Where to find affordable fall weekend fun in Arizona

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Now that fall is here, it's time to get out and have some fun!

Lesley Nagy, the new lifestyle and entertainment editor for TravelZoo.com, gave 3TV's Kaley O'Kelley the lowdown on some amazing deals on several fun local activities.

Mario Andretti Racing Experience & NASCAR Racing Experience
Avondale, AZ
- Hit the pavement at Phoenix International Raceway
- Strap into a real NASCAR race car or an open-cockpit Indy-style race car
- $64 (reg. $130), ride as a passenger with a pro driving instructor 
- $199 (reg. $400), drive Indy-style or NASCAR race car by yourself
- NASCAR Fri-Sat., Oct. 3-4; Indy-style on Fri, Oct. 3 or Sun, Oct. 5 
Lake Pleasant Cruises
Peoria, AZ
- Spend an afternoon taking in the beauty of one of the area's largest lakes
- Sightseeing cruise: open-air rooftop deck or air-conditioned main deck
- Narration about the lake's history and view local wildlife 
- 90-minute cruises sail Wednesday-Sunday 
- $21 (reg. $42) for two
- $39 (reg. $84) party of four; kids 4 and under free
Horseback Ride at MacDonald's Ranch
Scottsdale, AZ
- Wander desert trails on horseback
- Take in views of the Sonoran Desert and the McDowell Mountains
- $29 (reg. $60) for 90-minute horseback ride, suitable for all skill levels
- Seasoned wranglers will point out rattlesnakes, coyotes, rabbits and hawks along the way
- Free petting zoo for kids; classic Western games like cowboy golf and horseshoe pits
Octoberfest at Salt River Fields
Scottsdale, AZ
- Over 50 types of beer, wine and other drinks available for purchase
- Event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 11, between 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- $5 (reg. $10) admission; Kids 12 and under Free 
Phoenix BBQ & Grilling School
Glendale, AZ
- Hands-on, 6-hour barbecue cooking and smoking class
- Learn cooking on charcoal and gas grills; smoking meats using two types of pellet smokers
- Prep your cuts; how to make and use dry rubs, brines and injections
- Dine on your creations: pulled pork, pork tenderloin, beef brisket, buffalo wings
- $69 per person (reg. $150), savings over 50%
- Classes Friday, Saturdays or Sundays
The Legacy Golf Club
- One of Arizona's Top 10 Golf Resorts (Conde Nast Traveler 2012)
- An 18-hole round of golf on this par-71, 6,908-yard course
- Includes cart rental and a bucket of range balls per person
- $55 (reg. $138) tee time for two; $99 (reg. $276) foursome
- Valid anytime Fridays; after 11 a.m. Saturdays-Sundays