Family Activities » Phoenix, AZ

Family Activities in Phoenix, AZ

Jeep tours, mountain trails, roller coasters, water parks, western towns and wildlife zoos -- Phoenix has almost any family-friendly activity you can imagine. Plus, you almost never have to worry about the weather!
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Arizona Hummer Tours

Arizona Hummer Tours will take you and your family through the Sonoran Desert, where you'll experience breathtaking views, Arizonan wildlife, ghost towns and Native American ruins. The kids will love riding in the H1 Hummer or Polaris Ranger and exploring an Indian Fort that is over 1000 years old! They also have group tours, making this the perfect experience for a family reunion or wedding party.  The tours last an average of 2 ½ to 3 hours and they will pick you up or provide transportation to and from your location.

Castles -n- Coasters

This is the ultimate place to head when the kids get stir crazy and the weather heats up! It doesn't matter if you are more of a coaster-riding daredevil or a bumper cart diva, different rides will thrill all ages. When it gets hot, the splash area of the park fills up. From the log flume to the thrilling sky diver ride, there is so much to do and different attractions for kids and adults alike.

Chances are you will have so much fun you might be tempted to take a second trip without the kiddos so you can have all the fun to yourself next time!  

Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Located in downtown Phoenix in the historic 70,000 square foot Monroe School Building, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix features hands-on and interactive exhibits to keep kids under 10 involved and interested. The museum is in a great central location – close to light-rail stops and other downtown family activities, such as the Arizona Science Center and Chase Field.  From relaxing in the Book Loft to burning energy in the 3-story climber or letting the creativity flow in the art studio, you and your child will love spending the day at this museum.

Desert Botanical Garden

For those inspired by nature, the Desert Botanical Garden is the ultimate desert oasis. The ideal time to tour the desert is before the summer heat is sweltering but the many activities scheduled in the evening hours throughout the year make it easier to visit the garden while avoiding the heat. Garden flashlight tours make it possible for you to see what happens in the desert after the sun goes down. Kids will enjoy the many discovery stations during the summer months until they end in September.

Also, make sure to catch the butterfly exhibit in the spring. It is one of the most appealing events at the garden!

Once the holidays come around the famous Las Noches de las Luminarias (or the luminarie festival) allows families to once again visit the park in the evening to see the garden from the glow of over 8,000 handlit luminarias. Cider and carolers will make it feel like the holiday season even without snow on the ground!

Pinnacle Peak Park

Pinnacle Peak Park features a great family-friendly hike, with the 1.75 mile trail (one way) showcasing spectacular views of the valley.  This moderately-ranked hike goes up 1,300 feet, allowing your kids to take in the famous Arizona Saguaros cactus, creosote plants, as well as wildlife, including Gila Monsters, lizards, Javelina and Bobcats. The best months for hiking in Arizona are October through May. Restrooms, drinking fountains and picnic tables are available on-site. Dogs and bikes are not permitted.