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Things To Do in Phoenix For Memorial Day

Patch logo Patch 5/24/2020 Amanda Savage
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PHOENIX — In Phoenix, Memorial Day is traditionally celebrated with large groups outside, but holiday celebrations will be indefinitely different while there is no cure for COVID-19.

Here are some ideas of things to do on Memorial Day.

Octane Raceway, Scottsdale

Octane raceway offers high-speed kart racing, an arcade with virtual reality games and minibowling. Octane Raceway re-opened May 22 with new hours and with a transparent sanitation system.

Topgolf, Scottsdale

Topgolf Scottsdale is the only location currently open in the state. They have implemented social distancing, disinfecting measures and employee health checks.

Castles-n-Coasters, Phoenix

Castles-n-Coasters has reopened but their specific safety policies are unclear.

Salt River Tubing, Mesa

This Valley pastime has reopened with some changes. Face coverings are required to wear on the river and the facility is providing free bandanas to all attendees to enforce this new rule. There are also additional changes to their shuttle transport system and more, which can all be viewed on their website.

Grill To-Go, Citywide

Many Phoenix-area restaurants offer ready-to-grill options this weekend. Here's a list of some of the Valley restaurants with this offering, check out their website for details.

  • Mastro's
  • ZuZu's
  • Sandbar
  • Pedal Haus
  • The Capital Grille
  • Eddie V’s
  • Yard House
  • Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

LongHorn Steakhouse offers a social media hotline for grilling advice from "certified Grill Masters" too.

Phoenix City Parks, Citywide

Phoenix city parks are semi-operational. with some Some city pools are open with restrictions. All indoor recreation facilities are still closed. Outdoor recreation facilities like trails and golf courses are open with some limitations. Large gatherings are not permitted.

Maricopa County Parks, Countywide

Hiking is currently one of the only accessible activities at county parks. Nature centers, playgrounds, campgrounds and picnic areas are closed. The county is also monitoring social distancing protocol, so large groups are not recommended. Lake Pleasant Regional Park has some unique rules currently in place.

Arizona State Parks, Statewide

According to, state parks are open for "responsible outdoor recreation." However, the following historical sites are still closed:

  • Alamo Lake State Park - camping loops D&E
  • Colorado River State Historic Park
  • Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area - double campsites limited to one side
  • Fort Verde State Historic Park
  • Jerome State Historic Park
  • Kartchner Caverns cave tours
  • McFarland State Historic Park
  • Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
  • Tonto Natural Bridge State Park - trails to the bridge and reservations at Goodfellow Lodge
  • Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

National Parks, Statewide

Some of Arizona's national parks are opened with restrictions. Parks like The Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Lake Mead and Glen Canyon have different policies that are listed on each park website.


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