cultural exhibits. It also features works by contemporary Southwestern artists, craft demonstrations, amphitheater performances, a cafe, and a gift shop. Paintings, drawings, and...  Read More



Housed in a dramatic building, the Science Center offers well over 300 interactive exhibits in seven themed galleries. A giant-screen IMAX theater shows educational films, and the planetarium boasts one of the largest domes in the west. Exhibits...  Read More

Phoenix Art Museum
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Another institution growing by leaps and bounds, this museum's scope is indisputably international with works representing American, Asian, European and Latin American art. The museum also features exhibits on fashion and the Thorne miniature...  Read More


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