• Andrea Garcia

How to Enjoy Spring Break in the Valley



ODYSEA AQUARIUM picture of the building

Photo courtesy of An T. Pham


Even as an Arizona native, I’m always amazed by how much the Valley has to offer. Activities to do on spring break are no exception. Make the most of your time off with these spring break plans!



See a Wildlife Exhibit


Get an up-close look at wildlife at one of the Valley's many exhibits. The Phoenix Zoo is always a great choice for animal lovers of any age. At the OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, you can go under the sea—literally. SeaTREK helmet diving offers you the chance to come face-to-face with marine life. Next door to the aquarium is Butterfly Wonderland, where you can get out of the desert and into the rainforest.


People doing the helmet diving at SeaTREK

Photo courtesy of odyseaaquarium.com


Explore Nature


The Valley is full of natural wonders. In Phoenix, enjoy the beauty and colors of the desert in full bloom at Desert Botanical Garden. Visit one of Sedona’s vortexes, the mysterious energy centers which are said to help you meditate, heal, and reconnect with the earth. Or take a hike on one of the many trails the area has to offer.


Consider a short evening hike to Hole in the Rock for a breathtaking sunset view. For a change from the desert landscape, visit the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix. You might even get there just as the cherry blossoms start to bloom in the spring.


Beautiful picture of Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

Photo courtesy of azcentral.com


Attend a Festival


No matter when spring break falls for you, there’s probably a festival happening. Until April 3rd, the Arizona Renaissance Festival will take you to a 16th-century marketplace, with performances, games, rides, and artisan shops to keep you entertained all day long.


The Ostrich Festival comes to Chandler this month, too. Enjoy music, rides, food, and fun for the whole family. The Tempe Festival of the Arts showcases artists from around the country from March 25 to 27. There’s even a Kids Block for young artists that includes hands-on art activities.


People gathering at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Photo courtesy of eastvalley.momcollective.com


Visit a Museum


Spend a day exploring a museum during spring break. See historical art exhibits at the Phoenix Art Museum or modern ones at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. At the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, let science inspire you with engaging, hands-on experiences. Learn the stories and art of American Indian people at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art. In Mesa, the American Museum of Natural History offers a comprehensive look at the natural and cultural history of Arizona and the Southwest.


Fossils of Dinosaurs at American Museum of Natural History

Photo courtesy of Pinterest



Eat Fun Food


What’s a staycation without tasty food? Have a fun breakfast at Henhouse Cafe in Mesa with a giant pancake or churro doughnuts. Cool off with an over-the-top milkshake piled high with goodies from ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale or Soda Jerk Co. Milkshake Bar in North Phoenix.



ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor


The Valley has so much to do over spring break, it can be tough to choose from all there is to offer. For more great ideas and if you're ready to sell, buy, downsize, or rightsize, I'd love to connect with you today.


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