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Looking for Fun Things to do Around the Valley? We've Got You Covered

The Valley and its surrounding areas are filled with unique attractions, fun experiences, and historical destinations. Take this summer to stay, play, and have fun.

Be Surrounded by Fireflies

At Phoenix Art Museum, step into the "firefly room." An installation by artist Yayoi Kusama, the installation, titled "You Who Are Getting Obliterated In the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies" is a unique mixed media installation with LED lights.

Chill Out

For a truly cool dining experience, head to the iconic Hermosa Inn. There, you can get a reprieve from the hot summer sun in the wine cellar at LON's at the Hermosa Inn. Kept at just 57 degrees, the private cellar is open only in the summers (this year through Sept. 12) for a five-course, one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Yes, bring a wrap or jacket.

Explore a Castle

Perched atop a hill in Phoenix, Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights—often referred to as the "wedding cake castle" due to its design—was built in 1928 and features 5,000 square feet over four stories, as well as a landscape that includes the Cactus Gardens. Tours of the historic castle and gardens are so popular that they are currently only available by lottery.

Stroll Through a Japanese Garden

Feel serenity envelop you as you step onto the grounds of the Japanese Friendship Garden, named RoHoEn. Located in the heart of Phoenix, it was created through a partnership between the City of Phoenix and its Sister City of Himeji, Japan. The locale features a 3.5-acre stroll garden, with a tea garden and tea house. There are stone footbridges, lanterns, flowing streams, a 12-foot waterfall, and Koi pond with more than 300 fish.

Go Home Sweet Home

Head to Downtown Phoenix to tour the Rosson House, a fully-restored 1895 Queen Anne Victorian house museum, located on Block 14 of the original townsite of Phoenix (now Heritage Square). Tours of the home—which was named for owners Dr. Roland Lee Rosson and his wife, Flora Murray Rosson—include the living areas, and offer visitors a glimpse into the lifestyle of early Phoenix families.

Pedal Perfect

Head out to Tempe Town Lake for some pedal fun. Take a turn around the lake in a swan pedal boat, dragon pedal boat, or duck pedal boat. There are also donut boats available, as well as kayaks and pontoons.

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