r/phoenix North Phoenix Sep 26 '22

Random fun (possibly free or cheap) things to do the Phoenix area? Things To Do

Basically the title. I just took a free improv class at Bridge Improv theater; that was a blast and I would recommend it for others. I'm just looking for other new/random/unique fun things that offered somewhere in Phoenix or surrounding suburbs.

Some things I plan to check out are some of these cool/weird shops listed in this post: https://www.reddit.com/r/phoenix/comments/x47gfk/coolweird_little_shops_in_the_valley/

Any other fun things I should look into?

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u/prodjay10 Sep 27 '22

Phoenix public libraries offer free tickets to places around the valley. You gotta have a library card. Desert botanical, science center, heard museum are the ones I can remember.

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u/la-cazadora Sep 27 '22

Was just coming to comment the same thing!

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u/Envythebeast North Phoenix Sep 27 '22

I came across that in similar post. I'll definitely try to take advantage of that. I hear getting tickets for specific places can be difficult. Is that your experience

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u/CummunistCommander Sep 27 '22

I never had an issue. Just go earlier in the week

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u/QualityOfMercy Sep 26 '22 edited Sep 26 '22

Now that it’s cooling off, go hiking at any of the local mountains. South Mountain is a relatively easy walk up on the Kiwanis Trail (or you can drive up as long as it’s not a Silent Sunday) with great views of the city. Camelback and Papago Peak are harder, but totally worth it. North Mountain is a paved path all the way to the top so it’s a good/accessible intro to hiking here.

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u/yungbuddzz East Mesa Sep 27 '22

Cooling down??? Where?? I’d love that lol

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u/QualityOfMercy Sep 27 '22

Give it another month, we’re almost there!

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u/miradancer Chandler Sep 27 '22

Out of curiosity- how do North and South mountain compare in terms of difficulty?

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u/QualityOfMercy Sep 27 '22

I’d say as far as elevation gained/stamina needed, the Kiwanis Trail on South Mountain is a little easier but there are some parts where you have to scramble up some rocks there so in terms of just physically doing it, the paved path on North Mountain is easier.

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u/Envythebeast North Phoenix Sep 27 '22

I'm an avid hiker so have checked out many of the local hikes. I agree that those are worth checking out. I was looking for more uncommon suggestions that people wouldn't normally think of doing around here.

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u/slowtownpop1 Sep 29 '22

I’m moving to Phoenix from the California Bay Area on Friday (healthcare traveler). Do you have any trail recommendations for a beginner? Or just some easy/simple ones that aren’t too crazy for a solo hiker

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u/Envythebeast North Phoenix Oct 01 '22

Welcome to Phoenix! I moved her a little over a year ago from San Diego. I came across this website when I was looking for hikes in the area: https://www.outdoorproject.com/travel/15-must-do-hikes-near-phoenix-az I've done all of them and they were all good for being so close to Phoenix. If you're willing to drive 1-2 hours away, you'll get even better hikes and more options.

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u/mhgiantsfan Arcadia Sep 27 '22

First Friday downtown is next Friday

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u/Envythebeast North Phoenix Sep 27 '22

Thanks for reminding. Been something I've been meaning to check out

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u/nawfamnotme Sep 27 '22

Day camping at Butcher Jones is fun.

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u/Envythebeast North Phoenix Sep 27 '22

Day camping? Do you mean a picnic?

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u/UIUC_grad_dude1 Sep 27 '22

The free improv class looks like a lot of fun. Need to try to do one when I have some free time.

Personally I like to enjoy Indian Bend Park when the weather is nice. Always a great walk / run / bike ride.

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u/Envythebeast North Phoenix Sep 27 '22

Yeah it was really cool! I'm not much for doing things where people will be looking at me but this was such a relaxed environment. There were only 6 people in the class so it was pretty intimate. Great date place if you're looking for on

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u/UIUC_grad_dude1 Sep 27 '22

Awesome, thanks!

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u/chocolate_party Downtown Sep 27 '22

The Oak Street Alley in the Coronado neighborhood is a fantastic collection of mural art by local artists. It’s oak street between 14th and 15th street. If you check it out, many of the adjoining alleys have murals as well that shouldn’t be missed.

Edit: I also forgot to mention that Coronado neighborhood has a Porch Concert Series twice per year that is free to attend and is super fun.

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u/SaltySpitoonReg Sep 27 '22

With the weather getting nicer hiking is definitely an option. Although it's still pretty hot in the late afternoon so be careful still.

There's a variety of cool bars to visit.

Hitting the occasional brewery is always fun if you're a beer drinker.

Getting a group of friends together to do an escape room could be fun.

Thrifting with friends is sometimes fun.

Not sure how cheap you need.

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u/lime1769 Sep 29 '22

There’s free Lotería every Thursday night at Thunderbird Lounge, it’s hosted by RipplePHX. You can win prizes and sometimes local vendors are there, RipplePHX also has free condoms + hiv testing too! Lotería is a similar to bingo.

https://ripplephx.org/loteria/

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u/Envythebeast North Phoenix Sep 29 '22

Thank you for the suggestion! This is more in line with what I wanted. An idea that I couldn't find in another post about things to do in Phoenix.

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u/OkClassroom6341 Sep 27 '22

Hiking. There are so many cool spots.

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u/Bendezium Sep 29 '22

The mini model trains at McCormick park are pretty cool. It's air-conditioned too.

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u/Envythebeast North Phoenix Oct 01 '22

I was going to say model trains wasn't my thing but after looking at their website, I'm intrigued now. I enjoy going to museums so I would be willing to check it out. Is it all free?

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u/Bendezium Oct 01 '22

Getting into that area is free. There are other things at the park that cost money. There is always plenty of parking. I like it because it's just so easy. I tend to drop in for 20 minutes or so whenever I drive by that way.