SHARED MEMORIES

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

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Lake Powell Vacations

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Laser + Mirror Maze

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona

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Lowell Observatory

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McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

The nonprofit McDowell Sonoran Conservancy manages the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in partnership with the City of Scottsdale. More than 650...

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Mesa Arts Center

The international award-winning Mesa Arts Center features four state-of-the-art theaters and stunning outdoor entertainment areas. The...

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Meteor Crater Natural Landmark

Visit the world's best-preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. Located just minutes from Interstate 40 and the old Route 66 in Northern...

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Mortimer Farms

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Mount Graham International Observatory

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Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

Explore the world through music at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). This unique museum, which displays instruments and objects from...

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Mystery Castle

Created out of recycled materials and found objects, Boyce Luther Gulley built a unique "sand castle" in the desert. Eventually that castle...

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Lake Powell Vacations

We are a sports retail and rental store, your one stop shop for adventure. We carry Jeep and UTV rentals, kayaks, paddle boards, paddle...

Family Activities

Laser + Mirror Maze

OdySea Mirror Maze is a challenging adventure for the body and mind. By surrounding your pathways with mirrors guests see infinite...

Family Activities

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona is a 40,000 square-foot indoor attraction featuring more than one million LEGO® bricks, LEGO® themed...

Family Activities

Lowell Observatory

Although recently demoted to a dwarf planet, the 9th planet Pluto was discovered at Lowell Observatory in 1930 by Clyde Tombaughs....

Family Activities

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

The nonprofit McDowell Sonoran Conservancy manages the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in partnership with the City of Scottsdale. More than 650...

Family Activities

Mesa Arts Center

The international award-winning Mesa Arts Center features four state-of-the-art theaters and stunning outdoor entertainment areas. The...

Family Activities

Meteor Crater Natural Landmark

Visit the world's best-preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. Located just minutes from Interstate 40 and the old Route 66 in Northern...

Family Activities

Mortimer Farms

Mortimer Farms is a real working farm. We have opened our doors and gates up to the public in order to provide a sought-after experience...

Family Activities

Mount Graham International Observatory

The Mount Graham International Observatory (MGIO), operated by Steward Observatory, is the research arm for the Department of Astronomy at...

Family Activities

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

Explore the world through music at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). This unique museum, which displays instruments and objects from...

Family Activities

Mystery Castle

Created out of recycled materials and found objects, Boyce Luther Gulley built a unique "sand castle" in the desert. Eventually that castle...