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Things To Do In Phoenix This Weekend

There’s no doubt that the Fiesta Bowl will live up to its name for many Penn Staters traveling to Phoenix this weekend, but depending on your travel itinerary, you may have a lot of free time to kill. Whether you are a rager or an underager, here are some things to do in Phoenix before and after Penn State’s clash against Washington.

Capitalize On The Beautiful Weather

While State College freezes over, the daily highs should be in the 70s in Phoenix this weekend. Take advantage of the sun by hiking or biking one of many Greater Phoenix Trails. You can download and view a pdf of the city’s trail guide here. With 17 hiking areas each with multiple trails of varying difficulty, there should be something for everyone to make the most out of the gorgeous Arizona weather.

Plus, one set of trails is right by Happy Valley Road in Peoria, the perfect destination for Penn Staters. Snap a pic by this road sign to remember your trip to the Fiesta Bowl forever. The sign would also make a terrific souvenir/apartment decoration (Note: I am NOT saying you should steal this road sign, just stating a fact.)

Get Wild At The Phoenix Zoo

What’s a fiesta without getting a little wild? Head to the Phoenix Zoo this weekend to relive your elementary school field trips.  For prehistoric adventure seekers, the Phoenix Zoo even has a Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit displayed now. If you’re still hanging onto the holiday spirit, check out ZooLights, which features millions of lights, a three-story lighted tree, hundreds of glimmering light displays, and lakeside Music-in-Motion shows.

Be Pizza Hut’s Guinea Pig

Pizza Hut is testing beer delivery with its pizzas in the Phoenix area. Help them out by ordering a ton of pizza and beer to your hotel room, you know, for market research or whatever. Whenever beer and pizza delivery goes mainstream, you’ll be able to say you’ve been doing it since before it was cool.

Get A Wrinkle In Your Brain

Phoenix has plenty of interesting museums, so you can learn something new even though classes aren’t in session. Listen to the the instruments of the world with a headset guided tour of the Musical Instrument Museum. Go to the Wells Fargo Museum for a brief history lesson on the bank and stagecoach company. Wander the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting for a fiery history lesson. Explore the ancient heart of the city at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Hohokam archeological site, or experience the rich art and culture of the region’s Native American tribes at the Heard Museum.

Desert Botanical Gardens

Check out the striking, colorful sculptures of internationally renowned artist Jun Kaneko on display in the Garden. Purchase a $30 ticket to Las Noches de las Luminarias, to see the the Garden illuminated by 8,000 hand lit luminaria bags at night. Tickets include live music and dinner, but they are only available for the last two nights of the 21-night event: December 29-30.

Trust The Process

Fans of the Nittany Lions and 76ers can catch Joel Embiid and company the day after the Fiesta Bowl. The Sixers take on the Phoenix Suns at 8 p.m. December 31, so you can finish your 2017 with both of your favorite teams. Tickets start at $14 and are available here.

About the Author

Anthony Fiset

Anthony is a sophomore majoring in Economics. He, like many others, is from right outside of Philly, and by right outside of Philly he means Pittsburgh. He is a lifetime Costco Executive Member who enjoys spending quality time on the couch with his dog, Sparkle. You can call him, beep him if you wanna reach him at [email protected], or follow him on Twitter @antnyfst.


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