Living in Arizona

Living in Arizona

I have had the chance to do so many fun things since moving here. I have been in a Hot Air Balloon and Glider plane, gone to my first professional hockey game. Been 4x4ing, water skiing, to outdoor concerts, rock climbing and oh so much more. Here are a few links so you can discover for yourself how much fun you can have in Arizona.

Sports

I wasn’t a big sports fan before I moved here to the Valley of the Sun, and it does not take long to realize there are serious sports fans here. We are home to the AZ Diamond Backs for baseball fans you can’t get much better, The Cardinals andRattlers for football fans, there are the Coyotes for hockey fans, Phoenix Suns for the basketball fan. For college sports enthusiasts we have ASU and the Sun Devils and that is just for starters. The guys aren’t the only ones having fun we also have the Mercury WNBA here. To keep up with who is playing where and when check out AZCentral.com.

Theaters, Arenas and Halls

We have many theaters, arenas, stadiums and halls in the valley.  Some seem to change names annually, so we will use the most recent and new names for you.The America West Arena is now theUS Airways Center.    Bank One Ballpark, or the BOB, is now  Chase Field .   The Celebrity Theatre, The Dodge TheatreSymphony Hall, The Orpheum Theatre, the Herberger Theatre, the Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum will feed your soul with art, acting and entertainment.   If you are still looking for more, visit the entertainment  section of the Arizona Republic.

The Great Outdoors

You aren’t moving to Arizona to sit inside. The great outdoors awaits! So let’s begin with the Parks and Recreation Dept . Just because this is the desert don’t think for a minute there is no water to play on!  You can go boating or sailing on Lake Pleasant, or hike the Apache Trail around Lake Roosevelt or boat on Bartlet LakeHere is a list of all of the Lakes and Resevoirs.

The Desert Botanical Gardens are right in the middle of the city, so is thePhoenix Zoo, great for more than just a day trip. They both offer memberships and programs year long, from Jazz in the Gardens, water color classes, bird watch breakfasts, family programs and so much more.

If you are a fisherman or fisherwoman, be sure to check out Fishing Worksfor our area.

And if all that is not enough to get you excited check out the Arizona Highways Magazine for more great places to go.

Things for Kids to do

Tons of fun for kids of all ages, here are a few fun things for kids to do in the Valley of the Sun. So lets get started… ASU Summer Youth ProgramsThe Phoenix Zoo, in Oct there is the Arizona State Fair, each year Scottsdale hosts the Mighty Mud Mania, and only kids and “Shout” could really love it. Parks and Recreationdepartment is another great source for things to do. TheYMCA has lots of youth programs in the summer and year long. Arizona Moms site has lots of suggestions from restaurants that are kid friendly, to special museum programs for all ages. How about where to go for a birthday party at what age?

Still not enough to keep the whole family busy? See what Raising Arizona Kids has to say.

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