16 Things To Do In Phoenix When You're Bored And All Your Friends Are Busy
Solo without the #FOMO
Feeling down and out with your friends gone, busy or away? Now that's just silly! Phoenix is alive and on fire waiting for you to take advantage of all she has to offer.
We think some of the best adventures to be had are the ones you take on yourself. No agenda, no agreeing or disagreeing, just you on a trip throughout this beautiful city to experience and explore it all.
So, pack your bags, grab your camera and have the best day ever treating yourself to the best day ever. Who knows, maybe it will be your friends experiencing FOMO when you show them where you've gone.
Take a sunlit walk in the Desert Botanical Garden
Where: 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Spending an afternoon in the quiet corner of the Desert Botanical Garden is just what the doctor ordered. The gem within Papago Park houses thousands of different native desert species of plants and vegetation on a sprawling 140 acres.
This hidden paradise is the perfect spot to snap a selfie and enjoy the view. Whether you keep this secret to yourself or share it with your entire social circle, you won't be disappointed.
Enjoy a solo experience at The Heard Museum
Where: 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
If you are craving an artistic journey through traditional Native American art, and culture, the Heard Museum is the place to take yourself out on a date. Experience exhibits from traditional pottery, jewelry and sculpture gardens that span the historic grounds.
The best part about this experience? When it's just you, feel free to stroll stop, and admire any of the exhibits as long as you want. Plus, you'll be chalk full of new and exciting facts all about living and loving Arizona!
Treat yo' self to a spa day at the Fairmont Princess
Where: 7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
You don't need anyone else except you in all your fabulous-ness for your very personal, very regal spa day. The Fairmont Princess truly treats their customers like the royalty you are. Come in for any spa service and get wined and dined all day long at this hidden retreat.
Use the pool all day, exfoliate in the steam room, and get a prickly pear margarita served to you in the shaded lawn chairs all day long. Go for a walkabout, chill out in the meditation rooms, or simply breathe in the good life in the steam room.
This is you living your best life.
Tour the famous Taliesin West
Where: 12345 North Taliesin Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Take what will feel like a private, exclusive tour of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home in the comfort of your own backyard. Deep in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, this desert oasis is now a school, but once was the home of the famous architect who loved Phoenix as much as you do.
Spend an entire afternoon here or dip out early and grab lunch in Kierland Commons for a fine dining, high-end shopping experience. You do you!
Channel your inner artist at the Phoenix Art Museum
Where: 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Nothing says culturally refined like an afternoon to yourself at one of the most enchanted museums in Arizona, The Phoenix Art Museum. Perfectly positioned downtown for your post-museum lunch or dinner cravings, The Phoenix Art Museum has been on overdrive the last five years to please you just the way you desire-with art and food.
Go now and experience two of the most popular exhibits while they still are around! "Black Cloud" by Carlos Amorales and "You Are Getting Obliterated By A Dancing Storm of Fireflies" by the famous Yayoi Kusama.
Take a hike up Camelback Mountain and enjoy the view
Where: 5700 N Echo Canyon Phoenix, AZ 85018
Who needs friends to enjoy a good view? The next time you are lonely and the #FOMO starts to cut in, grab your water bottle and head up the most famous mountain in Phoenix. Camelback Mountain is a hike worth undertaking, and who knows, maybe you'll meet some new friends at the top.
Help keep Phoenix weird in The Roosevelt Row Arts District
Where: Downtown Phoenix
There is always something going on in The Roosevelt Arts District of Phoenix. From Chile Pepper Festivals, pie socials, mural hunting, bar hopping, and shopping, there is nothing short of a good time in the most eclectic district of Phoenix.
Walkable art is the forte of The Roosevelt Art District, and you can walk through boutiques, galleries, and live street art on the daily. All you need to do is find the best, most colorful mural and snap a selfie along your way.
Geek out at the Arizona Science Center
Where: 600 East Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Channel your inner Bill Nye the Science Guy and head over to the Arizona Science center where you will be met with hundreds of exhibits all uniquely developed to explore, create, and teach.
Kick back and watch an IMAX movie, visit the high-tech planetarium and learn something new space, time, and the environment with new information to wow your friends with at the next dinner party.
Relax At Papago Park
Where: 25 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Fishing, cycling, walking, hiking, golfing, what more could you ask for? Papago Park was made for the dreamy walks, scenic bike rides, and afternoon rest and relaxation hours you have wanted to take since you started working full time.
Whatever your plan is, Papago is one of the most relaxing parks in Arizona, so make sure you fully decompress before leaving your solo adventure.
Day trip to Sedona
Where: Sedona, Arizona
In the busy world we exist in, how much of our time is spent just for us? Probably very little. So, when the time comes to spend some high-quality "me" time, why not head up to Sedona for a day trip in one of the most magical cities in the United States?
Take a hike, get a tarot reading, enjoy a leisurely lunch, or book yourself a spa treatment at one of the many 4 and 5-star resorts in Sedona and along Oak Creek. You deserve it!
Take a bite out of life with a Phoenix historic food tour
Where: Downtown Phoenix
The next Tuesday or Thursday you find yourself solo, take a trip down to the Phoenix Public Market Cafe and join a historic food tour of Phoenix. You will be taken on a 2-mile whirlwind tour of five of the best and most diverse restaurants in Phoenix.
You not only are fed some of the most delicious food on this tour, but you are also able to take in the city life and are educated on some of the oldest and most historic buildings in Phoenix.
Head outdoors and experience Saguaro Lake
Where: 12000 N. Bush Highway, Mesa, AZ 85215
Re-connect with the great outdoors, especially now with cooler temperatures here in Phoenix. Saguaro Lake is the perfect place to sit back, relax, or participate in outdoor activities like paddle boarding, fishing, canoeing, and more.
Even if you simply find a place to sit and meditate, you'll love your backdrop.
Watch, listen and play with musical instruments at the MIM
Where: 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050
You don't need to be a classically trained musician to appreciate the one and only world's international musical museum. Take your time and stroll through the exhibits, from over 6,000 instruments from around the world, live video exhibits, and concerts, the Musical Instrument Museum is a place you could spend all day exploring.
Blaze your own train inside, outside, and around South Mountain Park
Where: 10919 South Central Avenue, Phoenix
Sometimes the best hikes are the ones that are on your own terms. Blaze your own trail at South Mountain Park, hit the trail, and find a perfect spot at one of the many peaks and enjoy a sunrise or sunset view of the city.
Kick it into high gear with a TruFusion workout session
Where: 14202 N Scottsdale Rd Suite 114, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
While your friends are out working, traveling, or simply Netflix and chill'ing, you can get your fitness on at some of the best and most refreshing classes at TruFusion. From kickboxing to spinning, boot camp to super hot yoga, your mind and booty will thank you.
Take a stab at Practical Art downtown
Where: 5070 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012
After you take a class at Practical Art, you might find out that you have a secret talent for pottery, or painting, or wood burning, or even weaving. Practical art is the perfect place to book a spot for one, meet some potential new artsy friends and really flex your hipster vibes downtown.