Phoenix is an alluring city in the U.S state of Arizona. The city serves as the capital of Arizona and is the most populous. The valley has a dozen attractions in its favour making it the favourite tourist destination for backpackers, families, newlywed couples, food-lovers, and art-lovers. Papago Park is one of the most picturesque and spectacular attractions, located in the heart of the city. Often referred to as a local treasure, the amusement park welcomes its visitors with a variety of recreational activities including hiking, sight-seeing, fishing, and allows you to visit the most prominent attractions of the people's favourite city, Phoenix.
A Trip to Remember in the Papago Park
Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden is a beautiful garden established in 1939 in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. The garden covering an area of 140 acres, exhibits more than 21,000 plants and more than 4,000 plant species. There is also an area inside the garden dedicated solely to rare, threatened, and endangered plant species. Rich collections of agave and cacti are present in the area along with desert plants which include the Australian collection, a Baja California collection, and South American collection. The garden has a special characteristic to preserve the plants in their natural ecosystems and thus has a variety of ecosystems preserved inside the premises. To name a few are a mesquite bisque, semi-desert grassland, and upland chaparral.
The Phoenix Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in Arizona, built in 1962. Sprawling over an area of 125 acres, the zoo has been entitled as a 'Phoenix Point of Pride.' The place currently houses more than 1,400 animals in its premises. The zoo has four main trails- the Arizona Trail, the Africa Trail, the Tropics trail, and the Children's trail. The Arizona trail depicts the flora and fauna of Arizona. The Africa trail exhibits some of the most popular animals in the world, including mandrill, cheetahs, Masai giraffes, white rhinos, and many more. The inner trail of the Tropics trail showcases squirrel monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs, Bornean orangutang whereas the outer trail displays Asian elephants, jaguars, Sumatran tigers, and a many more animals. The children trail is the highlight of the expedition which allows the kids to get close to small animals from across the globe, including siamang gibbons, and caracal.
AZ Heritage Center
The AZ Heritage Centre at Papago Park is one of Arizona's most fascinating and eminent historical museums. Taking a stroll across the heritage centre premises will give you an insight into the past and present of the beautiful city. It will help you explore the evolution of the desert city, witness World War II through the eyes of Arizonans, and give an insight into the cultural diversity of the place. The centre also organises special programmes for kids.
How to Get Tickets?
The entry to the park is free.
How To Get Around?
You can opt for a bus, metro rail, bike share, bicycle, or a taxi. The transport system is very well managed and connects all the major attractions of the city. If you are lucky enough, you may also get a lift by a local on his bike. Inside the park, you can walk around on feet easily.
What Should I Wear?
You can wear absolutely anything that you wish. A short dress or a romper can be a great choice. Jeans and trousers can also be worn with a cool crop top. Men can wear shorts or capris with a pastel-coloured t-shirt. Your footwear should be very comfortable. Opt for sport shoes, sneakers or flip-flops. Put on a hat and sunglasses to add on your fashion quotient. Apply sunscreen without fail.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the place is from November through April when the weather is pleasant with clear blue skies. As it is a desert city, season changes are unpredictable.
Will I Need a Guide?
No. This website provides all the necessary information which will make your trip convenient and memorable.
How To Get There?
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the main airport serving Phoenix. The airport has connecting flights to all the major countries of the world. Valley Metro rail and Union Station are the important railway stations of the city.
Swimming and boating are not allowed in the fishing area. You can carry a water-bottle with you. Throwing garbage around the place is strictly prohibited inside the premises.