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Experiences

Family Activities

With fantastic destinations across the state, families enjoy everything from exciting wildlife parks and Wild West adventures to kid-friendly museums and fun-filled resorts.

Bike riding at Fort Apache Historic Park
Fort Apache Historic Park, Pinetop

Exploring with kids

By Boat: Cruising since 1987, the Dolly Steamboat glides beside secluded nooks of Canyon Lake near Apache Junction, with views of bighorn sheep, bald eagles and migrating birds.

On Horseback: This is the Wild West, after all. Trot through creosote-, mesquite- and saguaro-filled Estrella Mountain Regional Park with Corral West Adventures in Goodyear, part of the Phoenix greater area. Cowboy boots, hats and chaps included

Two children on horses raise their fists and the air and smile.
Corral West Adventures (Credit: Cait Oponski)

On Foot: Neighboring the Goldfield Mountains and Tonto National Forest, Usery Mountian Regional Park in Mesa spans 3,600 acres. Highlights include the Wind Cave Trail, Usery Mountain Regional Park Nature Center and an archery range.

By Mountain Bike: Pedal more than 50 miles of trails at South Mountain Park & Preserve in Phoenix, which takes you up, over and across Ma Ha Tauk, Gila and Guadalupe mountain ranges. For a view from the top, head to Dobbins Lookout, the highest public point in the park.

Via Science: Kids get a fun, hands-on experience at many of Arizona's science centers and museums. Include places like the Arizona Museum of Natural History and the I.D.E.A. Museum in Mesa, the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, and both the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium and Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson.

Appreciate AZ

Whether exploring dinosaur tracks, the Grand Canyon, or other Arizona adventures with your family and kids, Appreciate AZ by following the below 7 Principles of Leave No Trave:

  1. Plan Ahead & Prepare
  2. Stick to Trails
  3. Trash Your Trash
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Be Careful With Fire
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Share the Outdoors

Help preserve and protect Arizona's iconic landscapes for generations to come.

Horseshoe Bend Sunrise

Family Activities

Big Surf Waterpark

Nestled on 20 acres in Arizona on the northern tip of Tempe and just south of Scottsdale, Big Surf Waterpark has remained an Arizona icon...

Family Activities

Bright Angel Bicycles & Cafe

We are a Grand Canyon bike tour and rental company, offering bikes to cruise the awesome rim trails of South Rim, Grand Canyon. Along with...

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Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland, featuring the largest butterfly conservatory in the country with thousands of fluttering butterflies, transports...

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Camelback Ranch-Glendale

A state-of-the-art baseball facility like no other, Camelback Ranch-Glendale celebrates its eleventh season as Spring Training home of the...

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Cherry Creek Lodge

Located on a working cattle ranch nestled within the scenic Tonto National Forest, Cherry Creek Lodge invites you to experience the endless...

Family Activities

Circle Pines KOA

This family adventure destination located on 27 acres of forest and less than one hour from the Grand Canyon is your one stop for fun near...

Family Activities

Cocopah's Wild River Family Entertainment Center

A first of its kind in the Yuma area, Cocopah's Wild River Family Entertainment Center boasts 24 lanes of bowling, laser tag, a fun-filled...

Family Activities

Creative Soul Scavenger Hunts

Love games and being challenged? Ready to star in your very own game show? This is a totally unique scavenger hunt that is equal parts...

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Desert Dog Offroad Adventures

Desert Dog Offroad Adventures has been offering U-Drive guided desert tours in the Sonoran Desert for over 25 years. Choose between a 2022...

Family Activities

Dynamic Escape Rooms

You've been bowling, to the arcade, and mini-golfing. Shake it up, it's time to do something new. At Dynamic, you'll go on an adventure...

Family Activities

El Rancho Robles Historic Guest Ranch

Who has not had the urge to visit a ranch in the old West where one can enjoy western life to his heart's content? Where the glorious...

Family Activities

Big Surf Waterpark

Nestled on 20 acres in Arizona on the northern tip of Tempe and just south of Scottsdale, Big Surf Waterpark has remained an Arizona icon...

Family Activities

Bright Angel Bicycles & Cafe

We are a Grand Canyon bike tour and rental company, offering bikes to cruise the awesome rim trails of South Rim, Grand Canyon. Along with...

Family Activities

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland, featuring the largest butterfly conservatory in the country with thousands of fluttering butterflies, transports...

Family Activities

Camelback Ranch-Glendale

A state-of-the-art baseball facility like no other, Camelback Ranch-Glendale celebrates its eleventh season as Spring Training home of the...

Family Activities

Cherry Creek Lodge

Located on a working cattle ranch nestled within the scenic Tonto National Forest, Cherry Creek Lodge invites you to experience the endless...

Family Activities

Circle Pines KOA

This family adventure destination located on 27 acres of forest and less than one hour from the Grand Canyon is your one stop for fun near...

Family Activities

Cocopah's Wild River Family Entertainment Center

A first of its kind in the Yuma area, Cocopah's Wild River Family Entertainment Center boasts 24 lanes of bowling, laser tag, a fun-filled...

Family Activities

Creative Soul Scavenger Hunts

Love games and being challenged? Ready to star in your very own game show? This is a totally unique scavenger hunt that is equal parts...

Family Activities

Desert Dog Offroad Adventures

Desert Dog Offroad Adventures has been offering U-Drive guided desert tours in the Sonoran Desert for over 25 years. Choose between a 2022...

Family Activities

Dynamic Escape Rooms

You've been bowling, to the arcade, and mini-golfing. Shake it up, it's time to do something new. At Dynamic, you'll go on an adventure...

Family Activities

El Rancho Robles Historic Guest Ranch

Who has not had the urge to visit a ranch in the old West where one can enjoy western life to his heart's content? Where the glorious...