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365phx.com: Remedies for Boredom in Phoenix

Phoenix realtor Jill Segrove's on a mission to find 365 things to do in Phoenix. She's a hardcore valley advocate -- she's lived here more than 35 years and thinks we should take advantage of our 300-plus days of sunshine every year. Good thing she has a few suggestions.

Segrove logs her experiences and recommendations on her blog, 365phx.com, which covers mostly things to do outside with an occasional cool indoor activities (including checking out the Body Worlds and the Brain exhibit at Arizona Science Center to suggesting a Rat Pat tribute show at a Scottsdale church).

Segrove's blogs about outdoor activities, such as mountain biking at night in Estrella Park and exploring the Grand Canyon caverns, include photos and first-hand accounts about how fun it was do this or that thing. There's even a weather feed on the main page. But the outdoor activities aren't limited to adventurers and sports-types -- there are also blogs about the flea market at Kiwanis in Carefree, and a huge list of links to notable places, like Children's Museum of Phoenix, the Hall of Flame fire museum, the Pioneer Living History Museum, and Wrigley Mansion.

Because she's covering 365 different things, Segrove's organized categories, including aircraft and air tours, go karts, sports events, water parks, and "things to do" in various other parts of Arizona.

What makes 365phx.com stand out is not only its coverage and previews of the breadth of activities across the state, but also its sincerity. Segrove doesn't take up a lot of space advertising her real estate listings. She could have used the blog as an advertisement, but instead, she sticks to the things that make hanging out in Phoenix fun, like getting sweets smeared all over your lips at the Glendale Chocolate Festival, or watching 15 hot air balloons take to the sky above Cave Creek.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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