Family Travel » Phoenix, AZ

Family travel in Phoenix, AZ

Ride horses, scale mountains, view vistas, go tubing on the Salt River -- Phoenix offers families plenty of outdoor fun along with big city attractions like museums and major league sports.
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Arabian Horse Show

The Arabian Horse Show at West World of Scottsdale is a must-see event for the entire family. The event is held in January or February (check the website for the exact date as it changes each year) and features 2,000 horses competing to win the top prize of Scottsdale Champion.  Your kids will love seeing the magnificent horses, as well as the “Meet a Horse” program. Don’t miss the Barn Tours and the multiple shopping vendors, selling western clothes, purses, jewelry and more. There are crafts for the kids and even a Free Family Night.

Arizona Hot Air Balloons

Take in the beauty of the Sonoran desert and mountains of Phoenix, Arizona in a hot air balloon ride.  Thanks to Arizona’s weather, Arizona Hot Air Balloon company offers year 'round flights in Phoenix, and the surrounding cities of Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree and Tempe.  Your expert guide will educate your family on the flowers and wildlife of Arizona and you will love seeing the beautiful Bradshaw Mountains. Once you land, you will be treated to delicious food and champagne (for the adults), as well as a certificate of flight.  They promise veteran pilots and safe and well-maintained equipment for lasting memories for the entire family. Most children around the age of six and up will be tall enough to see over the basket to get the full experience.

Rancho de los Caballeros

Arizona is known for their kid-friendly dude ranches – and Rancho de los Caballeros, located a little over an hour outside of Phoenix in Wickenburg, offers many activities for the entire family.  You can stay at the casita guest rooms and enjoy living among the 20,000 acres of beautiful Arizona wildlife.  Enjoy plenty of trail rides, cowboy cookouts, trap and skeet and an 18-hole championship golf course. The kids club is free for kids age 5-12 and lets kids go on trail rides and try out ring riding in the corral. No sitting around watching TV at this active kids club! 

Salt River Recreation Area

We may not have a beach in Phoenix, Arizona – but we do have Salt River tubing! Located at the Salt River Recreation Area (near Mesa), the entire family will enjoy floating on tubes down the river.  It is generally open May through Labor Day every day and only on weekends from Labor Day through September.  You park your car and take a bus to different launching points, where you rent a tube and float down the river. Times range from 2-6 hours.  The weekends can get pretty rowdy, so families might enjoy going during the quieter times, Monday through Thursday.

Schnepf Farms

Schnepf Farms is a family-owned farm outside of Phoenix, AZ in a town called Queen Creek.  It offers year-round activities, including petting zoo, hay ride, deer feeding,  organic  “u-pick” gardens, an on- site restaurant and even a “Farmer For the Day” program for kids!  They offer a year 'round campsite, perfect for escaping the city!  They offer wonderful seasonal activities, including the Pumpkin & Chili party in October (voted Arizona’s Best Fall Event) and a Winter Wonderland in December, which includes ice skating, Arizona’s largest Christmas tree, bonfires, hay rides and more! Don’t forget to lease your own peach tree for the year and enjoy fresh, organic peaches all year long!

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