Many people have the day off from work and school on January 1st. 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 12+ ideas for things to do on January 1st.
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!
....but go to the tailgate party. Immediately preceding the Fiesta Bowl there's a big tailgate party on the grounds of University of Phoenix Stadium. It's College Football's Biggest Party, and the tickets are separate (and much less) than tickets to the game. If you want to be where the action is, even if you aren't going to the game itself, this is the place to be on New Year's Day 2014.
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. Special exhibit included with your admission: Women Who Rock.
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 (Buy Direct).