Travel: 20 Fall Things To Do in Phoenix

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The weather is finally out of the triple digits here in Arizona and it’s time to enjoy the outdoors again! We kicked off our Fall break with a visit to the Mortimer Farms pumpkin patch near Prescott. It’s an easy drive from the Phoenix area and we even got to break out our jackets! Those of you who have endured summertime in Arizona can understand why this might be exciting. I have compiled a list of some of our favorite Fall activities to do in the valley. What are some of your favorite things to do in the Phoenix area this time of year?

1. Visit a local farm. We love Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale and you can visit their pumpkin patch through early November. We also recommend MacDonald’s Ranch in Scottsdale and Mortimer Farms in Dewey if you are up for a little drive.

2. Grab a bite to eat at Food Truck Friday in the West Valley. If you’ve never tried Waffle Love, you are missing out! 

3. Take a train ride at the Adobe Western Railroad in Glendale. Most Sundays in the fall, they offer free train rides to the public.

4. Go for a hike. Thunderbird Conservation Park and White Tank Mountain Regional Park offer beautiful trails.

5. Get your paint on at As You Wish. They offer several holiday themed classes in the Fall, including a pumpkin painting party.

6. Begin your Thanksgiving celebrations by running a 5k together. There are plenty of local turkey trots that the entire family can participate in. 

7. Spend your day at a Farmer’s Market. We especially love Momma’s Organic Market at Park West. 

8. Enjoy some shopping at the Front Porch Pickins Vintage Market in November.

9. Take a day trip. Sedona, Flagstaff and Prescott are only a few miles away and you might even be able to see some leaves changing colors around this time of year.

10. Head to the Desert Botanical Garden for the Chiles and Chocolate Festival or catch their fall concert series.

11. Experience a drive-in movie at the WestWind in Glendale.

12. Pack a picnic and take in the beautiful scenery at Sahuaro Ranch Park.

13. Watch a movie in the park. Biltmore Fashion Park, City of Tempe and CityScape all offer free outdoor movies.

14. Try a deep fried Twinkie or visit the petting zoo at the Arizona State Fair.

15. Plant a garden. Now is the time to plant your garden in Arizona, check out these gardening with kids tips.

16. Enjoy some live music at the Arts in the Park concert series at The Wigwam. Westgate also offers live music most weekends.

17. Catch a puppet show at the Great Arizona Puppet Theater.

18. Explore a new park, like Foothills Park that offers a streetskape for skaters and 2 playgrounds. The Anthem Community Park is another favorite, with a train that loops around a splash pad and fishing pond.

19. Pack some tailgating snacks and catch an Arizona Cardinals football game!

20. Learn about animals at the Phoenix Zoo and check out their Howl-O-Ween and ZooLights events.


What’s your favorite fall activity in Arizona?

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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.