If you’re looking for a vacation with kids, look no further than Phoenix.
Phoenix is one of the most kid-friendly cities in America, and it’s not hard to see why. With endless activities to keep kids busy, it’s truly a family-friendly destination.
You can take them to the Phoenix Zoo, which is one of the largest in North America and home to more than 2,000 animals from 250 different species. The zoo offers activities like feeding giraffes and petting lemurs, as well as daily presentations by animals like lions and bears. There’s also an indoor aquarium with sharks, stingrays and sea turtles—which can be viewed through large windows or up close with touch tanks at various locations throughout the zoo.
You can also visit Phoenix Heritage Square Museum where you’ll find more than 100 original buildings from Arizona’s past including a replica of an early 1900s town complete with shops and restaurants that have been restored to their former glory. The museum also features daily living history events where visitors can learn about life during different time periods in Arizona history such as its mining era or cowboy days!
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Family Attractions in Phoenix
The Desert Botanical Garden
This gorgeous park is best explored in the morning, before the sun gets too hot. While it’s definitely a place you’ll enjoy exploring without children, there are also plenty of kid-friendly exhibits. If you, like me, live in an environment that is completely different from the desert, it’s fun to see the various cacti and other desert plants.
Spring training baseball games
My family loves baseball, and spring training is one of the best things for baseball fans to experience. It is a great way to see major league teams play up close, in a reasonably priced environment. With all of the Cactus League teams playing right in the Greater Phoenix area, you can catch several games during a vacation. Our favorite team, the Red Sox, doesn’t play in the Cactus League, but it’s still fun to watch the games. Spring training games take place during the month of March, so plan your vacation accordingly.
The Phoenix Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo, located right near the Desert Botanical Gardens, is one of my favorite zoos of all time. It features loads of exhibits, family activities, and kids’ programs. It also can get very hot, so visit in the morning and be sure to bring lots of sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Although it is located next to the Desert Botanical Gardens, I’d recommend visiting on separate days.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
If you have a little one who loves trains, you’ll have to check out the 30-acre McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. There’s a playground, train rides, railroad museum, and lots of open space. We loved visiting this spot when the kids were little because there was plenty of room for them to run around and get their energy out while we were out exploring the area. It’s operated by the city of Scottsdale’s Parks & Recreation Department.
Hot Air Ballooning
Nothing promotes family bonding like checking something off your bucket list. Head out on an early trip on a hot air balloon, and you’ll never forget it! I’d definitely recommend this for older kids rather than younger ones, as it can definitely be a bit scary.
Musical Instrument Museum
I wasn’t sure of what to expect from a museum dedicated to musical instruments, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised by my visit. In addition to showcasing a variety of musical instruments, the MIM also explores the role that instruments play in the various cultures of the world. Because it’s indoors, the MIM is a great place to explore in the rain or extreme heat. It’s huge, so you could easily spend lots of time there.
This aquarium, located in the Arizona Mills Malls, is all indoors, making it a great way to escape the heat. It’s perfect for young kids, and features a number of family-friendly exhibits. Purchase tickets online in advance for guaranteed entry and a discounted rate. It doesn’t take too long to explore, so it’s great for an afternoon visit after spending the morning doing something else.
Legoland Discovery Center
Located adjacent to the Arizona Sea Life Aquarium, the Legoland Discovery Center is a must-visit for any family with young kids. Combo tickets are available for both the Legoland Discovery Center and Arizona Sea Life. Like the Aquarium, it’s a great spot for an afternoon visit.
Tempe Center for the Arts
Families will enjoy a show with Childsplay at the Tempe Center for the Arts. These kids’ shows are perfect for young kids and often include a Q&A with the performers after the show. Check the theater’s schedule in advance to see if there is a kids’ show happening during your family vacation.
Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse
Being from New England, I always enjoy seeing western shows. Rawhide, an 1880s Western town, offers a steakhouse, kids’ activities, shops, and wild west shows. Admission is free (except for special events), but you can purchase tickets for individual shows and attractions. You can also purchase wristbands that offer unlimited attractions and shows. Attractions include a climbing wall, a kids’ mechanical bull ride, a stunt show, burro rides, a petting zoo, and panning for gold.
Want to go bird watching? The Desert Rivers Audubon offers a complimentary bird watching tour on the first Saturday of the month from November to April. During our press trip visit, we had the opportunity to go on one of these tours. It’s a great way for kids to learn about the birds in the area. My kids loved it.
The Arizona Science Center
Do you have kids who love science? The Arizona Science Center, which is located right in Downtown Phoenix, offers hands-on exhibits, a CREATE Makerspace, and a planetarium. It’s a great place to go to get away from the heat.