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Limitless Things to Do in Phoenix, Arizona

With so many exciting things to do in Phoenix, it's easy to make every stay truly one of a kind. And it's even easier when you stay at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. Perhaps shopping is your bag? Numerous shopping destinations sit only minutes away, as well as a variety of family-friendly activities, educational museums and endless outdoor adventure.


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Plan the ultimate shopping spree during your stay at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. The incredible variety of shopping means there are plenty of options for any taste and budget. Whether looking for specialty boutiques or a great deal on national brands, your shopping trip is sure to be a success. 

Where to start? You won't have to go far. Here at our Phoenix resort we have several boutique shops, ideal for picking up a special outfit or a Southwestern souvenir to bring back home.  

Phoenix Shopping Malls and Boutiques 

Biltmore Fashion Park 
2502 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Biltmore Fashion Park combines luxury shopping and eclectic dining in a stunning outdoor garden plaza in the heart of Phoenix's trendy Biltmore District. The home for high-end shopping in Phoenix, Biltmore Fashion Park is anchored by a Macy's, Ralph Lauren and Saks Fifth Avenue. There are also a number of one-of-a-kind boutiques. 

Arizona Center 
455 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

This small outdoor mall in the heart of downtown Phoenix offers a variety of local shops and national brands along with several restaurants. The convenient location in walking distance to the Phoenix Convention Center, Herberger Theatre, US Airways Center and Chase Field makes it a popular place to visit when headed to downtown for other reasons. 

Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E. Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Everything you need and more! Scottsdale Fashion Square is the largest shopping mall in the Southwestern United States. The massive 3-story retail center features more than 225 shops, restaurants and service providers. Although there are vendors for virtually any budget, Scottsdale Fashion Square is best known for its high-end anchors, including Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. There is also a 7-screen Cineplex.

CityScape Phoenix
Between Jefferson St. (so.) and Washington St. (no.) and First Ave. and First St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

CityScape Phoenix is in the central hub of downtown Phoenix.  This is the place where people come together for dining, nightlife, shopping entertainment business, community events and celebrations of all kinds.  Encompassing two city blocks, CityScape Phoenix is a $500-million mixed-use, high-rise destination that is home to more than 20 great names including Urban Outfitters, JoS.ABanks, Lucky Strike, Chloe's Corner, Stand Up Live, Copper Blues, Charming Charlies, The Arrogant Butcher, Five Guys, Jimmy John's, Starbuck's, Chipotle, The Breakfast Club, CVS Pharmacy, Par Exsalonce and many more. 

Tanger Outlets
6800 N. 95th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305
623-877-9500 or 866-956-9234

Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. / Sunday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

No matter where you shop Tanger, we want to help you maximize your shopping experience.  That's why we created 5 Tanger tips for shopping TangerStyle.  After all, shopping is all about having a great time, saving a ton of money and easily finding the perfect thing you were looking for.  1) Plan ahead 2) Visit Shopper Services 3) Bring a Friend 4) Dress for comfort 5) The best price is guaranteed at Tanger.

Family Activities

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Just like no family vacation in Phoenix is complete without a stay at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, no family vacation is complete without a visit to any of these favorite local attractions. We're proud to be one of the most popular hotels in North Phoenix for families. Our 4-acre River Ranch water park features a lazy river, sparkling pools and on-site ice cream shop that the kids love. 

Plus, our year-round Coyote Camp offers exclusive programming for kids ages 4-12, which encourages them to learn while having loads of fun! 

Here are some more fun things to do in Phoenix during your vacation: 

The Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008

The Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest and most acclaimed zoos in the world. Parents and children alike will fall in love with the 1,300+ animals on display, including such favorites as American bald eagles, mountain lions, cheetahs, orangutans, giraffes, white rhinos and Asian elephants. Plan at least 4 hours to visit the Phoenix Zoo, and be sure to wear comfortable shoes. The 2.5 miles of walking trails provide a healthy work out while you explore the exhibits. 

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85257

The Desert Botanical Garden offers miles of hiking trails and numerous botanical exhibits detailing the diversity of flora in the Sonoran desert. The Garden is also host to many events throughout the year, including the popular nighttime flashlight tours. It's an ideal way to learn about the natural plants and cacti of the Southwest.

Tip: The Desert Botanical Garden offers free admission the second Tuesday of every month. 

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
7301 E. Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

This attraction is especially popular for family outings with younger children. Activities include miniature train rides that circle the park, an antique carousel and a large playground facility with ample seating for the parents. Even better, the McCormick Railroad Park offers free admission all year long. It's the perfect spot when staying with your little ones at our resort. 

