When it comes to great retirement destinations, Phoenix, Arizona, certainly belongs among the top of the list. This sunny retreat has been a popular choice for active retirees since Sun City, its first active adult community, opened in 1960. Today the Phoenix area features numerous resort-style communities with impressive amenities and beautiful homes, as well as many exciting attractions found throughout the region.
As both the capital city and the largest city in Arizona, Phoenix has plenty to offer visitors and relocating retirees. The city features art and culture, fine dining, diverse shopping centers, museums, a thriving nightlife and much more. Its rich history traces back through Native American tribes and the Hohokam peoples, and has been largely influenced by its Mexican heritage, including its authentic Mexican cuisine.
Phoenix is set in the Sonoran Desert and its climate features hot summers with warm winters. The summer months are particularly hot and sunny, with average daytime temperatures easily climbing over 100 degrees. Record highs during June and July are just over 120 degrees. The spring and fall months are much more comfortable with days in the mid-70s to mid-80s, while winters still have warm daytime temperatures in the mid-60s.
Because of its warm winters, the Phoenix area has become a popular destination for snowbird retirees. Many part-time residents stay in their Arizona homes during the warmer winter months, but may travel to cooler, Northern areas in the heat of summer. However, there are many retirees who are happy to live in the Phoenix area year-round.
Whether visiting or relocating, active adult retirees will have no trouble finding fun things to do throughout Phoenix. Performing arts of all varieties are featured within the city, including the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera. Concerts are often held at the U.S. Airways Center and the Comerica Theatre, while the area also supports several smaller local theater groups.
Museums of all varieties are also found throughout the Phoenix area. Just a few notable museums include: the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, the Arizona Science Center, the Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park, and the Musical Instrument Museum.
Sports fans can cheer on Phoenix teams from all four major professional sports leagues. These include the Phoenix Suns (NBA), the Arizona Cardinals (NFL), the Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) and the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL). The Phoenix area is also home to the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the site of spring training for several Major League Baseball teams. In addition, the Phoenix International Raceway features two major NASCAR events each year.
Retirees choosing to settle in the Phoenix area have their pick of many active adult communities. There are sprawling, resort-style communities, like Sun City, Sun Lakes and PebbleCreek, as well as smaller, more intimate communities, like Bellasera or Ironwood Village.
Active adults visiting Phoenix, or planning to relocate, are sure to be impressed with the area's exciting attractions and fabulous active adult communities.