Attractions Around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Phoenix is a popular year 'round vacation destination. No matter when you go, you're sure to find something, make that many things, to fill your time. Because the Arizona capital offers too many tempting attractions and things to do, it may make it easier for you to plan your trip if you zero in on one or two of your interests.

If you like to garden, then you won't want to miss the Desert Botanical Garden, which covers 50 acres with its desert flowers, cacti and succulents. Beginning with the Desert Discovery Loop, trails lead throughout the garden. The garden features plants that are native to the Sonoran Desert landscape, but also includes an herb garden. See how many ideas you can transplant back to your garden at home.

If you're into music, the Musical Instrument Museum is the place for you. The museum features musical instruments from more than 200 countries. The museum provides wireless headsets to guests who can listen to each instrument played as they tour the museum. Don't miss the Experience gallery which lets you play the instruments you've just seen. The museum also features instruments owned by celebrities. Singer Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco, but the Arizona tourism folks say he calls this museum his very favorite one.

Athletes of all ilk aren't left out either. From the large Parada del Sol rodeo in the Tempe suburbs to NASCAR races, fans will be kept on the go. Other spectator sports include the Arizona Diamondbacks for professional baseball and the Phoenix Suns for NBA action. Golfers have a choice of several award-winning courses to tee up on. Phoenix also is home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which is the most-attended tournament on the PGA tour.

Still need more things to do? Then check out the Phoenix Art Museum or the Arizona Science Center. Phoenix Art Museum has more than 18,000 works of art in its permanent collection and also hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year. The Arizona Science Center started out in 10,000 square feet of space in a hotel parking garage, but quickly grew out of that and is now housed in quarters more than 10 times that size. The museum has hands-on exhibits for the kids, a planetarium and an IMAX theatre.