9445 N. Metro Parkway E
Phoenix, AZ 85051

Families with kids of all ages will find something to love at Castles-N-Coasters. This classic amusement park has two large roller coasters, go-karts, bumper boats, a large video game arcade, miniature golf course and much more. Although Castles-N-Coasters is open year-round, hours of operation change seasonally, so be sure to check the website before you travel. 

Out of Africa Wildlife Park
3505 Camp Verde Bridgeport Highway
Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Highlight your vacation with something truly wild! Out of Africa Wildlife Park puts you up close and personal with amazing creatures including giraffes, ostriches, zebras and giant snakes. You'll also see Bengal and Siberian tigers and the majestic African lions. Attractions include multiple animal shows and a 45-minute safari. Stop by the gift shop for a cool souvenir of your trip.


museum exterior

The remarkable variety of world-class museums in Phoenix ensures that any guest will find a rewarding cultural and educational experience. Families, history buffs and art enthusiasts alike have access to some of the top-rated museums in the Southwest. 

During your stay, plan a day of fascination and discover at any of these popular museums. 

Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85050

Like a jewel rising from the desert, MIM is an inspiring venue for sharing the world’s music. Travel the world by experiencing musical instruments in five Geographical Galleries. Using state-of-the-art audio and visual technology, you will hear, see, and feel the creative spirit of people from around the world playing instruments within their cultural context. The 200,000 square-foot space is bright and open, providing guests with a warm and comfortable environment. You will be entertained, engaged, and enthralled. Welcome to the most extraordinary museum you will ever experience. 

Butterfly Wonderland
9500 E. Via de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

America’s Largest Butterfly Pavillion - Step inside the largest indoor rainforest atrium in the United States. More than 3,000 butterflies from around the world flutter among the lush tropical plants and flowers, landing for just long enough to capture the perfect photograph. The flowers, trees and plants within the atrium have been chosen precisely for the butterfly species within. Butterfly Wonderland truly is one of the most amazing butterfly conservatories not only in the country, but also in the world.

Discover the amazing life of the butterfly, from caterpillar to chrysalis — then to the moment it spreads its wings for the first time and takes flight into the world.

Odysea Aquarium
9500 E. Via de Ventura, Ste. A-100
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Located in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, OdySea Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Southwest, spanning 200,000 square feet. The two-level, state-of-the-art facility holds more than 2 million gallons of water and accommodates up to 10,000 visitors daily. With over 50 exhibits and 500 different species, there are more than 30,000 animals that call OdySea home.

OdySea Aquarium offers an entertaining, interactive, and educational experience for guests of all ages by combining theme-park-style amusement with highly engaging presentations of aquatic life like no other in the industry. The facility includes a 3D theater, SeaTREK™ underwater ocean walking, and a one-of-a-kind voyage through the “Living Sea.”

Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art
2301 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

The Heard Museum explores the rich history, culture and art of the native peoples of America, particularly those who live in the Southwest. Uniquely, the Heard Museum combines both historical exhibits and contemporary exhibits, which feature the work of living Native American artists from the area and from throughout the country. The Heard Museum is also the annual host of the Indian Fair and Market, a local tradition of more than half a century. 

The well-stocked gift shop at the Heard Museum is a terrific place to pick up souvenirs for your trip. 

Pueblo Grande Museum & Archeological Park
4619 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Finding a major archeological dig in the middle of the nation's 5th largest metropolitan area might seem strange, but here it makes perfect sense. Pueblo Grande was once a village to the Hohokam people, whose intricate system of canals eventually inspired the founders of Phoenix to settle in the same spot - using almost the same canals! Today, Pueblo Grande is a Phoenix "Point of Pride", a live dig with special sections of the town specifically preserved to allow tour groups. Activities include the guided tour, a historical presentation and fun programming just for the kids.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

The Phoenix Art Museum is the Southwest's largest museum for the visual arts, featuring a stunning collection of more than 18,000 pieces on display. Unlike many Phoenix museums, which have a sole focus on the Southwest, the Phoenix Art Museum has a varied collection with prized works from all over the globe. Traveling exhibits are hosted throughout the year. 

