Last Updated:

10/24/22

Phoenix & Scottsdale, AZ

Look at Greater Phoenix Area in Arizona

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.

Breakfast

French Toast and a Nice Big Sausage Link from Matt's Big Breakfast Located in Phoenix Arizona

Matt's Big Breakfast

825 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Hog Heaven Omelette: Bacon, Sausage, Ham, and Melted Cheddar Cheese $15.25


Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs: Covered with their Sausage Gravy $16.50


Lemon Curd & Blueberry Pancakes: $13.25


Triple Berry French Toast: Fresh Strawberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries $15.00


Bacon Bacon Waffle: Bacon Inside & on Top $13.75

Hours:

Daily 7 am to 2 pm

Order Online: Yes

The Amazing Looking Banana Foster French Toast from Original Breakfast House Located in Phoenix Arizona

Original Breakfast House

13623 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Waffle with Bacon: Made-from-scratch Belgian-style Waffle, Sweet Cream Butter, and Vermont Maple Syrup with Two Slices of Thick-cut Bacon $10.99


The Chop & Chick: Two Eggs and a Skillet-seared Iowa Pork Rib Chop served with a Choice of Potatoes $14.49


The Five Spot Platter: Breakfast Sandwich on a Roll with Two Eggs, Two Slices of Thick-cut Bacon, American Cheese, Grilled Onions, and Choice of Potatoes $11.99

Hours:

Daily 6:30 am to 2 pm

Order Online: No

Activities

Phoenix Zoo

At any given time, approximately 1400 animals call the 125-acre Phoenix Zoo home. The largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States


My List of Favorite Animals Would Like To See


Arabian Oryx

Mexican Wolf

Sumatran Tiger

Andean Bear

Golden Lion Tamarin

Cownose Ray

Burrowing Owl

Spotted-Necked Otter


General Admission Rates:


Adult (14+): $29.95

Child (3-13): $19.95

Animals Like This That Makes Me Want to Visit Phoenix Zoo Located in Arizona

455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Hours:

June 1st - Aug 31 Daily: 7 am - 1 pm

Sept 1st - Oct 31 Daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Backstage Adventures - Meet "Chutti" the Greater One-Horned Rhino - Sunday 10 am - Cost $129 - Cost Includes Zoo Admission

OdySea Aquarium

The Key Areas of OdySea Aquarium


Voyager: Twenty-Minute Adventure Through Four of OdySea Aquarium's Largest Exhibits While Sitting Comfortably in Stadium-Style Seating


Rivers of the World: The Russian Sturgeon Touch Pool, Sturgeon Cove


Otter Banks: My Favorite Animal, Never Miss Them


Penguin Point


Take the Escalator Down to Deep Ocean: One-of-a-Kind Experience to Watch the Sharks (8 species)



General Admission Rates:


Adult: $41.95

Child (2-12): $31.95

Loggerhead Turtle from OdySea Aquarium Located in Scottsdale Arizona

9500 East Vía de Ventura Suite A-100, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Hours:

Monday 9 am - 6 pm

Tuesday 9 am - 7 pm

Wednesday 9 am - 7 pm

Thursday 9 am - 7 pm

Friday 9 am - 7 pm 

Saturday 9 am - 6 pm

Sunday 9 am - 7 pm

Shark Behind the Scenes Tour - Exclusive access to the top of Shark Waters exhibit (30 mins) - Online Price $9.95

Desert Botanical Garden

The Key Areas of Desert Botanical Garden


Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail: Hike to the Top for an Amazing View of the Garden & Phoenix


Center For Desert Living Trail


Desert Discovery Loop Trail


Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail



General Admission Rates:


General Admission: $24.95 - $29.95

Youth (3-17): $14.95 - $16.95

Colorful Cactus from Desert Botanical Garden Located in Phoenix Arizona

1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Majestic Mariposas Event - Southwestern butterflies return for our Fall Butterfly Exhibit - Sept 24 through Nov 13th

Summer Hours (June 20th - Labor Day):

Daily 7 am to 8 pm

Musical Instrument Museum

The Key Areas of Musical Instrument Museum


Geographic Galleries: Instruments Broken Down into Major World Regions - Africa, Middle East, Asia & Oceania, Latin America, Europe, and North America


Artist Gallery: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Maroon 5, and More (40 Displays)


Experience Gallery: Hands-On, Cut Loose on Some Drums


Mechanical Music Gallery: Look at Barrel Organs, Cylinder Music Boxes, Disc Players, Automatons, and More


Conservation Lab: See How They Preserve These Instruments from Large Viewing Window



General Admission Rates:


General Admission: $20.00


Teen (13-19): $15.00


Child (4-12): $10.00

African Art Exhibit from Musical Instrument Museum Located in Phoenix Arizona

4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050

New Special Exhibit - Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments - Over 80 Impressive Instruments Fill the Target Gallery including Jimi Hendrix's Black Widow Guitar - Extra Charge to See

Hours

Daily 9 am to 5 pm

Food

Classic Pizza French Bread, My Childhood Memories Are Kicking In, Found at Culinary Dropout in Tempe Arizona

Culinary Dropout

149 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

The M.A.C. Burger: Double Cheeseburger, Onion, Lettuce, Pickle $16.75


Made to Order Lasagna: Summer Corn, Spinach Ricotta, Mozzarella, Pomodoro, Garlic Ciabatta $17.50


