Fun Cheap Activities Under $20 in Metro Phoenix

Updated: 2023-12-04

The best FREE, cheap and budget-friendly activities in Metro Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale. You don't have to break the bank to have fun in Arizona!


1. Roller Skate at Skateland in Mesa

$12 per adult (not including rentals)

Get out of the Arizona summer heat and start roller skating at Skateland in Mesa. If you're 18+, roll on over for their Adult Skate Night on the first Monday of every month. The business also hosts a variety of public skate nights throughout the week, including a Glow Skate on Friday’s.

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Don’t have skates? You can rent them for $4.50.

2. Play Putt Putt at Imagine 3D Mini Golf

$12 per adult

Enjoy a round of mini golf at this glow-in-the-dark facility. With locations in both Gilbert and Scottsdale, you have no excuse to have a boring night in! Bring your friends, sign up on their website and get ready for some 3D fun.

3. Catch a Movie at Taliesin West

$15 per adult

Watch old films in a unique setting at the historic Taliesin West in Scottsdale. Their Friday Night Film series connects classic films with Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy. They also have group discount pricing if you're bringing friends or a date.

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The Taliesin West doesn't have air conditioning so movie nights aren't offered in the summer months.

4. Watch Comedy at The Bridge Improv

$12 per adult

Every Friday and Saturday, The Bridge Improv in Tempe offers Mainstage Improv shows for $10 per adult. Don't let the price fool you, this is one of the best improv shows we've seen in the Valley. Buy tickets on their website and enjoy the show!

5. Climb to New Heights at The Phoenix Rock Gym

$15 day pass, per adult

Seek adventure at The Phoenix Rock Gym! With 30 foot high walls and over 17,000 sq. ft. of climbing space, this rock climbing gym is perfect for climbing enthusiasts and newbies. No experience is necessary! Even if you’ve never touched a rope in your life they will teach you the skills needed to climb safely. Rental equipment is also available.

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Don't have climbing gear? No problem! The Phoenix Rock Gym also offers a day pass with gear for $20 per adult.

6. Explore the Past at the Arizona Museum of Natural History

$13 per adult

Located in Mesa, the Arizona Museum of Natural History is the only natural history museum in the Valley. If you love dinosaurs, old west history and geology, you’ll have a blast exploring this museum's exhibits. Make sure to check out the massive dinosaur diorama! When you're done, be sure to check out one of the many coffee shops Mesa has to offer.

7. Get Wild for Roars and Pours Happy Hour at the Zoo

$10 per adult

If you're 21 or older, be sure to check out Roars and Pours happy hour at the Phoenix Zoo. Sip and stroll through select Zoo trails while enjoying craft brews and wines. Guests will also have access to yard games, live music and other entertainment. Admission is $10 per adult — drink prices vary.

8. View Artwork at the Phoenix Art Museum


Have you been wanting to check out the Phoenix Art Museum but have been deterred by their regular pricing? You're in luck — the art museum is free every Wednesday from 3PM - 7PM and on the first Friday of every month. Be sure to check out their website for more discounts and special events. You don't want to miss seeing classic Monet or Georgia O'Keeffe paintings!

9. Take a Yoga Class With Blue Buddha Collective

$15 per person

A yoga studio and coffee shop wrapped into one. This South Scottsdale business is the most reasonably priced studio in the Valley of the Sun. Blue Buddha offers a variety of infrared and non-heated classes for only $11 per drop-in. We recommend trying the Blacklight Yoga on Wednesday evenings.

10. Try Pilates at The Workshop Pilates

$10 per person

The Workshop Pilates is a reformers based pilates class located in the heart of Scottsdale. Suitable for all levels, this studio offers four different class types. Arrive early for your first session to allow the instructor time to walk you through the studio and equipment. Your first class at The Workshop will set you back a mere $10.

11. Take a FREE Yoga Class with Fitwell Escapes


Join Fitwell Escapes every other Wednesday for sunset yoga at Papago Park. This free community class is suitable for all levels. Bring your own yoga materials and be prepared for a fun night of bonding with other Valley women.

The best FREE, cheap and budget-friendly activities

That's our roundup of the best things to do in Metro Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe that are FREE, cheap or budget-friendly. You don't have to go far to find cheap fun things to do in Phoenix. Whether you're looking for group activities that don't break the bank or cheap solo things to do in the Valley, you and your wallet are in for a fun time.

Please note that the information provided in this list is intended as a guide. Prices and details mentioned herein are subject to change without notice. For accurate and updated pricing information, kindly refer to the business's official website or contact them directly. We do not take responsibility for any discrepancies in pricing or details provided.

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