The temperatures around Phoenix still haven’t quite dropped enough to let the fall season begin, but it sure feels close. This September, you can still get plenty of activities with the whole family and it might even be nice enough to venture outside. Here are the top activities to try out in Phoenix in September with a mix of indoor and outdoor attractions to soak up.
First on the list is Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek. This working family farm has a full day of fun available for you. The garden is always open for fresh vegetable picking. Additionally, you can opt for a homemade pie to enjoy on the premises or take home for later. The farm gets busy and the temps will only get hotter throughout the day, so head in early for the best experience.
One of Scottsdale’s premiere entertainment arenas, Arizona Boardwalk will not disappoint. This event center has options to stay indoors to keep cool while also exploring a few things outdoors. The biggest attraction is the Odysea Aquarium. This is the largest aquarium in all of the southwest with state-of-the-art attractions like sharks, otters, sea lions, penguins, sloths and so much more.
In addition to the aquarium, guests can enjoy things like Butterfly Wonderland, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Lazer Maze, Pangea and much more. Arizona Boardwalk is not just for big attractions, but it is also home to restaurants and shopping. Grab a bite to eat at Johnny Rockets or Pangea Dinosaur Grill or go check out the unique shops. Always check back to find fun events happening every weeknd.
A great way to cool off in September is to spend the day at the Arizona Science Center. Located close to downtown Phoenix, The Arizona Science Center has tons of hands-on learning experiences for both kids and adults. In September you can explore the solar system or go on an adventure with Big Bird and Elmo. There’s something for everyone.
Located near the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Gardens is another place to visit in September. The garden offers more than trails to walk along to explore greenery. Desert Botanical Gardens offers landscape classes, story time for the kiddos, Flashlight Nights and more. Check out the website for events coming up and bring the family.
A rather unique museum in Phoenix, The Hall of Flame Fire Museum is a must see attraction. This museum includes collections of fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, fire helmets, horse drawn motorized fire engines. Enjoy almost a full acre of fire history exhibits, fully restored equipment and an appreciation for firefighting history.
Another unique museum to Phoenix is the Musical Instrument Museum. This is another great way to get out of the house but also out of the heat in September. The Musical Instrument Museum is home to over 8,000 different musical instruments from over 200 countries. Beyond the exhibits, the museum also offers different events.
Often overlooked, the Japanese Friendship Garden in central Phoenix is another option for a relaxing day in September. This beautiful and serene garden is 3.5 acres of authentic Japanese stroll garden with a tea garden and tea house. You will come across more than 1,500 tons of hand picked rock, stone footbridges, lanterns, a 12-foot waterfall and Koi pond.
Another great Phoenix attraction for the month of September is taking a visit to the Wrigley Mansion. Yes, we are talking about those Wrigleys, the ones with the gum and baseball field in Chicago! The Wrigley Mansion has tours available for you to explore the home, find out if the ghost stories are indeed true, and discover all the history of the Wrigely family and how important they are to Phoenix. Be sure to bring an appetite as well. On-site are two restaurants for a fine-dining experience.
If you wish to venture back in time, this September head over to Goldfield Ghost Town and Mine Tours in Apache Junction for a unique experience. You can explore Main Street that is lined with many shops and historic buildings. You can pan for gold, stroll through Goldfield Museum and take a ride on Arizona’s only narrow gauge train. Be sure to watch your back! At any moment an old west gun fight might just break out.