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If you’re going to be in the Phoenix area for a vacation or a visit, welcome! This part of Arizona is known for having a lot going on, and nowhere is that more true than downtown. Whether you’ll be visiting for a couple of hours or a couple of days or weeks, there’s tons to do in Phoenix.

Check out this list of 4 awesome places you should see in Phoenix, Arizona and take advantage of all that downtown has to offer while you’re here! Read on to find out more.

Here are the four best, unique spots to check out:

1. The Desert Botanical Garden

If you are not sure if you are going to be back to Phoenix in the near future, seize the opportunity to visit the Desert Botanical Garden in Papago Park. This beautiful garden has so many types of plants there that it will make your head spin. The garden covers over 140 acres, 55 of which are cultivated, and has tens of thousands of plants and over a thousand volunteers.

It’s particularly nice in spring, and visitors may enjoy walking the trails and seeing the type of flora that is taken care of in this garden. You can find it at 1201 North Galvin Parkway or learn more at Admissions for adults is currently $24.95 and children $12.95 with children under 3 admitted free. There are constant events being held so check on the site to see if any catch your interest!

2. Heard Museum

The famous Heard Museum in Phoenix is a great cultural resource of the area, with many exhibits and galleries that are dedicated to the Southwest Indian people. See art and wander through the outdoor courtyards of this amazing museum while learning about the culture and history of the original people who lived in Arizona. There is an outdoor sculpture garden and you can also take a tour of the museum. Located at 2301 Central Avenue, the museum has tons of ongoing exhibits to offer with their Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit in particular running through August 20, 2017. You can learn more by going to

3. Mystery Castle

Located at 800 East Mineral Road in Phoenix, the Mystery Castle is an interesting structure. Just south of downtown phoenix and located in the foothills of South Mountain Park, this castle was made of stone and other recycled pieces, which lends to its unique look. It’s actually quite famous and although it’s not a traditional castle, it’s worth checking out. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children– go see this odd structure for yourself!

4. Eat breakfast or lunch at Matt’s Big Breakfast.

Matt’s Big Breakfast is a place to visit if you want one of the best breakfasts you ever had, and with two Phoenix locations, you can have your pick of which you go to! Matt’s cooks with butter and extra virgin olive oil and use cage free eggs. Their menu offers up such treasures as three griddlecakes with maple syrup and sweet cream butter, the cheese omelet with Wisconsin cheddar, the Five Spot bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich, their Belgian style waffle, or one of their many tasty lunch menu options (the tossed Cobb salad) or sides (chicken apple sausage, macaroni salad). Go here– you will not regret it!

4 Awesome Places To See In Downtown Phoenix, Arizona