Arizona Museum of Natural History
53 N. Macdonald
Mesa, AZ 85201

Explore the natural history of the Southwest at the Arizona Museum of Natural History, a favorite for tour groups and families on vacation. The kid-friendly exhibits include a recreation of a Hohokam village fitted with real-life artifacts, the Paleo Dig Pit, which lets the little ones become amateur archeologists and numerous temporary exhibits exploring the flora, fauna and peoples of the Southwest throughout the ages. 

Arizona Historical Museum

The Arizona Historical Society takes its goal of preservation seriously, standing as the steward of both state and regional history to the rest of our nation. The Arizona Historical Museum pays homage to southern Arizona's Spanish colonial, Mexican, and territorial periods with numerous collections including U.S. military uniforms and gear, women's clothing and accessories from 1875-1925, Spanish colonial silverwork and retablos. The museum even features the Fairbanks to Tombstone stagecoach and both Geronimo's and Wyatt Earp's belongings.

Outdoor Adventures

hill with dry grass

Phoenix is as well-known for outdoor adventure as it is for boutique shopping and world-class golfing. During your stay at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, make plans to experience an adventure all your own. 

Contact our concierge to make reservations during your stay or for any planning assistance you may need. 

Colossal Cave
16721 E. Old Spanish Trail
Vail, AZ 85641

True to its name, Colossal Cave is one of the largest cave systems in the southwestern United States. Expect a fascinating day of history, geology and storytelling as you travel along a half-mile guided path through the cave on this 45-60 minute excursion. Be sure to bring a camera to capture all the impressive rock formations and snap a few lasting memories to show your friends and family. The cave tour is a part of the larger Colossal Cave Mountain Park, which also includes two museums, a horseback riding trail, picnic facilities and more. 

Desert Jeep Tours

Venture into the picturesque foothill mountains of the Sonoran desert from the comfort of a fully-loaded jeep. There are numerous jeep tour vendors in the Phoenix area offering guided adventure tours, hiking trips and fascinating ecological excursions that the whole family can enjoy. Nighttime drives and ATV tours are also popular. Our concierge will make the perfect suggestions based on the kind of trip you want to have. 

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Marvel at one of the best-preserved cliff-dwellings in the United States. This 5-story "apartment" carved into the side of the Verde Valley cliff wall was created by the Pre-Columbian Sinagua people, northern cousins of Arizona's famous Hohokams. Today, the structure is a preserved national monument. Visitors may walk a one-third mile loop past the structure and through a beautiful sycamore grove. Daily guided programs are also available. 


Visit this experimental "City of the Future" designed by architect Paolo Soleri to prove how urban living conditions could be improved with minimal impact on the Earth. As you tour the city, a friendly guide explains the science and art behind the remarkable architecture that gives Arcosanti its distinctive look and energy efficiency. 

Arcosanti is located 65 north of Phoenix, off I-17 at exit 262.

Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse
5700 W. North Loop Road
Chandler, AZ 85226

The spirit of the Old West is alive and well at Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse. This admission-free theme park is styled after a Western town from the 1880's, complete with saloon, hitching posts and town jail. Attractions include a cowboy stunt show, burro rides, desert train, a mechanical bull, rock climbing and much more. In the evenings, Rawhide Steakhouse offers a generous menu of cowboy favorites. 

Rawhide Western Town is a terrific choice for a family outing.  

Red Rock State Park
4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336

The famous red rock formations near Sedona, Arizona are a must-see during your trip to Phoenix. Red Rock State Park offers 286 acres of hiking, bird watching and other outdoor excursions, all set against a stunning red sandstone canyon. In addition to the obvious natural charms, Red Rock State Park features a visitors' center, gift shop, educational theater and picnic facilities. 

Grand Canyon National Park

Make the highlight of your vacation a day trip to one of the great natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon offers spectacular vistas of multicolored canyon walls, sculpted over millions of years by the Colorado River. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is open year-round and is the primary tourist destination for visitors to Arizona.

The Grand Canyon is approximately a five-hour drive from Phoenix. Take Interstate 17 north to Flagstaff. From there, take Route 180 northwest to the Grand Canyon National Park.

Jerome, Arizona

This former mining town on the side of Cleopatra Hill is now a bustling tourist destination known for interesting history and off-the-wall personalities. Jerome is home to a large mining museum as well as several abandoned buildings from the 1800's, which gives the city its reputation as a "ghost town." In addition to exploring the local sights and history, make time to browse the boutique shops and enjoy a nice meal.

Nearby Sports, Concert & Performing Arts Venues

chase field arena

Throughout the Phoenix area, you’ll find a wide range of entertainment options, from professional and college sports to concerts, theater productions, opera and more.