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 adhering to the following principles:

  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

Shemer Art Center

In 1919 the very first home was built in the newly named Phoenix neighborhood of Arcadia, to house the foreman of the Arcadia Water...

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Sky Zone Peoria

Sky Zone is the world's first indoor trampoline park. We're the inventors of "fun fitness" and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye...

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SkyVenture Arizona

SkyVenture Arizona is a state-of-the-art skydiving wind tunnel, located in Eloy, Arizona, halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. Designed for...

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Sonoran Outdoor Adventures

Sonoran Outdoor Adventures is a small, family owned and operated tour company dedicated to providing guests with a safe, fun, and exciting...

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South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC)

No visit to South Mountain Park is complete without a stop at SMEEC. Whether you're looking for tips to enjoy family, friends or solo time...

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Superstition Mountain Museum

Join the thousands of hikers, horseback riders, photographers and tourists who visit the Superstition Mountains in Central Arizona each...

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Tanque Verde Ranch

Tanque Verde Ranch is one of America's top old-time cattle and guest ranches. We're located on 60,000 acres of Tucson's most breathtaking...

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Titan Missile Museum

At the Titan Missile Museum, near Tucson, Arizona, visitors journey through time to stand on the front line of the Cold War. This preserved...

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Tohono Chul Park

Embrace the authentic beauty of the Sonoran Desert year-round at Tohono Chul, Tucson's charming crossroads of nature, art and culture....

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Trail Dust Town

Trail Dust Town, home of Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse, is rich with history and fun. You'll find people come from all over the world to...

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Trapezius

Trapezius (formerly IFLY Trapeze) is a full-time recreational Flying Trapeze and Circus Arts school now located at The Phoenician resort in...

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Tucson Botanical Gardens

Located on the site of the historic Porter property, Tucson Botanical Gardens was recently named one of the top 10 North American Gardens...