Keeping the kids happy and entertained is the key to a successful vacation. But parents won’t suffer any dull moments when following this fun-centric family plan.
Go wild for more than 1,400 local and exotic animals at the Phoenix Zoo, including up-close encounters with giraffes, stingrays and camels. Don’t forget a swimsuit—kids can splash around in the zoo’s two water playgrounds.
Give your legs a rest while you soak in Sonoran Desert scenery during a guided horseback ride from companies such as Ponderosa Stables and Corral West Horse Adventures.
Head downtown for imaginative learning and exploration in Phoenix’s top family-friendly museums:
The four floors of interactive exhibits at the Arizona Science Center are engaging for all ages. Once you’ve walked through a giant stomach and engineered your own airplane, you can kick back for a planetarium show or big-screen IMAX Theater adventure.
Little ones up to age 10 can crawl, build and pedal their way through exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, designed to stimulate the senses and launch the imagination.
Older children can discover the culture of Southwest American Indian communities at the Heard Museum through hands-on learning and interactive exhibits.
Start a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum by picking up a scavenger hunt for kids to guide their exploration of the museum's collections. If you're visiting the second weekend of the month, you can get hands-on with themed activities and performances during Free Family Weekends.
Arizona Science Center
Thanks to Phoenix’s year-round sunshine, there’s a good chance you’ll catch us during water park season. Slather on some sunscreen and make a splash at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Big Surf Waterpark or Golfland Sunsplash.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
The one-of-a-kind Musical Instrument Museum invites visitors of all ages to explore a global collection of more than 6,600 collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories—and try their hand at playing a few. Got a Taylor Swift fan in the family? They’ll love her exhibit in the Artist Gallery.
Put the cherry on top of your trip—and your sundae—at one of these local spots for frozen treats. With Phoenix's plentiful sunshine, a scoop (or two) of your favorite frozen sweets are never out of season.