If you are new to Phoenix, and are looking to do some learning and have some fun, check out the Gardens. They have every kind of cactus and tree and flower that you can possibly imagine. There are educational displays and many learning opportunities. If you are around in November-December, do not miss the Luminarias. The Garden is decorated with lights and festive decorations, for nighttime enjoyment. In addition to the beauty of walking through at night, you also get serenaded by a variety of musicians. This was the most fun I have had in a long while.