Phoenix is quickly becoming a haven for retirees and snowbirds looking to escape the cold, Midwestern winters. With the warmer weather, awesome museums, low cost of living, and easy transportation systems, Phoenix is an attractive place to live. The Valley Metro Light Rail takes you all around the downtown area to the best attractions for only $2 per ride, or get an all-day pass for $4. Phoenix is a melting pot of peoples with strong influence from the Native American and Mexican cultures. Those are just a few things that make this city so interesting for seniors to explore.
The Heard Museum celebrates Native American and Mexican cultures with regular and rotating exhibits, where you’ll find the best in new and old artists. If your thirst for creativity still hasn’t been fulfilled, head over to the Phoenix Art Museum, which has become the largest art museum in the southwestern part of the country. See live performances, independent art films and photography exhibitions, just to get started. Explore plants and creatures at the acclaimed Arizona Science Center and find the best concerts, plays, and sporting events at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Sports fans will love to catch a ball game of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
It’s always fun to work and play in Phoenix and the city has some pretty sweet places to live as well.
The architecture in central Phoenix is a mixture of pueblo and modern-style homes. A new crop of unique restaurants, shops, and galleries are springing new roots in the downtown area. There’s no shortage of fun things to do at CityScape, with two full blocks of restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s the place to go for bowling, dancing, comedy, and live music. If coffee shops and art-house movies are your thing, you won’t want to miss the First Friday Art Walks at Roosevelt Row, or “RoRo” as the locals call it.
Once a resort town, Scottsdale is now a haven for urbanites who work hard and play hard. Seniors will love the low crime rate and low cost of living. The area links five community parks together and has a 16,000-acre sanctuary which is perfect for hiking and biking. Take in some culture at Old Town, the place to go for art galleries, night clubs, resorts, and golf courses. Get in some upscale shopping at the Scottsdale Fashion Square.
East Valley is a desirable Phoenix area to live, work, and play, where the economy is thriving despite economic hardship in other areas of the nation. The East Valley offers the perfect combination of urban living, small town communities, and mountainous adventures. Tempe is a senior friendly community with many seniors centers and recreational centers. Nearby Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona and the community calendar is full of activities. The community in Chandler is growing by leaps and bounds. Formerly a small agricultural town, Chandler is transforming itself into the high tech haven of the desert.
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