Things to do in Arizona with kids

No doubt about it - Arizona is an incredibly beautiful state, and synonymous with those family RV trips through the stunning desert landscapes - and as it should be - it’s an incredible place! 

Grand Canyon National Park- possibly the most famous natural wonder in the whole country sees thousands of families a day admiring how vast it is.  Monument Valley and those famous mittens feature on most road trip itineraries.  But is there more to Arizona than spectacular canyons and deserts? Of course there is!

Swimming in Arizona? You betcha! Parks like Wet N Wild Phoenix and Big Surf are ready and waiting to cool off water lovers of any age.  

A wildlife safari in Arizona? Why not! Out of Africa Wildlife Park will transport you to the plains of Africa as you encounter lions, tigers, and bears (Oh my!)

Fishing, beaches and hiking? Just say the word! Stunning National Parks like Catalina State Park and Lake Havasu State Park are perfect camping spots where families can immerse themselves in babbling brooks, tranquil forests, picnics, fishing and beaches.

So while it’s important to experience the Arizona the world knows, make sure you spend time getting to know the Arizona the locals know!

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  • Castles N Coasters

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    Phoenix

    Enjoy thrill rides, mini golf, family entertainment and lots of adventures at this Arizona theme park with a ton of fun for the kids!

  • Enchanted Island

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    Phoenix

    Perfect for those kids aged 1 to 10 years, Enchanted Island Amusement Park in Arizona offers charm and magic, as well as those exciting rides!

  • Big Surf

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    Tempe

    Body slides, tube slides, and even water basketball at this very fun family friendly water park - perfect for those water loving kids in Tempe! Enjoy your splashing family day out!

  • Breakers Waterpark

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    Marana

    Over 1.3 million gallons of water park excitement with the largest wave pool in Arizona! Cool off with the family at this fun water attraction!

  • Mesa Golfland Sunsplash

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    Mesa

    Water fun in Mesa with thrill slides, family slides and gentler options for those smaller kids. There is even mini golf, lazer tag, indoor play, raceway and dry rides!

  • Buckeye Aquatic Center

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    Buckeye

    The aquatic center features a twisty slide, 2 fountain play areas, a zero-depth pool and diving board.

  • Wet N Wild Phoenix

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    Glendale

    Slides, river, surfing, tubes, and tunnels - get ready for family water fun at Wet n Wild Phoenix! A VERY cool family day out option in Arizona!

  • Surprise Aquatic Center

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    Surprise

    Fabulous water park with both flume and tunnel slides, vortex whirlpool, diving well and boards, and a zero depth water play area for the little ones!

  • Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center

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    Chandler

    Features include 2 Water Slides, Lazy River flotation ride, Water Vortex, Interactive Play Pool with Beach Entry, Toddler Slides and a simply enormous dumping bucket!

  • Phoenix Zoo

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    Phoenix

    Animal fun at Phoenix Zoo, with 1,400 animals waiting to say hello. Also animal encounters, events, and camps!

  • Waterworld Safari

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    Phoenix

    Over 16 water rides and cool attractions, it's adventure, relaxation, and fun for everyone in the family. Congo River Rapids is mini water world for mini water sliders. One of the many fun family ...

  • Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

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    Camp Verde

    An amazing journey into the wonderful wildlife of Africa, without having to leave the beautiful Arizona! Lions, giraffes, black bears, zebras, hyenas....amazing animals to make your family day out ...

  • Reid Park Zoo

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    Tucson

    Come visit the Tucson zoo, and have a wild time. Meet the more than 400 animalsrhinos, elephants, anteaters, polar bears, lions, and many more! Adventure in our African, Asian, and South American ...

  • Wildlife World Zoo

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    Litchfield Park

    Wildlife World Zoo has Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals with over 2400 individual animals representing more than 400 exotic and endangered species. For nearly a quarter of a century, ...

  • Keepers of the Wild Nature Park

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    Valentine

    With educational and research facilities that span all ages; and diverse programs that offer visitors artistic and cultural experiences indicative of the countries that the animals come from.

  • Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

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    Picacho

    Stop in and feed the critters for an unforgettable experience. Something for everyone - ostrich, deer, miniature Sicilian donkeys, Boer goats, and rainbow lorikeets to feed plus the Monster Truck ...

  • Bearizona

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    Williams

    A North American wildlife park for those animal lovers in the family, where families can enjoy the wilderness and witness beautiful herds of wildlife roaming free around them - all from the safety of ...

  • Southwest Wildlife

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    Scottsdale

    A beautiful center that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases injured, displaced, and orphaned wildlife such as black bears, mountain lions, and Mexican gray wolves. Great for the animal loving ...

  • The Grand Canyon Deer Farm

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    Williams

    Oh Deer! A sweet and fun Deer Farm where kids don't just look at the deer, but walk among them, and touch them!

  • Sea Life Arizona

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    Tempe

    Over 5,000 creatures at this Arizona SEA LIFE aquarium, including sharks, seahorses and tropical fish, as well as a 360 degree ocean tunnel!

  • Dollysteamboat Tours

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    Tortilla Flat

    Nestled in the heart of the Superstition Mountains lies spectacular Canyon Lake, home of the Dolly Steamboat.

  • Detours Arizona

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    Tempe

    Professionally Guided Tours of the Southwest and so much more...As the leader in professionally guided tours of the Southwest, Detours offers the most comfortable and memorable tours since 2001.

  • Pink Jeep Tours Sedona

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    Sedona

    Fun jeep tours around Sedona for the family - a great and unique way to see this magical Arizona city! Great for kids over 18 months, and fun horse-riding adventures for kids over 8 years!

  • Red Rock Helicopter Tours

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    Sedona

    A fun and thrilling experience to see Sedona from a completely different and unique viewpoint!

  • Sedona Off Road Adventures

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    Sedona

    From MILD to WILD! Sedona Off Road Adventures offers scenic tours, magnificent sunset tours and the exclusive world-renowned Jeep Eater and Cliff Hanger tours.

  • Sedona Trolley Tour

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    Sedona

    Daily Scheduled Tours to All of the Best Places in Sedona!

  • A Day In The West

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    Sedona

    At A Day in the West we offer a wide variety of tours, including: Jeep Tours, Horseback Rides, Jeep / Helicopter Combination, Jeep / Spa Combination, and Jeep / Winery Combination Tours.

  • Arizona Helicopter Adventures

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    Sedona

    Fly high across Sedona's stunning views.

  • Sedona Star Gazing Tours

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    Sedona

    An entertaining evening of astronomy under the canopy of Sedona’s brilliant starry sky.

  • Ghost Town Tours Jerome

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    Jerome

    Ghost Town Tours offers Historic & Haunted Tours in the largest ghost town in America. Our tours are extremely informative and full of surprises. Quite often, truth is stranger than fiction.

  • Hatch River Expeditions

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    Flagstaff

    Adrenaline pumping and relaxing Grand Canyon river tours - from motorized and oar powered rafting, to kayaks. Great adventurous family fun in Flagstaff for kids!

  • Makutu's Island Family Fun Center

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    Chandler

    Makutus (Ma-coo-twos) Island, one of Arizonas largest indoor play places, is a trip into fantasy and adventure for children of all ages and a perfect way to beat the Arizona heat. One of the many fun ...

  • Fiddlesticks

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    Scottsdale

    Come out and play! This 20-acre complex for family recreation includes Go-Karts, Batting Cages, Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Driving Range and a Video Arcade! Rookie Go-Karts, Dragon Kiddie Ride ...

  • Imagination Avenue

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    Phoenix

    Want to be the kid about town? You can! Imagination Avenue is a child size town complete with schools, a market, hospital, bakery....and so much more to indulge a childs imagination

  • Bounce Jungle

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    Chandler

    We are all about kids having fun, jumping, sliding and playing in the best indoor playground you have ever seen.