Many people have the day off from work and school on January 1. It might be a day of recuperation for some people who partied until 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve, but for others it might be a day to find something interesting to do around town. Here are some ideas for things to do on January 1.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.
You'll find a variety of hiking trails, nature trails, and picnic facilities all over the central Arizona area, many of which are open on New Year's Day. Arizona State Parks participate in a special program called "First Day Hikes" where you can take a ranger-led hike at one of our lovely state parks. We have several within just a couple of hours from Phoenix!
Address1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA
This wonderful garden is open regular hours on New Year's Day.
Address4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050, USA
You certainly don't have to spend the entire day, but many people will tell you that you can't appreciate it all in one visit! The Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix is a unique experience. Immerse yourself in the musical depth of our country and the world.
AddressPhoenix, AZ 85008, USA
Open on New Year's Day for regular zoo animal visitations. In the evening, ZooLights is the attraction.
Address5000 S Arizona Mills Cir #145, Tempe, AZ 85285, USA
Sea Life Arizona will be open on New Year's Day. See a photo tour.of this attraction.
AddressTaliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA
On New Year's Day, you can take the popular Insights Tour at Taliesin West, the site of Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and the current home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.
AddressCityScape, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Address9500 East Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256, USA
Play with the dolphins, get a dolphin hug, and even a New Year's kiss. The water is warm and wet suits are available, but if you prefer to stay dry, there is the Dolphin Land Experience. Reserve your time online or by calling 480-407-5154. Scottsdale.
Address9445 N Metro Pkwy E, Phoenix, AZ 85051, USA
There's really only one place around here to ride a roller coaster, and that's at Castles 'n' Coasters near Metrocenter in Phoenix. The arcade and miniature golf open at 10 a.m. Go Karts and bumper boats will open at 11 a.m. The Ride Park opens at noon.
The Zoppé Family Circus makes its annual appearance at the end of the year, and schedules shows on January 1. Chandler Center for the Arts
If you are a golfer, you'll find plenty of golf courses that are open on January 1st. If you aren't familiar with them, I have listed some of my favorites in different categories. I know, I know. It's high season here in January and the rates are high. Looking for a discount? If you pay in advance (nonrefundable) you might find a great deal on one of these courses at GolfNow.com.
What? Skiing in the desert? Well, not exactly, but we do have ski slopes within a few hours drive from Phoenix. Many people here who miss that white, wet stuff pack up the vehicle and head north for a day of skiing, snowboarding and snowy fun.
Address16501 W Northern Ave, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340, USA
This is a great time of year to visit animals, and Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium on the west side of town is a local favorite spot. Open regular hours on January 1st. Feed a giraffe for me!
Or go to two! Remember double features? OK, I'm dating myself. Go to one movie, then out to lunch and then back for a second movie. Call it your own personal New Year's Day Film Festival.
Address9119 E Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85250, USA
Thrill-seeking drivers can get a true taste of performance racing in state-of-the-art karts that reach speeds of up to 45 mph at Octane Raceway in Scottsdale.