If you’re moving to the Phoenix area or even just visiting, the Phoenix Light Rail is a great option for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a stress-free journey through the city. This twenty-six-mile ride sprawls across three cities taking you through endless opportunities for good eats, great shopping, and diverse culture. For only $4.00, you can enjoy an all-day tour of the Valley.
In part one of Exploring Phoenix, we will look at the exhibits and sight-seeing opportunities, as well as stadiums and sports complexes. Let’s jump right into these key stops along the Phoenix light rail.
Exhibits and Sight-Seeing
Arizona Science Center
The Arizona Science Center is a must-see for people of all ages. This is one of the nation’s premier science museums that offers guests the opportunity to create an interactive experience through hands-on learning, events, and other attractions. You don’t want to miss this centrally located stop.
Phoenix Art Museum
If seeing and experiencing art and culture interests you, this is a stop you need to make. The Phoenix Art Museum has been around for over six decades, allowing the community to foster growth and appreciation for the arts. With many reduced or free admission opportunities, you’re sure to find a way to make this into your journey down the light rail.
The Heard Museum prides itself on advancing American Indian Art. Founded by Dwight and Maie Heard, their collection of work includes indigenous art from around the world, with an emphasis on the western United States. Check out their calendar for a list of current exhibitions and events, like Free Summer Saturdays!
Alley of the Arts
Tucked away between 1st and 2nd Street, south of Adams and north of Washington Street, lies a project that brings inclusivity and community engagement to the lively urban streets of downtown PHX. You can look for colorful murals lining the somewhat gritty streets. If you’re touring the downtown area, a stroll through this pocket can enrich your cultural tastes.
Mesa Arts Center
From concerts and festivals to classes and events, the Mesa Arts Center is a museum and cultural center for all. It is because of this creative mecca that Mesa is putting itself on the map for the creative class. And as the winner of the Phoenix New Times ‘Best Art Museum of 2020,’ the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum homes small but mighty art exhibits that cast a wide net of viewers.
Stadiums and Sports
Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field is an air-conditioned ballpark best known for its retractable roof and a signature swimming pool out in the right field to keep fans cool during those hot Phoenix days or monsoon storms.
Formerly Talking Stick Resort Arena, Footprint Center is a state-of-the-art arena focused on creating a healthier planet by reducing single and short-term use plastics. Located right in the heart of downtown, this complex is home to the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Rattlers, and concerts and live events galore. Encouraging safety and convenience, the arena now offers a complimentary light rail pass with the purchase of any event ticket.
Herberger Theater Center
Looking for some performing arts to enrich your experience on the light rail? Try out a show at Herberger Theater Center. From ‘Lunch Time Theater’ to ‘First Friday’s,’ and various other performances, if the performing arts interests you, this is a key stop along the way.
Papago Park is a historic piece of Phoenix. Starting as a reservation to indigenous tribes, a fish hatchery during the Great Depression, a POW camp during World War II, and a VA Hospital. Now, the park is home to the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden, and so much hiking! Trails exist on the west and east sides of the park. Stop by for some beautiful photos and mellow hikes.
Sun Devil Stadium
The Sun Devil Stadium is home of the Arizona State University football team and Pac-10 Conference champions. The newly renovated stadium hosts two college bowls each year. Catch a game or just take a walk around the stadium.
Tempe Town Lake
Tempe Town Lake is Arizona’s second-most visited public attraction. With a lake spanning more than two miles long, here you can have a picnic, rent a bike, boat or paddle board, and enjoy a festival or concert. See what’s going on here.
Hohokum Stadium is officially named Dwight W. Patterson field, after the rancher who played a significant role in bringing major league baseball to Mesa. Spring training games host the Oakland A’s in an up close and personal opportunity to interact with your favorite players.
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