Fried Chicken: Buttermilk Biscuit, Smashed Potato, Gravy $19.00


Beer Battered Fish & Chips: Coleslaw, Tartar Sauce $18.50


Monkey Bread (Dessert): Cinnamon Apple Brioche & Vanilla Ice Cream $12.00

Hours

Monday to Thurs 11 am - 10 pm

Friday 11 am - Midnight

Saturday 10 am - Midnight

Sunday 10 am - 10 pm

Order Online: Yes

Example of Burger Awesomeness, The Porkster from Rehab Burger Therapy Located in Scottsdale Arizona

Rehab Burger Therapy

7210 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Philly Cheese Fries (Starter): Sauteed Shaved Rib-eye with Peppers & Onions Piled Atop a Basket of Skin-On-Fries Topped with Cheez Whiz and a Drizzle of Sriracha $12.75


The Porkster Burger: Burger with BBQ Pulled Pork and Cheddar Cheese $18.25


Hangover Burger: Burger with Fried Egg, Bacon, Colby Jack Cheese, and Hatch Green Chili $17.00


Tractor Pulled Pork: Spicy Pineapple BBQ Pork Piled High on Choice of Bun $13.50


The Tony Montana: Black Forest Ham, Pulled Pork, Swiss Cheese, and Kosher Dill Pickle Served on a Smashed Baguette with Side of Stone Ground Mustard $14.00

Hours

Monday to Weds 11 am - 8 pm

Thursday 11 am - 9 pm

Fri & Sat 11 am - 10 pm

Sunday 11 am - 9 pm

Order Online: No

A Couple of Ice Cream Cups from Sweet Republic Located in Phoenix Arizona

Sweet Republic

6054 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Flavor Samples From Menu (Seasonal)

  • Blueberry Honey Basil


  • Pineapple Whip


  • Strawberry Buttermilk


  • Sweet Corn


  • Brown Butter Pecan


  • Brownie Girl Swirl


  • Salted Caramel Swirl

Hours

Sunday to Thurs Noon - 10 pm

Fri & Sat Noon - 11 pm

Order Online: Yes

By the Scoop: Single $3.95 / Double $6.00 / Triple $7.50

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

  • Located Very Close to Musical Instrument Museum & Penske Racing Museum


  • Five Pools - All Temperature Controlled to 82 Degrees with Lazy River, Waterslide, and Private Cabanas


  • Food Options: Tia Carmen (Southwest Farm), Twenty6 (Bourbon Bar/Lounge), Meritage (Urban Tavern), Revive Spa Bistro (Healthy), Just A Splash Bar & Grill (American Fare), and Roy's Pacific Rim (Asian/Hawaiian Flavor) 


  • World-Class Pickleball Center with 17 Lighted Courts - Casual Game for All Ages


  • Who is this for: Golfers, People with Extra Money to Splurge, Pool Loungers, and Older Active People


Some Serious Pool Game from JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort Located in Phoenix Arizona

5350 E Marriott Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85054

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


One King Bed Resort View in Nov 2022 - $719.00

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

  • Located Very Close to TPC Scottsdale & Penske Racing Museum


  • Six Pools -  Waterslides, Adult Only Pool, and Cabana Rentals


  • Food Options: Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar (Pan-Latin Fusion), La Hacienda (Modern Mexican), Ironwood American Kitchen (Farm-to-Table), and Bourbon Steak (Steakhouse) 


  • Who is this for: Golfers, People with Extra Money to Splurge, Pool Loungers, and Spa People

View of Room at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Located in Scottsdale Arizona

7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


One King Deluxe in Nov 2022 - $560.00

21 and up fun

The Kilt Lifter, Peanut Butter & Jelly Infused Brew from Four Peaks Brewing Company Located in Tempe Arizona

Four Peaks Brewing Company

1340 E 8th St #104, Tempe, AZ 85281

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

Pumpkin Porter: Pumpkin | 5.1% ABV | 9 IBU


Hop Knot: IPA - American | 6.7% ABV | 47 IBU


Kilt Lifter: Scottish Ale | 6.0% ABV | 21 IBU


8th Street Pale Ale: Pale Ale - English | 4.9% ABV | 21 IBU


Peach Ale: Fruit | 4.5% ABV | 9 IBU


Oatmeal Stout: Stout - Oatmeal | 5.2% ABV | 35 IBU



Hours:

Sunday to Thurs 11 am - 10 pm

Friday & Saturday 11 am - 11 pm

Food Menu is Available

Tour Every Saturday - 1 pm - Reserve Online - $12

Candy Bar Milk Stout from Fate Brewing Company Located in Scottsdale Arizona

Fate Brewing Company

1312 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

False Promises Hazy IPA with Apricot: IPA - Hazy | 6.2% ABV | 35 IBU


Hatch Chile Gatos: Chile Beer | 4.5% ABV | 23 IBU


Bueno Vista Blonde: Blonde Ale | 4.5% ABV | 15 IBU


Halfway to Hefen: Wheat Beer | 4.8% ABV | 10 IBU


Big City Nights: Sour - Blackberry, Honey, Lemon | 6.0% ABV | 5 IBU


Fateful IPA: IPA - American | 6.6% ABV | 85 IBU

Hours:

Monday to Thurs 11 am - 10 pm

Friday & Saturday 11 am - Midnight

Sunday 11 am - 10 pm

Food Menu is Available

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn